it’s always tea time.

why hello there friends! how do you do? does it happen to be your un-birthday? or perhaps, do you fancy a spot of tea? if you do, i have the perfect blog post for you!

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last week, it was my absolute privilege to have my bestest friend & gal pal come visit me from wales. not only did we have to celebrate her return, but we also had to celebrate her 20th birthday, & what better way to celebrate than a tea party?! we had such a glorious day, dancing around in our floral dresses to fancy music whilst baking cupcakes & making tea sandwiches. & at the end of the day we invited our loved ones to come & join us, & hosted the most delightful tea party.

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& just for the fun of it, i shall let you in on our secrets to a perfectly imperfect tea party::

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in order to host a grand tea party, you must firstly make sure you have a good selection of teas. of course, it is custom to ensure that you have PG tips, or some sort of english breakfast, afternoon, or earl grey tea. & then you can get fancy, with a selection of fruit teas, herbal teas, & flavored black teas. to go along with your tea, i suggest brown sugar & sweet cream. sugar cubes are quaint, & regular milk will do the trick if that’s your fancy. of course, some do drink it black… savages. hah, i kid. kind of.

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i also must quickly mention that my dearest susanna brought the sweetest gifts to me from wales. these little tins of tea are my absolute favorite things i’ve ever been gifted. it is rare that one is able to find alice & wonderland themed items. & i love alice & wonderland with all of my heart. not the rubbish remake, but the classic stories & the ever so precious disney animation. plus, these loose leaf teas are apparently from the best tea shop, so. looks like i’m in for a treat! thank you a million times over, my dearest friend.

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okay, so if you’re gonna have a tea party, you gotta have some treats. it’s just plain cruel if you don’t offer sugary sweets. we went for some delightful macarons (my personal favorite flavors are salted caramel & coconut), some sandwich cookies (red velvet, chocolate, & carrot cake), & some proper british treats we found. i finally got to try cadbury fingers! it’s always fun to explore the sections of the grocery store that carry international foods & treats.

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alright, recipe time! i just thought i’d share with you the recipe that we followed for our chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed cupcakes. it’s a recipe from the girl who ate everything, but we definitely altered it a tad. the recipe, including our adjustments, is as follows:


chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed cupcakes::

ingredients:

cupcakes:
    • 1 betty crocker supermoist butter recipe yellow cake mix (and ingredients package calls for)
    • 1 container betty crocker chocolate frosting
for the filling:
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temp
    • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/4 cup flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2-4 tablespoons milk
    • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
garnish:
  • optional mini-cookie garnish

instructions

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees. line cupcake pan with cupcake liners. make cupcake batter according to directions. (i just realized we added chocolate chips to the cupcake batter… we thought that was part of the recipe but apparently not! it turned out great though.) bake cupcakes according to package directions. let cool.
  2. to make the cookie dough filling, with a mixer (we only had spoons & whisks) cream together the butter and sugar at medium speed. add the vanilla and beat well. add the flour and salt and mix until combined. add the milk gradually until desired consistency is reached and beat until fluffy. gently fold in chocolate chips. (we also added salt! it was a little too sweet for us). chill in the refrigerator until firm. (little tip, you’ll need it to be firm, but not too firm! let it warm back up a tad bit after it comes out of the fridge.)
  3. to fill the cupcakes, cut a cylinder shaped portion out of the center of each cupcake. an apple corer works great for this. (then eat all the centers, yumm.) fill each hole with a chunk of the chilled cookie dough mixture. (you’ll have extra cookie dough, EAT IT ALL.)
  4. frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
  5. garnish mini chocolate chip cookies (we just used mini chips ahoy cookies.)

now, these cupcakes are quite the task. susanna & i may have attempted to create a cooking show video… but forgot to finish it, & the audio messed up in a lot of the clips as well. however, drum roll please, i didn’t want our efforts to be in vain. so, i present, susanna & meredith’s “cooking show” fiasco::

hope it makes you laugh as much as it makes me laugh.

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now your tea party is almost ready. you’ve got the tea, you’ve got the sweets, you’ve even got the cupcakes. now you need the decor! fancy plates & mismatched tea cups are always a good idea. for this particular decoration, i purchased some fake flowers & put them into glass vases filled with tap water.

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& if you’d like to achieve this stacked tray, all you need are 3 tin trays & 2 glass candle sticks! stack em up & viola, you have yourself quite the centerpiece.

after all that hard work, you must sit back, relax, & enjoy some tea in great company.

i will treasure these memories forever.

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