This holiday traditions and tea party is a fun girls night get together. Your friends will love making Christmas Eve boxes and eating tea treats. This casual holiday traditions and tea party get together is one that your friends will look forward to every year.
When hosting a holiday traditions and tea party, the most important thing is to enjoy the company in a calm environment. I like to have a nice herbal holiday tea like gingerbread or cranberry orange that can assist in the soothing environment. My suggestion would be to add a bit of thick cream and some sugar to make it extra enjoyable. Of course, a tea party wouldn’t be complete without some delicious tea treats right? I chose this yummy spice cake from Pamela’s Products with a homemade orange blossom buttercream. Then, we topped it with fresh cranberries and powdered sugar “snow”. This cake is less intimidating to make thanks to Wilton’s little round layer pans. Use cranberries as a little wreath around the bottom of your cake.
Keep your holiday traditions and tea party menu simple. You can serve mini corn bread chicken salad sandwiches with micro greens and pomegranate seeds that will remind your guests of holly berries. We simply baked up cornbread muffins using Pamela’s Products gluten-free cornbread mix then filled them with an easy chicken salad filling. I also did slices of cucumber topped with sriracha mayo and shaved honey ham. You can also serve up delicious cranberry almond scones like the ones we made. The recipe can be found below…
I wanted to setting for this holiday traditions and tea party to be very classic with deep and rich woods. Using velvet emerald pillows and glam reindeer pillows went well with the deep wood. I found the holiday dishes on at Etsy. They are vintage from the 1960s and I was most excited to use them more than anything!
- 1 bag Pamela's Products scone mix
- 12 T butter, cut into small pieces, chilled
- 1 C whole milk
- 1/2 C sugar, divided
- 1 T gluten-free almond extract
- 1 C fresh, whole cranberries
- 1/4 C almond slices
- 1 whole egg
- 1 tsp. milk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Using a mixer with paddle or bread attachment, cut butter into dry mix plus 1/4 C sugar until pea size crumbs form
- Add liquids to incorporate
- Fold in cranberries
- On a white rice or GF all purpose flour dusted surface, form the dough into a 1 1/2" disc
- Using a biscuit cutter, cut out rounds and place them 2" apart on a silicone lined baking sheet
- Brush each with egg wash (combine egg with 1 tsp. milk in a bowl) then sprinkle with a generous amount of sugar
- Sprinkle and press almond slices onto each scone as well
- Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown
Then, we made sure to have a beautiful hard cover Christmas book for each of them. I suggest getting these during the 75% off clearance at your local bookstore earlier on in the year. That way instead of paying the full $16-$20 for a hardcover Christmas book you’re only paying two or three dollars each. I literally stock up on these and give them out as visiting teaching gifts, teacher gifts and save them for fun parties like this.
Also included in the box was a generic boy or girl printed letter from Santa. You can get yours HERE. I also made sure that each box had a sugar cookie mix from Pamela’s Products so they could start the tradition of making cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve if they didn’t already. I especially love that these cookies are gluten-free but so delicious that nobody would ever know! They are fantastic for decorating with all your favorite holiday candies and icing.
Pamela’s Products were literally the first gluten-free products I used after being diagnosed with celiac disease over 10 years ago. They are still some of my very favorites to this day. I especially love her baking and pancake mix… We use every Saturday morning!
So what are you some of your favorite holiday traditions? I’d love to hear them in the comments below…
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*Photos by Amie Pendle
*Thank you to Pamela’s Products for sponsoring this post. I was provided with monetary and product compensation. All opinions are my own.