Last Minute Fourth of July Party Ideas

I’m excited to share that I’m guest posting over at one of my favorite creative blogs today, Today’s Creative Life! I’m sharing some ideas on how to throw together a quick, last-minute 4th of July party that looks like you’ve been planning for weeks! I’m also sharing some fun free printables and downloads.

Free Printable 4th of July Party Circles

Head on over to check out my tips for a Last Minute Forth of July Party and to get your free printables!

PS. Check back tomorrow for some free printable Patriotic Potluck and Recipe cards for your 4th of July Potluck or to share your famous BBQ recipe with friends! 

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Brunch Party Tip: Simple Way to Serve Bagels at a Brunch Event

A couple of weeks ago I got to help coordinate and attend another awesome Portland Bloggers’ Meet-Up. We always to try mix times, themes, styles of meet-up each time that we meet. This time we went for a speed networking style meet-up in the morning/early afternoon… due to the time of day we knew that we wanted to serve up some brunch items.

Brunch is one of my favorite meals and serving it up at a party is always a great choice because you can mix all types of favorite breakfast and lunch items, sweet and savory. We were thrilled with Bowery Bagels offered to bring in some of their delicious NY style bagels and schmears. Of course, planning the event, all I could think about was where we were going to place the table and how we were going to set it up to accommodate the needs of knives, spreads, toasters and all the fixings for a really great bagel spread.

Thankfully, Bowery Bagels did something that I would have never in a million years thought of (though, I sort of can’t believe I never did because it is so simple and smart) that made the entire brunch spread easy and beautiful. I mean really, there is no way to really make a bunch of plugged in toasters look super pretty unless you go out and get a bunch of coordinating toasters.

The simple fix that Bowery did to serve up the bagels? They pre-toasted and schmeared the bagels and cut them up into little perfect bites.

I would have been worried about soggy bagels, but their New York style bagel was perfect like this and the bagels lasted throughout the whole event and the leftovers even lasted in the fridge for a few days more of bagel goodness. In addition to creating the bagel bites with the cream cheese schmear, Bowery thought of the vegans or dairy-free attendees by also making a platter of bagel bites with a vegan non-soy cashew spread.

 

A big thank you goes out to Bowery Bagels for introducing the Portland Bloggers to their bagels and introducing this simple, but GREAT party tip into my life. This post is not sponsored, however, I am the owner of Portland Bloggers to which the bagels were donated for an event. All opinions are my own! 

What party tips do you have for making a brunch style party go off without a hitch? Comment below!

Tips for a Mother’s Day Tea

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tea parties are such a special way to take a moment and connect with someone. Many little girls have memories of playing tea party with their moms (or dads!)— the little plastic cups and pretend tea. Growing up I always love the way tea sets looked and how dainty I felt when using them. One of my favorite things about going to my grandmother’s house was getting to see her beautiful china tea sets that she had in her china hutch. I’ve now had a tea party or two with my son and he likes it just as much as I did when I was a little girl. But, then again, he likes anything that involves sandwiches and cake!

When Plum Deluxe asked me if I’d like to try some of their tea, I immediately thought of creating a Mother’s Day tea party. Enjoying conversation over a pot of tea, tea sandwiches and sweets makes for a lovely way to connect and can make anyone feel special– especially mom! Read on for some tips for throwing a Mother’s Day Tea Party and to learn more about Plum Deluxe.

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tips for a Mother’s Day Tea Party

The cool thing about tea parties is that you can do so many different styles of tea parties from classic English tea party to a modern Japanese tea party. The key to a successful tea party is light treats, a pot of tea and some good conversation. Below are some of my suggestions for creating a great tea party: (affiliate links are used in this post*)

  1.  Pick a few simple, but delicious food items that are a mix of savory and sweet. You don’t need a lot of variety. Tea party foods are mainly just for snacking. For this tea party I went with classic tea sandwiches, cake, and fresh melon. (See below for links to recipes!) If I were serving a delicious green tea I might go with a selection of sushi, sweet filled mochi and fresh fruit. If I did a breakfast tea with milk and sugar cubes I might serve scones with crème fraîch and jam. Really, anything goes! Pinwheel sandwiches and petit fours are other great thing to serve at a tea party. Tea is often served between meal times, so don’t worry about needing to fill your guests tummies. Instead, focus on a few special treats that will pair nicely with the tea you are serving.
  2. Pick one great tea to fill a pot, or put out a selection of teas served with hot water. If you tea party is for two then you probably just need to make a single pot of tea, choosing a tasty variety that you know your guest will enjoy. If you are throwing a larger tea party, you might think of having a selection of different teas and serve with hot water! Make sure your guests have the tools they may need to make their tea. Either opt for tea bags or put a couple of tea strainers/infusers with the tea. For this tea party I used the Plum Deluxe Oregon Breakfast Black Tea. It didn’t even need any milk or sugar due to the bright notes of orange and hazelnut the tea had.
  3. Don’t forget to make the table pretty! Tea itself is pretty. The tiny bite size treats are pretty. Don’t leave out the table! Throw some flowers out on the table (Yes, I mean literally throw! I snipped the heads off some blooms and decorated the table with the blooms for this tea party.) Use a variety of coordinating dishware. You don’t even have to have tea cups if you don’t already have them. You can use some of your favorite mugs instead if you’d prefer.

Tea Party Recipes

There are a ton of great recipes out there for making tea party food. I like to keep my tea party food as simple as possible and make sure the flavors are fresh and not too heavy. Below are some of my favorite go-to recipes for tea party food:

  • Cucumber Sandwiches – These are so simple and refreshing. I think the key is a really great white bread. You can make the filling anyway you’d like really, from as simple as cream cheese and cucumber slices to more flavorful such as this recipe for Cucumber and Lemony Dill Tea Sandwiches.
  • Asparagus Tea Sandwiches– I made my tea sandwiches similar cut and shape. My asparagus tea sandwiches was simply sliced through… however, I love the idea of these asparagus rollups! So much easier than cutting through blanched asparagus neatly!
  • Cheddar Biscuits would be a nice savory treat for a tea party.
  • Scones – Scones are traditional, they are creamy, and they just go so nicely with tea! Alton Brown makes my favorite scone recipe by far!
  • Fresh fruit – I love to server some fresh fruit at my tea parties. Strawberries, apple slices, and melons make for beautiful tea party sides. To make melon look prettier I often take my melon baller to the melon. Learn how to ball a melon here.
  • Need more ideas? Try these 50 Tea Sandwiches from the Food Network or Martha Stewart’s many tea sandwich recipes!

Oregon Breakfast Black Tea Blend from Plum Deluxe

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

Tips for a Mother's Day Tea Party - A Well Crafted Party

About Plum Deluxe

I love the story behind the Plum Deluxe website and tea subscription. Owner Andy Hayes shares about his purpose and how his mother inspired the website that helps readers create moments that matter. The articles and resources available for free on Plum Deluxe is supported by the Plum Deluxe signature and organic line of teas. The teas are available in as a part of a monthly subscription service or sold by the ounce.

A gift subscription to the monthly club would be a fun gift to give at a Mother’s Day tea. Not only does mom get to enjoy an afternoon of discussion and treats, but gets the promise of a new tea each month that they can in turn share with you for future tea dates!

This Mother’s Day take a little tip from Andy’s mother that he shares on his site, “My mom taught me that no matter your circumstances, you can choose to create moments that matter, every day.” Take a moment to make a moment that matters this Mother’s Day weekend.

Thank you to Plum Deluxe for sharing some complimentary tea for my review. All opinions are my own. Some affiliate links are used in this post. Incremental amounts of items purchased using these affiliate links help support this blog at no cost to readers. Thank you for supporting  A Well Crafted Party. Check in soon for a free Tea for Two Mother’s Day card printable!

 

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