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Winter Fantasy

During the long stretch between New Year’s and
Valentine’s Day, it can seem like winter will never end.
Brighten a cold afternoon with a Winter Fantasy tea
party, reminding guests of the beauty of the winter
landscape, while you warm them with your hospitality.

Choose invitations with wintry scenes, and question guests
to wear a favorite woolen scarf to the party. Each guest
can also contribute a candle to a “fireplace” you’ll build
on a tray lined with aluminum foil. Set the tray where
you can admire the flames ( at a safe distance from
drafts and loose hanging drapery.)

Reckon snow and ice as you plot your decorations: lots
of white linen, lace, and china, and all your best silver.
Place votive candles on small mirrors down the center
of a long table, alternating with cut glass dishes of
jewel-toned jellies and jams. Set places for a sit-down
formal afternoon tea, giving each guest a napkin tied
with an elegant strip of lace. Prepare a place card for
individual guests, decorated with snowflake designs or
real white feathers. Make cards with the names of each
dish and type of tea you are serving.

Spray-paint winter branches white, and stand them
around the room in clear glass jars tied with white satin
ribbons. Drape white gauze around pictures and
windows. Blanket windowsills with more white gauze,
nestling pine cones into the folds. Line metal baskets
with paper doilies, and fill them with candies wrapped
in silver paper.

If you’re lucky enough to have a snowfall after you
send out invitations, collect fresh, clean snow and store
it in your freezer in plastic bags. You’ll be able to serve
authentic snow cones in champagne or wine glasses,
drizzling them with berry preserves thinned with ice
water. (your guests will like this!) If snow is not a
possibility consider making “snow balls” out of round
scoops of vanilla ice cream rolled in coconut and served
on a brilliant silver dish.

Soft classical music will round out the mood. Mozart,
Bach, and Handel are always in season. Choir music and
English madrigals bring the warm of the human voice
into your party.

To break the ice, question guests to each share a tale about
a time when they were unusually cold. Make sure the
room is warm and cozy, and that everyone’s cup is
filled with steaming tea as they remember colder times.
Then go around the tables once more, asking each
person one thing they like about spring.

Management Suggestions: 1. Activities will play an vital roll in this winter
themed teatime. Consider reading poems about snow
or history on winter related customs in a variety of
other countries.

2. Place winter related poems on each tea cup and
question your guests to share read their quote out loud to
their table mates.

3. Bring in an fascinating tale teller who can weave
a tale of intrigue and suspense.

4. Be sure to give your guests at least 1 block of 20
minutes to chat amongst their table.

5.An “ice-breaker” is a necessity if you seat unacquainted
guests at the same table. Consider a simple game which
each table can participate in.

Menu Suggestions: * Vanilla-scented black tea, ginger tea, smoky
Formosa oolong
* Small bacon quiches
* Pear and Stilton cheese sandwiches
* Cream cheese and spiced currants on date-nut
bread
* Cinnamon rolls
* Toasted English muffins with assorted jellies and
jams
* Hot fruit tarts with vanilla ice cream
* Chocolate torte sprinkled with confectioner’s
sugar
* Snow cones, if real snow is available

(C) Dawnya Sasse

Dawnya Sasse is the creator of the ultimate tea
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