Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Set Your Table With Flair--Christmastime Tea

Hello, sweet bloggy friends and beyond!  I appreciate you dropping by today!  This time of year is definitely busy, and soon, my hobbits will be off of school; it makes me so happy to have time to enjoy each other.  Less running.  More cuddling.  Those simple things are what makes this season magic to me. 

Today, I am relaxing with a simple Christmastime tea as I prepare for our trip to Seattle later this week.  

Nothing too complicated....traditional tartan and holly, a sweet friend who looks on.

Making the season bright with a bit of twinkle

and sweet little cakes.

These vintage shakers are now used for sprinkling cocoa or cinnamon onto our favorite hot beverages.  Sometimes, it's good old-fashioned hot cocoa; sometimes tea or hot cider, and sometimes coffee!

If you would like to read my recipes for Keurig brewed coffee, you may do so visiting the post on my Parsimonious Pabulum blog here.

Dressing up a boxed cake for the Christmas Season

The following are a few ideas for dressing up a simple white boxed cake.  To make these mini Christmas cakes, I used an extra large muffin pan.  I frosted them all with plain white frosting, except for this one.

I used almond gum paste as a frosting and dusted the cakes with powdered sugar.  I used a mold create the leafy base,

and to make the holly leaves, I used a leaf mold and cut away portions.  It's very easy to accomplish this, just add food coloring.

To replicate snow, I sprinkled sweetened coconut.

To emulate pine needles if you don't have any real ones on hand, rosemary sprigs work quite well.

Lastly, I added fresh cranberries for a classic looking cake.

A classic, traditional tea.

I hope you are enjoying the season!

From my collection:
Silver tray, Sheridan Silver lazy Susan, circa 1940's
Teapot, Trimmings, Japan
Teacups, from China
Shakers, no marking

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  1. I think this table is fabulous. I love the picture with the piano keyboard in the background! Lovely and I can just imagine the scene greeting some hungry little ones! I love your teaset too! So glad you shared.

    1. Thank you so much, Bernideen! Thank you for hosting your beautiful party!

  2. Lovely idea for mimi cakes... The your setting thanks for sharing with love Janice Happy Monday

  3. Your little cakes are darling and look very inviting sitting on their silver tray! Your holly cups look delicious too sprinkled with a dusting of cocoa or cinnamon. A scrumptious post and thank you for sharing with us.

    Christmas blessings,

  4. What a festive tea setting. Happy and safe travels to Seattle!

  5. How cute- love the mini cakes! Love the China and the hot cups of frothy coffee! Have fun in Seattle!

  6. Beautiful, seasonal teascape. Just lovely. And the cake looks delicious.

  7. That is a very festive tea table...with your holly china and tartan cloth. Your cakes look delicious! Yum!

  8. Love your holiday tea and minicakes....Christine

  9. Gorgeous setting. Those cakes look delicious and oh so pretty. I didn't know about the toasted Marshmallow flavoring. I buy mine at World Market and I hadn't seen that flavor and I love the flavor of toasted marshmallows. Enjoyed your post. Merry Christmas

    1. Thank you, Valerie! The toasted marshmallow is really good! Have a Merry Christmas!

  10. I love tea or coffee with a special setting by myself sometimes. Your silver tray is very pretty; I even have a few of those plates with the same pattern from my mom. It never occurred to me to use my collection of Christmas shakers for those extra flavor touches. Great idea. Merry Christmas, Linda

  11. Have a nice Advent and Christmas time

    Wonderfull cake Greeting from Belgium happy Xmas

  12. Tartan and holly, wonderful! Your yummy cakes are decorated fabulously! Would never guess they were from a box mix. Thanks for sharing with SYC. Happy New Year.

    1. Thank you, Jann! It's okay to cheat sometimes, right!? ;)