When was the last time you had a Tea Party? With cookies, cakes, tea, friends (big or small but not just stuffed animal friends)? I don’t know when I did either. Time to change that. The onset of spring breathes new life into everything and for me my creativity abounds searching for outlets.
I’m not sure what made me quest for a tea party but it became an idea like a carpool, picking up aspects along the road until it arrived at becoming an Edible Flower Springtime Tea Party. As I began to spin through ideas I quickly became overwhelmed wondering where the heck I’d find the time to prepare everything from scratch. I would of course need to have a gluten free tea and then the idea hit me: what about purchasing high quality baked goods and embellishing them to the theme of the party? I could still whip up the details from scratch and linger over the fun crafty-part delivering a beautiful experience in a smidgeon of the time. And so it began!
Many people do not realize there are edible flowers. There is an herb company where I live that actually grows edible varieties and you can find them packaged at the grocery store with the rest of the fresh herbs to not only beautify your food but enhance the flavors. It’s key however that you know which flowers are edible and which are not, as well as have a safe source for them. Perhaps you grow them in your garden and are sure they have not been sprayed with anything inorganic or a pesticide. Or purchasing them from local farmers or reliable sources (grocery stores even carry them in the produce area but do not adapt those from the floral department not knowing whether they have been treated with something inedible).
For my Tea Party I chose some favorites: Johnny-Jump-Ups (violas or mini pansies), lavender buds and rose though I used it in the form of an extract. I decided to sugar the pansies to place on the top of cookies and use the lavender as an edible decoration on a cookie as well. I wove the rose flavor into cupcakes, big and small. The best way to describe the flavor of a rose cupcake would be that they taste how a rose smells; soft, delicate and rose-flavored. Instructions for how to sugar pansies and Raspberry-Vanilla double glazed Sugar Cookies with Sugared Pansies will be in the next blog post!
It’s easy to find tea made from flowers and you can make your own using the same guidelines above. I selected Chamomile-Lavender Tea and Hibiscus Tea feeling the flavors would complement the baked goods and loving the lemon yellow and bright pink of the teas.
Regardless of what you choose to make and serve, the surprise of a Tea Party will be exciting and fun to anyone! My party guests were delighted with everything served, and were none the wiser that I had not made everything from scratch (which of course you can as well!).
Disclaimer: (Ebible Flowers) The author has thoroughly researched all the aforementioned edible flowers. However, individuals consuming the flowers, plants, or derivatives listed here do so entirely at their own risk. The author cannot be held responsible for any adverse reaction to the flowers.