September 27, 2011

Gear Hunting: Tea Party Tableware

September is when reality sinks in: Summer has said goodbye. Days are shorter, crisper, greyer (well, this year humidity seems to be hanging on). Since September is also my birth month, the transition from summer to fall is linked in my mind with celebration. If I could have my closest friends near and far join me to take advantage of a fall weekend afternoon, this is the table I think I'd like to set:

What a fun way to mark the season: bite-size cakes in the shape of mini acorns, pinecones, pumpkins and nuts. I'd fill them with dulce de leche, chocolate ganache and Nutella. This Nordicware cakelet pan looks like the ideal gadget for creating tasty treats.

These whimsical OneClayBead plates are perfect for mini cakes.

Dessert wouldn't be complete without a bevvy; so I'd serve spiced tea (see recipe below) from this handmade Clayful Impressions pot...

...and pour into these porcelain Ceramicpix cups.

Anyone needing a spot of sugar or cream would find it in this handmade set by Devanie Pfitzinger Schilpp.

What are you planning for your next intimate get-together?

Spiced Tea

To 2 quarts (8 cups) of water add:

15 whole cloves
20 green cardamon pods, slightly crushed
15 black peppercorns
5 2-inch sticks of cinnamon
8 slices ginger root
Boil gently, covered, for 30 to 40 minutes

Then add:

1/2 tsp. of black tea or 1 teabag

Bring to a boil. Strain and serve, adding sugar or honey and cream to taste.

Makes 2-3 quarts

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