Birthday tea party

I'm about to share with you the six secrets of a successful and food filled tea party.

SECRET ONE:  Ask your mum and your mother-in-law to 'bring a few bits and bobs'.  They will both turn up with enough food to supply a peace core mission.

SECRET TWO: Put your dad in charge of alcohol.  They get serious over this shit.

SECRET THREE:  Hint heavily to all talented baker friends about how good their cooking is until they offer to bring you baked goods for the party.  Resist urge to kiss them.

SECRET FOUR:  Have so much food on the table that at least four people will say "That will never all get eaten"  Set out to prove them all wrong.

Have lots of chairs.  People love chairs.

SECRET SIX: Everyone must eat cake.

PAHAHA, god I love that picture.  That right there, is one of my best buds, Phil.  Yes, this post will contain a lot of talk of cake, because all I seem to be doing at the moment, is baking it, eating it, talking about it and watching it. *YAY GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF IS BACK*

But that is a post for another day.  I promised you awesome folks some recipes and pictures from the party.

I think I'll share two of the recipes I made.

115g/4oz butter - plus extra for greasing
85g/3oz caster sugar
1 egg yolk
200g/7oz plain flour - plus extra for dusting
1 1/2 tablespoon early grey tea leaves (blended if they are big and chunky leaves)
pinch of salt
1/2 a lemon's worth of rind (finely grated)
Cool cookie cutters (or ordinary ones... pfft)

Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.  Next, cream together your sugar and butter until it is light and creamy.  Whisk in the egg yolk, lemon rind and tea leaves.  Gradually fold in the flour until it forms a soft dough.

Grease up a baking sheet with baking parchment, ready for your biscuits.

Dust your surface with a little flour and roll out your dough to roughly 5mm thick.  Cut out your biscuits using the cutter and place onto your pre-greased baking sheet.

Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the biscuits have browned slightly.  Leave to cool on a rack, they will harden up as they cool :)

This website that I got the shortbread recipe from.
Two large bars of chocolate - plus extra because don't lie, you are obviously going to have some.

Make the recipe as Paul Hollywood says, because it tastes nice and some things don't need changing.  Always cite your sources guys!


Place a mixing bowl over a pan of boiling water and break up your chocolate into it.  Keep stirring it as it melts.  Once it has all melted, dip your cooled shortbreads in, one by one.  Sprinkle with a bit of caster sugar afterwards.

If you want to temper your chocolate properly instead of just melting and hoping for the best like I did - use this guide.

-official sounding part- and that concludes the recipe section of this blog post.

This isn't even all of the food, the overspill ran into the kitchen.  Which lead to a lot of this...

"I can't move!  Just let me at the quiches!"

Another talking point was the cheesecake, made my my very talented friend Fiona.  Seriously, let me talk about this cheesecake.  It has three points (not WW ones unfortunately... I have a feeling they would be significantly higher per slice) which make it probably the best cheesecake of your life.

  1. A nice thick buttery biscuit-y base. (see video)
  2. Generous thick creamy part.
  3. It is the biggest mofo-ing cheesecake you'll ever see.

I think luke's face here sums up how well the cheesecake went down....

Let's have a nice gratuitous look at this cheesecake.

Of course this was served in nice pretty princess and pirate bowls.  Because nothing will make your day more awesome than seeing your father-in-law eat cheesecake off of a princesses face.

So what else was there?  Georgie made me some red velvet cupcakes, the mums bought between them - 8 bags of big sharer crisps, 5 platters of sandwiches, three quiches, 3 plates of sausages rolls, boxes of chocolates, Auntie Bee made my birthday cake (more on that in a moment) and there was also pizza, pasta, chicken wings and the usual buffet fodder.

Everyone wanted to try one of our 'hippy fancy teas'.  Being a tea party, the kettle was on all day, and every single guest wanted cuppa after cuppa.  This is an action I highly encourage.

This also means I got to use my friends fancy tea cups and my awesome collection of mugs ALL FRICKEN DAY.

CUE TEA MONTAGE (play video for perfect tea montage music, yay!)


Made by my very talented Auntie Bee, my birthday cake was a cute little recipe recipe book!

I am truly blessed in my life to be related to (by blood and marriage) and be friends with some of the weirdest, funniest and bestest bunch of people you'll ever meet.

My family is awesome, included the ones I just married into.

With my birthday being in the middle of summer (yay!) alot of my friends and family were away on holiday (boo) but the ones that could make it, MADE IT AWESOME!

So here's a wee snippet of some photos of some of the kookiest people you will ever meet.



I'll end this post on a high note.... Look what I got for my birthday...

Looks like someone reads my blog!

Thanks for reading!  And thank you for everyone who made the day awesome, baked me food, bought me food and helped me take photos.

Photos taken by

- Luke, who took a large majority of these.
- Jack, his first time on a camera and he took those awesome cheesecake photos!
- Kris
- and myself.

Have a great weekend guys!  What would you serve at your tea party?

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  1. What a GREAT birthday party! I didn't have a party, nor did I eat a cake...but I am so HAPPY that you had such a great birthday tea party, Emma. Happy happy belated Birthday to you. Those tea cookies are awesome and wow to your birthday cake!

    1. Thank you Angie, and to you too! Hope you had a good birthday! :)

  2. Your tea party looks amazing! Hope you had lots of fun and really enjoyed your birthday! x

  3. Wow what an AMAZING birthday party! I love your birthday cake and so pleased that Tunnocks teacakes made an appearance too :) Happy happy birthday! x

  4. Looks like you had a fun time at your tea party Emma. I'm really pleased for you xxx

  5. Looks like you had a fun time at your tea party Emma. I'm really pleased for you. It all looks amazing, especially all that gorgeous food!! 😊🎉✨ xxx

  6. This looks awesome! When is your birthday? Mine was recently too and I had a tea party as well!! We are like twins (almost)!

  7. ALL THE THINGS! Epic birthday tea party, looks like a great time! And Happy Birthday!

  8. Now I want a tea party for my birthday! I will be making both of your recipes--they look delicious. But that cheesecake looks to die for!

  9. Happy Birthday! That looks like one awesome party. Buffets are basically the best thing ever and I love the inclusion of Tunnock's tea cakes. I made some party bags for my boyfriend's birthday party in June and included a Tunnock's tea cake in there, they went down well!

  10. Your birthday party looked awesome! I hope you had a great day and I loved your new jug and teapot I would be so happy to get them as well :D Really enjoyed your list for the perfect tea party they are all so true :D

  11. Happy birthday to you! Great six secrets of success! Sounds (and looks) like you all had a great time.

  12. The cheesecake looks incredible, as does your amazing birthday cake - a belated happy birthday.

  13. Happy birthday! I love the tea party! I had one for a wedding shower and loved it.

  14. Just one word - wow! Just wow. Looks like great fun :) A belated Happy Birthday Emma x


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