A Tea Party Fit for Mom
If you've dropped the Mother's Day ball this year and forgotten to pick up a present for Mom, you're in luck, because it's not too late to invite her to a tea party in her honor. On this morning's all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts used everyday craft supplies and garden-fresh fixings to create a sweet atmosphere with the decor, and assembled a menu of can-do recipes. Read on below to see what they made and learn how they did it.
As with any party, decorations can set the scene at a Mother's Day brunch, and Katie Lee's tabletop Tea Garland is both "pretty and functional," she says. Katie uses colorful tags to differentiate among the tea bags, which she hangs from a suspended ribbon using miniature clothespins. And as for the centerpiece, look no further than a teapot, which can be used as a vase to hold Mom's special bouquet of flowers.
Sunny Anderson uses fresh flowers in her decor as well, making an Floral Chandelier. A lightweight embroidery hoop is the main structural element, to which she glues ribbon and ties the flowers. Follow her lead and opt for flowers with a mix of colors and stem lengths; this will add visual interest to the chandelier when it's hung.
When it comes to the menu, Marcela Valladolid turns her centerpiece into a fresh-fruit offering. Her Honeydew Teapot is filled with colorful melon balls for the ultimate fruit salad. To make the teapot, just hollow out a honeydew and use toothpicks to affix to it pieces of the flesh to serve as the handle and spout. For an extra-special treat for Mom, pour Champagne right atop the melon balls to guarantee a decadent finish.
Tea sandwiches are a go-to tea party pick, of course, but you don't have to resort to the usual cucumber-salmon situation. Beef up the menu with Jeff Mauro's Baked Roast Beef and Provolone "Tea" Sliders on Everything Buns, blanketed in a buttery everything-spice mixture before cooking, or opt for Marcela's more traditional Mini Club Tea Sandwiches (pictured above). She serves these open-faced beauties stacked with the classic club fixings you know and love, like deli turkey and crispy bacon.
Geoffrey Zakarian is bringing the sweets to the party, but there's no need to turn on the oven here. His Pan CAKE stars three tiers of different-sized pancakes, each set atop the one larger than itself to create a towering masterpiece ideal for breakfast or dessert. "That was so easy," GZ said of assembling this next-level flapjack stack. Sprinkle on snow-white powdered sugar for a whimsical finish.