A Valentine’s Tea In the Woods

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
Last year we had a “Bee Mine” Valentines Tea and it was so much fun we had to do another one this year!  My girls love the “Stranger in the Woods” books and videos, and that was the inspiration for this one.  Everything was really pretty simple, and my girls had so much fun helping to make everything.


A Valentine's Tea In the Woods

Here’s what we did:

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods

“Forest Flower Nectar”  This is just 7 up and cranberry juice.  Very well received! I debated on what to make for the girls to drink, as some like the hot herbal tea but not all.  This was an easy fix, they could have either and still drink out of the teacups.

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
I love the log cake platter, I bought it at Cost Plus World Market and was happy to have a perfect occasion to use it!

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
I made each setting an acorn cap necklace by making felt balls and gluing them inside acorn caps.  Beforehand I drilled a hole in the cap for a wire loop to put the string through. I wrapped one around each napkin.

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
For place settings I used these woodland animal valentines, found here.
A Valentine's Tea In the Woods

Fairy bread, of course, for the girls.  It’s just peanut butter or frosting on bread, dosed in sprinkles.  I used the woodland animal cookie cutters as well.

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
For “twigs” I made chocolate dipped pretzel rods.  With them are walnut cookies.

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
For the cookie mushrooms I just used the sugar cookie dough I used for the other cookies (You just make a ball of dough, dip a bottle top into cocoa powder, then into the ball of dough.  I froze mine for about 45 minutes so they would keep their shape better, then baked.)

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
For the snails we swirled chocolate and regular sugar cookie dough and used sprinkles for antennas.  Again, I froze them for about 45 minutes to help from spreading.

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
The log cake was a big hit!

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
I decorated the cake with marshmallow fondant, using martha stewart molds for the ferns and leaves, a little cookie cutter for the daisies, and freehanded the toadstools.

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
The green moss is made by mixing graham cracker crumbs with green food coloring.  We added some candy rocks we found at the amazing Candy babel store.

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods
Last minute I remembered we had some deer picks so I added those the mini cupcakes.

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods

The cookie cutter set was from Ikea I believe, though the deer was just the bear modified.

A Valentine's Tea In the Woods

More sweets, of course!
A Valentine's Tea In the Woods

Even if you just break out some cookie cutters and make simple pb sandwiches with juice, have a tea party (with tea cups of course!)  I promise you won’t forget it, and your little for sure won’t!

 

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