The Enchanted Bazaar Tea

Let me start by saying that I have an exceptionally patient and loving husband. Last year, when I said I was going to start throwing tea parties, he whole-heartedly threw in his support; but I’m afraid he didn’t really know what he was getting himself into. You see, if I am the architect of these events, then he is the builder. If I am the visionary, he is the doer. When, for my spring tea, I asked him to gather and hang bundles of tree branches, he did it. When I asked him to hang and rehang a dozen tissue poms until I felt they were perfectly placed, he did it. And when I asked him to transform our dining room into a magical Moroccan tent for my summer tea…well, he did that, too.

To make the tent, we used every dark or patterned flat sheet we owned, plus some extra fabric I had laying around, to drape and swag from the ceiling. I created a table by setting an antique door with a beveled mirror on it on top of two trunks. Lanterns were hung (Please be careful with flames around fabric, y’all!), rugs were layered, and I made pillows using pillow forms and $1 designer home fabric samples from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Each pillow probably only cost about $7; which, you know, if you have ever bought pillows, is pretty inexpensive!

For this tea, I was ready to go a little outside-of-the-box (Did I just use that phrase? Yes, I did. Sigh. Oh, me). I wanted to throw an evening tea with infused cocktails and a much more adult vibe. Focus was really on atmosphere and, while I’ll say that the food and drink were delicious, I’ll admit I still have a ways to go with presentation. Baby steps, kids.

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Once again I used the fabulous Paperless Post for my e-card invitations. Each design is completely editable to your desires: words, fonts, “envelopes”, and all.

This time around the courses weren’t quite so formal. Though I did plan pairings of teas and foods, I just took my cues from my guests as to when they were ready for a new dish or cocktail. The gin cocktail was so incredible that we opted to keep drinking them until the Earl Grey-infused gin was gone; which was, sadly, all too soon.

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The Enchanted Bazaar Tea Menu

Moroccan Mint Tea – Gunpowder green tea and mint, traditionally prepared.
Homemade hummus with pita bread
Fruit Plate – Three varieties of grapes provided a nice color contrast and snack throughout the evening.

The Earl is Drunk – Earl Grey-infused gin cocktail adapted from this delicious recipe
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Cucumbers on Pita Bread
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich on Croissant – Yummy recipe!

Masala Chai Tea Cocktail – Chai-infused vodka cocktail.
Ricotta-stuffed Bacon-wrapped Dates – Man, you can’t go wrong with a bacon-wrapped date; and this was a great recipe. I did have a problem with almost smoking out the kitchen, so I would – at the very least – suggest running your exhaust fan.

Moroccan Orange Dessert – A palate cleanser. I think I’d skip this next time. You use orange blossom water, which is very fragrant: not a big fan.

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Bourekas – These were delicious and much enjoyed, even though we were all pretty full by this point.

It truly was an enchanting evening with fantastic friends!

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And another shout out to my friend Emily for taking such stunning shots in the low light!

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