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With Baby Wheel arriving last year, tea parties were one of the things that there just wasn't time to keep having. So to get back in the habit again, we are going to use the book Just Mom and Me Having Tea. To kick start our monthly tea parties, we will be having a St. Patrick's Day Tea.
I have lots of fun surprises for our first back to tea, St. Patrick's Day Tea Party. First up (may just be my favorite), I made each of the girls a St. Patrick's Day Keepsake Bracelet.
To make them too, you'll need a God's Heart Clip Bangle Bracelet for each person, super glue or strong adhesive, and 1/4" green gems.
In honor of the day, I chose all green gems that were in a pack I had.
Put your glue or adhesive around the silver o in your bracelet. Then gently place the gem over it. Hold where you would like it to stay until it is stuck.
It is a lovely bracelet and this is an easy way to make it an extra special keepsake (you could add any assortment of gems for all kinds of special days).
Next I've prepared some scriptures that are relevant to St. Patrick to make into table tents for our tea discussion and bookmarks for them to keep. The free printable is at the end of the post for you!
Just cut out the verse on the dotted line.
Put onto green card stock. Trim around the edges.
For the table tents, put on a fancy scrapbook paper and fold in half.
To make the bookmarks, use another shamrock themed paper to attach them too and cut around as a large rectangle.
Now for the cookies. We used a cut-out cookie recipe that is in our church cookbook (Thanks Deb!), with a couple of modifications. Here's our recipe:
Basic dough for St. Patrick's Day Tea Cookies
1 c sugar
1/2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
3 c flour
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t cinnamon
1 t soda
2 1/2 baking powder
Cream egg, sugar, and butter. Add milk and vanilla. Gradually, add flour, salt, cinnamon, soda, and baking soda.
We used the dough in two ways. First we put about half the dough in a cookie press and made shamrock cookies. For this half of the dough, it is necessary to kneed in extra flour.
The other half we rolled out on a floured surface and cut out circle shapes. Bake at 350 degrees 10-12 minutes. Let cool.
Now it is time to decorate. We used icings, food markers, gel icing, and candies.
Then we mixed some food coloring into icing until we had a lovely shade of green. Adding powdered sugar to it makes it moldable so we could make shamrock shapes. These are yummy by themselves and on top of the other cookies.
Wishing you homeschool blessings,
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