Lavender and Lace Tea
Use a lavender tablecloth with a white lace overlay
Silk lilac sprays, sprigs of lavender and white carnations in a teapot vase make a lovely centerpiece.
Use a pre-printed lavender and lace printer paper or make your own invitations using a lavender colored card stock with floral or tea accents on the cover and white inserts
In the invitation, ask your guests to wear lavender
Lavender Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches
Lavender Blueberry Muffins
Lavender Tea Cookies
Lavender Tea (purchased)
Note: Make sure the lavender you use for cooking has not been sprayed with pesticides. It should be labeled “for culinary use”. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not eat lavender.
Helpful Hint: Grind several tablespoons of dried lavender buds in a clean coffee grinder and store in an airtight container for use in recipes requiring ground lavender
Adding Dried Lavender to Recipes
Lavender tastes very similar to rosemary, with a hint of citrus and can be substituted for rosemary in many recipes.
The secret to cooking with lavender is:
a little goes a long way.
It has a strong flavor, so start with a small amount and add more to taste.
Always use lavender that is labeled “For Culinary Use” in cooking. A few suggestions for adding dried lavender to your recipes are listed below:
- Use dried lavender as you would any other dried herb in casseroles, soups or stews. It’s best to grind the dried flower buds first in a clean coffee grinder then stir them into the dish, but remember to use it sparingly.
- For meat, fish or poultry, blend a mixture of 1 part ground, dried lavender and 2 parts garlic powder (or a mixture of garlic and onion powder), plus salt and pepper to taste. Rub on meat before roasting or grilling.
Add 2 teaspoons of ground, dried lavender to any bread, cake or cookie mix or recipe, including yeast breads, layer cakes, pound cakes, and sugar cookies. Mix and bake as directed.
Have your guests sit in a circle. Give one guest a wrapped gift to “hold onto, but don’t get too attached to it”. Read the below poem. When the guests hear the word lavender, the gift is passed to the person on the left. Whoever holds the gift at the end of the poem wins the gift. If you have more than 12 guests, use 2 gifts.
You are cordially invited
to a lovely lavender tea.
So don a lavender outfit
and join me and my friends at three.
There’ll be lots of lavender treats,
and lavender in the teapot.
Do you like lavender cheesecake,
Or lavender scones, I forgot?
We’ll drink lavender tea with honey
and eat lavender cookies and cake.
And other lavender goodies,
I’ll put in bags for you to take.
How about a lavender game?
Let’s have lots more lavender fun!
We’ll find out who the winner is
when this lavender poem is done
Party favors can be organza drawstring bagsfilled with culinary lavender in a tiny plastic bag, and a recipe card attached on which you have written one of the lavender recipes you served at your tea party