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It’s New Year’s Day!

We love to kick of the new year with a tea party. And how fitting that January is National Hot Tea Month. Everyone is sluggish and tired from the night before so the kids and my husband don’t even get out of their pajamas.  It’s a total indoor day, great to have after a long few weeks of holiday hubbub.  Traditional afternoon tea consists of tea and 3 types of food, the scones or baked goods, the assorted mini sandwiches (savories) and lastly the sweets.  I love every single part of this so I make a little variety of each.

For the first part I like to bake cream scones from the CIA cookbook and make a package mix for mini muffins.  Betty Crocker is my favorite brand and we love the blueberry, cinnamon swirl or chocolate chip flavors.

Mini sandwiches are fun to make.  I love to buy an assortment of breads and fillings.  The fillings can be as easy as peanut butter and jelly or as complex as chicken salad.  The salad can be made or purchased at a store.  Remember this can be as easy or as complex as you want it to be.

The sweets are usually a sampling of all my Christmas treats that are still hanging around the house. But if you have given all yours away, any family favorite treat will work here.  We love brownies!

Our tea starts somewhere around 2pm.  My husband and I brew loose tea for ourselves and the kids like the packaged flavored tea.  Bigelow Decaffeinated Vanilla tea is the one that works for them.

Finally, the conversation at tea always includes the best moments from 2013! Occasionally, a photo album comes at as well.  Enjoy your family time!

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