Yesterday I hosted (with a huge amount of teamwork and assistance from Jackie) a baby shower for dear friends Denise and Mike. Last June, dear friend Jackie had a vegan tea party for her birthday. It was a day of loveliness, and Denise mentioned that she would love something similar for her baby shower. Jackie and I decided this would be a great opportunity to do some serious baking so we jumped in.
When you're vegan (which we are), hosting a tea party takes a little extra planning. Even here in Los Angeles, we can't just walk into a bakery and buy whatever little tea cakes or sandwiches we want to serve.
Jackie and I were really proud of all our sweets and treats, and it was so much fun planning and preparing everything. If you have never hosted a tea party - I highly recommend it!
Jackie make these cookies - they look like they came from a professional bakery! They were really beautiful, and also super tasty. Good cookie texture, sweet filling, mmm.
This scone recipe is from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I used dried apricots and added almond extract. Yum!
The brownie bites are from Skinny Bitch in the Kitch. These are the best brownies I've made (and I've baked a lot of vegan brownies). I wanted to eat all the batter, it was so rich and chocolaty.
These little cakes were so cute. The cakes are lemon-coconut, from Veganomicon. We baked them in a tea cake pan from Sur la Table. Since the batter has coconut in it, there was a bit too much texture in them to show off all the details.
The tea sandwiches were eggless egg salad & cucumber cream cheese from The Vegan Table, and carrot cream cheese found on the "interweb." Jackie filled and cut all those little sandwiches so perfectly. She is amazing!
|Tera & Jackie, vegan baking team|
Jackie was an awesome partner in crime and we really had a blast planning the menu, baking the goodies, and setting up. Thank you, Jackie! And happy baby shower, Denise and Mike.