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Overhead view of a plate of fruit and tea sandwiches surrounded by a robin's egg blue teapot and a purple and white floral teacup full of tea on a vintage white and green cloth.

5 Things You’ll Need (and enjoy!) for a Traditional Tea Party

Like many of you, I drink tea all the time. I go through the rituals of heating water and steeping leaves several times a day. But sometimes, I want to set aside a special time to gather friends and celebrate my favorite drink. Tea parties are steeped in tradition, and can feel a bit stuffy […]

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A New Generation of Tea Drinkers: How to Host a Teen Tea Party

In years gone by, the tea party was a rite of passage for many young people, but in today’s society many teens may never experience the joy of a tea party. Hosting a teen tea party is a wonderful opportunity to gather together a group of young folks and make them feel special. Help your […]

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Overhead view of a Christmas tea party with loose leaf tea, cookies, and tea sandwiches on a wooden board and green plates and mugs.

Christmas Tea Menu for Holiday Cheer

If you are a tea lover around the holiday season, go the extra mile for your Christmas get-together this year and style it like a winter tea party. We have a multitude of recipes to fill your Christmas tea menu and keep your party merry. Christmas Tea Starters First up on your Christmas tea menu […]

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"Tea Party" Around the World: In Search of the Best Afternoon Tea

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What do sophistication, smoked salmon and scones all have in common? High Tea of course! More popular than ever, the High Tea party allows you to get dressed up, go somewhere nice and gossip over scones with jam and cream. Beginning with a glass of sparkling wine or champagne and followed by a tea of […]

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A white teapot and teacups, scones, loose leaf tea, and a silver spoon that says "Curiouser and Curiouser" are laid out on a wooden table.

Communi-tea Roundup: Serving Tea to a Crowd

While I’d be the first to tell you that tea is an appropriate beverage all year ‘round, there’s something especially lovely about serving tea in the springtime. Whether it’s the longer days, perfect for sipping a cold brew on your porch, or maybe just the awakening and re-connecting after a long winter that perfectly lends […]

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How to Throw a Springtime Garden Tea Party

It’s that time of year: the days are longer, the temps are warmer, but it’s still cooling off at night. The birds are singing their songs in the blossom-filled trees. It’s the perfect season to have a garden tea party. Work With Nature You’ll run into a few (manageable) challenges with an outside meal. Three […]

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Tea and Cheese Pairings for Party Perfection

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We humans are a little obsessed with pairs; from watching celebrity power couples to setting up our friends on dates to shipping fictional pairings in television shows and books, we like nothing more than a good romance. Unsurprisingly, we’re not much different when it comes to our food. Wine and cheese, wine and chocolate, and […]

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Savory Three-Course Afternoon Tea Menu

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While afternoon tea often features delectable but sugar-laden, high carb items, it does not need to. With a little ingenuity you can create a savory three-course afternoon tea menu that is every bit as delicious — but wonderfully healthy and nourishing to body and soul. First Course: Soup Instead of starting with tea sandwiches, I […]

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Party Math: Figuring Out How Much Beverage to Serve at Your Event

Everything is ready for your event: the invitations have been sent, the menu is planned, and the space is decorated. You even made up a playlist of the perfect party music. Nothing else to worry about, right? Not so fast! Unless the only libation you’re serving is water from the tap, you still need to […]

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Two tomato tea sandwiches sit on a brown and white plate with a brown mug full of tea in the background.

Tomato Tea Sandwiches for a Summer Soiree

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There is nothing quite like the fresh, juicy, sweet taste of summer tomatoes. So, with summer upon us we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the humble tomato by sharing with you our favorite simple summer tomato tea sandwiches. Celebratory Summer Tea Menu Around here we love any excuse to throw a party, so […]

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Dia de los Muertos Tea Party with Mexican Cinnamon Drink

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Skulls made out of sugar may seem like a bizarre feature for a fabulous tea party, but on Dia de los Muertos — The Day of the Dead — they are perfectly suited for a treasured day of remembrance and partying. Far from a macabre ritual with hints of Halloween ghoulishness, Dia de los Muertos […]

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Two apple butter ham and cheese tea sandwiches are stacked on a white plate with floral border.

Apple Butter Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches

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Ham and cheese is a classic combination that’s been around for a long, long time. So, naturally ham and cheese tea sandwiches are a common site at tea parties. As you know, here at Plum Deluxe we like to add our own spin to the classics, and this time around we are adding a single […]

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How To Throw a Chinese New Year Party that Celebrates Prosperity

You don’t have to go to a large city or fancy restaurant to celebrate Chinese New Year. With a bit of planning, you can throw a fantastic bash at home to celebrate the best of this amazing holiday. For my Chinese friends, Chinese New Year is even bigger and more important than Christmas. It is […]

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Overhead view of almond bacon party pancakes stacked on blue and white plates, served with butter and apple syrup.

Almond Bacon Party Pancakes

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Pancakes are always a happy thing for me, but these Almond Bacon Party Pancakes are downright celebratory. Fragrant with almond and studded with crispy pieces of bacon, these beauties are just the thing for a summer brunch party. When you add salted butter and a drizzle of apple syrup to your stack of party pancakes, […]

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Irish Apple Cake Recipe for Afternoon Tea

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The Irish are nearly as well known for their afternoon tea as the English are, so it only makes sense that they have their own take on afternoon tea accompaniments. This Irish Apple Cake is a perfect example of that; it’s a much more rustic and authentically Irish-style cake than the delicate style of cakes […]

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Orange Scone Recipe with Dark Chocolate

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You well know that we love a good scone recipe, especially a good orange scone recipe. Citrus scones tend to be lighter and sunnier in flavor. This is especially appreciated in the winter months when we start to get overwhelmed with heavy soups and stews. These orange dark chocolate scones make a perfect treat for […]

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Overhead view of a loaf of apple walnut bread, a cup of tea, a bag and scoop of loose leaf tea, and a slice of bread on a light wooden table.

Our Favorite Autumn Apple Walnut Bread Recipe

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Apples are synonymous with the autumn season, as is baking, which is why we decided to bring them together in our favorite apple walnut bread recipe. This is a classic, comforting autumn recipe that is sure to warm you and your guests from the inside out. While fall is our favorite time of year to […]

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Overhead view of eight freshly baked maple walnut scones on a parchment-lined baking tray.

Sweet & Nutty Perfection: Maple Walnut Scones

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Maple and walnut are a quintessential American combination, so of course we thought it was high time we added a maple walnut scone recipe to our repertoire. I call this a quintessential American combination for a number of reasons. First off, it’s a well-known and well-loved flavor pairing here in the States. Secondly, there is […]

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Overhead view of a single dark chocolate red currant scone on a blue and white plate, an earthenware mug of tea, and a plate piled with more scones, all on a dark wooden table.

Dark Chocolate Red Currant Scones Recipe

Red currants are one of those little-known fruits that pack a big punch. I was thrilled when, met with an abundance of these little jeweled fruits, I needed to come up with a great recipe to use them in. While I love them in jams and jellies, I eventually settled on scones because, well, I […]

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Strawberry Blueberry Salad Recipe with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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April means that spring is in full swing. Birds are flitting about, early spring blooms are pushing their way out from the newly defrosted ground. We are all getting excited for warmer weather, fun spring activities, and of course all the amazing flavors of spring — like the ones found in this strawberry blueberry salad […]

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Three blue and white mugs filled with the best pea salad recipe ever are displayed on a blue and white platter on a wooden table.

Spring Salad with Peas and Prosciutto

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Spring is around the corner and we are getting so excited to start serving more fresh, spring-y recipes. ‘Tis the season for all things green! In the process of rounding up some amazing food to share with you, we stumbled on what we think is the best pea salad recipe ever. I mean, anything with […]

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Coconut Lime Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

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The perfect summer cookie his here and ready to party. These laid-back coconut lime cookies are reminiscent of those fine-feeling beachy cocktails that we are all familiar with — but of course a little sweeter. Lime and coconut are a classic combination that are nearly as old as time, and for good reason, since they […]

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Apples and Blue Cheese Sweet Potato Bites

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Looking for something a little different to serve for your next party? Why not try these sweet potato bites with apples and blue cheese? They come together quickly and are packed with flavor. These savory little bites will go a long way to livening up your usual spread. Starting with sweet potato chips as the […]

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Parmesan Rind Soup

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Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is one of those ingredients that can very quickly make a dish seem fancier. Not only does it add complexity of flavor, but it’s also pretty. The flakes of savory cheese waft down onto a pile of pasta with delicious homemade sauce, or atop a soup for a little something different. […]

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5 Winter White Wines to Enjoy No Matter the Temperature Outside

Winter is a great time for wine, but red tends to steal the show. And why not — a warming, sultry glass of red can comfort even the roughest wintry mix. I think white wine gets the short end of the stick during colder months. I personally love a crisp white, particularly fireside or with […]

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How Appetizing: Pear Brie Bites

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As the cooler temperatures start to make their appearance, all those favorite summer appetizers like chips and guacamole are starting simply not to cut it any more. This time of year we start craving something a little warmer, creamier, and decadent. However, we still aren’t looking for something quite so heavy as cocktail meatballs or […]

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We are making a bold statement: This broccoli cheddar scone recipe is, in fact, the best savory scone recipe you will have this year, maybe even ever.

Broccoli Cheddar Scones: The Best Savory Scone Recipe You’ll Have All Year

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Yes, we are making a bold statement with the title of this post. However, when you combine classic flavor combinations such as broccoli and cheddar with a perfect buttermilk scone recipe it makes a pretty amazing scone. That’s why we aren’t losing sleep over the claim that this broccoli cheddar scone recipe is, in fact, […]

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How the Glogg Stole Christmas: Sweden’s Recipe for Holiday Cheer

Scoot over cider, hot chocolate,  tea, and coffee, it’s time to make room for another luscious hot beverage on the holiday drinks menu: glogg. Don’t let the name fool you. Behind that earthy, grunty sort of name is a heavenly brew enjoyed by Scandinavians around the world every Christmas. Glogg is mulled wine with a […]

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How to Host a Cheese & Honey Tasting Your Friends Will Love

You’ve probably done a cheese and wine pairing before, and maybe even cheese and chocolate. But did you know you can also pair cheese and honey — and to wonderful effect? Yes, the rich sweetness of honey is the perfect complement to the salty savor of cheese. Want to give it a try? We’ve got […]

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Mini Chicken and Waffles Appetizer with Two Dipping Sauces

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Chicken and waffles is a well-loved American classic, there’s no doubt. However, we decided to give this homey southern dish more than one fun new twist that will make it the biggest a hit at your next party or potluck. First, we made this entree into an easy-to-handle mini chicken and waffles appetizer. Then we […]

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Perfect Spring Soup: Cream of Spinach and Asparagus Soup Recipe

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Things are beginning to thaw out, and spring vegetables are starting to make their bright and vibrant appearance on grocery store shelves. We’re all excited to start tossing together big salads and firing up the grill, but the fact of the matter is that we still have a few cold days ahead of us. What […]

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