We have a group of friends that met at a Fitness center, and even though some have left, we continue to meet monthly for lunches. We started off at restaurants, six years ago, but our group is so large, that we have them in peoples' homes in order to mingle and visit. Everyone brings something, and we celebrate the birthdays of the month. I volunteered to have a Valentine Tea/Birthday party at my house. Helpers buy the paper products, cups and utensils, and stay to help with clean up.
My dining table has two leaves, and I could seat 14 here. I set my mixture of teacups at every setting.
This table for 8 was set in my kitchen. I used a pink, cozy throw for my table covering. The pretty strawberry mat under the teapot arrangement was handmade by a sweet friend.
This table for 6 was set up in my family room on a folding table that my daughter brought over for me, along with 11 chairs. Another friend brought 6 more chairs over. I bought the flowers at Trader Joe's and arranged them in teapots.
This was our dessert table. The chocolate crepes were divine, and filled with a creamy vanilla filling. We had chicken salad croissants, pimento and egg salad finger sandwiches, ham salad, and so many wonderful dishes. With 28 people attending, you can imagine the array of good food!!
Yield: I had enough to fill 30-35 little lettuce pieces
Filled Romaine Lettuce Appetizers
I saw this recipe on Jenna's blog and knew that it would be perfect for serving at a tea party. The ladies loved it! I think using maple syrup in place of honey would be a good option, too.
- 6-8 slices of bacon, cooked, and chopped
- 1/2 cup Bleu Cheese
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup of pecans, toasted
- a couple of squirts of honey to hold the mixture together
- Romaine lettuce , cleaned and dried (I cut the tips off and used them, and cut the sides off the rib of the lettuce, to make the lettuce in small pieces).
How to cook Filled Romaine Lettuce Appetizers
- Cook the bacon in the oven on parchment paper at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until it looks crispy. Put on paper towels to drain, and then chop. Set aside.
- Put the pecans on a paper plate and toast them in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool and then chop.
- Mix the bacon, pecans, cheese, dried cranberries, and enough honey to hold the mixture together. At this point you can refrigerate the mixture.
- Fill the individual pieces with a scoop of the yummy cheese mixture.
- This can sit out at room temperature for awhile.
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Oh how beautiful everything looks, Kitty. So much love has gone into each of the table settings. Love all the pretty teacups and those serviettes are sweet. Love too, the little strawberry pretty the teapot with flowers is resting on. The food looks positively delicious. You certainly are the hostess with the mostest, lovely Kitty.ReplyDelete
What a pretty table and flowers arranged in your teapots Kitty! Your menu sounds delicious, especially those chocolate crepes. I love a potluck with everyone contributing and Jenna's romaine lettuce wraps sound like a perfect accompaniment to the croissants and finger sandwiches. ♥ReplyDelete
Hi Kitty. I really liked the idea of you meeting monthly with this large group of friends. Good meetings of friends are always held around the table. Sharing food is a good habit and brings friends together.ReplyDelete
The teacups (which I like much as I paint porcelain) and the table coveringsare beautiful. The sweets look wonderful! Congratulations on everything!
With my Husband, we meet monthly with 6 couples in their respective homes, from 1964 to 2014. We belong to a movement of Catholic couples. Teams of Our Lady is an international lay movement in the Catholic Church, designed to enrich marriage spirituality and make good marriages better.
Now, since my Husband died, I have not always been willing to attend these meetings. But we have great friendship.
Oh I am going to come and join your fitness center just so I can come to the parties! LOL! Loving it! And I love the romaine lettuce wraps. Such sweet pictures Kitty. I love the pictures. What fun! That's a lot of people in your house too. Glad you have the room. Hugs and blessings to you dear lady. CindyReplyDelete
28 for a sit down lunch, wow Kitty, that is a large group!! I am so glad the ladies liked the Romaine Wraps, they instantly became a favorite at my house too! I hope you can get the recipe for the chocolate crepes, they sound sooo good! I love how you used teapots for the flowers and your beautiful teacups, what a grand tea party!! Thank you so much for the shout out too :) We are in for a very rainy week here...☔️ReplyDelete
Wow Kitty, that is a large group of friends to be entertaining. Your tea party sounds like it was a big hit and I like all of the food. It sounds like such a fun idea of getting together at different homes! I too belong to an all women's gym and it's such a nice community of friends. Hope you have a nice week ahead. Julie xoReplyDelete
That is quite a large group to entertain! What lovely tables you set and the lettuce cups sounds delicious! I'd love to try them!ReplyDelete
Susan took the words out of my mouth Kitty... That's quite a group! Everything looks pretty and it sounds like everyone ate very well-enjoy:@)ReplyDelete
What a great group to host. It looks beautiful and as if you thought of everything to make it a pleasant experience. Your home looks wonderfully welcoming.ReplyDelete
You're a trooper to host such a gathering. Everything looks lovely. Those lettuce appetizers sound delicious and healthy. Hope you had a good rest after the get together.ReplyDelete
What a fun party, and great, great food! I want to make those romaine lettuce appetizers of Jenna's. I bet they went over really well. All the tables looks so nice. That's a really big crowd, Kitty. I hope you enjoyed it. Hosting can be very draining for that large a crowd.Your flowers are beautiful.ReplyDelete
Great time with friends,I would love to be there!Gorgeous teacups and pretty tablecloth.Blessings,sweet lady!ReplyDelete
Oh Kitty, I love how you decorated with the tea cups and the teapots with flowers, so lovely. What a great way to enjoy your group with holding your luncheons in members homes. I think that is always better. The dessert table holds some delicious goodies. I know it way a fun time, thanks for inviting us in.........ReplyDelete
I heart everything about this beautiful V-Day tea party from the pretty teacups to the floral teapots! Happy Valentine's Day!ReplyDelete
That is such a neat tradition, Kitty! Your table looks so happy and mmmm mmmm mmmm on your lettuce wraps. I think I may just have to try them one of these days soon. Fabulous!ReplyDelete
Glad you are feeling better. Bitg big hugs, my sweet friend. ♥
What a fun party. I can imagine the assortment of great food. I love parties like this but it is a lot of work for the hostess. I love the tea pots as vases and mixed china. Jenna's wraps were a great hit.ReplyDelete
Hi Kitty, This is the PRETTIEST post!! Your tables look so pretty, and I love your collection of assorted teacups! I must say that's a houseful of people; I think you must be braver than I am. :D Your menu sounds wonderful, and the food looks delicious in the pictures. What a fun idea for a group of ladies.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing the recipe for romaine lettuce wraps. I hope you have a great week, my friend!!
Denise at Forest Manor
Your party looks like so much fun! Your tables are so pretty!ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful Valentines Day!
Oh, how wonderful! I can only imagine how yummy everything was and the sweet fellowship shared. Thank you so much for sharing about it with us here, sweet friend! Many blessings to you today!ReplyDelete
Kitty, what a wonderful time you all must have had! I used to be able to do things like that but alas, I can longer. What fun to use your different teacups and set a pretty table for your friends. Love your teapot arrangement! Great tradition for bringing all you girls together. Happy Valentine's Day, dear Kitty!ReplyDelete
Wow, Kitty, 28 people! Makes me tired just thinking about having 28 people over! Sounds like a wonderful menu. Everyone must have loved it. You inspire me.ReplyDelete
The tables look beautiful.ReplyDelete
Many thanks for sharing the romaine lettuce wraps recipe.
All the best Jan
Oh my goodness! Your tables were all perfectly lovely with your array of teacups and the food looked absolutely divine...those lettuce wraps had to be just delicious! What a great idea to split up the expenses and clean up so everyone could enjoy it! You, dear Kitty, are definitely the hostess with the mostess and I agree, you are such an inspiration! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!ReplyDelete
Kitty, how pretty the tables are. You are a charming hostess.I have always admired your lovely tea cups. The teapot filled with flowers is perfect. How fun to share this party. Potlucks are always the best. Happy Sunday.ReplyDelete
Wow, that is a huge group, and you were so nice to set tables for all of them! What a fun way to meet, and I love that you continue to get together regularly. Your flowers and food, along with the tables look incredible! Happy Valentine's Day!ReplyDelete
That's quite a spread! Everything looks great and I especially like the strawberry felt mat under your pretty teapot arrangement. I'm visiting from Love Your Creativity.ReplyDelete
Everything looks so pretty! You always think of every detail! What a joy to get to visit you for a tea party! Hugs!ReplyDelete
Everything looks fabulous, Kitty. 28 ladies, that is wonderful. Happy early birthday! xoReplyDelete