I absolutely love retro styles and especially retro entertaining! Dinner parties, recipe clubs, gatherings with friends are such a fun and simple way to make memories and build community and friendships. With summer just around the corner, I decided to invite over a few girlfriends and celebrate warmer weather by holding my very own 1950’s Housewife Tea Party! Instead of a traditional sit down tea, I opted to serve Lipton iced tea and give the party a very slight tiki twist inspired by one of the new Lipton herbal tea flavors, Peach Mango. Imagine a tiki-style afternoon ladies’ gathering at June Cleaver’s house.
Let’s start with the tea, because obviously the most important part of a tea party is… the tea! I went with two flavors from the new Lipton Tea herbal varieties because they come in fun and unique flavors like Berry Hibiscus and Peach Mango. Other available flavors include Apple Cinnamon and Lemon Ginger. The herbal teas are great either hot or iced, so perfect to enjoy year-round. Check out the full lineup of Lipton’s new herbal and black varieties and refreshed green, tea flavors here. I chose to go with a classic, Lemon Ginger, and something slightly tropical, Peach Mango.
The party was very easy to set up, I’m all about fuss free hosting, but I still found unique ways to add fun touches and incorporate the slight tiki theme through the event decor. I tied raffia around the serving glasses:
and around one of my pitchers of iced tea.
The iced tea pitchers were placed on bamboo mats and I placed a fresh pineapple on top of our bar to add a more festive tropical flavor and tie the beverage station in with the food tablescape. The flowers I purchased at a local grocery store. To get the best bang for your buck when buying flowers for a party, focus more on colors rather than type of flower. It’s difficult to get tropical flowers where I am right now, so instead I chose two types of tulips and some pretty green filler flowers. The bright orange and white mixed with the green created beautiful bouquets for the dining room and living room tables while still keeping budget in mind. I added fresh pineapples for looks, and then cut them up for snacking after the party!
Since this was just an afternoon tea, I focused on easy finger foods that could be enjoyed while chatting in the living room. I made my white chocolate macadamia nut key lime cookies, pineapple mozzarella bites inspired by this post on Cook Craft Love, rumaki (chicken liver and water chestnut wrapped in bacon), and mini orange jello parfaits topped with toasted coconut. Because how can you have a 1950’s party without a gelatin dish? Answer: you can’t. I’ve included the recipe for the parfaits at the bottom of the post. You won’t believe how easy it is to make jello from scratch with no added sugar.
I invited some of my favorite local bloggers and entrepreneur friends (plus a few more) over to enjoy with me to enjoy a bit of down time. You might spy jewelry designer Melissa Lew, blogger Sarah from Cook with 5 Kids, and photographer Alesya Flynn among the guests!
We definitely enjoyed sampling both teas, but I think it’s clear the Peach Mango was definitely the favorite! It definitely helped set the mood for our little ladies’ gathering!
And it was a perfect pairing with the parfaits!
I hope you enjoyed my little 1950’s housewife tea party tutorial as much as I enjoyed putting it all together. Be sure to visit Lipton Tea online to download a coupon for $0.75 off any 1 Lipton Black, Green, or Herbal 20ct tea.
Happy almost-summer, darlings!
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 envelope gelatin (1/4 ounce)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, well chilled
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 cup sweetened (or unsweetened) shredded coconut
- Toast your coconut in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly until it's a light golden. Remove to a plate to cool. Set aside.
- Place half a cup of orange juice in a mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the cold juice. Set aside.
- Bring the remaining juice to a boil in a small saucepan and then pour over the gelatin mixture. Stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Pour into a 9x11" glass container. Chill for 3 hours or until set.
- When you are ready to assemble the parfaits, place the heavy whipping cream and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. Use either a hand mixer or the whisk attachment on your stand mixer to whip the heavy cream and sugar to stiff peaks.
- Layer the jello and whipped cream in small glasses (or a single larger serving dish) and top with toasted coconut. Keep refrigerated for up to 4 hours until ready to serve.
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