Pink Princess Tea Parties
by Barbara Beery (Gibbs Smith, 2008)
Spring is the perfect time for a whimsical tea party adorned with sweet pleasures. And teatime memories often begin around an adorable small-scale tablescape with friends wearing the loveliest of dress, a magical time-honored tradition darling young girls dream about. To commemorate such an occasion, author Barbara Beery created Pink Princess Tea Parties, a cookbook filled with recipes fit for a princess.
Known as the “Queen of Kids’ Cuisine,” Barbara is the quintessential children’s cooking instructor. In Pink Princess Tea Parties, she features more than just tea and cakes. Simple step-by-step recipes such as Sweet Chai Tea and Sugar-and-Spice Cider teach the fundamentals of creating a magical tea to sip and enjoy. Diminutive bites and perfect tiny treats broaden the scope of little minds and impart the magical customs of tea with twists on traditional tea fare like Peanut Butter and Jelly Scones, Royal Raspberry Tarts, and Fruit and Muffins en Brochette.
Shown in beautiful full-color photography, delicacies like Pastel Petits Fours use only eight ingredients and make enough petite treats for several tiny tea plates. And decadent desserts including Teacup Cupcakes are a fun sweet treat for young and old alike.
Along with tea and tea fare, our drink of choice communicates the importance of slowing down and celebrating friendships, teaching manners, and creating memories. After playing in the kitchen, little ones can set a dainty table with china, including a teapot filled with a sweet tea, and enjoy the ambrosial fare. Short and sweet, these indulgences are sure to keep children busy in the kitchen—a convivial experience that will forever be cherished.