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A Three Cooks One Kitchen “Be Our Guest” Tea Party {+Giveaway}

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This post is sponsored by Omaha Performing Arts.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

3c1k hannah teacupHow often do I get to drink fake “tea” out of teacups at a girls’ day tea party?  Try never, until now…

Three Cooks One Kitchen BannerThree Cooks One Kitchen got a little bit of a makeover this month.  Instead of cooking up something elaborate, we decided to go simple with the recipes and focus more on the experience.  Last Saturday, Erin and I met at Joanna’s house where we threw ourselves a tea party.  Tea parties aren’t just for children!  Either that, or we are all three just really big kids at heart.  Regardless, we had a blast cooking, eating, drinking out of fancy teacups, and gabbing.  In other words, we spent a couple of hours doing some of the things we enjoy the most!  We did it all in celebration and anticipation of an exciting event that is coming to Omaha next week (read on for more deets).

Will you be our guest?

3c1k table 2A Three cooks One Kitchen “Be Our Guest” Tea Party

3C1K Tea PartyUpon arriving to Joanna’s, we got right to cooking… and talking… and photographing.  You know, the “normal” things that bloggers do.

3C1K EleanorWe had a cute little helper with us in the kitchen, too.  It was Three and a Half Cooks One Kitchen!

3c1k pasta saladIf you are looking for a healthy, easy, and delicious pasta salad recipe, I’d definitely recommend this Feta Basil Balsamic Pasta Salad.  It came together in under 30 minutes (cooling time included).  Plus, we eat with our eyes first and the colors in this one are gorgeous!

3c1k erin joannaAfter the pasta salad was made and chillin’ in the fridge, Erin and I got to work on the cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches (recipe below), while Joanna finished making these Fruit “Galette” Cookies.

3c1k cookiesWe left the job of baking and adding the raspberry jam to these to Joanna since she is the master baker.

3c1k cookies 2Aren’t they gorgeous?!  I can only imagine what a mess they would have been if Erin and I had been in charge of the filling 😉

3c1k table 3Once the sandwiches, cookies, and pasta salad were all ready, we set the table for our tea party.

3c1k table 5It wasn’t your traditional “tea” party.  I am not a tea person and Joanna is not drinking it right now while she is pregnant.  Instead, we rolled with the season and drank hot apple cider in our teacups.

3c1k joanna picturesIt’s not a Three Cooks One Kitchen event without tons of picture taking prior to eating.  If Joanna’s neighbors could have been looking through her windows, they would have thought we were all nuts!

3c1k tea party plateEventually the picture taking had to come to an end because our tummies were grumbling.  We served ourselves up a little bit of each dish.  How adorable are our little finger foods on Joanna’s hand-me-down china?  Everything tasted just as delicious as it looks!

And now to those cute little tea sandwiches…

3c1k sandwiches 2I have a difficult time even calling this a recipe, but I have to share what went into these sandwiches because they are the perfect finger food for your next party (tea or not).

Cucumber and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Makes 8 sandwiches

Ingredients

24 slices rye cocktail bread
1/2 cup cream cheese (I used Go Veggie!’s vegan Chive & Garlic Cream Cheese <–awesome!)
1 English cucumber cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
fine sea salt and black pepper, optional

Directions

1. Spread one slice of cocktail bread with cream cheese.

2. Top the cream cheese with one to two slices of cucumber, depending on their size.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Add another slice of bread on top.  Top this slice with additional cream cheese and cucumbers.

4. Top your tea sandwich with a third slice of bread.

5. Repeat for remaining seven tea sandwiches.

3c1k groupYou might be wondering how in the world we decided to throw ourselves a tea party.  It was not because we love tea.  It had a little bit to do with the fact that finger foods are incredibly fun to make and eat.  But the main reason for our tea party was in celebration and anticipation of our upcoming girls’ night out next week for the musical, Beauty and the Beast.  You cannot hear about Beauty and the Beast and not think of tea parties, right?

beauty and the beastBeauty and the Beast: The Musical is coming to the Orpheum Theater (409 S. 16th Street, Omaha, NE) for three days next week.  Performances will be held at 8:00 on Friday, the 19th; 2:00 and 8:00 on Saturday, the 20th; and 1:30 and 7:00 on Sunday, the 21st.  Purchase your tickets here: http://www.ticketomaha.com/productions/Beauty-and-the-Beast.  If you are anything like me, your five year old self won’t be able to resist!

And for our Omaha friends, it is your lucky day!  We won’t be the only ones attending Beauty and the Beast.  Omaha Performing Arts wants one of you (and a friend) to be their guests for the Beauty and the Beast performance on Sunday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post!  The giveaway will be open until Monday, December 15th at 11:59 p.m. CST.  You must be an Omaha resident or able to travel to the show on the specified day in order to win.

Be sure to head over to Erin and Joanna’s blogs to check out their 3C1K posts and to enter the giveaway there, as well.  You may enter on all three sites!

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 11, 2014, 5:35 am
    Those ARE the cutest little sandwiches! I remember years and years ago going to a friends house and her mom would always make us cucumber tea sandwiches! I always felt SO fancy, haha!
  • Nicole December 11, 2014, 7:23 am
    Love the yellow color in the dining room What a fun time with friends! Thanks for the giveaway Nicole recently posted...Favorite Holiday Recipe – Easy Dessert Pretzels!My Profile
  • RaShelle December 11, 2014, 7:34 am
    I love Beauty and the Beast! A tea party is a Splendid idea and looks like you all had a fun time!
  • Danielle Sexton December 11, 2014, 7:53 am
    I've always wanted to go see a play and would just die to see my first being beauty and the beast!!!
  • Christy Lahoda December 11, 2014, 8:05 am
    Beauty and the Beast tickets?!?!? YES PLEASE! Mommy and Gracie need a date night!
  • jaima December 11, 2014, 8:09 am
    What a fun group activity! Beauty and the Beast would be amazing to see
  • Angel December 11, 2014, 8:11 am
    What a great idea to have your own tea party before a weekend of going to see Beauty and the Beast!!
  • Mandy teneyck December 11, 2014, 8:20 am
    The sandwiches are adorable I would love to make those for my daughters friends.
  • Shantel December 11, 2014, 8:29 am
    One daughter has seen the show, now it's time to take the other one!
  • Christy Kriegler December 11, 2014, 8:32 am
    beauty and the beast tickets!? Yes please!!!
  • Jennifer Zortman December 11, 2014, 8:41 am
    Love cucumber sandwiches what a fun party, may have to keep that in mind im due for a girls night soon :)
  • Elle December 11, 2014, 8:45 am
    Love this show and would be a great early Christmas present to give!
  • Dawn O December 11, 2014, 8:48 am
    We LOVE tea parties! There is a local lady who opens her Victorian home to ladies and daughters for authentic tea parties...hats, gloves, jewels and all! :)
  • melissa bottorff December 11, 2014, 8:56 am
    Growing up my grandma always had grand tea parties...she literally has hundreds of fancy tea cups! I just hope that my kids get to go home to cali with me some day and have a tea party with her!
  • Joanna @Makingmine December 11, 2014, 9:00 am
    I think I say this every month, but this might be my favorite so far! Everything was so light and fresh - a nice change from all the heavy foods associated with the holidays Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...three cooks one kitchen: be our guest {+ giveaway}My Profile
  • Amber December 11, 2014, 9:08 am
    The tea party looks fun.
  • Cindy December 11, 2014, 9:22 am
    This would be so fun! thanks for the chance.
  • Courtney Hendricksen December 11, 2014, 9:26 am
    Oh how I would love to win these tickets!! I would hardly "belle"I eve it! My little one and I would have a"beast" of a time!!!!
  • sarah meints December 11, 2014, 10:53 am
    I love a good excuse to get out the fancy china :) And Beauty and the Beast is my absolute favorite!
  • Kristen December 11, 2014, 11:07 am
    My daughter would love to see Beauty and the Beast. Belle is one of our favorite princesses.
  • victoria reidler December 11, 2014, 11:22 am
    I have never been to a play. This would be such a blessing for me and my granddaughter.
  • victoria reidler December 11, 2014, 11:27 am
    I have never been to a play. Would love to take my granddaughter.
  • Erica December 11, 2014, 11:58 am
    I love to do tea parties ever since I was a little girl!
  • Elizabeth Gomez December 11, 2014, 12:01 pm
    Now I want to have my own tea party! Looks like so muh fun!
  • Kelly Rasmussen December 11, 2014, 12:52 pm
    would love to go to the show.
  • Kelli December 11, 2014, 1:05 pm
    Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to take my 5 year old daughter. She would enjoy it so much. It would be her 1st play!!
  • Amy Cunningham December 11, 2014, 1:15 pm
    What a fun little tea party. I would love to take my son to see Beauty and the Beast. He has a little crush on Belle.
  • Heather December 11, 2014, 1:28 pm
    A tea party sounds like a good idea for our afternoon snack time, and Beauty and the Beast is the perfect movie to give Frozen a rest!!
  • Aleshea Dominique December 11, 2014, 1:56 pm
    My Goodness you take such great pics. SO lovely
  • Tiffany December 11, 2014, 2:41 pm
    Love the tea party and def want those sandwiches!!
  • Carly December 11, 2014, 5:16 pm
    Um seriously? What an adorable afternoon. I LOVE that y'all used cider instead of tea. Such a fun idea with super tasty snacks. Thanks! www.playingforeats.com | Carly Carly recently posted...Things I’m Diggin’ Lately 2014/12/10My Profile
  • Vicki December 11, 2014, 5:54 pm
    Beauty and the Beast is my FAVORITE!!!!! I would cry if I won these.
  • Giselle December 11, 2014, 6:12 pm
    How cute! I would love to join you. If only I lived closer...
  • Katie Houston December 11, 2014, 6:18 pm
    Would love to see the show. Thanks for the chance!
  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 11, 2014, 8:24 pm
    This is seriously awesome that you guys get together to do this! Everything looks so tasty and a tea party is a great idea. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance recently posted...Zucchini and Corn QuicheMy Profile
  • Hannah December 11, 2014, 8:51 pm
    I love the lion king!
  • Sarah December 11, 2014, 9:49 pm
    This is great because I love going to tea rooms with my mom !!
  • Rosie December 12, 2014, 1:15 am
    OMG i love beauty and the beast. The tea party looks like a blast! Rosie recently posted...A Three Cooks One Kitchen "Be Our Guest" Tea Party {+Giveaway}My Profile
  • Carrie This Home December 12, 2014, 8:36 am
    Having tea and simple delicious food with friends sounds like the perfect way to spend the day! I should do this sometime with my girlfriends--thanks for the inspiration! Carrie This Home recently posted...Make Thank You Note Writing With Kids EasyMy Profile
  • Erin December 12, 2014, 9:09 am
    I love little cucumber sandwiches! I would have never thought of putting them on rye bread, though. Genius!
  • Andrea H December 12, 2014, 10:02 am
    I would so love to see Beauty & the Beast with my daughter! We are definitely in need of a girls night, the boys are taking over our house and we need a night to ourselves:)
  • Andrea H December 12, 2014, 10:04 am
    I would love to take my daughter to Beauty & The Beast. We are in serious need of a girls night! The boys are taking over the house and we need a night to ourselves!! :)
  • Maxine Nunez December 13, 2014, 4:24 pm
    What a great idea! Those sandwiches look delicious. I'd love to see this with my daughter.
  • Julie December 13, 2014, 8:40 pm
    This would be so fun! Thanks for a great giveaway! Julie recently posted...Family-Friendly Events this Weekend in Omaha {12/11 – 12/14/14}My Profile
  • Jen December 14, 2014, 9:24 pm
    I would love to take my Liv! We love Belle (and the Beast, of course)! Jen recently posted...Holiday Gift Guide: doTERRA Essential Oils GiveawayMy Profile
  • Lesly December 15, 2014, 8:08 pm
    Im just dying to take my daughter to this! It would be amazing!!
  • Geralyn Christensen December 15, 2014, 8:19 pm
    I can't wait to take my 5 -year-old granddaughter to this play. We both would enjoy it a lot!!!

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