Monday, 19 January 2009

Tea of the week: an Inauguration tea party

Yesterday I hosted an afternoon Inauguration tea party. It was lots of fun - I loved being quizmaster of an Obama quiz - but we left it too late to take many photos.

In the end I didn't worry too much about having an American theme, or basing the menu on Obama's favourite foods, and just was grateful that friends offered to bring food so I didn't have to make it all. My friend Bridget made homemade bagels with smoked salmon (there are none in the photographs as they were all scoffed in no time.)

I made this Rocky Road, from Nigella's Christmas Rocky Road recipe - they were delicious but very rich - it should be cut into very small pieces.

I took Polaroid photos of the guests and stuck them on the door, so they could remember each other's names.

I borrowed two cake stands, inspired by Rachel's obsession with cake stands.

Another friend, Stephanie, made a delicious chocolate cake, and Malini made some very popular carrot muffins with cream cheese icing.

A special thank you goes to Jon and Emma, who came round to my flat in the morning for an hour and a half to help me tidy up and get things ready. They went home to get changed, and when they came back, Emma told me off for having found the time to tie ribbon round some books (a last-minute touch) after they had slaved all morning! Somehow I thought I would get everything ready in time, but I don't know how I would have done it without them.

I have had this piece of ribbon for years, waiting for something special to do with it. It is from the department store Brown Thomas in Dublin, and has a quote from James Joyce on it.

Are you planning to do anything special for Inauguration Day? Another friend of mine is going to a party on Tuesday where they are eating chilli (maybe even Obama's own recipe) and watching the tv coverage, but that will work in the UK because of the time difference.


Brittany Noel said...

This sounds like so much fun! Great idea with the polaroids.

Kotori said...

Great idea with the polaroids! So smart!

LJ said...

Such a good idea!

Love the sound of the super rich rocky roads ;)

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Looks like so much fun, and great eats too!

I'm going to my husband's office tomorrow---they're going to watch the inauguration on the big screen there. i might just bake up some rocky road to take as a treat!

Anonymous said...

That chocolate cake is making my mouth water! Sounds like a fun time.

Annabelle said...

Wow! Well done, looks like it was a a fun way to celebrate. Mmm that rocky road looks great too! I love the ribbon touch and the polaroids are a GREAT idea - I may steal it for my party tomorrow :-)

I still went with the american theme - because I'm having it at night so I'm just ordering pizzas, KFC and serving some other nibbles. Fast food chains are american food haha.

Well done with your tea party - would've been lovely, definitely more my style too, but I hope I pull tomorrow off anyway. :-)

Rachel said...

The polaroids are such a sweet touch. Well done. It looks amazing and I want one of those brownies!

Top Bird said...

Wonderful, looks like you had an amazing day!

We had a Americana feast last night, complete with onion rings, hot dogs and Ben and Jerry's icecream. xx

Apt. #34 said...

what a lovely party! So happy to see the whole world reveling in this sea change. And LUV Nigella. I'm going to have to try that Rocky Road recipe :)

Anastasia said...

Love that hot water bottle!