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May 24 2012

T is for Torah… and Tea Party?

By at 9:33 am

shavuot tea partyShavuot may not be the most popular Jewish holiday on the block, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate and make it fun for young kids. The gist of this holiday is all about the Torah—it commemorates when the Jewish people received it on Mount Sinai. It’s also customary to eat dairy on Shavuot (though reasons are not entirely clear, learn more about it here.)

Now bear with me, because this might be a stretch, but since “T” is for Torah, and also for tea, why not have a tea party to celebrate Shavuot? Get the family together, invite some friends over, and serve up some of your favorite dairy dishes. If you need some inspiration, here are my recipe and decoration ideas. Have fun!

Food

blintz on a stickBlintzes on a Stick: Cook frozen blintzes according to directions. Poke a popsicle stick or chopstick through each one. Serve with jam and sour cream for dipping.

Buttered Veggie Tea Sandwiches: Spread softened butter on two slices of bread. Top with thin slices of tomato and cucumber, and a little salt (optional). Remove the crusts, and cut into squares or triangles, or use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes.

Cheese Quesadilla Cut-Outs: Make a quesadilla in a pan or microwave. Cut out fun shapes with a cookie cutter.

cream cheese caramel apple dipCream Cheese Caramel Apple Dip: Combine ½ cup softened cream cheese, 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, 3 Tbsp. confectioners sugar, ¼ tsp. vanilla & 2 Tbsp. chopped pecans (optional). Mix until smooth, and serve with apple slices, pretzels and graham crackers for dipping.

Cheese & Fruit Skewers: Put cheese cubes, grapes and berries on toothpicks or skewers. Serve with yogurt for dipping.

yogurt covered strawberryBerries, Cream & Sprinkles: Dip strawberries, with their stems still on, in sour cream. Then coat with sprinkles, brown sugar or chopped nuts. Serve in a cupcake liner.


Drinks

flavored milk strawsFruity Tea with Milk
Warm Milk & Honey
Hot Chocolate
Boxes of Flavored Milk

Decorations
White Tablecloth with Blue Accents
Glass Milk Bottles Filled with White Flowers
Cups Filled with String Cheese Sticks

Favors
Tied Flavored Milk Straws

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