Chef Tea Party Crafts


PARTY CRAFTS:






Apple Cider & Spice Potpourri:

Materials:
  • 1 small, firm apple per guest
  • 1 cup of pink and red rose petals (found in craft store)
  • Cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
  • 3 teaspoons of nutmeg per guest
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves per guest
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon grated orange peel per guest
  • 3 drops of vanilla fragrance oil (found in craft store) per guest


Instructions:
    To Dry Apples:

  1. Preheat oven to 150 Degrees.

  2. Wash and dry apple thoroughly.

  3. Cut apples in half along the core. Next, slice apple halves into thin sections. Remove core if desired.

  4. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Place apple slices on cookie sheet in a single layer.

  5. Bake apple slices for 30 minutes to 1 hour. The apples should appear shriveled and slightly brown, but not burned.

  6. Remove dried apples from the oven and sprinkle with cinnamon.

  7. Cool apples for 30 minutes.


  8. Assembling Jars:

  9. Gather several empty mason jars (one for each guest). You can recycle old spaghetti jars for this craft as well.

  10. Combine all ingredients of the potpourri. Gently mix the ingredients in each mason jar. Cover tightly.

  11. This mixture will preserve for months.

  12. Decorate the jar lids with ribbons and/or colorful bits of cloth applied with glue.
  13. To use: Place about 1-1/2 tablespoons of your potpourri into 2 cups of boiling water. Turn down the heat. Let the mixture simmer gently to release all of the aroma.


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Smiling Lemon Lollies:

Materials:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Candy thermometer
  • Small basting brush
  • Candy sprinkles, and gum drops


Instructions:


  1. Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in a medium sauce pot.

  2. Adjust the heat to medium, stirring constantly as the mixture begins to heat.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil.

  4. After boiling the candy mixture, push the sugar crystal down from the walls of the po. Push sugar crystals back down into the boiling mixture with a small basting brush dipped in cold water.

  5. Once the mixture has begun to boil and sugar crystals are pushed down from the walls of the pot, then put a candy thermometer into the pot.

  6. Cook the candy without stirring until the mixture reaches 290 degrees F (or 143 degrees C).

  7. Once the peak temperature is reached remove the pot from the stove.

  8. Stir 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice into the hot candy mixture.

  9. Prepare the lolly sticks in advance. Space the sticks evenly on a greased baking sheet.

  10. Immediately after adding lemon juice, use a teaspoon to drop small bits of hot candy mixture onto one end of each lolly stick.

  11. Use gum drops and candy sprinkles to decorate the lollipops into smiling lemon happy-faces!

  12. Decorate while the lollipops are slightly cooler but still soft.



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Decorative Macaroni Wreaths:

Materials:
  • Macaroni pasta - have many different shapes available
  • White glue
  • Spray paints
  • Colorful ribbon
  • Sturdy paper plates
  • Yarn
  • Pencil
  • Crafting knife
  • Newspaper


Instructions:


  1. Draw a small diameter hole in the center of the paper plates.

  2. Cut out the paper plate holes using the crafting knife. Place a cutting board under the paper plates as you are working with the crafting knife.

  3. Punch a single hole near the outer rim of each paper plate.

  4. Thread a short length of yarn through each hole. Loop and tie-off the yarn for hanging later on.

  5. Artfully glue pasta onto the rim of the paper plate. Cover the surface of the paper plate completely.

  6. Let glue dry completely 1 to 2 hours. Aim a rotating fan at the wreaths for faster drying.

  7. Spread newspaper outside and place dried wreaths on top.

  8. Spray paint wreaths.

  9. Make several bows with the ribbon and glue one on each wreath to accentuate.


  10. Note: Choose ribbon and paint colors to emphasize the season, or an upcoming holiday!


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