An Invitation to Tea! Tea Time Treats ~ a NEW Monthly Tea Party challenge hosted by Karen and Kate

An Invitation to Tea!
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~ Tea Time Treats ~ 
A NEW Monthly Tea Party challenge
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Welcome to Tea Time Treats, a NEW monthly blogging and baking event that is hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Kate from What Kate Baked on alternate months. This monthly challenge covers one of our most delightful and eternally popular British institutions, Tea Time! Not just cakes and scones either, but pies and more filling supper dishes come under this culinary umbrella, from afternoon teas of delicate and elegant bakes to the more rustic and filling pleasures of high tea and farmhouse suppers, it’s all showcased in this exciting new blogging event. All teatime treats, whether sweet or savoury, breads, scones, sandwiches, pies, pasties, cakes, tarts, desserts, conserves or biscuits (plus many, many more!) will be featured over the coming months. Each monthly challenge will suggest and involve a certain style of bake or popular teatime ingredient, and Karen and Kate will be following the seasons with an eye on many popular feasts and festivals throughout the year. For those of you who are interested in the difference between Afternoon Tea and High Tea, please visit this extremely helpful website here.
 We will be starting this new challenge on the 
1st November, and November’s theme is:
hosted by Karen at
Lavender and Lovage

Gingerbread cake with orange icing

Please take time to read through the rules and guidelines below and do not hesitate to contact us if you need to know more about this event and how to participate. So, all that remains for us to say is, have fun and LET’S BAKE!
 Tea Time Treats Rules and Guidelines:
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 Tea Time Treats is a monthly blogging event that showcases treats from our favourite meal of the day: teatime! Hosted alternate months by Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Kate from What Kate Baked, each challenge involves a style of bake or popular teatime ingredient. All teatime treats, whether sweet or savoury, breads, pies, pasties, cakes, tarts, desserts, conserves or biscuits (plus many, many more!) will be featured over the coming months.  
This month’s theme (November) 
and is hosted by

Ginger sponge cake

  • Post your recipe on your blog with a link to Lavender and Lovage and What Kate Baked, mention the relevant month’s host and attach the Tea Time Treats logo as shown on the event page.
  • Add Tea Time Treats in your blog post as a label.
  • The recipe can be one of your own or one you’ve seen elsewhere.  You are welcome to republish old recipes/posts but please add the information about this challenge.
  • Please be as creative with the theme as you like.
  • If you put your post on twitter please mention @KarenBurnsBooth @katecakeandbake and we will retweet all those we see.
  • You do not need to enter every month to join in with the challenge.
  • Your post can be submitted for other blogging challenges, just make sure this complies with the rules of the other challenge.
  • Please email your entries to by the 28th November. A round up of each month’s entries will be posted by the 1st of December on the relevant hosts blogs.
 PLEASE join in the baking fun and do leave a comment here to register your interest…..Thanks!
Karen & Kate
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  1. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours says

    Lovely idea and thank you for allowing republishing of old posts!

    I have an idea, but also have a backup! Splendid!

  2. Karen S Booth says

    Wonderful! Thanks Helen ~ Kate and I will be kicking off on the 1st November for this new monthly challenge, I am hosting November and Kate is hosting December….and then alternate months.
    Glad you have an idea and a backup…..

  3. Hannah says

    What a great idea and I love how wide the spectrum of possibilities are within the theme.
    I look forward to taking part!

  4. Heidi Roberts says

    Hi – this sounds fun and challenging. I have at least one recipe in mind but may find more. Cheers. Heidi

  5. Ren Behan Fabulicious Food says

    This is so cool, I was only thinking today that you should host a blog event and here you have it – prefect – and with lovely Kate too. Lots of ideas already and can't wait to join in.

  6. flyon_littlewing says

    What a lovely idea, I'll have to think of something and send it in! Looking forward to seeing everyone's entries 😀 Steph x

  7. Karen S Booth says

    Wow, I turn my back for a couple of hours and come back to a wonderful response ~ Kate and I are thrilled that you are all fired up with Tea Time Treats!

  8. A Trifle Rushed says

    How fantastic, what a super theme you and Kate have come up with, something we can all enjoy and take part in. Thank you.

  9. Karen S Booth says

    Thanks Hannah ~ yes, tea time is more than cake and scones, and Kate and I like the range of food that can be made in our challenge.

    Thanks Heidi ~ lovely to see you here and I looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

    Thanks Ren ~ yes, I have a great partner in crime! I think this will be a lovely challenge and should slot in with your simple and in season event too!

    Thanks Janice ~ the challenge runs all month and you can put forward previously posted recipes as well as use recipes from other challenges too!

    Thanks Kentish Keg-Meg ~ maybe some Kentish treats eh? Would love to see regional baking.

    Thanks Laura ~ we are pretty pleased with our challenge idea too ~ who doesn't like tea time!

    Thanks Steph ~ looking forward to seeing what you come up with for tea time treats!

    LOL! Thanks Victoria ~ so many ideas, so little time eh?!

    Thanks Sally ~ yes, I agree, tea time is such a treat and there are so many things that can be made for tea too…..

  10. Karen S Booth says

    Thanks Jude, you slipped in when I was posting my comments! Should be fun and we have all month to come up with something too! I know you will have some great ideas up your sleeve!

  11. Heavenly Housewife says

    Ok daaaahlings, Im joining in :), great challenge!
    I'm currently hosting a challenge too, check it out 😀
    *kisses* HH

  12. Choclette says

    Ah, it's hard to resist a baking challenge and this sounds a good one. But hard pressed as I am and with so many challenges out there, I'm not sure how often I'll manage to join in, but I'll do my very best – as long as I can have chocolate in it of course 😉

  13. Dom at Belleau Kitchen says

    What a lovely challenge. Nice and simple as I bake regularly so fitting this in should be easy enough. I've also been promising The Viking some ginger Parkin for a very long time now…

  14. Karen S Booth says

    Monique ~ all cake is GOOD! LOL!

    Thanks HH ~ will check your challenge out too……thanks for your enthusiasm darlink!

    Choclette ~ any time you can join in would be brilliant and of course Bonfire Treats MUST have chocolate in there somewhere, or maybe chocolate covered ginger! Thanks for stopping by and the challenges will change month by month!

    Dom ~ thanks! Ginger Parkin, now there is one of my favourite Autumn cakes…..yes, Kate and I thought that tea time baking covers a multitude of treats that most of us make at least once a month. GLAD to have you at the tea table with us.

  15. Karen S Booth says

    THANKS for all of your comments and enthusiasm, I am looking forward to the challenge start in November!

  16. Working london mummy says

    how lovely and I have a gingerbread cupcake recipe to post soon so will be in for this month for sure! x

  17. millefeuilles says

    Dear Karen,

    I am a little late after a difficult weekend. This however has cheered me up a little. What a marvellous idea. Count me in.

    I shall return to read through the guidelines more carefully once I am more clearheaded.

    Have a beautiful week.

  18. Anonymous says

    What a lovely idea, I'm always up for a challenge! I have an idea baking in my head, I'll have to give it a go at the weekend to see if it works out.

  19. Eliza Do Cook More says

    What a lovely idea, I'm always up for a challenge! I have an idea baking in my head, I'll have to give it a go at the weekend to see if it works out.

  20. Carmela says

    Well i think this is a wonderful idea, and here is my version of Gingerbread cake, scrummy, xx

  21. Aimée @ Food: Je t'Aimée says

    I fell a little behind on your blog and look what I missed! I'd love to take part in your tea time challenge! Will get to work :)

  22. kellie@foodtoglow says

    What awesome girls you two are! I admire anyone who can organise something that helps to showcase other bloggers – very generous. I look forward to seeing what everyone submits, and trying a few too. And what a great idea to include older posts too.

  23. Baking Addict says

    What a lovely challenge. Look forward to taking part. I have to admit I don't like ginger but I'll see what bonfire treats I can whip up. Definitely count me in :)

  24. Karen S Booth says

    It would be GREAT to see you here Baking Addict ~ no need for ginger, bonfire treats is a wide category too!

  25. Shaheen says

    Oooh I am so excited about this new challenge, and ginger – wow, one of my favourite flavours especially winter time.

  26. Biscuits and Blackites says

    Ooo this sounds like great fun! Definitely got an idea, but whether it'll work or not will be a different box of frogs lol x

  27. blissfully scrumptious says

    Hi! I would like to take part as I love tea time treats and have a recipe in mind I would like to try!

  28. says

    After living in England for several years I grew to love Tea Time. This is going to be fun.

    One questions. We can post anytime during the month as long as it’s done by the deadline? Thanks

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