Friday, August 2, 2013

Lone Ranger Party

Little girls have Tea Parties, but what do you do for boys? You can still have a Tea Party, you just have to change it up a bit. What about.....(wait for it)........a Lone Ranger Party!

My dear friend, Kathy, had given Tea Parties and etiquette classes for her granddaughters. She wanted to do the same for her grandson and his friends but needed to make it more boy friendly. I volunteered to help her put the party together, along with my neighbor, Pat. We had all just seen the new movie, "The Lone Ranger," and thought it would be the perfect theme for the boy's party. After all, part of the movie was filmed in our area.

As I've mentioned before, I have a lot of "stuff" from my Antique Store days (numerous displays and window décor). It was fun to pull together our Western themed party. If you've seen "The Lone Ranger" (the past TV episodes or the new movie) there are many related items that can be incorporated...horses, mining, silver, trains, Tonto, Cowboys, Indians, bandanas, masks. Here is what I came up for our décor.
This wooden shutter served as the backdrop for our Lone Ranger décor. I included some fun cowboy
stuff, hat, horse halter, rope, even long underwear.
A framed photo of the Lone Ranger and Tonto
The old chair holds a real cow skull and an old wood box filled with old railroad spikes.
The tables were covered with wide brown paper. An old boot filled with pine branches and feathers was set atop a red checked cloth. Old rope was coiled along the edge and then, of course, we had silver.  
Silver spray-painted rocks. The boys asked to take some of these valuable rocks home!

Each boy got a black mask and a red bandana in keeping with our theme. Dressing the part seemed to make it more fun. We noticed that the bandanas were worn in a variety of ways. Ha!
An old wood box filled with antique horseshoes, the black masks and red bandanas.
Kathy ordered these masks online.

We had the boys make their own scones. They actually had fun in the kitchen. Evidently they do a little cooking at home. We used these two recipes:

Pumpkin Scones     
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Combine dry ingredients then add with pastry blender:
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (cut in pieces)
  • Then fold in the wet ingredients:
  • 1/2 buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
Combine all, do not overmix.  Knead dough.  Pat into circle 7" round on greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Cut into triangles when cool.

Chocolate Chip Scones  
  • 2 cups Bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tblsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Stir all together. Pat into 8" circle on greased baking sheet. Brush with additional whipping cream and sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes. Cut into triangles.

We served both scones with Devonshire Cream and jelly. The boys especially loved the jelly. We served their tea two and cold. They really liked it best cold and they loved the sugar cubes!

We used Kathy's enamel cowboy plates and cups. We served the cold tea in the fun coffee pot.
The red checked napkins matched the square cloths on the tables.
Kathy gave the boys some information about tea history and etiquette. Then a lady from the southern part of the state gave the boys a program on natural herbs and plants that can be used for teas.
 She brought samples of herbs and plants and shared a wealth of knowledge.

Before the boys went home, we had several "Kodak" moments. 
 Clowning around and getting ready!
Lone Ranger Party Official Photo

Kathy is sending copies of the pictures to each of the boys. They got to go home with a black mask, some knowledge about tea, natural herbs and plants, some tea etiquette, and (oh yeah) silver rocks! A fun day and we hope a memorable one for Kathy's grandson and his friends!

Hi Yo Silver and Later Tonto,

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