I'm having a Rainbow Tea in church. What kinds of food should we serve?
By Rose from SC
Yellow: Lemon Meringue Pie, or Deviled Eggs
Green: Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Blue: Blueberry Tarts
Indigo: Blackberry Jelly
Violet: Lavender Flavored Mochas (Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate Mochas with Lavender Flavoring)
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Looking for information and ideas on organizing and for food for a rainbow tea church fundraiser.
Nicole from Milwaukee, WI
Do you need to sell things because it's a fundraiser? You could sell small bags of jellybeans with the poem about the colors' meanings. You could also make bracelets with beads to sell. Cover tables with solid colored fabric or sheets and then put sheer lace on that. (03/19/2008)
Ask parishioners to donate items or services (tax deductible) and have a silent auction. (03/19/2008)
A friend makes a rainbow cake that is a hit. She starts with two white cake mixes, once the batter is mixed up, she pours it into individual bowls (depending how many colors she is going to use) and then adds food coloring, pours them into cake pans to bake. She assembles the cake, she uses chocolate frosting, but you can use whatever you want and then adds chopped peanut butter cups to the top of the cake. It is a hit wherever she takes it. (03/21/2008)
This is our 5th annual rainbow tea at our church. Each year it gets better. We started out in competition with the other tables, the tables were judged and the table with the best decorations won a plaque. That only lasted for three of the years because even though it was strictly for fun some people took offense when their tables didn't win.
Now we just decorate the tables. The rainbow tea is an appreciation program for our deacon ministry. Each deacon draws a color from the hat and that deacon and the members under his name wear that color for the rainbow tea. Usually the deacons wear white suits with the tie set of their color. We use red, green, blue, orange, purple, and yellow. Each table is decorated in the deacon's color. The food is prepared in the color of the table.
This year for the second time my husband who is a deacon has green which is fine because I still have decorations. The members under their deacon's name brings a dish for the table. We have used two tables, one for decorations and one for food. This year we are planning to use one table for all the foods. The church provides two meats and tea for everyone. We have a program introducing the deacons and their wives wearing their color and something is read about each color.
There will be singing and poems read and sometimes a short messages then we go to the fellowship hall for the rainbow tea. My group is preparing a broccoli casserole, string bean casserole, cabbage, butter beans, green salad, quiche, pistachio pudding, cake with green icing, my famous green punch, Kool aid pie, green jello with Cool Whip topping, green apples, grapes, and kiwi. (06/19/2008)
My ministry is planning Rainbow Tea. We need some ideas for inspiration.
Katherine from Atlanta, GA
We are using the seven colors of the rainbow.
How many people are you planning for? Are they going to be adults, children, both?
You might set up tables one decorated in each color. Or use the primary color for the tablecloth and a variation of colors for the dishes etc. Make a center piece with a flower in the corresponding color as well. You could even use all the same color just varying the shades, except for white of course. Or even start with a basic white table cloth and use the "colors" to decorate and set the table.
I love tea parties and there are so many ways you could go with this. The main thing will be to determine what you can spend on decorations. You could also incorporate the colors into the foods, red: strawberries, raspberry tea blue: blueberries or blueberry bread, purple: grapes, lavender scones white: sugar cubes,banana slices, peeled apple wedges, chicken salad, yellow: lemon slices,pineapple, egg salad tea sandwiches green: cucumber tea sandwiches, green grapes,kiwi slices green tea orange: orange slices, orange or peach tea. you could arrange your foods on the table to flow into each other like a rainbow, like place the fruits on a tray in the order corresponding to the order they flow in a rainbow hope this helps get your creativity flowing! have a nice party! (02/29/2008)