Little girls birthday Par-TEA

My daughter, Annabelle hosted her friends to tea for her birthday party.  It was just a sweet little gathering of giggling girls all dressed up and having tiny cut-out finger sandwiches, and “tea” AKA lemonade.

My oldest son, Barrett stepped up and voluntarily played a dapper waiter and even added the formal touch of a draped towel over his arm.  Kyle made balloon creations for the girls, like flowers, poodles, and tiaras…What sweet brothers!

The cake was a gluten free cake with frosting colored naturally with pomegranate juice (no red dye in this house!)
Pomegranate Buttercream Frosting

Pomegranate Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 4 cups pomegranate juice (or amount needed to reach desired color and consistency)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a large, uncovered saucepan, heat pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice on medium high until the sugar has dissolved and the juice simmers. Reduce heat just enough to maintain a simmer. Simmer for about an hour, or until the juice has a syrupy consistency (about 50-60 minutes), and has reduced to 1 cup.
  2. In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla; mix well. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add pomegranate reduction and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
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