A Tea Time Fit for the Queen

Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in true Brit style

Celebrate the Queen's 60th Anniversary like a Brit.

To mark 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, Britain is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with celebrations fit for a queen from June 2 to 5. While the English will be commemorating the Jubilee with pageants, parades, concerts and derbies, Americans can get in on the merriment by planning their own teatime party, complete with United Kingdom-inspired hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

With a classic British pastime, afternoon tea, you can celebrate the Diamond Jubilee just like the queen. Throwing a fete like this one requires all the fixings — pastel and floral décor, traditional white Victorian lace, and you guessed it, hats galore.

Have friends come dressed in fitting attire and whip up a feast fit for a queen with dishes that will hold true to their English roots.

If you need a little guidance, here are a few recipes to get you started:

London’s Finest Cheese Crisps
• 1 (10-ounces) package pie crust mix

• 1/2 cup finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

• 1 teaspoon Original TABASCO brand Pepper Sauce
• Water

• Poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place pie crust mix in a medium bowl; stir in cheeses. Add TABASCO sauce to water called for in package directions and stir into pie crust mix with a fork until dough forms.

Shape dough into a disc and place between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Roll into a square about 1/8-inch thick with a rolling pin. Cut pastry into 2-inch wide strips and cut strips into triangles with a floured pastry wheel, pizza cutter, or knife. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until browned. Makes 2 to 3 dozen.