Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spring Tea

For some time now, I've been writing a book about tea. I used to throw 3 to 4 tea events a year and had quite a group that attended. I think the first tea I did I had 15 people and the last event had 50 guests! It was something that I enjoyed very much and I wanted to put together a book to show others how they could very easily have their own party.

I had so many theme ideas and notes that I finally decided I had to split it into a few books. The first book/installment is a seletion of seasonal themes. I've done each of the seasonal teas in the past and have pictures, but I decided that I wanted to do each tea in a smaller setting and take fresh photos of each theme. I can't wait to get it together and share it with all of you.

My friends Barb and Teresa were good to come out and have tea with me so that I could take some photos and try out recipes. I broke the cardinal rule of entertaining and tried two new recipes on the day of the tea. I ended up over baking my pecan bars and the cucumber soup was a flop. Not awful I guess, but nothing to write home about or even serve again. Lesson learned.

I spent the week before going through my collected linens and dishes and came up with this mix...



The white basket weave plate and the pretty blue plate are my everyday dishes, the leaf dish is part of a cabbage tureen set that I bought at a tag sale years ago and the pink rimmed dish is one of my grandmothers. I used the white plate as a charger...



...added my blue plate for sandwiches......



...the white leaf dish for salad....


...and my grandma's pink rimmed cup and saucer with a little bowl for soup.

I had dressed the table with an old tablecloth of my grandma's and a lace edge table runner that I picked up somewhere...


The buttery yellow of the cloth was bright and pretty and the runner added a nice feminine touch.

A few other pieces from my collection of 'things', some yellow pansies tucked in white egg cups (picked up at Goodwill for a song) and some pretty white primroses with yellow centers and I had a table that looked like this...


The menu was simple:

Cucumber Soup
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
BLT Bites
Fancy Egg Salad
Roast beef on Rye
A good pot of Yorkshire Gold Tea

The dessert on the other hand....


...was out of this world. An amazing Raspberry Cream Trifle. More than made up for the lackluster cucumber soup. Look how pretty it is in the vintage pink depression glass that my Mother-in-law gave me. I could have eaten this all day.

It was such a wonderful way to spend a rainy Sunday; good food, awesome friends and good conversation. Looking forward to more 'research' and the next party!

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