Sunday, May 31, 2009

Love :: Tea Time



Tea time is a great way to connect with people. I have a group of friends who go out to tea fairly often, but I think it's great to entertain this way at home. A simple flower arrangement, a menu of savory and sweet tidbits -- and of course great tea -- make for a convivial atmosphere. Such a delight!

I prefer to send invitations to tea in the mail. Each invitation includes my monogram and the invitation "Please come to tea", along with the pertinent details and reply information.

A few more details:
Earl Grey with Lavender tea (served in these), and three courses, always served in this order: savory tea sandwiches, scones with strawberry preserves and clotted cream, and sweets (baby eclairs, fruit tarts, petit fours, palmiers -- and a sea salt caramel). My good friend S made the comment that the palmiers complement the teapots -- elephant ears. So true!

Tea may look fancy, but it's really not. I hope that everyone had a great time!

Okay. I need a baby eclair. Last. One.

3 comments:

MBM said...

That looks like such fun! So proper too!!! Do you do iced tea in the summer? Have you ever had High Tea at the Peninsula?? It's my F-A-V-E!! Pass the eclairs please!!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Funny that afternoon tea is such a "relatively" new thing. We are such a coffee culture these days (I'm guilty. Or obsessed with good coffee. Or both.) It's nice to hear that someone is carrying on the tradition. A civilised way to spend an hour or two and a good way to stave off that afternoon blood sugar drop.

There is also a tale (maybe urban myth) of Edward (PoW) or was it Mrs.Simpson telling a new member of the staff that tea was to be served at 4 o'clock. And by "tea" it was meant whisky... .

Stuart Shea said...

it was so goooooooood.