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.


Anonymous 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.