I am your hostess, Heather, bringing you our final June tea for Team Darjeeling, for the FB group Afternoon Tea Across America.
Last week, Tilly TARDIS and I prepared our invitations to send out to the ATAA members who had agreed to attend our Book Lovers Tea.
But, before I get to that, let me remind everyone (in case ya missed it) what a TARDIS is. TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimensions in Space. Dr. Who is a BBC tv series, and his spaceship is hidden in plain site as an old-fashioned police box (but, it's bigger on the inside). You can click here for more details.
Ok, back to the invites! Since it is a book lovers tea, I decided to design my invitations to look like little books.
|CLICK here to order these note cards|
(box of 20, each one different!)
I used blank note cards I already owned, and stapled in blank papers. I also added a title, and author (that's me!) with a calligraphy pen.
Ch. 1 The Date, Ch. 2 The Time, etc. etc.
Ch. 6 - 9
Music to greet the guests at the door (thank you to whomever posted this selection on the FB group page. I LOVE it!)
The lovely guests who traveled
from far and wide through
time and space to be here.
Tea Music playing in
our tea room. Antonio Vivaldi
6 hours on this YouTube link
The Tea Table
Last minute inspiration struck
this morning & I hung miniature
tea books from the chandelier :)
& more tea music
in the powder room
|The Art of Tea|
my #1 rule/tip for any party:
deep clean your bathroom
the day before, and give it a quick wipe down again after you finish getting ready
the day of. Your
guests will appreciate it!
However, if you have a yucky
bathroom, your guests will remember. ;)
Here are our 3 teapots. Tilly
is center stage. For
inquiring minds, she holds
approx. 24oz comfortably.
|For Lady Heather|
|For Lady Bonnie|
|For Lady Juanita|
|For Lady Kay|
|For Lady Mary|
Napkin & flatware
tucked inside a paper doily, sealed with a sticker.
Thank you Pinterest!
And nooooooow, the FOOD!
Lady Mary & Lady Kay (twin sisters btw), brought orange dreamsicle fairy cakes, chicken salad sandwiches, and pastel ribbon sandwiches, thoughtfully placed
on a tiered stand.
Here is the recipe for the unique and
tasty chicken salad sandwiches. The ladies kindly brought the book!
the ribbon sandwich
recipe, but hopefully one of them can post it to the FB page :)
Lady Juanita brought this scrumptious
crustless quiche featuring
ham, spinach and artichoke heart spread.
Why, yes, it was amazing!
She also blessed us with chocolate chip walnut drop cookies, white chocolate orange zest cookies, and I think baklava (sorry, I forget...but it was delish!).
And isn't her plate gorgeous too?
Lady Bonnie prepared baked havarti cheese & dill croissants. What's that? Oh, YES. I will be
needing to diet for the entire month of July!
But, wait. There's more!
She also brought this darling little cake in purple and lavender. EEEEEK!
My favorite colors!
Oh, pardon me... minor burst of excitement.
In the background are some of the books we
discussed. The one on the far right is a Shutterfly book I designed featuring 2 of my daycare Littles posing with tea & featuring many favorite tea quotes. The center book matches the invitation note cards and is available on Amazon. The one on the left was gifted to me by Mary & Kay :)
We spoke about other books, and
recipe tips as well.
I made: Blueberry Scones
(Sticky Fingers brand)
Served with "The Works"! I learned this from a former So Cal tea room, La Tea Da, long since closed, but still living on in the hearts of many .
You slice your scone horizontally, top with fresh fruits, and drizzle with creme fraiche (pronounced crem fresh).
Below is my customized recipe (it's good on waffles too!)
|This recipe can easily be halved for small groups|
such as we had today.
Speaking of La Tea Da; we reminisced of past tea rooms we had been to: Frills, Buttercup Cottage, etc. And we made tentative plans to get together again and travel to ones we'd like to visit (click name to see their page): The Queen Mary Tea Room, The Tea House on Los Rios, Marlene's Tea & Cakes, and more, not to mention each others homes. We can't wait! BTW in Southern California, regarding travel time, we say "Only an hour away.", such as the distance from the twins house to mine. Whereas other states might say. It was AN HOUR away! Hee-hee. Perspective.
One of the books Kay brought was this charming tale of Abigail complete with stuffed, talking bunny, tea blanket and plush tea-wares. PS: She kicked off her vacation with today's tea! Woo-hoo!!!
Besides books to share (and give!), Juanita brought this lovely demitasse cup and saucer she recently found. Notice how the saucer has been repaired at the bottom of the photo (glue and staples). She shared about a recent surgery, and how this sweet little set (she found at Goodwill for under $2), really spoke to her heart, reminding her no matter how broken a person is God can make her useful again. Isn't that lovely? We were all touched, and other ladies shared about their own medical testimonies.
Each lady received a bookmark,
with her name on it
(doubling as a placecard),
which I wrote in calligraphy.
It features the name
which is the name of my blog.
I choose this name because years
ago, when I was first
introduced to tea, I had
the misconception that
ladies needed to dress to the
nines to enjoy tea.
I would think rude thoughts
in my head when "un-educated" guests came to my home in jeans. Whatever were they thinking?
Well, God did a work in my heart, and I learned, it's not about the clothes or how fancy the party is. It's about the fellowship, and the friendships that are cultivated by being real and being open, and being gracious. These days, I want everyone to feel comfortable, and I don't mind it for myself either! :)
Juanita handmade these angel earrings for me.
She also gave me these tea samples. Mary made the little cards with teapot bookmark charms, wrapped in tea gift wrap & also brought tea samples.
Kay brought me this teeny ornament!
The sisters also brought little porcelain treasure boxes for us.
Bonnie brought me this beautiful floral porcelain bag. She suggested I use it for my sponge in the kitchen! How clever.
Sadly, Lady Sylvia was not able to join us at the last minute as she was busy being a faithful servant of the Lord, and caring for an elderly couple; the parents of a close friend. Sylvia, you were missed, but we do plan to have you join us next time!
I am so warmed to have had the opportunity to host the traveling teapot. I have made many new friends, and look forward to future memory making opportunities! Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart. And thank you LaDonna and Rain for facilitating.
For now, the TARDIS is on her way to the next hostess in St. Louis, MO. I can not wait to see what Mary will name her for the month of July, and what adventures await!
I pray you have a lovely rest of your weekend and look forward to hearing from you.
God bless you. Hugs and a cup of tea!
Guest blogging for Team Darjeeling at:
Afternoon Tea Across America