Posted by: scrabblequeen | May 17, 2008

I Survived!

My apologies for not making a post for the Gracious Hospital-i-Tea blog-a-thon this week. I have two good reasons for failing…at least I think they’re good.
1. I hardly ever remember to take a camera when we go to tea. As a result, not many pictures are available to share.
2. I’ve been too busy, really, I have.

I offer this in substitution. I hope it will meet the need for tea-related reading in your life.

Today was the Women’s Tea at my church. I did much of the planning and most of the food preperation for this event. Which is not to say that I didn’t have help, I did, and I am very grateful to all those ladies who pitched in to make a very nice event possible. As a major “mover and shaker” (read kitchen drudge) I somehow managed to leave the camera in the car until after the fact. So, the only pictures I have for the moment, are of one table which did not get “used”, snapped after the fact. I have asked one of the other ladies to share her pics with me, so hopefully in the future I can share more.

We had nearly 30 ladies signed up to attend our Tea and heard rumours of several others who had not signed up but were talking about coming. The plan was to set the five round tables up for six ladies at each one, and to have an “extra” table, not round, we didn’t have six to work with, for any additional attendees. I borrowed three-tiered serving trays, teapots, and cream ‘n sugars from whomever I could. We ended up with a variety of beautiful pots in various shapes and colors, so we decided to go with “spring” colors, and not any one color.

I prepared cranberry scones, Devonshire Cream, and lemon Curd for the first course. Traditional Cucumber sandwiches, Curried Chicken Salad on a bagel half, Turkey and Cheddar Roll-ups, and mini quiche filled out the savory course. For dessert, mini Triple chocolate Brownies, Cream Puffs, and Apricot Raspberry Tartlets rounded out the sweets course. Ladies had their choice of tea, with a pot of Bigelow Blueberry Harvest herbal tea and Murchie’s English Breakfast at each table.

One of the lovley ladies at the church leant us enough matching cup and saucers for everyone. Imagine having so many matching sets! It was unheard of in our history, where we usually ask ladies to bring a favorite cup of their own to the Women’s Tea. We finished up with a video featuring Beth Moore, and then sent everyone back out into the 100 degree heat. Needless to say, clean-up was a hot, sweaty affair. I am soooo glad to be home under the ceiling fan!

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Responses

  1. What a lot of work! It looks like you prepared and presented a beautiful afternoon tea! I love the fresh, spring colors and your menu — superb! It sounds delicious. Your attention to detail is most evident and I can only imagine how beautiful it must have been to have all the teacups and saucers. Thanks for posting so soon after presentation. You must be exhausted! Give yourself a pat on the back. Everything sounds lovely!

    Thanks for sharing!

    LaTeaDah

  2. Thank your for sharing this tea event. My church has not ever had a women’s tea. This is something that would be a special treat I’m sure.

  3. Beautiful! I hope you were able to sit down, relax and enjoy it too?

  4. What a nice tea and what a big effort!! Thanks for including Bigelow Tea.

    Valorie for Bigelow Tea

  5. Looks lovely! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comment. Please come back and visit again!

    http://jamiescottage.blogspot.com
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    My homeschool support group had a tea last week and I was SO sad I had to miss it!

  6. how pretty, wish I could have come, I have to try the blueberry tea I just finished some strawberry that Chan sent me and it was so good, it was from harney and SOns

  7. check out the tea cups here! so fun!

  8. ooops! duh! here is the link
    http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/2008/05/spring-in-london/


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