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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Make and Take Tea 2016: The Tea

The second part of our Make and Take Tea day was -- the tea!


This is the second year Barb and I have done this and we learned a lot last year! So, by the morning of the tea the baked goods were done (and had been).


While we started baking and preparing sandwich fillings before the tea, the day before was devoted largely to set-up, carefully choosing cups from Barb's teacup collection!

                       

I had printed a menu and the take away favors were a handmade bookmark that served as a place card...


... and a small bouquet of roses and spring flowers at each place.

                      

Our menu included Marilyn Miller's astounding scones, Ina Garten raspberry bars, my favorite lemon shortbread and lemon bread recipes and pumpkin bread sandwiches with an apricot butter.



The chocolate mousse tarts were prepared the night before.



But before dessert, savories! We enjoyed an open-faced pimento cheese sandwich, an egg salad on white with chives on the edge, cucumber (of course!), ham and cheese fingers with pickle and a salmon salad sandwich.

                      

Barb makes great fillings and thanks to Kate for helping us pull them together the morning of the tea, we even had time to relax on the porch and take in the morning air before guests arrived!

 

After we got people started on their scarf projects, we slipped upstairs to finish dressing the table and putting out the sandwiches and sweets. We also had (though not pictured) delicious fruit skewers.

                       

And of course, tea was readied!


Time to sit down and enjoy lunch!


After we were stuffed it was time for a walk! Barb has mowed a seven-ring labyrinth in her yard and the group walked out in back, following its meditative path!



But before we said goodbye to the guests, here's another group photo! (This time I'm  the photographer!)


It couldn't have been a happier day!


This post is being shared with Elizabeth's T-day posts on Tuesday, Talk of the Town on Wednesday, Thoughts of Home on Thursday, Share Your Cup on Friday and Pink Saturday on -- wait for it -- Saturday! And special thanks to Beverly for featuring the Gypsy's Edible Hanging Basket from Southern Exposure last week! What a treat! (I was in the Land of No Internet and haven't been able to catch up with all the P.S. people yet -- but I will!)

52 comments:

gigihawaii said...

So glad everyone had a good time. The table settings and food look so amazing.

Linda Kunsman said...

Hi and welcome to T Stands for Tuesday! OMG- this is a stunning tea-all of it -from the flowers to the teacups to the food to the favors-wow!! What a special event-would love to have been there:)

Valerie-Jael said...

Oooh, I would have so liked to have joined you in that tea, I will be dreaming of that laden table tonight! Welcome to the T Gang, hugs, Valerie

Dianne said...

absolutely stunning table set up, gorgeous tea cups and yummy-looking desserts! thanks for sharing tea!

Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful table set with all kinds of goodies! I think I've gained 10 pounds just looking at the photos! I would have skipped the tea-- I'm no dummy--- I would have just kept eating lol

Joanne Huffman said...

Such a cool thing to do!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's wonderful that you joined us for T this week, Jeanie. And it couldn't have been a better time, either. Simply perfect first T post.

A genuine tea party with savory sandwiches and scones, too. No detail was overlooked, I can tell.

The tea cups, each with their own histories, must have been the perfect starting point for the tea party. Each bookmark was special, too. I would have LOVED to have been a fly on the wall for this beautiful event, including the silk scarves you taught each person to make. It appears to have been the perfect day, indeed.

Bleubeard and I thank you beyond belief for this first tea filled entry for T this Tuesday.

Deb said...

Looked like a fun get-together and a delicious tea.

Marilyn Miller said...

Your tea time looks just perfect. How I would have loved sitting down to tea with you there. Yummm! Pimento cheese looked so good on the flower shaped bread. That is one I haven't found the right combination for yet. I remember my mom making them for me when I was little.

My name is Erika. said...

This is just amazing. First of the table is gorgeous. And those delicious tea nibbles. Wow. This looks like a magazine set up. I bet you had a wonderful time. Hugs-Erika

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

This would be like having tea in paradise! Beautiful tea cups, scrumptious looking food, flowers, a walk on a labyrinth--oh my!

Red Rose Alley said...

Look at that table, it's so lovely! And so many wonderful goodies to eat. The tea cups are gorgeous. The pumpkin bread with the apricot butter caught my eye. I'm a pumpkin lover, and every week I get a pumpkin loaf and cup of coffee at Starbucks. The chocolate mousse tarts look amazing. What a nice gathering you had with your friends, Jeanie. Everything looks very nice. It looks like you had a peaceful walk too.

~Sheri

Joyful said...

Wow! What an absolutely beautiful spread and setting. I would have enjoyed it all, the food and the gardens and the company. So wonderful. Have a lovely week ahead. xx

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh Jeanie, what a fabulous tea! What lucky ladies. The food looks delicious and the favors are so sweet. Love everything about it!
hugs,
Jann

Victoria Zigler said...

What an amazing tea! I love how creative the menu was, and it sounds like a delightful time was had by all.

Tracy said...

Oh, my goodness--such food!!! :))) With so much beauty, sun, food, friendship--hard not to have a grand time. Thanks for taking us along, and a taste! Thankfully virtual calories don't stay on the hips... LOL! ((HUGS))

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

What a fun event! The food all looks so amazing. Your guests were very lucky to be invited to this event! And those tea cups are so beautiful! Love the bookmarks, too. What a useful favor to take home!

I am glad you all had such a great time and that you got a chance to walk around the yard as well. I've never seen a labyrinth, but I was reading about the resort in Wisconsin we are going to in June for a friend's wedding and it says there is a labyrinth so we will have to check it out!

I need orange said...

Wow! You guys really pulled out all the stops! That gorgeous table must have been groaning under that delicious-looking spread. :-)

I know you all had fun making those amazing scarves, and what better favor from an almost-summer party than a bouquet?

Perfect. :-)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Jeanie,
This gorgeous table is fit for a Queen! I adore the colors, food and friendships.
You ladies know how to enjoy life and embrace the beauty of each moment!
Jemma

HerzBlatt said...

Wow.....what great table settings...wonderful.The sight of all the marvellous food made my mouth water.Everything looks perfect decorated.
Unfortunately I am not allowed to eat sweet food, because I have big problems with my gall. Two days ago I had a biliary colic.That was terrible. The problem is that I love sweets, especially chocolate.
Best wishes
Iris

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fun time! You did an amazing job with all the delicious looking food and table decorations. Thank you so much, Jeanie, for sharing with Talk of the Town. So inspiring!

Tammie Lee said...

wow, what a special party!
each details a work of art, love and joy.
So glad you all had a wonderful time.
It is all so beautiful too!

pearshapedcrafting said...

How lovely this all looks ! The food looks delicious and I love your table decorations! Sorry to arrive so late for T! Chrisx

BarberryLane Designs said...

This looks like so much fun and so nummy looking...I bet everyone broke their diets, but the hike was worth it. Lovely party---such a lot of fun, Thanks, Sandi

Katie Clooney said...

Jeanie.. I am in awe... How do I get an invite? Everything looks stunning and should be in a magazine!! Those sandwiches are to die for and the table settings are gorgeous! Take the rest of the week off... you deserve it.

Sandra Cox said...

How perfect and beautiful. You do the best tea's ever.

bj said...

That, was, indeed, one of the nicest HIGH TEAS I've ever seen...
I would have loved to be there thru it all...Awesome photos, too.

Mae Travels said...

Happy is definitely the word for such a great event!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dear friend, hello! Sorry for being late to the tea party; school calls these last few days left! WOW, I MEAN, WOW! Look at these incredible delights! What a pretty table, and now you've got me wanting to get my tea pot out! Next week, I will be completely off for summer and I will have my own tea party!

Love all of this!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

You know I love this beautiful post to pieces! I am so glad to see that you shared it with us at TOHOT!
Jemma

Stacey said...

Jeanie, you know that Joyce and I are friends in real life since she moved to my town. She and I just want to copy everything you do!!

Sandra Cox said...

I can't get over how pretty that table looks.

Red Rose Alley said...

Jeanie, thank you for your comment on my post today.....it was a special one. :)

~Sheri

(and thanks for the recipe for the pumpkin bread. It looks pretty easy to make).

Arti said...

I'm sure if Julian Fellowes writes another TV movie/series, here's a nice table setting for him. These photos look like a wonderful movie set! Beautiful! Glad you've had the nature walk too after. What a perfect day! :)

Esme said...

Oh my I would like a bite of everything. This seems like so much fun. What a wonderful day you had. Just lovely.

LV said...

I am not a hot tea drinker, but I would have enjoyed this party. You did a marvelous job and I am sure each guest felt special.

Debs said...

Tea and those delicious goodies are perfect for today's windy wet day.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Wow - your table looks like fairyland to me Jeanie!
It reminds me of a book I had as a child!
I would join your class if I could, looked like a fun day!
Shane

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh, my - you do such amazing things Jeanie. I am sure that nobody who goes to tea at the Ritz or Claridges can possibly experience a tea as delicious, elegant and beautiful as this.

Actually, I am envious too - I have never been invited to such a stunning looking event. I wonder if making a really beautiful tea could be a way of fundraising for charity. Many village fetes or open gardens offer the most beautiful home made cakes, so I am sure there are many good cake makers around. Whether anyone would have the lovely tea cup collection, though, is another matter!

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

What A beautiful EVERYTHING!! Love it all- HPS! xoxo

The French Hutch said...

I'm late for tea, I'm so sorry. This is just beautiful Jeanie, the table is gorgeous! The flowers are amazing and the food looks so pretty and delicious. I am going to scroll through several times, I don't want to miss one single detail of this. Wow!!!!

Art and Sand said...

What a lovely tea - everything looks yummy and I love the idea of a walk after eating.

Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Such a beautiful tea! I will be featuring it on SYC this week! :) Jo

~*~Patty S said...

HOW did I miss you for T Tuesday Jeanie!
Such a glorious post.
Your tea tables could be in a magazine.
Every detail is exquisite.
Oh how I would enjoy a cucumber sandwich and scones and all of the gorgeous treats you all prepared.
Thank you for sharing such a delightful gathering.
Everyone looks so happy and pretty with their new scarves too.
oxo

The Charm of Home said...

Oh my! I love your beautiful tea!

Beverly said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I wanted to come!♥ Everything looks gorgeous, and the food looks scrumptious.

Happy Pink Saturday, Jeanie. This post is being featured this week on my Pink Saturday as "the one that caught my eye". You're good at this.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh how I would have loved to be invited to this amazing and fun party! The table is stunning with lovely dishes, flowers and food, wow!

The weather also cooperated in such a lovely day and wonderful friends. Perfect!

Have a great weekend.
FABBY

Annesphamily said...

Such a beautiful tea. I am catching up my comments so when I saw you had a tea...I ran over! Simply lovely and everything looks so pretty. A great bunch of gals enjoying some sipping and savory treats! Thank you for sharing. HPS and enjoy your weekend. xo

Patti said...

Wow, what a gorgeous and yummy-looking tea. I'm sure everyone had a totally delightful time.

I am just getting back to blogging after a 2-year hiatus, and I saw this post highlighted on Pink Saturday. (I used to write at Magnolia Cottage.) I can certainly see why this post was the first one to catch Beverly's eye. It really is absolutely stunning.

Happy weekend,
Patti @ Embracing Home

Daniela said...

What a stunning table you've prepared for your tea with friends, I'm so charmed by everything, just everything in this post of yours, dearie !

Hope you're having a beautiful week I'm sending blessings of joy to you

Xx ~ Dany

Lynda Shoup said...

What a gorgeous tea table! So much loveliness and scrumptiousness to tempt a person. Looks like you had a fun time with your group.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jeanie, I'm so glad you told me about this post! What a gorgeous tea! Delicious sandwiches, scones and sweets presented so beautifully. Love the flowers. Just one thing missing ... wait for it ... ME!

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