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Invitation to tea

Invitation to tea

I have always enjoyed a good hot cup of tea. My Mom and my Grandmother were Scottish and I believe it was in their blood! My Grandmother came to live with our rather large family when I was about 5 years old. We were a family of seven children Mom and Dad, and Grandma made ten. Our home was very tiny even though it was three stories all the rooms were very small and there was one bathroom to share. Mom and Grandmother always drank hot cups of tea sitting at our kitchen table and talking. I loved the idea of that even at five years old. Mom served us kid’s hot tea in the morning with our breakfast and again in the evening. My love of tea has lasted through the years and I have enjoyed Sitting at my own kitchen table talking to girlfriends over steamy cups of tea and yummy little tea treats. In the year 2000 I had just recently returned to the United States with my own little family from living in England for eighteen months. I met lots of my Scottish relatives. Some live in England and some in Scotland. It was such a wonderful experience that I will treasure forever. After I had settled in to my new home I decided that I wanted to have tea parties for each of the seasons. I started with Christmas it has always been my favorite holiday. I invited my Mom, Sisters, Sister-In-Laws, Aunts, and good Friends. The parties started out with seven that could attend that year. We had the best time preparing the little tea sandwiches, sausage rolls, quiche, and of course lots of little desserts. As the years passed we added tea parties at each of the seasons. By 2013 our little group that started at seven ladies grew to 30. At this point we decided to call the Christmas Tea a Christmas party. My Mom and my Aunt have both passed away and we miss their presence at our teas as well as every day. I have been longing for one of those small teas again so this past weekend I had a Fall Tea Party. I invited my sisters, and sister-in-laws, and my two dearest friends. My sisters Beverly and Carol jean, and my sister-in-law June decided to come the night before for a big girl’s slumber party. We had the best time preparing the food for our tea party. Carol jean brought her favorite Royal Albert china and made a beautiful flower arrangement for the table. Bev, June, and I prepared the food, scones, and desserts. We watched Hallmark movies had a glass of wine and just enjoyed each other’s company. By 2:00 pm the next day the rest of the guest arrived and we had the best tea time ever.

This is  a quilt that June made.

Bev on the left June on the right holding the quilt that June made

Favors I made for the girls

Favors I made for the girls

Carol jean

Carol jean

Carol jean's flowers

Carol jean’s flowers

Our beautiful tea table

Our beautiful tea table

Tea table

Tea table

 

Tea and treats

Tea and treats

Tea and treat time with my girls

Tea and treat time with my girls

Tea Party Menu:

Good quality loose black tea

Freshly baked scones with

Homemade lemon curd

Freshly whipped cream

Strawberry Jam

Mini quiche

Sausage rolls

Spinach balls

Chicken salad tea sandwiches

Cucumber tea sandwiches

Turkey, sharp cheddar, cranberry sauce, with spring mix tea sandwiches

Fall leaf sugar cookies

Millionaire shortbread

Tiny lemon and cherry pies topped with fresh whipped cream

Mini cupcakes in assorted flavors

Chocolate truffles

Wine

I will share these recipes over time with you.

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