I know how much work it is to host an afternoon tea gathering. The planning, the shopping, the cleaning, the decorating, the cooking, the cleaning again, the presentation. (This doesn't even touch on making homemade macarons!!) It's a labor of love, but it's also an endurance sport. That's why when I'm invited to a tea party, I am so appreciative! And when that tea party is hosted by a dear friend when I visit from far away, and she brings together friends I have not seen in a long time, my heart swells with gratitude. I was honored with this very thing on a recent visit to the Midwest.
Each place setting was unique
I was so busy catching up (and enjoying the food) that I neglected to take photos of all the courses. However, everything was scrumptious and beautifully presented. There's just something about an afternoon tea, isn't there? The beauty invites me to slow down and savor. The tea encourages me to listen and to share deeply. And I believe the love put into preparing the event and each morsel is amplified and returned to the hostess.
Artistry in the sweets