Me (pouring) and Mom
I recently had the LOVE-ly opportunity to host a tea party at my Mom's house. Very special guests included my mom, sister, a dear friend, my niece and a friend of hers, and the dolls.
I love digging in Mom's china cabinet to find family treasures as serving pieces. I also brought the fresh Rosemary sprigs with me from Oregon.
My niece loves cucumber, and so cucumber sandwiches were required. I used a Rosemary butter base (my favorite cucumber sandwich). The picture below shows one. It is supposed to look like a Christmas tree, but my sister thought it looked like a spade. ;-)
We also enjoyed thick cucumber rounds topped with two types of hummus: red pepper and chickpea, and mushrooms on toast. For scones, I made my favorite yeast ones which we ate with raspberry jam from the local Amish market and mock Devonshire cream. The savories and scones courses were vegan-friendly.
And for dessert, we had dates stuffed with pecans (vegan) and wonderful cookies brought by my friend. The girls had an English Breakfast tea and the grownups enjoyed a delicious tea, new to me, Capricorn Tea. I very much enjoyed this blend of black and white tea blended with vanilla and rose petal.
I can't tell you how precious these tea times are to me, especially since I live far away. I'm so grateful for tea's presence in my life. It brings together people I love.