Monday, June 23, 2014

Luncheon to Savor Summer!

This past weekend I hosted a luncheon on my deck to celebrate the start of summer. 
The menu was full of foods that I associate with summer.
First, there are tomato and cheddar sandwiches on white toast with mayo.  
My grandmother had some tomato plants in her yard and I remember having tomato sandwiches when I would visit her in the summer.  They are also a favorite of my mother's.  Nothing's better than a fresh tomato sandwich in the summer!
With the sandwich I served a small salad with mixed greens, cucumbers, feta cheese, fresh basil from my garden, pieces of rotisserie chicken, and balsamic vinaigrette. 
Cherries are a huge part of summer, so I have a bowl full on the table.  This was the first visit to the grocery store when I saw them reasonably priced--that's when you know summer's really here! 

With my luncheon I served a special tea (iced of course!), Peach Daiquiri. 
This tea by Zhena's Gypsy Tea is a mix of white and green teas and includes peach, lime, and vanilla flavors, as well as rum.  The tea was very interesting.  It did taste faintly of a daiquiri but the strongest flavors were peach and vanilla.  The picture on the tin definitely got my attention in the store--do you see how they made the peach into a teacup?  So cute!
Now we get to the best part of the meal--dessert!  I used fresh blackberries to make blackberry mini-pies.  My father and I used to walk to the local park in the summers and pick wild blackberries. They grow wild in the beginning of summer in my part of Virginia.
The mini blackberry pies are appropriately served in a bowl that also has blackberries with gold accents.  This bowl belonged to my great-grandmother on my father's side. 

It is marked AK France.  When I looked up that company, I found that it was located in Limoges, France, and that mark was actively used between 1890 and 1910.  I never realized that the bowl was over a hundred years old!  I can't tell whether it was hand painted or a decal, but at the very least it is definitely a high quality decal and hand embellished.  The inside of the bowl is slightly iridescent. 
Finally, no summer deck party is complete without flowers. 

Here are a few of the pots on my deck this year:


a Dhalia,

and one of my summertime favorites, New Guinea Impatiens. 

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Tomorrow I'll share my recipe for mini-blackberry pies and the rest of this week I'll share more about my trip to South Carolina (see here for my post on the Charleston Tea Plantation, where American Classic Tea is grown). 
Happy start of summer!
This week I'm joining:
Bernideen's Tea in the Garden
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage


  1. Very nice lunch on the deck; with good food and pretty flowers. Tomato sandwiches are yummy.

  2. Perfect lunch setting. Love the purple chargers! Tomato sandwiches are a summer must have, aren't they? Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  3. Such a lovely lunch setting and I am VERY fond of that bowl holding the little black berry tarts.

  4. What a darling deck tea. That dish was amazing for the blackberry tarts. All the food look delicious and lovely!

  5. What a darling deck tea. That dish was amazing for the blackberry tarts. All the food look delicious and lovely!

  6. Hello Carrie,
    What a cozy tea out on the deck! Everything looks delish. I love tomatoes fresh from the garden! They make wonderful sandwiches. The bowl holding your lovely looking pies is beautiful and a real treasure. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Have a beautiful day.


  7. My Carrie, I wish I could join you in person to enjoy your flowers and savour the tarts (Canadian for mini pies :-)

  8. Oh Carrie,
    I wish I could be there with you on your deck to enjoy that fabulous lunch. Everything looks so tasty. The blackberry tarts look beautiful in that lovely heirloom bowl. Lucky you!!

  9. Hi Carrie: I love the footed bowl that you shared. It looks like a hand painted Limoges. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  10. Thanks for stopping by my place. It is so nice to meet you! What a lovely luncheon.

  11. Hi Carrie,
    Your luncheon is lovely today! The blackberry tarts, salad and sandwich look so delicious! Cherries remind me of summer too! Your deck is the perfect place to enjoy the summer! Thank you for your kind words when visiting me. Happy Summer! Karen

  12. What a beautiful luncheon! I love fresh tomatoes in a sandwich and yours looks scrumptious. Those blackberry tarts look wonderful. (Up here, wild blackberries appear in late summer, not early summer.) The blackberry bowl is so pretty and very unusual -- a perfect serving dish for the tarts!

    Thanks for visiting my kitchen table, too and leaving such a sweet comment.


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