Tea began with a small glass of champagne punch mixed with a blackberry tea.
The tea was a pot luck, with each guest bringing a savory or sweet, and a tea cup. I brought this pretty German transferware set with a castle scene, a recent $3 thrift store find.
I started tea with the savories: egg salad, smoked trout (made by the hostess and delicious!), cucumber, cheddar and apple, and a lovely ham and cheese melt.
The hostess also made two types of scones she set out on a side table in the dining room with assorted curds (raspberry, lime, and lemon), jam, and mascarpone.
I enjoyed both the cranberry orange and the blueberry with a bit of cream and raspberry curd.
By this point I had eaten a lot--but, as with any good tea, I suffered on!
(carrot cake petit four, cupcake, raspberry layered sponge cake, and a small taste of a fruit tart)
There were so many more goodies than I ended up trying (as it was I couldn't finish all I did put on my plate), including the praline sandies I brought with a layer of chocolate, pecan praline, and shortbread (second picture above, left), a ganache chocolate cake (teacup picture above), and ginger lemon cookies (second picture above, front), just to name a few.
Sadly I didn't think to take a picture, but I really like how Janice served tea for this party. She created a tea station in her kitchen, with some empty pots that guests could use, or each guest could make a cup at a time, with a large urn of hot water on her stove as well as a couple electric kettles set out for use. She had set out a selection of all sorts of loose leaf tea with filter bags ready for our use, as well as some pre-bagged teas (including Harney and Sons' Hot Cinnamon Spice, a favorite!). I was on the lookout for something new since she had opened up her extensive tea cupboard for us, so I tried a butterscotch flavored with apple--a definite first!