Thursday, March 24, 2016

Victorian tearoom fun

Wow, I've gotten a bit off schedule again (granted, it's been a while since I've really had a steady posting schedule).  I should really work on that...that said, here is my next post!  Last weekend I joined a friend at Sweet City Desserts in Vienna, Virginia.  Every month this bakery has a special themed tea.  You might have seen that I went there last month for their Valentine's tea. March's theme was a Victorian tea.

The tea started with a scoop of potato salad:

Next for the tiered tray:

First the savories:

On the bottom plate:  apple chicken salad on a croissant (my favorite of today's sandwiches) and cucumber dill on two different breads.  I thought using both wheat and white bread was a neat look.  the second plate held egg salad and olive tapenade (which I didn't like, but I'm not a big olive fan). 

Next we enjoyed two scones each.  Both were cherry and very good.

Finally, dessert:

 Victorian strawberry sponge cake and three cookies (chocolate coconut, a tea cookie, and a pecan shortbread).  Sadly I couldn't eat any of them because I gave desserts up for Lent.  My family seemed to enjoy the leftovers I brought home, so they must have been good!  I was sad to see the cake especially go into someone else's stomach...but Easter is coming soon. 

One fun thing about this party is that Victorian dress was optional.  My mother and I worked out an outfit from pieces in our closets to create a Victorian-esque outfit.

Here I am posing in my mom's dining room after the tea.

(See I told you I didn't eat the cake!  Here it is on my mother's Lenox china, Morning Blossom)

The pink and white Royal Doulton figurine is Margaret (my mother's name) and the yellow is young Queen Victoria herself.


  1. This all looks so delicious and I wish I could have joined you - your blog inspired me to buy a small vintage tea set whilst out with my friend recently in a tea room which serves tea and sells tea sets ;-)

  2. I don't get to go to any tea shops and be served a real tea; but if I could I would imagine a Victorian Tea would be my first choice. Your outfit and tea set are perfect.

  3. What beautiful Tea post!! Love the Victorian Theme!!
    We had a really beautiful Tea room in our area that was in a wonderful Victorian home with each room decorated differently. It was always a treat to attend Te's there but unfortunately , it has closed. The owners decided to open a more main stream restaurant instead even though the Tea Room was a huge success. Sad.....I could have sworn that it was gold garland on your St. Pat's Tree. I did buy a green and gold garland with dangling shamrock's at The Dollar Tree for next year.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Happy Easter!!

  4. Another fabulous tea outing! I have to commend you for entering an establishment called "Sweet City Desserts" even though you can't enjoy any of their yummy desserts. You must have a willpower of steel! Only 2 sleeps left...

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    1. So I just realized which Star Trek reference you meant. Whoops! Forgot to mention that I love the "Victorian" hat!

  5. Your mother's morning blossom china is beautiful! So neat that you decided to dress up in a Victorian outfit. Everything looks so tasty, and I definitely understand why you would be disappointed not to get to eat dessert! That really looks like the best part of the meal. You have a lot of resolve!

  6. What a lovely tea! I love that you were able to dress up; how fun.
    Have a Happy Easter, Carrie.

  7. Just lovely! Costumes and all. You'll have to go back soon and enjoy the dessert.


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