Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunflower fields


Won't you take a little stroll with me?



Along the garden paths,

among the Gaudy leonine sunflower


Maybe a quick stop for tea?



A table of red poppies and yellow sunflowers


freshly cut from the fields,





With a couple summertime visitors.


Pale guests crossing the forest line for a quick snack.





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Disney Princess Tea

Once Upon a Dream
In a Tale as Old as Time
Whole New World
opened up, because a dream,
is a wish your heart makes,
and now I'm Almost There
now that, at last, I've Seen the Light.

And you can join me, as I invite you to pull up a chair as the dining room proudly presents-- a Disney Princess Tea!


It has definitely been a while since my last post!  I am way behind as you might guess, so lets go back to the end of June when I held a Disney Princess themed tea for some of my sister's friends!


First tea start with a glass of Peach Muscato while waiting for everyone to get there--you can see one at the opposite side of the table, left side--Katie (my sister) and the first guest had stepped outside to greet another guest and I decided to take pictures really quick because the lighting was so good with the front door open--I'll have to remember for the next time I take pictures.  Katie loves peach flavored things.


I really was extremely excited about this tea--each place setting had a menu and a favor specialized for each princess "guest."  The favors I put in little white boxes with silver ribbon and a sticker of the princess on each side.



I also served an item of each of the Princesses during the party:

Savories:  Ariel's shimp salad on a croissant, Rapunzel's cucumber flowers, and  Jasmine's hummus on pita bread.


I really loved these napkins, shown above with the Rapunzel place setting--I really wanted some that said Once upon a time, but didn't see any I could easily get online or in stores, and then two days before the party I saw these little beverage napkins at homegoods!  They even had gold accents to match my new small set of goldware.



The last savory was Tiana's chicken creole bites on the light green stand I got from the last teacup exchange around a frog prince in his top hat finery.  This place setting is Tiana's of course.

(Jasmine's place setting)

(Belle's place setting)

The scones were Belle's peach buttermilk scones.  I even put a bit of yellow sugar on top to give them a golden look.



And next for dessert:  Cinderella's pumpkin cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream, and Snow White's apple rose tarts.


(Cinderella's place setting with my Cinderella's castle music box)

And finally, Sleeping Beauty's cream puffs with vanilla pink and blue filling.


(Sleeping Beauty's place setting)


I served three teas at this party--Mulan's mystic dragon tea (a green tea with ; Elsa & Anna's chocolate tea (a black tea with chocolate and a hint of vanilla and whiskey); and Moana's pineapple blooming tea.

The favors were a Lip Smacker's lip gloss for each princess and a pink wrapped Godiva truffle.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kentucky Derby tea


Welcome back to Aldie Mill, this time for a Kentucky Derby Tea!


This grist mill in Aldie, Virginia was built between 1807 and 1809, and the water wheel is still fully operational.


This is my second time attending one of their teas, both times have been wonderful experiences!


Since this was a Kentucky Derby tea, the ladies all wore hats!


Here is my table,


And my place setting.


And here is the menu to peruse, 


until the tiered tray appears.




For savories, chicken salad, caprese salad sandwiches, and Kentucky ham biscuits,


followed by two types of scones,


The tea was from Dominion Tea in Purcellville, Virginia:  Mounted Mint Tea, and Aldie's Special Kentucky Blend.


For dessert, a slice of raisin bread with marmalade, shortbreads, chocolate bourbon bites, and cream puffs.


There was even a raffle that both my mother and I won.  I got a book, the French Art of Tea and a Grafton tea cup with gold.

After we had finished our afternoon tea, we went upstairs where all sorts of flower clippings were waiting for us.


We filed our own mint julep cups with a bouquet of flowers, including all sorts of random clippings, azaleas, baby's breathe, leaves, ferns, white carnations, some wild flowers, and red roses of course!


(my arrangement)

(my mother's)

 It was fun just walking around seeing what people came up with.






Another wonderful Aldie Mill teatime!