Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Basket of Friendship Tea Menu

Cheryl brought words of welcome and read a basket poem:

"Early this morning an angel gave me
a basket filled with joy, peace, faith,
love, strength, and grace for all human needs.
He said to use them and pass to those I care about,
and so, I'm passing this basket to you."

We all shared a highlight from the trip last May, or an activity that has transpired since then.   

After the blessing we were served Pomegranate Oolong Tea by Harney & Sons to go with our Sweet Potato Scone with Maple Cream and Cinnamon Nuts.

Then we went to another room where a fabulous tea buffet awaited us.  Every food item had a name card, and Teresa made keepsake menu booklets for everyone containing recipes for the foods served. 

The savories were at one end and the desserts at the other.

~ Gruyere Cheese Puffs with Toasted Pecan and Bacon Filling ~

~ Tuscan Olive on Dill Bread ~

~ Chicken Mandarin Orange Spread on Raisin Bread ~

Fresh Tomato Pie Slices and Cucumber Sandwiches on Teacup-shaped Bread

Tomato Aspic on Tomato Basil Bread

~ Calla Lilies ~

~ Pumpkin-shaped Ginger Snap Cookies with Pumpkin Dip ~

~ Chocolate and Vanilla Tea Cookies garnished with a Raspberry ~

 Mini Lemon Cheesecakes garnished with Blueberries, and Cranberry Macadamia Nut Bars 

~ Apple Pie Bars ~

~ And last but definitely not least, Chocolate Coconut Mini Tarts ~

Halfway through our meal we switched to Charleston Tea Plantation First Flush Black Tea that Judy purchased when we visited the plantation in May.  It added such a nice touch to our gathering.

That's my very full plate, but believe it or not I didn't sample everything!  

This is the kitchen where Judy prepared the food.  It was an addition to the grain bin house.

~ Cheryl K., Me, and Lori ~

The powder room was also an addition to the grain bin house.  Judy turned a dresser into a sink vanity!

After we ate we went on a tour of Judy's 1907 historic farm house.  If you're a fan of Mac Kenzie-Childs, you'll love the interior of Judy's beautiful home - next post.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Basket of Friendship Tea

One of the ladies who went on the Southern Tea Time Getaway last May used to have a tearoom and gift shop in Defiance, Ohio called Flowers & Friends.  If you remember, one of my blog posts about the trip was Judy treating us to a wonderful traveling tea party on the van the first day.  

Even though Judy's no longer open for business, she said she'd have a combination tea party/reunion to celebrate the friendships made on the trip after she recovered from hip replacement surgery in July.  On August 27th our invitations arrived in the mail.

The tea party was last Saturday [September 15th] at 12:00 noon.   Judy brought her niece, Cheryl, on the Southern Tea Time Getaway, and the two of them hosted the gathering.  It was one of the nicest tea parties I've ever attended.

The tearoom used to be a Grain/Corn Bin House located on a neighboring farm.  Judy and her husband had it moved to their farm where it underwent an amazing transformation, while still maintaining most of its original rustic interior.  Judy was inspired to open a tearoom/gift shop because all the men congregated at a local cafe, and she wanted a place where ladies could gather.  It's mostly used for family gatherings now.

Below is the main entrance.

Four tables were set up and they were stunning.  The invitations and table dรฉcor carried out the "Basket" of Friendship theme.  Each table had at least two vintage glass baskets - a large one as a vase/centerpiece, and a smaller one as a candle holder... 

And two lovely teapots, along with two beautiful vintage candlesticks. 

Aren't the vintage glass baskets beautiful?  Judy gave each of us a basket to take home.

Judy - the hostess with the mostess!

~ With her niece, Cheryl ~

Judy is also a gardner and their farm property has beautiful gardens.

~ Lori and Me ~

~ Barb, Linda, and Louise ~

Back inside, iced tea and sparkling limeade awaited us at the bar.

Fancy, fruity ice cubes...

And individual bags of Caramel Corn and Friendship Mix.

Teresa made a fabulous Shutterfly album of all the pictures she took on our trip, and Lori and I enjoyed looking at it.

Our tea meal will be a separate post since this one is already quite lengthy.  Come back to see what Judy served.  I'll give you a hint... it looked as good as it tasted!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Another Day at the Whitney

I promise all my posts going forward won't be about The Whitney, but I had an opportunity to take a few more pictures today that I thought you might enjoy seeing.

Today was a private tea party for a lady named, Connie, who celebrated her 102nd birthday. She was so perky and alert, and definitely didn't look 102.  She came from England, so honoring her at Afternoon Tea was the perfect way to celebrate.  The private tea party was held in the Reception Room, next to the Drawing Room.

~ Main entrance to The Whitney ~

~ Great Hall, looking towards the Music Room ~

Below, a picture of David Whitney, Jr. hangs in the Great Hall.  Sadly, he only got to live in his beautiful mansion six years before he passed away at the age of 70.   Both he and his wife died in the house, so there are lots of tales about their spirits inhabiting the second and third floors, as well as the elevator. One employee told me she was afraid to go into Mr. Whitney's bedroom closet because she has a fear of getting locked inside it.  Yikes!  That's where I store all my tea things.  I enter it multiple times everyday.  So far, his spirit hasn't bothered me.  ;-)

Below is the area where I prepare the tea.

On another subject... thoughts and prayers go out to those in the path of Hurricane Florence.  Last year at this time I had to cancel the Southern Belle Tea Tour due to Hurricane Irma, and now residents in multiple states are reliving the same nightmare with Hurricane Florence.  I complain about Michigan's lengthy, cold winters, but I'll take the snow anytime over devastating hurricanes.