Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Traveling Tea Party

Yesterday I packed a small cooler and picnic basket with all the fixings for a traveling tea party, and took my ninety-year-old mother to visit her last remaining sister, who is six years younger.   You may recall I blogged about the St. Patrick's Tea I had for them in my March 16th post.

Ready to hit the road!  My license plate clearly identifies my car.  

 The two sisters, L-R Frances [my aunt] and Alice [my mom].

They visited in the living room while I set the table and put the food on.   Knowing they had both dined in the downtown J.L. Hudson store in times past, I prepared Maurice Salads [which I blogged about on March 22nd].  They loved it and said it brought back memories.  A late 195o's Hudson menu I recently obtained priced the salad and a roll at $1.45!

Our tea was Persian Nectar - organic Indian black tea and organic peach from serendipiTea.   The china, linens and flatware were all packed in my picnic basket since I didn't want my aunt to do anything except enjoy herself!  Four place settings because my hubby accompanied us.

Dessert was a Sander's hot fudge ice cream puff - another Detroit specialty.

I intended to set a floral folded napkin in each teacup.  It would  have coordinated nicely with the roses on the vintage Homer Laughlin Eggshell Nautilus dishes.  But by the time I finished prepping the food before we left there wasn't time.  Below is what it would have looked like, and  I will do it another time. 


  1. How lovely! Love the concept of the traveling tea party. The rose touch is so pretty too. The salad is such a thoughtful thing to take. I am planning to take afternoon tea to my aunt next week and use the traveling teapot.

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  3. Oh, what a delightful visit and tea party! I'm sure your mother and aunt loved it!

  4. Beautiful ladies! How nice of you to put on such a nice tea for them.
    Blessings, Beth

  5. How absolutely delightful! What fun memories they (and YOU) will have! I envy you all eating the Maurice Salads, since I haven't had one in a while. And here's a request for a future blog post: Would you please teach us the steps to make that beautiful rose napkin fold?


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