In January 2008 my friends and I gathered at Tiara Teas for Afternoon Tea. The teas were held in a private home, by reservation only. A lovely young lady named Amy was the proprietress and hostess. I always enjoy people who are passionate about tea, but it's especially nice seeing someone from a younger generation embracing the beverage and its pleasures.
It seemed fitting to share this tea outing today since I've been blogging about Flow-Blue transferware. Amy used her gorgeous Flow-Blue china for our tea [which definitely wasn't a Cracker Barrel reproduction! ;-)].
Amy invited us to wait in her living room until our entire party arrived. We were surrounded by dark cherry [or mahogany] cabinets filled with beautiful blue and white dishes - Flow-Blue, Russian Lomonosov Porcelain in the Cobalt Net pattern [which is on my "wish list"] and other patterns. We oohed and ahhed, and took lots of pictures.
Me and Sandy
Sue, Kathy and Lori
When everyone arrived, we were ushered into Amy's dining area for our tea time. What a delight for our eyes as well as our taste buds!
Printed menus were on the table so we'd know exactly what was being served for each course. See the beautiful Flow-Blue china?
We began with Tea [Imperial Spice] and Scones [Lemon/Blueberry with Lemon Curd in salt cellars]. Place cards directed each of us to our seat.
Amy's mother-in-law poured the tea. Isn't that a beautiful teapot? Amy's mother-in-law loves Flow-Blue china and has a set. It was through her that Amy developed her love for the dishes.
Cream of Potato Soup
Somehow I missed getting a photo of the Michigan Mixed Greens Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette [I was probably too busy admiring the china!]. Our main entree was Upside Down Chicken Pot Pie.
This is my dear friend [and tea buddy], Lori.
The last course was Amy's Petite Chocolate Divine Cake.
What fun it's been reliving this tea for today's post. I hope you've enjoyed it vicariously!
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Do you remember the Bombay Company? Unfortunately, in January 2008, they liquidated and closed all their U.S. stores. They had beautiful blue and white porcelain, reasonably priced. Below is a tea set I purchased at their store. There was matching dinnerware, but regrettably, I didn't purchase it!
The covered jar probably wasn't intended as a tea caddy because it was with bathroom accessories, but I think it makes a perfect tea caddy, don't you? A friend brought me back the matching tea strainer from a Georgia tea room visit.
This concludes my blue and white series.