On Saturday, August 11th, three of my "tea-loving-friends" and I attended Cristy's "Country Cottage" High Tea in East Lansing, MI. The tea was from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., and the cost was $25.00.
The menu was a three-course High Tea - no finger sandwiches and/or bite-size desserts that are served at an Afternoon Tea. Most of Cristy's teas are High Teas. Below is a photo of Cristy, the creator and hostess of the fabulous teas in this series of posts.
[L-R: Cristy and Me]
Cristy used her light blue Depression Glass dishware - the same ones that she used for her "Hydrangea Blue & Plum Rose" tea in August 2011. When I saw them, I liked them so much I bought a set of my own! Cristy collects bone china porcelain floral bouquets, and they were displayed throughout the tablescape. One is visible in the photo below.
Lori and I seated before the tea began. Notice the fireplace mantle in the background decorated to coordinate with the tablescape and theme. The vase of fresh flowers in the photo below [to the right of the glass of iced tea] were favors for each guest to take home.
Our iced beverage was an organic black tea and lemonade from Trader Joe's.
The tea began with a toast of sparkling fruit juice. Notice the personalized menus in the photo below that Cristy made for everyone to take home as well as a nylon bag of chocolates.
The tea that accompanied our first course was Goji Berry Green Tea from Tealightful Treasures. First course: Watermelon Gazpacho Soup, and Cristy's signature Cream Scones with Lemon Curd. Isn't that little watermelon umbrella cute?
Second Course: Fresh Tomato Pie, Roasted Corn, Okra & Sausage Medley, Summer Slaw, and Garden Zucchini Tea Bread. With this course we drank Moon Garden black tea from Tealightful Treasures.
Third Course: Swan Cream Puffs with Cinnamon Chocolate Sauce.
The tea was a delight from start to finish!
Tomorrow I'll be sharing Cristy's "Thyme in the Garden" High Tea from June 2011.