Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Red Tartan Plaid Christmas Tea

In 2004, when I was an independent distributor for A Sandy Clough Tea, Sandy came out with a red tartan plaid teaset called "Merry Christmas."  It sets a beautiful table, and I love using it during the month of December.  Following are photos of a Christmas tea party that I hosted for two of my girlfriends.

I tied a teapot charm to the handle of the teacup as a favor for them to take home.
I made basic cream scones, and individual fruit and cheese "bouquets" in red ramekins.
"Zuppa Stracciatella" [Italian Egg-drop Soup]
2 cups chicken broth [homemade is best]   
8 oz. frozen chopped spinach
1/3 cup acini di pepe [tiny pasta]
1 egg
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
Cook spinach separately according to directions and drain.
Cook pasta separately according to directions and drain.
In a small bowl, lightly beat egg, cheese, basil, salt and pepper.
Heat broth to boiling and add egg mixture slowly, wisking to incorporate.
Add spinach and serve with croutons or a slice of crusty Italian garlic bread.

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Main Entree was a Hot Chicken Salad in Pastry Cups
 Dessert was Individual Chocolate Bundt Cakes
 [L-R:  Me, Sandy and Lori]
It'll soon be time to unpack these dishes for the 2012 holidays!
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Today I'm linking to Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
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  1. Oh, I like the Italian eggdrop soup! My husband makes a very nice Asian eggdrop soup so I will have to convince him to try his hand at this instead :)

    Loving the plaid. So wintry and Scottish and festive!

  2. How pretty! I wish that teaset was still available, I'd be sorely tempted. Love seeing your festive table and delicious menu.

  3. The dishes are so pretty I would want to use them all winter long. What a lovely tea table they set. I just brought out my Christmas mugs and Longaberger Christmas plates. Isn't it a JOY to bring them out and enjoy for the season?

  4. Oh I would love to have that set! I love red tartan and Sandy Clough! What a blessing for you!

  5. So festive! I can see why you enjoy using this lovely set.

  6. You three make a beautiful trio!

  7. Your table looks pretty, Phyllis. I really like the tartan plaid dishes as well as your pretty tablecloth.

  8. What lucky friends you have to be treated to such a lovely tea! The tea set is so perfect for the holidays and do look so festive!
    Your menu sounds delicious and thank you for sharing the soup recipe and your tea. Have a wonderful week!

  9. How beautiful! I am about to put some new plaid dishes on my table, so this is giving me ideas. I think I fell in love with plaid back when Victoria magazine used to feature it so often years ago!


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