Monday, February 4, 2013

A Bonjour Paris Tea

This past Saturday, my friends and I traveled to East Lansing, MI to attend our sixth Cristy Bennett Tea.  [I did a series of blog posts about the other five teas beginning here.]   Cristy's teas are a delight to the senses, and very detailed.   

Light snow flakes were gently falling when we arrived.  Cristy's front door set the stage for the tea that was about to unfold inside.

The rug when we entered the house

The decorated mantle

Paris tapestry covering the fireplace opening

The theme of the tea is carried out in Cristy's living and dining room - below is a cute stuffed pink poodle.

Her beautiful antique buffet

Close-up of the antique chocolate pot and accessories on the buffet.

My friend, Lori, and me by the beautiful tablescape.

Pink Eiffel Tower


Hello Paris!

L-R:  Me, Lori, Melody [seated]

Those were real roses at each place setting, and one of the favors for guests to take home.

Individual Menus

David [Cristy's husband] collecting the warm cloths we were given to wipe our hands with before the tea began. 

An opening toast with Sparkling French Berry Lemonade

The first tea served was Goji Berry Green Tea [from Tealightful Treasures], followed by a Darjeeling 2nd flush tea.

Cream of Tomato Soup with a warm Cheddar Parmesan Cheese Scone, complete with a pink poodle spreader for our butter!

Crustless Vegetarian Quiche Lorraine; Salad Greens with Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing and a Parmesan Cheese Wafer; and a Fresh Fruit Cup with Citrus Dressing.

Neapolitan Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate-dipped Strawberry.  Love the pom-pom on the cheesecake!

It was a delightful tea, and a wonderful way to spend a wintry Saturday afternoon!  The next tea - Daffodil Delight - is scheduled for April 13th and I have a reservation.


  1. Bonjour! What a lovely tea! All that pink, so girly and fun. Wish I were close enough to go to the next one with you, but I will have to be content to read about it.

  2. J'aime rose! Such a fun day you had. I am sure Cristy had a wonderful time planning all of those wonderful details.

  3. This sure is PINK! What fun and so much thought given to each detail. I love the paper craft favor/placecards.

  4. That's a lot of work and decorations to put into an afternoon tea. Glad you and Lori enjoyed the event.

  5. Dear Phyllis,
    Your friend sure went out of her way to capture every detail and make you feel like you were transported to Paris. What fun.
    I am very excited to have been chosen the lucky winner.
    My address is: Ruth Miller
    7624 Hawks Landing Drive
    West Palm Beach, Fl. 33412
    Thank you, Ruthie

  6. Must say ooh-la-la to such a splendid tea! This dear tea-loving lady really, really goes all out with her decor and menu. Love it! Now I can't wait to see what the daffodil-themed tea looks like--and I have great expectations!

  7. What a beautiful tea you attended! How I would enjoy it too! Love all the pink and the food looks amazing! So glad you plan on attending the next one.

  8. I think she thought of every little thing, such beautiful details. I can imagine it was great fun! and soooo very pink! Smiling


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