Monday, June 16, 2014

Cristy's Royal Garden Promenade Tea

Last Saturday my girlfriend, Sandy, and I traveled to East Lansing to attended Cristy Bennett's June theme tea - Royal Garden Promenade.  Cristy said when she saw the fabric for her tablescape, the symmetrical patterns made her think of royal gardens designed by famous landscape architects/gardeners. And it was as though her porcelain figurines of 17th and 18th century ladies were promenading the gardens.

The fabric can best be seen on her dining room table and antique buffet.

Decorative touches of periwinkle blue, plum, and ivory coordinated beautifully with the fabric.

Birds and bird sanctuaries can always be found in gardens, and Cristy incorporated them into her decorations too.

~ Gorgeous Tablescape ~

Cristy always decorates her fireplace mantle, and if you look closely you can get a peek at her figurines that were promenading.

Close-up view of her figurine mantle lamps and figurines.

~ My place setting ~

~ Personalized Keepsake Menu Card ~

Cristy even found the right color of carnations to coordinate with the tablescape.  The flowers and vase were ours to take home.

The three course high tea began with a toast of Sparkling Chardonnay White Grape Juice.

The 1st course was a chilled Strawberry Soup accompanied by Cristy's Signature Pinwheel Scone [Strawberry] with Devonshire Cream.

The tea served throughout the meal was a premium blend of Ceylon, Assam and Kenya black teas from Tealightful Teas.

The 2nd course was a Fruity Chicken Salad, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Cheesy Pimento Crostini, and Fresh Fruit Cup.

~ The dessert course was a Strawberry Banana Sundae ~

~ Sandy [R] and Me ~

Thank you for another fabulous tea, Cristy!   The next tea will be August 23rd and the theme will be Hankies, Handbags & Hats, Oh My!


  1. You ladies look lovely and the luncheon, delicious.

  2. Another fabulous tea, indeed! Everything looks so pretty and I love the figured "promenading" around the tables and mantel. And the food looks so beautiful as well as delicious, right down to the hearts in the strawberry soup! Next month's theme sounds like great fun, get those hats and hankies ready. Have a great week!

  3. I always enjoy your posts where you are reporting on this hostesses afternoon teas. She focuses on details so beautifully. I also liked that she served salad and fruit as a part of her "afternoon tea" menu. Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Gorgeous! Love the setting. The pinwheel scones are so fun, and the rest of the menu looks perfect!

  5. You look so pretty, Phyllis! Another beautiful tea time - loved seeing the tables and food!

  6. I just love reading about these teas and dearly wish I lived close enough to attend! The food looks and sounds delicious, and the decor is beautiful as always. Oh, and I love what you and Sandy are wearing!

  7. Lovely tea party and so much fun to see! Love your outfit, so pretty for a summer tea! Hope you are having a relaxing break from blogging!


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