Monday, September 1, 2014

Hankies, Handbags & Hats, Oh My!

On Saturday, August 23rd, I went to East Lansing with two friends to attend my 16th theme tea at Cristy Bennett's house.  The theme was Hankies, Handbags & Hats, Oh My!  It was as charming as all the other teas. 

As usual, the entire first floor of the house was decorated to carry out the theme.

Several hat, glove, handbag, and hankie vignettes were displayed on the antique buffet.

~ Close-ups ~

~ Tablescape Decorations ~

Cristy used four color palettes for the tablescape:  pink, yellow, lavender, and aqua blue. Each guest got to select their preference for their place setting prior to the tea.  The tablecloth fabric was a vintage hankie print.

Since blue is my favorite color, aqua blue was my first choice for my place setting [pictured below]. The hatbox was filled with Hershey chocolate kisses, and the purse had a baggie of Goji Berry loose-leaf green tea, from Tealightful Teas.  It's delicious!  I'm drinking a cup of it as I type this post. The vase with fresh flowers was also a favor to take home.

~ Menu Card ~

The high tea began with Sparkling Cherry Juice.

The tea served throughout the meal was Cherry Almond Vanilla black tea.  Pictured below are miniature teapots filled with sugar for those who wanted to sweeten their tea.

Cherry-Almond scone pinwheels were served with mock Cherry Devonshire Cream, and Chilled Sweet Cherry Soup.  Yum!

Crustless Cherry Tomato Quiche; Watermelon, Feta Cheese and Salad Greens with Balsamic Dressing; and Cherry-Cola Jell-O Salad followed the scone and soup course.  The Jell-O salad, made with cherry pie filling, was delish!

And last but not least, Banana Split Brownie Torte for dessert.

Before we left, Cristy gave each of us an individually wrapped hat cookie to take home in keeping with her theme.  She leaves no detail left undone.

~ My girlfriends and me ~

[L-R:  Sandy, Lori, and Me seated]

Host and Hostess, David and Cristy Bennett, and their beloved poodle, Soapy. 

Thanks for a lovely afternoon!

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Today I'm joining the following blogs:
Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday


  1. Oh, another of Cristy's beautiful theme teas! I love this theme, and have gotten some ideas for using vintage hankies -a friend from church gave me a box full of them! I would have chosen the blue place setting, too. The food looks delicious, as usual. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

  2. Her teas are always amazing! What a joy for you to attend. You look lovely, Phyllis. Enjoy your week.

  3. Another lovely themed tea! I love the photo of you, Sandy, and Lori!

  4. Happy Labour Day, Phyllis! What a lovely event to attend! Love the theme and the food looks wonderful. The favours are so cute and the hat cookie as well. I enjoyed seeing the three of you girls together. Thank you for sharing your outing with us and joining me for tea.


  5. First time here (I think), Phyllis, and this is such a lovely post! Everything looks perfect and like it was a lot of fun. Had to go check ... yes, I have the blue depression teacup and saucer, but in green. Love the blue! Blessings for a beautiful week, Bess

  6. I would have loved to attend this tea with you! Love all the hats!
    Hugs, Nancy

  7. I'm just meeting you in blogland.... and I'm hosting my first church tea party in October. Have a great day!!!

  8. What a great tea! Such a cool theme and all the little touches were so inspiring. Thanks for sharing it :). Have a great weekend.

  9. Lovely! A wonderful theme...and I would have chosen the blue as it's my favorite color as well. Thanks for sharing with Tuesday Cuppa Tea!


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