Monday, October 19, 2015

A Phantom of the Opera Tea

Last Saturday my daughter and I traveled to East Lansing for Cristy Bennett's Phantom of the Opera tea.  It was my 18th tea [from April 2011 to the present], and I enjoyed sharing the experience with Lori for her first time.  All of Cristy's teas are lovely, but this one ranks in the top five.

~ Gorgeous porcelain Phantom mask ~

The tea was filled to capacity with 16 attendees.

The tablescape was black, white, and red with lots of red roses.

As always, Cristy decorated her living room and dining room in the theme.

Each place setting had a different black and white bone china teacup.  I only photographed four of the 16, but they were all beautiful.

~ Tablescape photos ~

We each received a personalized menu, vase with a fresh red rose, a silk red rose napkin ring, and a black nylon bag filled with Dove dark chocolate candies to take home.

A Phantom of the Opera soundtrack played softly in the background throughout the tea.

~ Sugar for tea. ~

~ Rose shaped candles. ~

~ Another candle with Phantom sheet music beneath it. ~

~ My sweet daughter, Lori. ~

~ The tea began with a toast of chilled sparkling Apple-Cranberry juice. ~

The first course was roasted Roma Tomato soup, with an Autumn Apple-Cinnamon pinwheel scone accompanied with spiced Devonshire cream.

~ The tea was a black apple cider tea with cinnamon and cloves. ~

The second course was a delicious Chicken Cordon Bleu ramekin, Salad Greens with roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, dressed with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Autumn Fruit Cup.

The dessert course was a mini-Bundt Pumpkin tea cake with Cream Cheese frosting.

~ Lori and Me ~

The last photo is a fun one showing how Crisity coordinates every detail of the tea right down to the soap in the powder room, which was beautifully decorated for autumn.

Thanks, Cristy, for a wonderful afternoon!

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Today I'm joining Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday


  1. That is an amazing event! Beautifully decorated, the food looks amazing, and those tea cups! I have only one black tea cup and I think I may need to look for others!

    Your daughter is darling, too! So glad you got to share tea together!


  2. What a wonderful, and fanciful tea! Black either love it or hate it it seems. I kinda like is certainly dramatic. That is one creative lady!

  3. What a beautiful picture of you and your daughter! I am sure you both had a lovely time. There is such an elegance to a black teacup, isn't there? They are all really pretty. The food looks and sounds amazing! Wish I could have joined you. Thank you for coming to tea, Phyllis, and enjoy your day.

    Autumn blessings,

  4. Cristi certainly does go all out with the decor and menus for these teas and I love seeing all the details. I'll bet Lori will be wanting to join you again in the future.
    Did Cristi have all the black teacups herself or does she borrow elements for the teas?

  5. That just looks amazing. I love black and white tea cups. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Martha

  6. Dramatic and beautiful, just like the Phantom music! Love the black and white teacups and all the roses. Plus the food looks delicious. So glad you and Lori could attend.

  7. Cristy's events are the blockbusters of tea parties! She captured the spirit of the Phantom perfectly! I especially love the black teacups.

  8. Oh Phyllis, what a tea that you and your daughter attended! All the detail to the decor, the menu, and even the soap in the order room is just so perfect! I loved the black teacups, too. Aren't they gorgeous?? You and your daughter are beautiful women and it looked like you had a ball at the tea.

  9. It's funny, but I was humming the "Phantom of the Opera" tune in my head as I read this post! That menu sounds particularly delicious to me here in these cool, cozy days of fall. You are SO fortunate to get to attend all of these fabulous teas!


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