Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Basket of Friendship Tea Menu

Cheryl brought words of welcome and read a basket poem:

"Early this morning an angel gave me
a basket filled with joy, peace, faith,
love, strength, and grace for all human needs.
He said to use them and pass to those I care about,
and so, I'm passing this basket to you."

We all shared a highlight from the trip last May, or an activity that has transpired since then.   

After the blessing we were served Pomegranate Oolong Tea by Harney & Sons to go with our Sweet Potato Scone with Maple Cream and Cinnamon Nuts.

Then we went to another room where a fabulous tea buffet awaited us.  Every food item had a name card, and Teresa made keepsake menu booklets for everyone including recipes for the foods served. 

The savories were at one end and the desserts at the other.

~ Gruyere Cheese Puffs with Toasted Pecan and Bacon Filling ~

~ Tuscan Olive on Dill Bread ~

~ Chicken Mandarin Orange Spread on Raisin Bread ~

Fresh Tomato Pie Slices and Cucumber Sandwiches on Teacup-shaped Bread

Tomato Aspic on Tomato Basil Bread

~ Calla Lilies ~

~ Pumpkin-shaped Ginger Snap Cookies with Pumpkin Dip ~

~ Chocolate and Vanilla Tea Cookies garnished with a Raspberry ~

 Mini Lemon Cheesecakes garnished with Blueberries, and Cranberry Macadamia Nut Bars 

~ Apple Pie Bars ~

~ And last but definitely not least, Chocolate Coconut Mini Tarts ~

Halfway through our meal we switched to Charleston Tea Plantation First Flush Black Tea that Judy purchased when we visited the plantation in May.  It added such a nice touch to our gathering.

That's my very full plate, but believe it or not I didn't sample everything!  

This is the kitchen where Judy prepared the food.  It was an addition to the grain bin house.

~ L-R:  Cheryl K., Me, and Lori ~

The powder room was also an addition to the grain bin house.  Judy turned a dresser into a sink vanity!

After we ate we went on a tour of Judy's 1907 historic farm house.  If you're a fan of Mac Kenzie-Childs, you'll love the interior of Judy's beautiful home - next post.


  1. Oh my word, Phyllis, what a tea party that Judy provided for all of you! I read the previous post, also, and can see what a wonderful hostess that Judy is. I look forward to seeing more. Thank you for sharing, and I loved seeing your pretty pictures.

  2. Wow, what an abundant table of food! After seeing all that deliciousness, I'm hungry and it's still several hours until my lunchtime. :-) It looks wonderful and I'm sure you all enjoyed it.

  3. What a wonderful planning, presentation and atmosphere for this lovely group of friends. You all look beautiful and happy! Very fortunate and blessed! I’d even say it rivals the Whitney in many aspects! Thank you for sharing this with us, it was a joy to read!


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