On Saturday, August 11th, three of my "tea-loving-friends" and I attended Cristy's "Country Cottage" High Tea in East Lansing, MI. The tea was from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., and the cost was $25.00.
The menu was a three-course High Tea - no finger sandwiches and or bite-size desserts that are served at an Afternoon Tea. Most of Cristy's teas are High Teas. Below is a photo of Cristy, the creator and hostess of the fabulous teas in this series of posts.
[L-R: Cristy and Me]
Cristy used her light blue Depression Glass dishware - the same ones that she used for her "Hydrangea Blue & Plum Rose" tea in August 2011. When I saw them, I liked them so much I bought a set of my own! Cristy collects bone china porcelain floral bouquets, and they were displayed throughout the tablescape. One is visible in the photo below.
Lori, and I ready and waiting for the tea to begin. Notice the fireplace mantle in the background decorated to coordinate with the tablescape and theme. The vase of fresh flowers in the photo below [to the right of the glass of iced tea] were favors for each guest to take home.
Our iced beverage was an organic black tea and lemonade from Trader Joe's.
The tea began with a toast of sparkling fruit juice. Notice the personalized menus in the photo below that Cristy made for everyone to take home as well as a nylon bag of chocolates.
The tea that accompanied our first course was Goji Berry Green Tea from Tealightful Treasures. First course: Watermelon Gazpacho Soup, and Cristy's signature Cream Scones with Lemon Curd. Isn't that little watermelon umbrella cute?
Second Course: Fresh Tomato Pie, Roasted Corn, Okra & Sausage Medley, Summer Slaw, and Garden Zucchini Tea Bread. With this course we drank Moon Garden black tea from Tealightful Treasures.
Third Course: Swan Cream Puffs with Cinnamon Chocolate Sauce.
The tea was a delight from start to finish!
Tomorrow I'll be sharing Cristy's "Thyme in the Garden" High Tea from June 2011.