Today I had the pleasure of having three friends over for a tea luncheon. There's nothing I enjoy more than sharing my table with friends.
"A friend is a gift you give yourself."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~
I set my table the night before with a set of Limoges china that I purchased over a year ago, but this is the first time I've used it. With the living room renovation I'm just now getting back into entertaining again.
I love the delicate pink rose garland on the china. The pattern is Old Abbey.
The teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, chocolate pot and cups are what sold me on the set. I wish I knew a little bit about the lady who owned it before me, and the tea parties she might have hosted with it.
The meal began with cold peach soup, and a coconut scone with mock clotted cream. The tea I served was Bohemian Raspberry Green Tea. To clarifiy, that dark spot in the middle of the soup is a blueberry. I need to tweak the garnish the next time I serve it. ;-) No complaints on the taste of the soup, however. Michigan peaches are in right now and they're so sweet and juicy.
My main entree was non-traditional tea fare - carbonara and carrot salad. I got the carbonara recipe at a cooking class I took back in 1981, and my family loves it. I tweaked the technique a little bit for the luncheon.
Dessert was individual triple chocolate bundt cakes [a chocolate cake mix with chocolate pudding and semi-sweet chocolate chips added].
Better than the food was the fellowship around the table! Thanks for being my friend, Lori, Linda, and Barb!