Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tea With Two Friends

I mentioned in a post last week that I was having two ladies for a tea luncheon this week, and was debating whether to use a black and gold tablescape, or a fall tablescape. After I established the menu, I opted for the fall tablescape because it coordinated best.

The luncheon was yesterday.  [It wasn't an Afternoon Tea because of the menu.]  My guests arrived at 1:00 o'clock.  

When 'Tea by Three' was formed in 2000 there were three partners, hence the name of the business. In the beginning they coordinated and catered tea parties, but then Cheryl began hosting outdoor tea parties in her beautiful garden and 'Teacup Cottage' [miniature playhouse pictured below].

Eventually she built a lovely sun porch across the back of her house overlooking the garden, and it became a by reservation only tearoom where she was the sole proprietor. I began helping at the tearoom in 2004 [after I retired from my church secretarial job], and helped until 2008. Stormy, one of Cheryl's original partners, also helped and I got to know her too. Cheryl closed her business in 2014, and I've been talking about having the two ladies over for quite awhile, and it finally happened!

~ The Tablescape ~

I piped herb butter into glass leaf-shaped votive candle holders [from the $ store] at each individual place setting. 

Small glass turkey covered dishes [purchased at JoAnn Fabrics a couple years ago] held homemade cranberry sauce.

We began with a toast of sparkling cider, and I served two teas throughout the meal - Pumpkin Spice and Snowflake [both black teas].  I made savory scones with cheddar cheese, bacon and dill served with herb butter.  The soup was Minnesota Wild Rice, and the salad was Oriental Broccoli Cabbage Slaw.

The main entree was Creamy Pumpkin Pasta served in a Pumpkin.  Instead of topping it with puff pastry as I've done in the past,  I used crushed, buttered Ritz crackers yesterday.

Dessert was a new recipe I tried - Spice Apple Cake made in the Crock Pot topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce.  It was so good and so easy.  The recipe is definitely a keeper.

We sat around the table and visited for about three hours, and spent a wonderful afternoon catching up.  As fellow blogger Sandi from Prince Edward Island said, "Nothing better than sipping tea with friends!"

With Thanksgiving just nine days away, my attention will now turn to planning a menu for that special day.


  1. What a lovely table - and your menu sounds delicious. I'm sure everyone enjoyed the afternoon.

  2. This sounds like an absolutely scrumptious meal, and I love-love-love your amber glass tea and toast sets. Beautiful!

  3. Phyllis, your menu sounds just wonderful and I love your idea of serving the pasta in a pumpkin. Using votives for butter is a fabulous idea for this setting. So clever! I have used votives for jam and lemon curd but never for butter. I'll have to remember that. Thinking about your dessert makes me want to bake! Yours looks so good. What fun you ladies must have had. Nothing better than sipping tea with friends! Wishing you a delightful week.

    Blessings from PEI,

  4. Pretty table and everything looks delicious! I want a "teacup cottage"!

  5. What a lovely tea party you prepared for your friends, Phyllis. Your menu and the food look absolutely fabulous. I have those same tealight holders, but never thought about using them for butter! Love that idea! I forgot to mention how beautiful your table looked, too. You're a wonderful hostess.


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