Tuesday, December 07, 2010

TEA SOCIETY CHRISTMAS TEA

( Darleen opened her lovely home to the Tea Society for our Tea Cup exchange)

Sunday was certainly the day for special tea events. Not only did I attend Mr. Toast’s wonderful Christmas Tea in Scotland but I also found myself at our Tea Society Christmas Tea in Lexington, Kentucky. Wow…Two teas within a 24 hour period on two different continents..Hum…isn’t that some sort of record? ;)

Of course everyone in the blogosphere is still abuzz over our tea adventure at Torosay castle on the Isle of Mull but we also had a delightful late afternoon tea a bit closer to home and on a much smaller scale. Every year we have an annual member’s only tea cup exchange for Christmas. It was truly a wonderful relaxing afternoon spent in laughter and wonderful conversation among cherished friends and over the greatest drink on the planet, tea of course. And best of all, you always end up bringing home a special tea cup! I will post a glimpse at the Spode tea cups that I received in a future post. Thank you, Natalie!


(A glimpse at some of the delicious tea fare we enjoyed)


(The ladies deep in conversation)

(Darleen's amazing glass ornament filled tree)


(One of members, Carolyn F., had to leave early to attend an advent service but those of use remaining were: Seated( Darleen, our hostess, Natalie- wearing her Edwardian inspired creation- standing, Polly, Rebecca( me)in the center and Caroline B.>)


Our menu this year was: Fresh baked cranberry scones with lemon curd( Yes they were warm and delicious!), artichoke and roasted red pepper savories, Sally Lunn tea sandwiches with a spinach /cheese filling, sun dried tomato sandwiches, cranberry nut sandwiches, mini raspberry cheesecakes, fresh baked cookies, peanut butter roll, pineapple and banana nut breads. The teas served were: Czar’s Samovar (a robust aromatic blend of Ceylon with dried currants), Elmwood Inn Rose, and Kentucky Blend (A perfect black tea best enjoyed with milk and sugar).

What a wonderful way to spend a cold, blustery December afternoon...and such a lovely way to kick off the holiday season.

12 comments:

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Fabulous post! Everything sounds lovely ..yummy and divine..lucky gals! Love that hat! and so cool..I noticed you mentioned on your page Monarch of the Glen..I used to watch that..I love Useless the dog! Very cool!
Have a beautiful day and happy tea!
Victoria~

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much, Victoria! We always have such fun...Wish you lived closer...:)...

Ah...poor Useless! Love that dog, too...and little Monty as well...

Hope your day is a beautiful one as well!

Many Blessings,
R

LadyCat said...

Rebecca, It looks like such a lovely event and what a great idea. The food and teas all sound and looks delicious! I'm especially intersested in the Elmwood Inn Rose...is it local, I've never heard of it?
Enjoyed "seeing" you at Torosay Castle : )

ZipZipInkspot said...

Dear Rebecca,

It was a very good way to start off the Christmas season, wasn't it?

An additional note: we enjoyed the teas so much that by the end of the afternoon a few of us commented on feeling caffeinated to the point of being a little dizzy, or in the case of myself, ditziness. Very funny, actually.

Might you remind us where you purchased the Czar's Samovar tea? It was particularly delicious.

Hugs,
Natalie
(the lady in the giant hat)

ZipZipInkspot said...

Dear Rebecca,

It was a very good way to start off the Christmas season, wasn't it?

An additional note: we enjoyed the teas so much that by the end of the afternoon a few of us commented on feeling caffeinated to the point of being a little dizzy, or in the case of myself, ditziness. Very funny, actually.

Might you remind us where you purchased the Czar's Samovar tea? It was particularly delicious.

Hugs,
Natalie
(the lady in the giant hat)

Rebecca said...

Thanks, Lady Cat. We had a wonderful time and everything was really yummy...Elmwood Inn is located in Perryville, KY. They have wonderful teas. check out www.elmwoodinn.com. The actual inn/tea room was lovely but closed a few years ago. However, they still import teas and write wonderful tea books.

Natalie, yes, it was a perfect kick-off to the holiday festivities.

I got the tea from World Cup of Tea in Franklin, TN. You can order their teas online at: www.worldcupoftea.com

Hope the rest of you week is a great one!

LaCombe said...

That looks very nice and what a wonderful thing to do and what a Beautiful house you have! Wish I could have attened! Merry Christmas, Kathy

ChaChaneen said...

Oh the menu is just lurvely! Yummy! Her tree was truly gorgeous, I love LOTS of ornaments and her table-scape just beautiful! So glad your still meeting up with your tea society ladies as I look forward to your posts. Have a blessed weekend.

Bachelor said...

You ladies had a grand time, I can tell! Merry Christmas to you, Rebecca!
:) The Bach
Lord Thomas of Wellington

Rebecca said...

Janeen,
So good the "see" you :)... That tree really is something. Our Christmas Tea Cup exchange is always so much fun...

Thanks, Bach! Merry Christmas to you and Lady Cat as well..:)

rochambeau said...

What wonderful teatimes you experienced All in 24 hours! Fabulous.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

xox
Consatnce

ps
I ADORE Sally Lunn's. We make them during lent.

Mmm said...

The sandwiches sounds sso yummy as does the cranberry scones with lemon curd, even better.

Ah, so now that explains why you ate sooo little at the Torosay Tea--saving your room for tea with your tea there. Makes sense I suppose but I do hope you tried some of the fresh caught river trout pate? :)