I listened as she ran the Menu by me for a second opinion.
I watched as she planned the table, the flowers, printed formal menus and lovingly prepared fresh lavender scones and fresh pea soup with créme frachie, and edible flower petals to adorn each bowl.
The table was lovely, with multiple layers of linens, properly placed china and individual wild flower boquets marking each place setting. A formal menu listing the multiple courses also graced each place.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis
From the incredible Fresh Pea Soup, to Chicken Salad Croissants, and Strawberry Bruschetta- followed by Lavender Scones with Devonshire Cream & Lemon Curd- each bite was savored slowly and with reverence. Each course was admired and discussed, honor was given to the hostess not only in the form of compliments, but also with gifts of appreciation for her effort.
We celebrated and toasted to the tea, the food and our hostess. We even took a Pledge to Tea! (find the Tea Pledge at the end of this blog)
By the time we got to the dessert course we were full, but indulged anyway. I just had to taste the Fallen Chocolate Cake accompanied by Cocoa Roc Cheesecake Gems. (see picture below)
We spent more time having Tea than most Americans take to inhale three complete daily meals.( and two are eaten in the car)! What is the rush?
We got civilized and took a few hours to enjoy tea.
We also enjoyed friendship and a sense of community. We spent three hours playing Tiddly Winks and other silly Parlour Games between each course. We discussed everything and nothing at all. What we did not discuss was, the weather or the latest bad news on CNN.
We did honor the fresh ingredients, and the farmers that grew them, the love that went into the preparation of the food, the artistry of the presentation. Some of us wore flowery hats, some did not- it did not matter, but we did joyfully discuss the hats!
Most importantly, we took time to connect- in a time honored tradition, over a simple cup of tea. I recommend trying it yourself very soon. Even if you do not host a party. Take some time brew a cup of tea in a china mug, put your scone or toast on a plate, sit down and savor it.
Afternoon Tea was just a lovely way to enjoy a summer day.
“A cup of tea would restore my normality.”
― Douglas Adams
"I pledge allegiance to Afternoon Tea,
celebrated the world over,
and to the institution for which it stands,
our group, under God,
with tea sandwiches and scones for all!"
~ Shared Courtesy of Rob Nickolay