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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tablescape Tuesday – Four Sisters Club Afternoon Tea

Tablescape Tuesday is sponsored by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.

This was a big family weekend as we celebrated our mother's 90th birthday. Sunday Sept. 21 was for the Four Sisters Club. My three sisters, one niece, and I were having so much fun at the Lancaster Marketplace, a large regional flea market, that we ran late in getting home to prepare the afternoon tea. Once back to Oak Rise Cottage, we each pitched in to get the table ready. We had to truncate my tablesetting and menu, but still had a great time together. My mother and aunt joined the party. Three brothers-in-law were in the kitchen having supper, but one of them asked for a pretty teacup so he could have some tea also!

We had Earl Grey decaffeinated, Mint Medley, Apple Cranberry and Blueberry teas. Honey stirrers served as sweeteners.

The tea setting included trios of two different patterns of pink dishes
Royal Albert "Lady Carlyle" from England

and one from Heinrich and Co., of Bavaria Germany

Gilt teaspoons were handy for a sip

Multigrain bread tuna fish sandwiches in shape of teapot, cup and heart.

To save time, other sandwiches were just cut in squares or triangles. The two types of sandwiches were egg salad and tuna salad.

Sweets were served from a three-tier silverplated server – lemon tarts, pirouline, ginger snaps, light Maria cookies from Spain, and guava bars

Amidst the tea food were tea related accessories to give the mood of a tea room

By definition a cream tea includes some type of cream – not for the tea, but to spread on the scones. So this was not a cream tea since to accompany the scones we did not have Devon cream as I had planned. Instead we had strawberry All-Fruit.

Thank you for your visit today. For more table settings see the list of participants at Susan’s blog.


Bo said...

Hi...so glad I came by today and saw your lovely tea party in honor of your mom...I don't know what looked the best...the beautiful dishes or the food...haha...and those adorable teapot shaped sandwiches are the cutest ever...
;-) Bo

Salmagundi said...

What fun!! I know that your mother must have enjoyed not only the food and the beautiful table, but also having her family around. I love the dishes - Royal Albert has so many beautiful patterns. Sally

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

What beautiful dishes. You have set such a lovely table. And that food looks scrumptious! If I could pop over I would!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! How great that you all celebrated with a special tea. I'm back and playing catch up with everyone. Looks like you've been busy. Hugs

Anonymous said...

I'm sure your mother enjoyed this beautiful party you threw for her.. You set a beautiful table with all these goodies..Your dishes are truly gorgeous.. I'm sure there were no leftovers... thanks for your kind words on my tablescape over at Susan's betweennapsontheporch..they truly touched my heart..hugs ~lynne~
aka decorator101 over at RMS

Anonymous said...

Beautiful teacups and saucers. Of course, I am partial to Lady Carlyle -- because I collect Lady Carlyle too! ;) What kindred spirit we are...

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a lovely tea party! Makes me want to have one too. All the food looks delicious!