“Afternoon tea is a great context for prayer, testimony, and even confession! The old phrase, “Tea and sympathy” really is a good idea for today’s busy world. – Eras of Elegance”
We aren’t one to celebrate birthdays ourselves but we do like to acknowledge our friends’ “special day,” especially the elders in our lives who have become our mentors and guideposts.
On Sunday we gals had the pleasure of hosting a small tea party to celebrate a woman who is 86 years young. We invited over a few friends whose lives have also been touched by “the knitting lady.” We girls wouldn’t be knitters/crocheters had it not been for her – a skill that we have forever and that we can share the pleasures with others.
Not only were we celebrating a productive and blessed life but it was also a chance to “go posh” for the day and dig thru the china cabinet and blow off the dust from our hand-me down tea and silver sets – all the while muttering to ourselves that “we should REALLY do this more often!” No, we REALLY should! Tea parties are fun!
Thanks to the blessings from the garden (which provided much of the food for this party), the tea set and silver from our (now passed) grandmother we were able to throw this party for12 for less than $30.00 – less than it would cost one person to go out for dinner here in Pasadena. Talk about savings! It really pays to grow your own.
For a couple years Jordanne & I worked at local tea shop so we learned all about English High Tea from making sandwiches to setting the perfect table. When you host a tea party it’s all about the surroundings (ambiance) good, simple nibbles (like tea sandwiches, scones and “sweets”) and decorations especially with edible flowers and herbs. Teas are not only about pleasing the palate but the senses. Tea parties are a perfect time to slow down, enjoy good conversation and step back in time.
Our menu for this afternoon included: egg salad sandwiches with watercress (we were low on eggs so thanks Sherilyn for sharing yours!), cream cheese and herbs (chive, sorrel, tarragon) sandwiches, strawberry bars, carrot salad with citrus dressing, rose petal grapefruit juice (thanks to Farmer Sergio for the delicious citrus) and, of course, tea. We had some Irish Breakfast bags in our kombucha making tea stash.
How do you take care for widowed or the elderly?
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