Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Set The Table, Tea Is On!

This week's Gracious Hospitality Blog-a-thon assignment is:

“Share a creative afternoon tea table setting. Linens, serving pieces, teapots and teacup, tea accoutrement's and accessories, centerpieces, tea trays or three-tiers, and more. Show one way you enjoy creating a memorable tea experience. This is your opportunity to show the world the fun you have when you create your own special tea experience. Then. . .invite over a friend or neighbor and share some tea together. That way all your work is not for ought.”

I might be able to complete this assignment before the week is over, but just to cover the bases, these photos are from an afternoon tea I hosted a couple of years ago. My friend Mary wanted to honor her aunts at a special event, so Mary and I hosted a tea at my home. There were 10 of us around my dining room table. I set this table with a variety of English china teacup trios. All place settings are different, but each person's cup and saucer matches her plate. I use vintage napkins collected over the years and a variety of china teapots to serve the tea. This tea was in July so also I had a glass of ice water at each place. I use three tier servers at the tea table. I provide a printed menu at each place for the guests to keep. Favors are usually at the guest's place when they arrive at the table. They were given at the end of this tea and I forgot to take photos.

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