Saturday, July 18, 2009

July Tea — Traveling Friendship Teapot



This blue teapot is being passed around the country during this year. The assignment is simple. The host has a tea using the teapot. The story with photos from the tea is recorded in a journal and the journal is sent back to the organizer of the event. I was honored by Phyllis in MI to be asked to host the teapot for July.
As most of you know, our house is undergoing a major renovation. AJ and I spent the week with daughter Melissa's family to avoid the noise of wood floor installation. I took the teapot with me and we enjoyed a tea party on Tuesday of pre-made foods from a shopping trip to Trader Joe's. Tea friends from across the country had mentioned Trader Joe's numerous times. The Cincinnati Kenwood Trader Joe's is the nearest one to me.
The pretty dishes are the Victorian Chintz from Whittard of Chelsea I brought to Melissa from two trips to London. They looked very nice with the cornflower blue teapot.
Our menu included savories from the frozen food section of Trader Joe's®. Ham & Cheese on Puff Pastry, Mini Crab Cakes, Raspberry & Brie Fillo Rolls and Spanakopita filled with spinach, ricotta and feta cheese. A choice of Cranberry or Cinnamon Chip Scones (from the bread section of TJ) with whipped cream and Mulberry and Blueberry Jam, freshly made by Melissa's neighbor. For dessert, we had Peach and Blueberry Panna Cotta (also from the frozen food section). The tea served was Harney & Sons Decaffeinated Ceylon.
It was a fun day of shopping and lunch at the Cheesecake Factory for Melissa, the boys and me. During tea preparation, Tim, SIL, supervised the boys outside play.

13 comments:

bennie and patsy said...

What a fun thing sending the Tea pot around the country.
Patsy

Marilyn Miller said...

The little blue teapot is a fun excuse to have a tea party, as if we need an excuse. It is a pretty color. I was off to Trader Joe's yesterday too. Oh those ladies on ATAA have tempted us.

Anonymous said...

What a fun tea party, Linda! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Phyllis said...

Why do I frequently hit "publish comment" before typing my name??? In too much of a hurry, I guess.
Anyway, I didn't intend to be anonymous.

ChaChaneen said...

That sounds like so much fun and by the looks of it, very tasty too! I lurve it, thanks for sharing! And yes, don't you love TJ's! I think they have the BEST lemon curd around! Have a great day!

parTea lady said...

Your Traveling Friendship Teapot teatime looks wonderful. Those chintz dishes are lovely and paired well with the blue teapot. I've alway wanted to try panna cotta - it looks yummy.

Duchess of Tea said...

That is such an unique and lovely idea. The tea table looks fantastic.
Duchess xx

W. Latane Barton said...

That is just the cutest idea, shipping that teapot around for various parties all over the country. Someone's ideas were doing double time when she thought of this.

Winifred said...

That's a lovely idea.

Love your Whittards crockery. Very pretty. I love Whittards, there's a retail outlet near us where they sell things cut price. You get some good deals. I thought they were having financial problems but their website is still up and running.

marthae said...

What a nice selection of TJ choices to enjoy with your special freindship teapot, Linda. Thanks for sharing here.

Angela McRae said...

I am soooo enjoying seeing where the friendship teapot goes! I got it from Steph and then passed it to Denise, who passed it to Phyllis, who passed it to you! I love this teapot's travels! And I'm kind of jealous -- it keeps getting to meet all the lovely people *I* wanted to meet!!!

Duchess of Tea said...

The Duchess of Tea has bestowed a title upon you. Her Grace requests the honour of your presence at the knighting ceremony to be held at Rose Tea Cottage.

I will be honoured it you would copy & paste the Award on your site.

mjenningsdesigns said...

Thanks for your wonderful visit and for the tea party :-) You are the BEST!

 

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