Tuesday, January 6, 2009

January Family Tea - Scones & Desserts

Continuing our Family Tea on January 3 in Cincinnati....
The last two courses were brought to the table on two three tier servers. The Breads Course on the bottom tier (and plated above on my plate) consisted of Cranberry Scones, Currant Scones, Banana Nut Bread and Lemon Poppy Seed Bread. This course was served with Clotted Cream and Jam.
The Desserts were on the middle and top tiers. Lemon Blackberry Tarts, Mini Blueberry muffins, Chocolate-filled Pastry and the Cinnamon Pastry were on the middle tier shown below. Are you counting yet?
The top tier had Chocolate Dipped Madeline's, Fruit Bars, Chocolate Dipped Macaroons, Raspberry Petite Fours, Blueberry Pyramids topped with Lavender, and Chocolate Dipped Apricots garnished with edible gold.
OK, for those of you counting, there were 6 sandwiches/savories, 4 Fruit Breads/Scones and 10 Mini Desserts/Pastries. This is one of the few afternoon teas where the family can recall taking leftovers in to-go boxes. And, I mean a LOT of leftovers! Generous servings are the main reason the boys (big and small) in the family enjoy afternoon tea at the Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati. The cost per adult was $27 inclusive. The children's price was discounted.
The family enjoyed our January Tea and day in Cincinnati. By the way, our little boys are experienced at the afternoon tea time. AJ has accompanyed us to tea since he was 11 months old. He celebrated his 3rd and 10th birthdays at tea rooms in England. And this is PJ's 5th or 6th afternoon tea out. Don't they look handsome all dressed up?

Happy 4th Birthday PJ

After tea on Saturday we celebrated PJ's 4th birthday with the opening of his gifts. 10 year old AJ is is his best buddy as you can see in the photos above. PJ will celebrate his big day today with other children.

Monday, January 5, 2009

AfternoonTea at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza - First Course

My family appreciates the generous portions served at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza afternoon tea. The first course of sandwiches and savories were served on a three tier server. See photos below of the server and individual photos of each level. The photo above is my first course plated, and includes (clockwise from the top) Open Faced Salmon Sandwich, Cucumber Sandwich garnished with a Cherry Tomato, Tuna Sandwich garnished with a Sun dried Tomato, Mascarpone Cheese Stuffed Fig, Egg Salad Sandwich garnished with a Sweet Pickle Slice, and Duck Pate on Round Toast.

Daughter Melissa and I concluded the attractive but simple sandwiches could easily be made for tea at home.
Come back to see the next two courses!

Afternoon Tea at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza

Linda, PJ, Melissa, AJ, Brittney and GJ (photo by SIL Tim) at tea.

We all enjoyed the Christmas decorations, including this gingerbread house just inside the entrance of the dining room, Orchids at Palm Court.

One of our family holiday traditions during the past several years has been to have a "Family Christmas Tea." Christmas family travels and indoor soccer have complicated our December schedules. This year we celebrated our annual family tea in January. On Saturday, January 3, GJ, AJ and I traveled to N. KY to visit #1 daughter, Melissa, SIL Tim and 3 yr. old PJ. The daughter had made reservations for our family tea at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. We have visited this historic hotel many times over the years for over nights and dinners and enjoyed tea there last year for my birthday.

The Netherland Plaza serves a very generous afternoon tea on Saturdays from fall 2008 to May 23, 2009. Menu and more photos to come....

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Gingerbread Cincinnati

Yesterday we found this wonderful "gingerbread Cincinnati" inside the lobby of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel at the entrance of the Carew Tower shops.

Take me out to the Cincinnati Reds ball game at the stadium above.
Let's go ice skating at Fountain Square (above photo).
Downtown Cincinnati skyline.

Friday, January 2, 2009

A Year of Tea Parties

Stephanie at Steph's Cup of Tea set a goal for 2008 of having a tea party each month and blogging about each one. Her teas were fun to read about every month throughout the year. I decided to set a similar goal for 2009.

I will host or attend at least one afternoon tea every month. Some of these teas may be fancy with several guests attending at tea rooms or hotels as in the photo above of the "old" girlfriends (Ticky, Paula, Patty, Jennifer, Linda and Barb) on a weekend trip to Asheville, NC or...

...some of my 2009 tea parties could be at home with family, as in the photo above with granddaughter Kaitlyn on our sun porch. (she helped plan the simple menu) or...

...possibly I could meet online friends again for tea as Gwen, Susan and I did in Loveland, Ohio last spring. Or...
... I may have a simple pot of tea and quiet time for myself -- a tea party for one.

Stephanie's tea parties were creative and themed teas. I'm not committing to creativity or themes, but I am sure there will be variety in locations and menus because we enjoy visiting tea rooms as we travel.

I look forward to A Year of Tea Parties and hope you will enjoy my 2009 blogging adventure. Or, perhaps, you will decide to have your own Year of Tea Parties. I love to see photos and read details about afternoon teas!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Take time to enjoy tea with family and friends in 2009
"It's not the tea ... that makes teatime special, it's the spirit of the tea party."
Emily Barnes, If Teacups Could Talk

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