Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January Tea Brunch with Friends

 Mary, Lynn, Patty and I gathered around my dining room table 
for Brunch Tea on Tuesday.   
I took all sorts of photos of the food
and tea, but not a single photo of the guests! 
 Patty brought the mixed fresh fruit.  
I provided the various teas including the first tea of the day, 
 Harney and Sons Queen Catherine, a blend of 3 Chinese black teas.

I used my Duchess June Bouquet English Bone China,
hand-carried from Stratford-Upon-Avon several years ago. 

Patty also brought mini Bran Muffins,
served in one of a variety of clear Sandwich Pattern Glass dishes I
collected over the years from various antiques and thrift shops. 

 Lynn brought a delicious Quiche Lorraine, above. 
Mary brought a Crudite Platter, including 
Cherry Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Basil
and Celery stuffed with Olive Nut Cream Cheese Spread.  
The centerpiece was a small clear glass teapot with 
Jasmine Lily Blossoming Tea

 Patty and Mary sampled the blossoming tea, but gave it a 
poor rating compared to the five other teas I served.
(Yes, 5 different teas, black, white, oolong, and green).
Those teas will be reviewed in future posts.  

The recipe for Olive Nut Cream Cheese Spread is one of my 
top hits on the blog.  You can find the recipe posted here on my blog

After Michelle's suggestion,
I linked to Tea Time Tuesday here
Bernideen's Friends Sharing Tea here


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh Linda, how lovely!

I adore reading about tea parties, and your post doesn't disappoint!

Be sure to go to Rose Chintz Cottage and share that for Tea Time Tuesday! The ladies there will love to read about your beautiful tea brunch!

Joy said...

Looks like great fun, and what pretty china!

Linda at Friendship Tea said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Michele, I linked today's post.

Angela McRae said...

Sounds like a delicious menu, and everything is so pretty! I love that the others contributed as well. I always do everything myself, but ... why? I think others *like* to feel they have contributed! That sandwich spread is one of my all-time favorites. It's almost *too* easy, and yet it tastes so delicious!

Rosemary said...

This looks like such a wonderful January brunch/tea! Would have loved to join you!

Marilyn said...

Very nice! Such a pretty table and food, yummmm! I love seeing blossom teas, but have not found one to compare to a good loose tea. They do impress though, so a centerpiece is a very good idea.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your tea brunch sounds wonderful, Linda! Everything looks lovely. What's better than tea with friends? I'm so glad you shared this with my tea party today. It is lovely having you. Have a delightful week.


Bernideen said...

I love that you linked this Linda! Thanks so much!


parTea lady said...

What a lovely tea brunch with friends - nice menu. The olive nut cream cheese spread sounds delicious.

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Everything looks so nice! Love your teapot ... so adorable!

Beth said...

What a nice tea party, Linda. The quiche looks great! Your china is really beautiful too!


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