Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing photos and videos of families
and friends on Facebook and other social media places opening gifts,
sharing special meals and enjoying Christmas celebrations together.
Happy New Year from our family to yours! 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

My Christmas Tea Cart

This is one of my three tea carts, and as you can see it's decorated for Christmas. 
The Rosina Queen's Yultide pattern trios are my favorite to use for Christmas Tea. 
I have collected eight trios and a tea set a few pieces at a time. 
I found the teapot earlier this month at a wonderful price.
 The trios on the three-tiered stand are assorted Christmas trios I've previously
featured on the blog.
The tea cart sits below a collection of photos from Austin's
first trip to England in 2002 when he celebrated his third birthday. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Afternoon Tea for Seventy-Five

It takes a team to serve afternoon tea to seventy-five guests at the same seating time.
The savories/sandwiches are served plated. 
Scones and desserts are served on the three-tiered servers
 Below:  Aaron, the dining room manager answering questions
from a few of the new servers.  Aaron and I conducted a training the day before.
These gals were a bit nervous. 
I told them to think of it as playing tea party like they
did when they were little girls. They enjoyed the event and had fun!  
 The "sold-out" information on the website.
The event was held in the main dining room of Historic Boone Tavern Hotel.
Below: One table of 16 guests from the Madison County Retired Teachers Association. 
Below:  Seven lovely ladies from Lexington.
Below: Stanley and Tonya. 
In the background, guests are arriving for the 3:00 pm tea.  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Afternoon Tea Friends

I thought you might want to see this table of friends at Boone Tavern Tea.
This table was hosted by Wanda L. my longtime friend and DAR sister.
(the above photo collage by Sarah Baker)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel's Fifth Annual Christmas Tea

 Our family celebrated our annual Christmas Tea on Saturday, December 9th
at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel's fifth annual Christmas Tea.  

Click on the above photo to see the delicious menu. 
Melissa, Austin and I must eat gluten free for health reasons. 
We are so happy the chefs prepare a beautiful GF menu. 
The sandwiches/savories are served plated. 
A serving of Boone Tavern's famous spoonbread on the left
of the savories plate.  In addition, all guests were served a complimentary
glass of champagne or sparkling cider. 
After the first course, three tiered servers are brought to 
the tables with the scones on the bottom tier
 and sweets/desserts on the next two tiers.  

What a delightful and special event!  
Glenn and me below. 
 Austin brought his friend Josie from Transylvania University. 
 Melissa, Tim and Peyton. 
I am the Afternoon Tea Consultant for Historic Boone Tavern Hotel.
I'll share more photos in my next post.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Time's a-Coming

"Come to my Table and Share with me Warm Gingerbread Cookies and Cinnamon Tea"
 Featuring my first Christmas teapot of the season,
a Spode Christmas Tree Teapot with the Candy Stripe Handle
The delightful sign on the table was a gift from a blog reader a couple of years ago.
I began blogging in January 2008.  I've said many, many times since then, the
friendships I've developed through blogging have been a most wonderful
unexpected bonus!  I've been so fortunate to communicate with many of you
in person,  through Facebook and email. 
Life's journey has interfered with my daily, even weekly, blog posts,
but I just want y'all to know how much I appreciate everyone who stops
by, and especially all who make comments.
Just FYI, Austin loves Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.
Fortunately for us, he is just 45 minutes from home. *wink*

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Family Fun at Keeneland

October was a very busy month for our family. 
 Austin, Glenn, Melissa and I participated in a fundraiser for the 
Hindman Settlement School at Keeneland Race Track on October 19. 
Keeneland is located in Lexington, KY and only runs April and October. 
 The lunch buffet was delicious, the weather was perfect,
and being with friends and family was the best! 

By the way, Austin loves Transylvania University
and "living" in Lexington.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween Y'all

 Pumpkinmania is a festive tradition  at Transylvania University.
The students carved 600 - 700 pumpkins, and they are displayed on the steps
of Old Morrison (bldg.) for the festival.
It is a very fun event with Trick-or-treating for Lexington children, food,
music and more! 
 Pictured below and placed in the middle is "Chief"
who is the head of campus security.
He looks pretty fierce here, but I have heard he is buddy to all.
 What a variety of whimsical, scary, and beautifully carved jack-o-lanterns.
On November 1st they will be smashed into a dumpster, another fun occasion.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Holiday Teas

Teatime Holidays 
The 2017 special issue of this magazine is bound to put
readers in the mood for celebrating the holidays with afternoon tea
from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. 
 Nine different delicious menus and beautiful tablescapes
include Thanksgiving, Hanakkah, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. 
Complete with a section of Gluten Free Scones and 
several "How-Tos" with step-by-step photos. 

The holidays will soon be here!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Travels and Fun Surprise

My husband Glenn and I traveled to Sea Island, Georgia for a
three-night stay at the five-star Cloister Resort to attend a conference
and board meeting of the American Gas Association.
He had no idea he was to receive the 2017 American Gas Association
Distinguished Service Award at the luncheon on Monday.

And, he couldn't believe I have known it since May 1st,
and had supplied them with photos for a video. :-)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Royal Adderley "Poinsettia"

 I stopped at my favorite Lexington home furnishings consignment 
store a few days ago, and spied this pretty Royal Adderley "Poinsettia" teacup trio. 
The price: $10.50.  I couldn't remember if I have one like it at home, but I concluded at that 
price, if I do, I could use another. 
 The teacup collector's heart sometimes overrules logic. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Transylvania University Move-in

Friday morning Glenn and Austin packed the Suburban.
Austin drove me in his car.  We stopped in Lexington for a nice gluten free brunch
at Wild Eggs on the way. 
All incoming first year students has an appointment time.  
Wow!  The unloading took about 60 seconds. 
Students, faculty and staff carried all of Austin's things to the hall just outside 
his room on second floor. 
The unpacking and decorating was easy after the two dads
determined the best way to arrange the furniture in the tight space. 

I forgot to take photos of Nathan's side of the room where the
two closets and built-in chests with a large shared mirror are located. 
The first year students (they aren't called freshmen) are divided
into groups with an upper class student as leaders.
Orientation for parents and students began with dinner Friday evening.
Parents returned for more orientation on Saturday and the student
induction ceremony. Transy is a very historic small university.
We estimated 250 to 300 students took part.
 One last selfie below.
And, thanks to roommate Nathan's mom, I have a Transylvania University Mom decal. 
Orientation for students continues throughout the week before classes begin 9/5.

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