Monday, September 23, 2013

Afternoon Tea at Two Cottages and Tea

I imagined it would be a day to remember.........
Nancy from Two Cottages and Tea graciously opened the doors of her country cottage, finely decorated with collectibles and unique treasures, perfectly set for 14 guests with fine china, linens and silver.  My contributions were the sweets and savories, and love of serving others.
Here's what transpired when two tea-loving friends
have a dream of hosting a tea together.  





Nancy has used some treasures in creative ways. 
Her mothers purses hang from a shelf above the bed
made up with a chenille spread and vintage linen pillow cases.

A cup of tea, roses, and Max Lucado.... a quiet moment for yourself.


Whether it was a party of two, three or four,
seating was available for an afternoon of conversation and comfort.

Though the sky was cloudy and the air was cold outside,
the atmosphere indoors was warm and friendly.

Guests were served apple soup and cheddar cheese crackers
Chicken Salad on Jewish rye
Garden cream cheese and cucumber on white
Olive cream cheese on olive bread 
Scones: Cream, and cranberry orange with mock Devonshire cream and raspberry jam
Teapot sugar cookies
Cream Puffs with lemon filling
Date orange bars
Mini white cakes
Before the afternoon ended, Nancy and I shared our life-long love for tea, collecting vintage belongings, and enjoyment of hosting and serving others.
  Guests were invited to view the kitchen area where Nancy's creative decorating continued.

"Thank you.  Thank you very much.  This has been a delightful afternoon.  When can we come back again.  Everything was delicious." 
With grateful hearts and hugs we thanked our guests for spending an afternoon in the country at Two Cottages and Tea.   While we were clearing the tables, washing and drying the dishes, and sharing the remaining food, we realized it - yes, it was a day to remember.



Sunday, September 22, 2013

SereniTea-sb and Friends meet Two Cottages and Tea

We've been talking about doing this for almost a year.  We've been planning since July.  We set the menu in August.  Now it is September 22, and Nancy at Two Cottages and Tea has graciously opened her little red cottage so that 14 of my tea friends can share the most amazing experience of having tea in the country. Perhaps many more will enjoy tea there in the spring.

Nancy and I have had tea parties of our own, as we strive to share the experience of delectable foods, dishes, linens and tea.

She with her shabby sheek, transfer wear, and cottage in the country, and me with the love of tiny foods, table settings, serving others, and of course, tea.

Here I am, enjoying tea at the cottage, the beginning of the Holiday Season 2012

Thank you, Nancy, for opening your doors to an afternoon of tea at the cottage. It's going to be an day to remember - You are a great inspiration!