Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lily's Christmas Tea

Lily and her family started celebrating Christmas by having tea in my home each year since Lily was 4 years old. She is 11 years old now. She is the guest of honor. We have missed two years during the years. Her family (all 8 of them) enjoy coming to have tea with me. The theme is a secret until they arrive. I think this year was a hit with Lily and her brother, Henry. It was the Magic of Christmas. Can you tell? The bunny, dove, and crystal ball sitting in the hat with cards and of course the crooked, festive candles. There were magic wands for Lily and Henry and magic candles on the cake served at the end of the tea.
There were Lucky Star Black Olive Sandwiches
Cranberry Stars
Domino Ham Sandwiches (Nancy Reppert's recipe) and King Neptune's Moon Shrimp Sandwiches
Stacked Decked Shortbread Cookies and Tuxedo Strawberries were part of the sweets.
There were also Cream Scones with jam and cream.
Magic Wand Cheesesticks
Chocolate Cake Surprise, which was a warm chocolate cake served with homemade vanilla ice cream.
The warm tea served was Ti Kuan Yin Oolong and for dessert we had a Witches Brew, which was a herbal berry tea with mineral water served cold. The Witches Brew was a very pretty red color and added to the festive feel of the day.
Christmas Traditions are special and this is one I look forward to each year.