Monday, October 26, 2009

A Special Teaparty

Today I am taking a break from sharing pictures from France.
We had a very special celebration here on Saturday. My friend, Caryl, was celebrating her 60th birthday. We had a tea party with the special ladies in her life. Caryl had an opportunity to tell these ladies how special they were to her and it was a fun time of sharing over multitude cups of Jardin du Luxenbourg tea and food.

The menu:
Smoked salmon in endive leaves
Egg salad sandwich
Calla lily sandwich
Dried fruit on raisin bread
Pesto pinwheels
Cream scones with cream and jam
Lemon bars
Chocolate cupcakes
Lavender raspberry cakes

Caryl shared several pages of poems and words that meant a lot to her.

Here is one that I also have shared in the past.

Maybe nothing is more important
than that we keep track, you and I
of the stories of who we are
and where we have come from
and the people we have met along the way.
Because it is precisely through these stories
and all their particularities,
as I have long believed and often said,
that God is known to each of us (and others)
most powerfully and personally.
If this is true, it means that to loose track of our stories
is to be profoundly impoverished
not only humanly but also spiritually.

From Listening for God
by Frederick Buechner


Annie said...

Happy birthday to your friend, Caryl. I have a Caryl in my life also. Love this alternative spelling.

La Tea Dah said...

What a lovely tea party! Caryl looks very happy --- and I love how she shared with others by verse and thought. Your food looks wonderful! Yummy and beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us!

Linda J. said...

Marilyn, what a lovely tea party! The food looks so beautiful and I know it was all delicious. Thanks for sharing with your blogging buddies.

Phyllis said...

Caryl is blessed to have a wonderful friend like you, Marilyn. She will never forget celebrating her 60th birthday with a beautiful tea party, and neither will her guests. The photos are lovely and your food presentations are superb! Thanks for sharing.

parTea lady said...

Your picture collage is great. Everything at the tea party looked so pretty and delicious. What a wonderful celebration for your friend, Caryl.

Caryl and Candy said...

Yes, I am SO lucky to have Marilyn for my friend. We have journeyed together through many years and many twists and turns! Marilyn is one amazing, creative, loyal, courageous, strong woman - and puts on one of the most incredible, magnificent teas you could ever imagine! Thanks Friend! Caryl

Lisa Leggett said...

Hi Marliyn~
Your friends birthday tea looks just gorgeous! There was a woman at the Elk Grove event that was selling Longaberger baskets! DO you think it could have been your cousin?? What a small, small world!
So nice to hear from you, thanks for stopping by my blog.
Tea-lightfully yours,

Steph said...

Oh, what a special gift to your friend! Memories, such lovely ones! Will you tell us more about the calalily sandwich? It caught my eye in the photos. (Or, if it's a secret recipe, I totally respect that!)

Happy Birthday, Caryl!

Relyn said...

Oh how wonderful. I'm gonna call you when I turn 60. For sure.

Christina said...

this is an absolutely beautiful poem. is it from a specific book? I will try and look it up. oh, this is a beautiful post!

Christina said...

ps: happy birthday, to your friend.

Duchess of Tea said...

Wise man Frederick!! Darling what is a Calla lily sandwich?


Anonymous said...

Marilyn thank you so much for your kindness to Caryl and also to me thru out the years. I am sorry not to have been able to join you as planned but look forward to seeing you next time I am there to visit which I hope will be soon. Thank you for your kind note and the pictures posted here. I was glad to see the pictures after Caryl had told me all about how lovely every thing was. Thanks again and blessings to you... Charyl (Caryl's twin sister)