Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Take JOY, a Tasha Tudor Old Fashioned Christmas Tea

The annual event has come once again.
Lily's Holiday Tea
Each year I choose a different theme.
This year it was Take JOY, a Tasha Tudor Old Fashioned Christmas Tea.
Lily and her family started coming for tea when Lily was 4 years old
and now she is as tall as I am and 13 years old.

The menu:

Pumpkin Moonshine Soup
Stuffed Eggs
Tasha's Garden Sandwich
ChickaHominy Sandwich
Hot Cheese Rounds
Goat Cheese Tarts
Tea:  Tasha Tudor Welsh Tea
Scones with jam and cream
Gingerbread Doves and Corgi Dogs too
English Toffee Bars
Mincemeat Cookie Tarts
Dundee Cake
Tea:  Oolong tea

I reproduced the best I could a table setting from one of Tasha's books and had doves hanging above the table.
The dollhouse, which I will show another day, was decorated and ready for the celebration.
Several of the recipes came from the Tasha Tudor cookbook.
There were stories of Tasha to share and her special Welsh Tea
to drink.  There were new guests to celebrate, as Lily's grandmother had recently gotten married and her aunt brought along her partner.  Ten in all sat around the table celebrating
the holiday's together as a family.
It was a day of Delight!


My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

oh...i LOVE this. i have my tasha tudor cookbook right here by my side...LOVE her !!!!

you table looks so wonderful, i really like that little cake on top of the pedestal..and me too...i love the kerosene lamps....

so cozy
and i LOVE your menu...

all of it is adorbale...

sending christmas love....

Bernideen said...

Great ideas here and |I love the theme. I hadn't thought of this one at all! Very original - thanks for generous ideas!

Bernideen said...

Why don't you do part #2 and share recipes?

suzel said...

I love your tea menu!!! and your nice pictures.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Many blessings from France

Jeanne said...

Fabulous tea party indeed.
Love and hugs and many blessings

Love you

LisaKnowsTea said...

Love it!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Marilyn...thanks for posting the link on ATAA. I have followed you! Just lovely...and mouthwatering!

Tea Duchess said...

Oh, how lovely it all looks. I am sick today and any one of those trays of delectables with a pot of tea would be welcomed at my bedside.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Marilyn,
What a lovely tea. I love Tasha Tudor and your whole post is so charming. Glad I came over over from Bernideens.

Christmas blessings,

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

wow! Incredible! This looks wonderful, and I am so sure it was all even better than it looks!

And, it made me remember last year's tea party, and realize that I have been blessed with your blog for a wonderful year!

Cheers to that (I'll take some of that Welsh tea!)

Steph said...

Oh, Marilyn - you have outdone yourself. This is glorious!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my Marilyn,
what a special tea. I am sure Tasha would love it!!! Clarice

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

hi....thanks for visitng and thanks for the tip on the cake...if i make it i will be sure i have an orange :-)


Rhonda Roo said...

OH! How charmingly wonderfully excellent! Everything looks amazing-and the tradition warms my heart!


Linda J. said...

Oh! What a lovely tea!! Lily is growing up!

Adrienne said...

Delightful! I'm sure it was special, as always. See you tomorrow, my friend!

Annie said...

Happy times, Marilyn. I love reading about your Christmas teas. I find that at Christmas time, there are certain annual posts that I always look forward to seeing. Your Lily tea is one of them.

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Marilyn, everything is so beautiful...when I looked at the pictures, before I even read the notes...I thought, "Wow, it looks like Tasha's style for decor!" You did an excellent job. I wish I could have partaken in your special day...I am smiling with "joy" for you today...it is so wonderful and has left such happy thoughts for years to come to those lucky people who were able to attend!! Thanks for sharing...Blessings always, Donna

parTea lady said...

Everything looked wonderful. I love mincemeat tarts and Dundee cake. What a great tea theme.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Such a charming idea. I watched the Take Joy and Take peace videos during Thanksgiving. Tasha was a wonder, wasn't she? Because of her, my love of corgis began. Tea, gardens, a simple but very full and complete life...what we all dream of, right? Beauty all around.

Relyn said...

You really do the most lovely things. I adore your passion for living and loving. You inspire me.

Christina said...

oh, i so want to come, to one of these. that is so sweet she has been coming there, for all these years.
what a menu. love it.
tasha tudor, so glad you went with this, because i remember you speaking so fondly of her, while we were at the coffee shop. i miss you!

Jeanie said...

I can't believe it! Gorgeous to the max and looks delicious! How do you do what you do and not go insane? Or are you! This is simply stunning. Bravo, my friend!

Deanna said...

This Tea would have been fantastic to attend.

The food and fellowship a blessing,

Angela McRae said...

What a *fabulous* theme you created for this feast of a tea with friends! (And Lily is such a lovely young lady!) Love the collage!