Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Tea in the Garden

By now you must know I love having tea outdoors.
Last fall a good friend got married.
It was the second marriage for both and they had two homes to merge.
Many of their friends realized they didn't need wedding gifts;
so we gave them gifts of our time.
My gift was tea in the garden this summer.
It was a beautiful day spent with friends.

Double click on the smaller pictures if you would like a closer look.

Marionberry sorbet
Hummus and tomato on brown bread
Egg salad with nasturtiums on white bread
Chicken curry salad on puff pastry
Cucumber with mint on nutty bread
Goat Cheese Tarts
Taiwan Black Tea
Scones with cream and jam
Lemon curd Tart with cream and cherry
Shortbread cookie
Molten Chocolate Cake with raspberries
Baozhong Oolong Tea

It was a lovely afternoon spent with friends
and a gift I enjoyed giving.


La Tea Dah said...

Your tea food is always so beautiful, Marilyn. It looks and sounds like the perfect gift!

Rosemary said...

What an absolutely delightful afternoon tea/garden party to celebrate friendship and love! Thanks for sharing Marilyn.

GardenofDaisies said...

Everything is just lovely! I wish I could come to one of your teas! The nasturtiums, butterfly cookies, cherries on top of the lemon curd, oh my! All delicious and beautiful!

Bernideen said...

Oh Marilyn - you should link this to my Tea in the Garden on Saturday this Saturday. This was so lovely and your food very creative!

somepinkflowers said...

oh my!

how perfect!

i did take 2 of the butterfly ones...



{{ sorry,
i could not stop at 1 }}

Trixie and Dustin of said...

You are marvelous -- congratulations to the happy couple, and to you for making such a beautiful afternoon for them. Yum yum yum!!

Every detail (even the weather!) = perfect. xo

Karen's Place said...

Lovely, perfectly lovely!

Steph said...

Oh! What a wonderful way to create memories for this couple and for you. Everything is so lovely and special!

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Breathtakingly beautiful...what a blessing this gift was to this single mom!! You are a wonderful friend!!!

Tracy said...

Gift of time and tea... what could be sweeter?! We all have so much "stuff," don't we... we have enough. So gifts of our time together are the best. Your menu is delightful. I must look up what is a marionberry! Thank you for pouring us a cup of cheer today, Marilyn. :o) ((HUGS))

parTea lady said...

Your tea in the garden is fabulous. The food choices and presentation were great. What a lucky couple to be the recipients of such a lovely gift.

amherstrose said...

So special and a wonderful tribute to the magic of tea and friendship. I am sure they were honored.
I just can't resist flowers on a tea plate. Your menu inspires!

Sending you a hug,
Mary Jane

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

The gift of your time is a beautiful gift. But what you created here, what you did with that time, is even more beautiful. It's a glorious celebration! What lovely friends!

Butterfly cookies with frosting AND and flower? Magic!

Dutchbaby said...

Wow, wow Marilyn! What a fantastic gift of your time and talents. The menu is a feast for the eyes and looks yummy. Without actually tasting any of this, I can tell that it is well-balanced between the savory and sweet.

My verification word: "relime", as in sublime once again.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful outdoor tea! The food looks wonderful! I'm sure it was enjoyed by all!


Linda J. said...

Oh my! What a lovely tea, in a beautiful, relaxing setting! I'm sure your friends were delighted with your hospitality.

Adrienne said...

What a wonderful gift! Everything looks delightful and I'm sure you all had a good time together in your garden.

Angela McRae said...

OK, that is the best wedding gift I've ever heard of! Brilliant! (And I love that top photo especially. That would make a lovely magazine cover!) Your guests must have felt so special after such a thoughtful gift. Love it!

Jeanie said...

Just beautiful! What a wonderful idea -- and your menu is to die for!

paris parfait said...

You give the best tea parties, Marilyn! xx

Mary said...

Such an amazing tea party and special gift to friends - I know they will never forget your hospitality, the gorgeous setting in the garden.....and the fabulous food!!

Mary X