Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Touch of Whimsy Tea Time

Each year since Lily was 4 years old I have prepared and served
afternoon tea to Lily and her family.  I have missed one or two years,
but for the most part it has been every year.
Now Lily is a junior in high school.
The theme this year was a Touch of Whimsy.
The flowers had just a touch of whimsy with bubble gum on the table,
the creamer had white flowers flowing from it, the ice cream Sunday
had red carnations with straws, and the egg cup had white carnations
encircling one yellow flower in the middle.

A few years ago my women's group decided they wanted to join
in on the fun; so I do a trial run on Friday evening for them and
then Lily's family on Saturday afternoon.
This table was ready for my women's group.

Then this table was ready for Lily and her family.

There was egg salad in puff pastry cones.

Cucumber with pecan cream cheese.

Ricotta with dried apricot and pistachio pesto.
Also not pictured were crab stuffed tomatoes
and scones with jam and cream.
The tea served was a nice Darjeeling with the savories
and flavored teas from David's Tea with the sweets.

Gingerbread stars, which could sit on the handle of the teacup.
Oops!  Didn't get a picture of that either.

Lemon cookie cones filled with cream and sprinkles.

Oreo surprise pops and jelly roll cake.
The jelly roll cake recipe came from a small handmade cookbook for
a church tea party Lily's grandmother attended many years ago.

Fruit Salad

Smoked salmon rolls.

 Lily and myself.
Oh dear!  She is taller than me this year.
It is one tea party that I plan for all year long and just plain enjoy doing.

Hope you enjoyed a brief look into my home and tea with Lily.


Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Such a beautiful post! Lily is all grown up now! Thanks for sharing!

relevanttealeaf said...

What a fabulous tea party, Marilyn! I know Lily enjoyed the whimsical tablescape, and the menu is WONDERFUL. I definitely see a labor of love there. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Rosemary said...

Touches of whimsy throughout this tea party - great job! Such fun to look at all the special menu items you prepared. Thanks for sharing!

Storybook Woods said...

Wow that is quite some spread (a lot of work!!) but it all looks amazing. What a special treat and what memories you are creating. Clarice

Jeanne said...

What a beautiful tradition.
Love and hugs


Adrienne said...

Oh, my - she has grown up! I loved seeing your tea treats and tablesetting. What fun!

Linda@arichtapestry said...

Thank you for sharing all the fun you must have had hosting the two tea parties with a whimsical theme. I like the menu and the presentation on those beautiful plates. Lovely photo of you and Lily.

La Tea Dah said...

You look beautiful, Marilyn --- and so refreshed and tranquil appearing --- even after all that work! What an amazing tea! I loved your tea table and how it was set twice. And the food --- amazing. It has a real "Marilyn touch" and everything looks special and delicious! You have created a wonderful memory for Lily and have played an important role in the foundation of her life. I know that you, too, have been blessed by the opportunity and experience. Thank you for sharing the details with us!

Steph said...

Ah, just so much fun, beautiful and tasty too!

Jeanie said...

Oh, my! I want to go to tea at your house! I can't imagine anything so lovely! Rich, beautiful and so decadent yet fill ed with whimsical fun. Bravo, Marilyn! You hit the jackpot!

Anne Jeffries said...

Your talent for preparing and presenting celebration food is a real gift, Marilyn.

Bernideen said...

Your food looks lovely. She is a darling girl. My granddaughter is Lily too.

Angela McRae said...

You and Lily both look quite fetching! And oh, my, what a FEAST you prepared! (I would love to eat it but I'm exhausted thinking about *making* it!)

paris parfait said...

It all looks fabulous and delicious! (I want to come to tea at your house! :) Beautiful pic of you and Lily!

Cathy said...

What a wonderful menu, Marilyn. Everything looks delicious and is so beautifully presented. What a lovely tradition for Lily. Holiday best wishes to you and your family.

Marilyn said...

Lily had a lovely tea! The fruit salad with pomegranate seeds looks like it would be an easy one to make for Christmas dinner. All the tea foods look delightful, too. Merry Christmas.♥♫

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love this holiliday tradition with your family (and now women's group, too) I need to start hosting an annual Christmas tea for my best friend.

Tea in Texas said...

How wonderful to have a tradition of having Lily for tea each year! The women's group is fortunate to have you to include them on a special day, too! Your tea time treats are so yummy looking. Hope you have a a Merry Christmas!


Gwen said...

Oh, this looked like such a fun time and the food looked so inviting and tasty. What a lucky girl Lily is!!

Joy said...

How wonderful! Everything looks so delicious and I love the touches of whimsey. You are making wonderful memories with Lily and her family.

Mary said...

Dear Marilyn, I'm not sure I can ever get over these amazing teas you prepare each year......the amount of delicious foods you prepare is unbelievable! Everything looks so fabulous - they must be breaking down your front door to gain entry to these tea parties!

JUST GORGEOUS - you are too!

Love, Mary X