My first "tea party" of the summer has come and gone. It wasn't what I had originally planned but was a nice party all the same. I was originally going to have an "Afternoon Among the Flowers" Afternoon Tea party with around 10 guests on my back patio. The menu would have been a lovely selection of typical afternoon tea fare; yummy tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, delicious miniature sweet confections, a variety of hot teas, iced tea and for the non-tea drinkers lemonade. The decor would have been fresh flowers on the tables, potted flowers on the patio and my blooming garden around the patio. Lovely rose covered china and rose embossed utensils would have adorned the white linen covered tables. A lovely, elegant setting for a delightful afternoon among flowers and friends.
But instead we had a casual, fun, easy-going setting and menu for a housewarming party at my brother's. We had tea sandwiches, scones, miniature sweets and tea but we also had hotdogs, birthday cake and beer. There was swimming for the little ones and air conditioned comfort for the older among us. I think this is why I love tea parties; they can be whatever we want them to be. A frilly, lacy, more formal get together or a fun, frollicing, playful get together. Whatever we choose. Needless to say, fun was had by all.
Some of the teas I served for this party included: Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney & Sons Fine Tea, China Keemun from Stash Tea, Pu-Erh Tau Cha from Upton Tea Imports and Library Tea from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd.