A friend and I have been doing a Bible Study together for several weeks. One day last week was our last one, so I suggested
she stay for a lunch tea party. I love tea parties! They just seem to be an excuse to use pretty dishes and linens, eat dainty foods, and slow down a bit. I follow no rules except to enjoy the occasion.
Most of my tablecloths have come from the sale rack at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. My serveware and luncheon napkins have been bought inexpensively (really inexpensively) at consignment shops. My
4 o'clock spoons were purchased at Marshalls. My vases are wedding gifts and gifts from my mother (who used to always bring me a vase from some outlet mall she found on vacation). My silverware came from a grocery store years ago when you got so much free
with so many purchased groceries. I have two expensive things: my china and my silver tea set. My husband replaced my china several years ago as a Christmas present when I observed that my baby blue and mauve china of the 70's no longer matched the colors
in my home. He bought the tea service as a Christmas present another year. (Yes, he's a wonderful man who listens to the hints I drop at Christmas time.) I must admit that I love antique/consignment shopping. For years I have collected pretty dishes, crystal,
and linens. I didn't buy them all at once, but over 38 years of marriage have collected quite a few things. In fact, enough so that now I just look and enjoy, but I have no place to put another thing!
I clipped these rosebuds from the Knock Out rosebushes in my yard and placed them in two vases I received as a wedding present almost 38 years ago.
Today's tea party was very easy. I made three different sandwiches. I made turkey on bread spread with a very thin layer of hot mustard. One sandwich was cut into 4 squares for the two of us.
I also made 4 cucumber sandwiches. I cut the bread to look like flowers. Then I spread it with light cream cheese and chives and topped it with 3 very thin cucumber slices, sprinkled very lightly with Greek seasoning. The final thing I prepared was half of
a bagel spread with Raisin and Cinnamon Spread and topped with a strawberry slice. I cut the bagel half into 6 pieces. I love the different food tastes, but it's
not a lot of food, just small sample sizes.
Then I put a green grape, a pineapple chunk, and a red grape on a toothpick. I made 6 of these.
I also served Mexicali Pasta Salad, which I had left over from dinner this week.
For dessert, I served Peanut Butter Cream Parfaits, a Taste of Home recipe that used to be on this site but isn't now. It is such an easy recipe: 1/4 cup peanut butter blended into 1/2 of an
8 oz. tub of Cool Whip. I used fat free Cool Whip. Then I just layered it with grated chocolate in small individual dishes. Not a lot, but enough.
And, of course, it's a tea party! So I served my favorite tea, Earl Grey.
My friend and I ate and talked, and life slowed down for at least an hour. After she left, I slowly sipped another cup of tea before tackling the week's laundry, mopping the kitchen floor, and
getting back to reality.