An Afternoon Tea can be both traditional and modern. It’s a custom that’s been around for a couple hundred years (early 1800s) but is regaining in popularity today. I thought it was a fitting way to honor our soon-to-be new daughter-in-law. Genevieve is thoroughly grounded in the modern world but has a healthy respect for the traditional. She was very happy when she heard of the tea idea.
So, on a sunny afternnon, her female family and friends gathered at the home of Genevieve’s step-mom, Cathy. After everyone arrived and had a chance to visit for a bit, we invited each guest to choose a tea cup and saucer and move to the patio where the bride-to-be poured tea.
We’ve been collecting beautiful china teacups and saucers as well as a few teapots over the past few months. They came from a surprising source: local thrift stores. I was amazed at the quality we found. We offered them to our guests as door prizes.
- Cucumber (with lemon cream cheese and a pinch of dill)
- Goat cheese and Watercress (chopped fine)
- Chicken Salad.
There were also the Apple Almond Scones I told you about last week.
One of the resources I read suggested a good tea menu should have both savory and sweet. I made these very tiny Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes. As you can see, the raspberry is almost as big as the cupcake. I love the combination of chocolate and raspberries. These were so decadent but small enough so no one felt guilty about eating them. (I’ll share this recipe in a future food post.)
We played a very clever game of jeopardy that Cathy had created. The questions and answers were facts about wedding traditions as well as facts about the bride and groom. We played in teams and had lots of fun. And ten the bride-to-be opened her gifts, as you see above. We drank more tea and ate more goodies and it was time to go. It turned out to be an excellent way to honor our Genevieve. You might like to consider a tea party for an event in your future.
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