Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tea Party On The Patio ~

I like to think about the houses and the drawing rooms, the kitchens and the cupboards where the teacups were kept. And the people who cared for them and what they thought and felt and loved and lost. For as a wise French writer once said, "The reconstitution of the past is a delicate pleasure of which one should not be deprived".
~Geraldene Holt

I am so happy that you decided to join me for a tea party today that The Victorian Parlor is hosting online. I intended to put a lot more time and effort into this tea party, but time got away from me. My plans were to have a beautiful table set outside with the above china, lace, teacups, teapot and roses...of course we have to have roses! BUT as you can see that did not happen. I got as far as the first photo and I am so sorry! So...on for now with PLAN B. I thought I would share a garden tea that a friend and I held on her beautiful patio several years ago.
Tomato and Basil sandwiches~ Chicken/Pecan salad sandwiches~ Lemon poppy seed bread ~ Fruit Cup ~
Cream cheese filled strawberries...so simple and so delicious! I had fun making them too ~
Lavender lemonade with greenery and roses surrounding it. The roses came from my old fashioned rose bush and smelled wonderful~
The Spread..we served open faced tomato and basil sandwiches on party rye, chicken/pecan salad sandwiches cut in little triangles (I like to use pepperidge farm very thin white bread), fruit cup, lemon poppyseed bread, scones with lemon curd(we made our own lemon curd), filled strawberries, lavender lemonade, ice tea and water with lemon. We also made adorable little favors out of teeny tiny clay pots filled with a little spanish moss and added a twig with a tiny bird perched on it. They were a hit...wonderful memories too ~
A few of the recipes just for you ~
Filled Strawberries~
Whip together 6 ounces of cream cheese that has been brought to room temperature for 2-3 minutes until slightly fluffy. Add 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 1 and 1/2 tablespoons confectioners sugar. Trim bottom of 12 strawberries slightly so they will stand upright. Use a melon baller to scoop out stems and tops. Fill pastry bag fitted with 1/2 inch star tip with cream cheese mixture. Pipe into strawberries until cream cheese brims over top. Berries can be topped with sliced toasted almonds if desired. (toast almonds 3-6 minutes at 350 degrees)
Open Face Tomato Basil Sandwiches
Spread party rye bread squares with mayonaise. Then top with a slice of tomato and some basil leaves and enjoy. I LOVE these simple sandwiches~
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Mix cooked shredded or cubed chicken and mayonnaise to taste. Add crushed pineapple and either chopped pecans or slivered almonds and mix well. Spread on croissants or regular bread cut diagonally into four triangles.
Fruit Cup
1 ripe cantaloupe cut in cubes
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 (6 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed and undiluted
Mix all ingredients together and put in refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight. Yumm~
I hope you enjoyed our teaparty on the patio. Be sure and head on over to The Victorian Parlor for other tea party links.
Next time I promise to do better ~ Blessings~

18 comments:

Piney Rose said...

Oh Sandy, this is wonderful!I love all these tea ideas. You have an amazing blog and I am a faithful follower!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Its perfectly wonderful.

Have a super Saturday!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Sandi ~
What a beautiful tea party ~ Oh my goodness the strawberries are sooo pretty !

Feedsack Fantasy said...

Beautifully set & presented tea party. Are there any leftovers? Chuckle!
TTFN ~ Marydon

Lisa said...

WOW! Yummy and beautiful!
Hugs, Lisa

The Victorian Parlor said...

Sandi,

How lovely! These pictures are beautiful and thank you for sharing the recipes-they look wonderful! Thank you so much for being a co-hostess to the blog tea party today! I enjoyed taking tea with you!

Blessings,

Kim

Vintage Inspired Jewelry said...

what a lovely tea party. Have a great week end..Kathi

Joy said...

Yum...everything looks and sounds so wonderful!

Sue said...

What a wonderful tea party! Your photos are lovely! Hope you weekend is a blessed one!

sew revived said...

Sandi,
Thanks for the invite and wonderful tea! It was a pleasure visiting with you! So nice to have met you!
Sandy

Deanna said...

Hello there,
Lovely Tea!
I wanted to come by to meet you and visit.
This was so very nice.
Hope you'll stop by and have tea on my porch with me some time.
Blessings,
~Deanna~

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Just lovely. I am going to use your recipe for the cream cheese filled berries this week.

Allidink said...

I love tea parties! What a beautiful one you had! Thanks so much for sharing the recipes I love collecting new ones!

All the best,
Allison

Geralyn Gray said...

It was so nice to share tea with me on the patio---it all looks so lovely....pinkies up!!!!!

Stephenie said...

Everything looks so pretty...The food looks so yummy..I can't wait to try those recipes, Thank you for sharing them...
Stephenie

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hi Sandi,
This is my first visit here and I must say everything is soooo lovely. Thank you for having us all over for some wonderful tea and tasties...your place is beautiful!
everything vintage

Sharon said...

Oh, it's all so lovely. And lavender lemonade? I am so tempted... what a wonderful menu. Thanks for sharing your tea!

Rosalind Nzinga Nichol (PAPER GIRL) said...

Hi Sandy,
A bit late, but still making my rounds. Everything is simply exquisite, and your blog is just a dream. Thank you for sharing.
I am new to all this but learning as I go. I do hope you will pop over for tea as well. The side gate is open, just come on in.
So nice meeting you.
Blessings,
Rosalind