Tea Party

Last weekend was my mum's annual Lady's Hat Societal Invitational Tea. She's been undertaking this endeavor for abotu a decade. Every year around this time, she turning into a whirling dervish of house cleaning and garden sprucing. Then she throws open her gates for the space of one afternoon to a vast collection of fabulous women in ridiculous hats who come with delicious food offerings, swill tea, and gossip.

Admiring the food.

The spread this year was particularly impressive.


It's like one of Mademoiselle Geraldine's "small repasts." The savory's included cheese & pickle (AKA chutney) sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, Scotch eggs, ham & onion quiche, spinach & onion quiche, salad, potato & sun-dried tomato frittata, 3 types of flat bread pizza, duck egg & apricot pan bread, assorted cheese and crackers, cold shrimp & dip.


Sweets included strawberry rhubarb crumble, plum cobbler, almond cake, flan, watermelon, fruit tart, four different kinds of brownies (what the AB referred to later as a "brownie flight"), fresh strawberries, home made biscotti, cheesecake, Myer lemon bars, key lime coconut bars (my favorite), raspberry trifle with amaretto pound cake and almond custard, Sweet Things mini cupcakes (yes!), assorted pastries, cookies, and biscuits.


It was amazing!


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“Beneath the stone our baby lays,
He neither cries nor hollars;
He lived just one-and twenty days,
And cost us twenty dollars.”
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine September 1872

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