Monday, April 20, 2009

Tea Time

Tea with Mr. Darcy
Jane Austen Centre, Bath, England

Glorious weekend! Well, apart from going shopping and not finding a single thing I liked. I'm not sure what's going on with this season's fashion choices, but I am having a hard time getting excited about any of it. Let's hope the summer season brings something a little better.

Worked plenty on the novel this weekend (yay!), but I think the highlight of the past few days was the English tea I attended at my church. One of my friends went with me and we had a great time eating scones with clotted cream, mint butter cucumber sandwiches, fruit tarts, chocolate-covered strawberries, and tea, of course!

The conversation was wonderful and there was an informative and inspiring presentation on art history. A few people were also very interested to hear about my recent travels to England, so that was fun to share, as well.

My friend and I have decided that we should start doing this within our circle of friends - tea parties! I have a beautiful set of china that includes a sugar bowl and cream holder, but alas, no tea pot. Which means, of course, that we are going to set out on an antiquing expedition to find the perfect tea pot.

I see this as another opportunity to bring some of the treasured traditions of the past into my life. Besides all the yummy goodies that come with a tea party, there's also the gathering of
friends and the chance to get together, forget the cares of the day, and enjoy each other's company over a warm cuppa. It's a tradition I hope to start and to eventually pass down to my daughter.

Won't you join me?


  1. It's a super idea! And I'd be excited about the antiguing expedition, too. :D

  2. What a great way to get together, with so much charm at the same time. That'll be fun looking for a vintage tea pot. We went clothes shopping too this weekend, and my daughter decided she'll just have to make last year's spring clothes last another year. The styles were awful, you are so right. We're holding out hope for summer, too.

  3. I love tea parties and all the little cups and pots ect. that go with it!! Yes, I'll be right over!

  4. My daughters and I started a tradition a couple of years ago of having tea time every Sunday afternoon. We make a pot of tea and use the time to discuss "girl" things together. It's been a huge blessing for us!

  5. Ooohh...Tea...I'm a sucker for all things tea. Our library carries a tea magazine (not sure of the title) along with several non-fiction picture books about tea rooms. When I look at the pictures, I sigh and my mouth drops open a tad.
    Thanks for the eye-candy!

  6. Sounds like a pleasant Sunday. I think it would be a great thing for you to get into.

    This may surprise you, but I'm not much of a tea party gal. I'm more of the pub variety.

  7. Two lumps of sugar for me please.

  8. I love scones (with chocolate chips) and tea is my favorite soother. So count me in!

  9. I don't much like tea... could I come anyway? :D

  10. Fab weekend! Glad you're going to start the tea party tradition. Fun.

  11. YES! Do it, do it! How fun for you! And how fun for your friends! I think there are so many things that make it fun to be female! Embrace them. Jenni


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