Tea with Friends is a great little book, chock full of seasonal and themed tea party ideas.
Divided into months of the year, each month's tea party has a theme set to correspond with either a holiday or the season. February hosts the Not-for-Lovers-Only Dessert Tea. May's tea party has a Mother Goose theme. December's offering is the St. Nicholas Brunch Tea, of course. My personal favorite is November (my birth month) and the Victorian Afternoon Tea.
Some great features:
- Complete menus and recipes for each tea party
- Suggestions for music, decoration and "setting the scene"
- Activities for party guests
- History blurbettes and factoids peppered throughout
For such a small book, there's a LOT of stuff packed in here. I really have only one complaint. No photos. The book is nicely illustrated with watercolors by Carolyn Bucha, but I prefer photographs, especially where food/recipes are concerned. Sorry Carolyn! I'd really rather see a book devoted just to your tea artwork. That would be enjoyable in itself. But if you're looking for ideas for your tea party, this is a must-have for your Tea Party Lady bookshelf.