We celebrated my mom's birthday this last weekend. The original Tea Party Lady would have been 68, and it seemed fitting that we honor her memory with a tea party.
We're a family that likes to gather and celebrate each and every birthday, and I'm happy to say that it matters not one jot that the person has passed.
We honored her in style, with full tea party regalia. I'm sure I felt her at my shoulder as I brought out all the pretty things and laid the table with tablecloth, teapots, cups in saucers and silver teaspoons.
I brought out mom's special china tea set, which I think is actually meant to be a coffee set because the cups are so small. More like demitasse, maybe. No matter, it was perfect for little samplings of tea, since I wasn't sure the family would actually drink the tea! I figured everybody could try something and if they didn't like it, pour it out and try something else.
So it was a sort of tea tasting party as well.
We had 3 kinds of tea - Adagio jasmine, IPoT's Darjeeling First Flush, and my special blend, a combination of orange spice and golden yunnan. My neices seemed to like the Adagio jasmine best. The blend was the biggest hit. Good thing I made that in the big pot.
Even the hubs tried some tea, and he seemed surprised to find himself enjoying it. He and my brother joked about being "big clod mens at a wymyns tea party". I was tempted to make them wear lace doilies on their heads in punishment, but I held back. I did show them how to drink with their pinkies out, however. Hilarious. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of that.
We had 7 kinds of tea sandwiches, little tartlets, and plenty of chocolate of course. Mom was a true chocolate addict. Oh, and we also had trays of veggies with dip and a fruit platter, more to ease guilt than anything else.
My SIL has truly mastered the tea sandwich.
And the little tartlet things she brought were wonderful. I wish my pictures had turned out better. Most of them were too dark and blurry to post here.
I will be posting some of B's recipes soon, and if I can get the energy, I'll try making the tartlets and take some better pictures. For now, this one will have to suffice. (Click on any of these pics to get bigger versions.)
As we sipped and munched, we reminisced a bit about my mom. It's still hard for me here without her. She was my best friend, healing partner, mother, and sometimes child. It's hard to believe she's been gone 3 years already. I miss her a lot.
She would have enjoyed this little tea party.