Friday, September 27, 2013

A Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood

It's not uncommon for someone who enjoys the experience of afternoon tea to have a buddy to share the experience with. I feel so blessed that my friend and neighbor, Karleen, enjoys sharing tea times with me. When she heard that the traveling teapot was at my house awhile back, she invited us to come by for a luncheon tea party. Her invitation said to just "bring yourself and the tea pot". 

Our style is to enjoy the entire process. When the teapot and I arrived, Karleen set me to work arranging a bouquet of flowers. We walked in her garden, selecting blossoms we thought would look pretty on the tea table.

 Karleen lives along the river and there's a beautiful view from her living room. So that's where she moved a table and chairs. A quilt, an heirloom from a grandmother, made a pretty tablecloth. Another grandmother's china was set on the table along with some muslin napkins that Karleen had stitched. The floral bouquet and some vintage postcards set the scene for our tea luncheon. 
Karleen had prepared a lovely menu of delicious, fresh foods.

A cheese and crackers platter was arranged with springs of tarragon, rosemary, lavender, and purple grapes.

A colorful "chopped salad" featured toasted pecans and a light vinaigrette. It was delicious!

Deviled eggs were beautifully presented on a tray with a sprig of lavender from the garden.

Fruit kabobs of strawberries, grapes, kiwi, and pineapple were vibrant! Additionally, Karleen served a bowl of cubed watermelon.

Can you see the teapot shaped cheese? Yummy!

Vintage postcards from Karleen's collection added a personal touch to the table.

Everything was so inviting, beautiful, and delicious!

The teapot was set last and took center stage on the beautiful table.

Our tea choice was Buckingham Palace English Afternoon Tea. It was a gift to me from Karleen after her recent trip to London. How fun it was to sip on tea in Karleen's living room that she had purchased at the Queen of England's palace!

Afterwards, dessert was served in the garden.

Thank you, Karleen, for inviting the traveling teapot and me over for a relaxing luncheon tea. Your warm hospitality and friendship is a treasure and a blessing! 


  1. The generosity of spirit evident here knocks my socks off. I would never do this for one! I must rethink this! I adore that tea pot must look for one. Karleen is a beautiful hostess and you are a dear guest.

  2. How kind of Karleen to invite you, and the teapot for a luncheon. The food and tea selection are very nice and the presentation, just wonderful.

  3. All the details were just lovely!

  4. What a fun tea party for two. Love the teapot shaped cheese. Karleen has a wonderful gift for hospitality.


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