The Art of Taking Tea

Tea parties are a lost art.  There is something so beautiful and relaxing about sitting at a beautifully decorated table and just taking your time.  It is nearly as peaceful as a calm day at the beach – I said nearly…

The tea party yesterday afternoon was perfect.  It was a beautiful day, the food was spectacular, the tea’s were amazing and the company was special.  Instead of lasting 2 hours, it lasted 3 and it was just delightfully laid back and blissful.

Here was the final menu:

Watermelon Feta Salad

Caramelized Pear, Bleu Cheese and Walnut Quiche

Cinnamon Raison Bread with Carrot and Cream Cheese Filling

Spinach Tartletts with Cream Cheese Crust (aka-a mouth full of awesome!)

Choco-Chewy Scotch Bars

Orange Cream Scones w/ Strawberry and Lemon Curd

Lemon Cake

Fruit Salad w/ Spiced Syrup

The Tea’s:

Almond Biscotti

Pina Coloda Ginger Coconut (mm-hmm you heard me right…)

Tarragon Orange Apple Pomegranate Iced Tea

Seriously, the food was to die for.  I hope my mansion in heaven is filled with three-tiered plates of those delights, ’cause I’m going to have my eternal body and I’m hoping I can eat to my heart’s content without a single repercussion – and no, I’m pretty sure that last sentence is not theologically correct. 

Here is a picture of the set table – unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures of the dessert because we were too busy eating them, but it was equally as beautiful when displayed:

Don't you just want to say, "Aaaaahhhh..."

Don't you just want to say, "Aaaaahhhh..."


The hostesses - Lauren and Kelli the Amazon woman - seriously, I look like I'm towering over her.  It was the heels.

The hostesses - Lauren and Kelli the Amazon woman - seriously, I look like I'm towering over her. It was the heels.

I have amazing recipes for all of these delights and what I think I’ll do is put up a new page in the sidebar with some of my favorites.  Most of them were really easy to make.

I seriously want to run a tea business when I grow up.  I’m thinking when the kids are a little older, I just may get one started.  In the meantime, if any of you ever want to throw one and need help or ideas, let me know.

Okay – I’m off…


  1. Oh, how great!! Yes the day was beautiful, huh. Glad you enjoyed yourselves, and everything looks so pretty in the pics!! Yes, PLEASE put the recipies on your side bar!!! It was probably so calming too cause, I’m guessing there were no kids????? 🙂

  2. You are absolutely right, Kelli. Tea parties are a lost art. Your tea party table is a masterpiece. I love a relaxing atmosphere of a tea party in a special company. I wish we lived closer…
    And I’m sure that one day you will run a tea business. And you will be successful because you love it very much and you are very devoted to this beautiful art.

  3. WOW! What an amazing tea party! I have always wanted to do a tea party with my girls. That is so amazing! thanks for sharing!

  4. Care to share the recipes for any of this delectable goodies?
    Tea recipes? Dessert recipes?
    PUUULLLESE???? 🙂

    • A recipe page is on the way…

      • JoAnna says

        Let me know when you have it posted Kelli. look forward to trying some of the recipes. The photos of the table settings were so nice. 3 children and the girl still has time for tea parties……Amazing!


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