|The table was set and decorated in festive Christmas style.|
|I pulled out my grandmother's Spode and my silver flatware. We even used tea cups with saucers. Normally we just use mugs at our teas.|
|At dessert I changed to my snowman plates.|
|These are mini chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting sprinkled with peppermint candy canes.|
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Black Forest Ham Pinwheels
Cream Cheese Loaf with Clotted Cream
Fresh Fruit Salad
Assorted Finger Desserts Including:
Chocolate Mini Cup Cakes
White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies
Almond Tea Spritz Cookies
We ate and talked for several hours. We started at 2, a bit early for a tea with savories being served. It was dark before we got up from the table. I sent the gals home with husband plates of desserts.
This was so much fun to do. But, I won't be doing another one anytime soon. It is also a lot of work. I hand wash all the Spode because I don't want the decorations to bleach out with the modern dishwashing detergent. I'll be pulling it out again for Christmas.
I was tickled with how well my tea cozy kept the tea pot warm. I will definitely be making a few more of these to go with my other tea pots. And, I am planning on using the Belleek tea pot more. (Belleek is Irish china that generally has little green shamrocks on it. I have some pieces with the shamrocks and some without such as the one above on the left.) I have 3 tea pots that I use regularly depending on how much tea I want. I'm adding the two Irish china pots to the rotation. Why have pretties if you don't use them?
Today is a scheduled shopping day. No not food, other miscellaneous stuff. So, it's time for me to get going on that. I hope to get a little sewing time in during the afternoon.