Sunday, July 01, 2012
I finally did it!
I decided today's lunch was going to be a tea party. I've been asking Questions Of The Day about tea parties... and I launched my plan right after breakfast.
I put a clean tablecloth on my kitchen table and took away a month of piled up papers. Wow, did that look clean and tidy.
Next, I made one salmon sandwich, one chopped egg, and one cream cheese and asparagus rolled sandwich. I spread one slice with spinach dip for a 1/2 'sammy'.
Some of the sandwiches had their crusts cut off and others didn't.
Little candy dishes I own were filled with carrot slices, another with baby dills, a third had Tiny Tim tomatoes. My touch of luxury was the plate with cucumber slices... as my partner won't touch the stuff.
I asked my walking partner to come over for lunch after we finished walking. She initially said, "No", and not to bother with her. (Ha, Ha... like that would turn me off.)
My continually entreaties wore her down until she decides a light lunch at my place was better than an afternoon of being lonely.
I had two teapots at the ready: one was a cherry and almond flavored tea and the second was a mix of citrus and cinnamon. The tea was very weak and wouldn't have turned off a not-too-enthusiastic tea drinker. (Like my friend.)
There were only three of us, but we had a lovely little repast and some friendly chatter about nothing in particular.
For "afters", I had baked some strawberry scones with plain custard for a sauce on top. My tiered plate had coconut cookies on the top level and butterscotch oatmeal cookies on the bottom tier. We could have gorged ourselves but we were very well behaved with our portions.
My friend was a little overwhelmed that I had "gone to so much trouble" to serve a fussy lunch. But I was glad that I had be gathering and putting away a little this and that, so we could have a Canada Day luncheon.
I didn't have any red or white on the table and there wasn't a maple leaf to be seen anywhere. (That is extremely out of character for me!) I thrive on themes.
I let a lunch tea party be the theme of the day and that was good enough for us.
I would like to do it again some time soon!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I have difficulty adding images to my blogs. My computer is a challenge and so is my lack of expertise. (I would rather sew than blog....)
Here is an attempt to post the photo of my Jane Austen dress that I wore to the local tea party last weekend:
I tried my best to capture the historic colour "Yellow Primrose" and the fashionable green of her day "Pomade Green".
A breakdown of the costume parts that I was able to sew include:
sun bonnet with large brim
mob-style cap made from cheesecloth
shawl with ribbon detail
empire waist dress made without a dress pattern
lace under-blouse with lace neckline.
I also curled my hair to mimic what I could see online. Jane Austen has a well known "look" and I was also trying to wear my makeup in an older fashion too.
I hope this blog has given you a smile for your day.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I just lost a rambling blog about the Jane Austen Tea Party I attended on Saturday. Perhaps it was for the best.... I could have bored you to tears.
But I really did have a lovely time.
I can't wait until next year, in fact. Maybe I will have to have some friends over this season or next and treat them to a homemade tea party.
Everything yesterday was brilliant--- strolling violinist, entertaining actress, quiz and refreshments.
It is best that I remember the lovely folks I met and the array of hats, gloves, shawls and costumes I enjoyed seeing... rather than face the fact that I INDULGED in the 'calorie department' yesterday.
It was a treat. And now I must refocus my efforts to undo the damage I have caused my waistline and derrier.
I will post photos tomorrow, as I am on the wrong computer to attach a picture.
I really enjoyed my weekend and I so glad I made that effort to buy that ticket!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Yeah-- I just bought a ticket to a themed Tea Party! I haven't read any Jane Austen, but I have managed to enjoy movies of her books and I LOVE tea.
Forgive me Jane Austen... I'll read Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, and Sandition, sometime in the future.
For now, I am getting a Regency Era tea party dress sewn. If you google the author's image, I will also have the same under-blouse, hat, a drawstring purse (reticule) with fringe, no less. I have located my lace mini gloves from an ancient bridesmaid outfit too.
Does it sound like I'm ready to appear for tea?
There is also a Jane Austen quiz that I should be getting prepped for... so if you have a question to stump me, it will help me be on my mark, set.... on the go for June 23rd.
There were 200 tickets sold for the Saturday and 200 tickets for the Sunday. That's a lot of tea and fancy sandwiches to have at the ready! I will watch my caloric intake but I have this all planned as my 'birthday' celebration... a week late. (Gift to self)
Are you a Jane Austen fan? Perhaps tea is one of your pleasures? Do you love to dress up like I do? (Have I no shame?)
I hear a dress calling out to be hemmed and a bit of ribbon to be added here and there. I will stitch a bit and study a bit and I will be ready for that Jane Austen Tea!
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