Monday, June 16, 2008
Nifty and thrifty tea books
Bloggers have made me a savvier shopper. When I first got hooked on reading blogs a year or so ago, I began to notice that all these women with lovely homes and decor were often finding the goods at their local thrift stores. Here in Newnan, I made my inaugural visit last week to a fairly new thrift store, the One Roof Ecumenical Outreach Alliance on Temple Avenue. If I hadn't been on my lunch hour I would have spent more time browsing the wares, but I saw a sign that said books were 25 cents and made a beeline to the room with all the books! (OK, so I briefly got distracted and picked up this 25 cent napkin on the way. Any fabric with teapots on it is going home with me.)
Two of the books, "Meals in Minutes" and "Lunches and Brunches," were printed in 1963, the year before I was born, and I just love seeing what food fashions were in vogue back then. One has a recipe for Spiced Iced Tea (the pre-Tang version), and this one has a recipe for Pink Parfait Pie you make in the blender. Yes, nothing says "elegant tea party" quite like having a blender on the table with the teapot!
A later but still vintage volume is "The Joy of Entertaining," from 1983. It has a chapter on teas and coffees and a recipe for Petits Fours. Reading these retro recipes gave me an idea, too. Wouldn't it be fun to have a "Retro Tea" and ask all your guests to wear clothes from the sixties and seventies? Perhaps a few beehive hairdos, false eyelashes and frosted pink lipstick? The hostess, of course, would have to assemble some teawares with age-appropriate motifs (those "atomic" designs, perhaps), and of course the color palette would need to include Harvest Gold and Avocado Green. So what do you say? Would you come to my Retro Tea Party?