Thursday, April 16, 2009

My traveling tea party


Some weeks ago, I was asked if I would be interested in participating in a "traveling tea party" in which certain teapots are being passed around the country this year with the stories to be preserved in journals and collected by the tea lover who organized the event. I thought it sounded like a fun idea and signed on, and my tea party, held last night, was a simple tea for two.

You see, my friend Kathy from Savannah has been in Newnan house-sitting for her daughter and son-in-law, who are traveling in Europe for a few weeks. So to me it made perfect sense to host a traveling tea party with a friend who traveled to my town to house-sit for some travelers. How much more travel-ly can you get?

I was going over to Kathy's last night (or Kathy's daughter's house) to knit and quilt. Not too surprisingly, we never actually got around to crafting, but we did enjoy the beautiful spring weather out on the patio with my super easy, packed-in-a-picnic-basket tea party. Our "twilight tea" consisted of Ham, Asparagus and Cheese Frittata, Fresh Fruit, Heart-shaped Cucumber Sandwiches and Dark Chocolate Madeleines. We enjoyed two different types of tea, the Chocolate Spice Kusmi Tea I received earlier this week and some Mango Tango tea. This simple tea party was a perfect way to enjoy spring and the all-too-rare treat of time with a dear (and normally 300 miles away) friend. I hope the next recipients of this traveling teapot enjoy their "tea and conversation" as much as my friend and I did!

19 comments:

Melanie said...

Oooh - I love that blue teapot! Actually, it looks familiar - I think I have the same one in yellow. But the blue is fabulous. Too bad I have more than I know what to do with already!

parTea lady said...

Your traveling tea party photos are delightful. The food looked delicious - frittata, yummy. The tablecloth was so pretty with its blanket stitched applique. Lovely that you could enjoy this time with your friend Kathy.

I'd like to hear more about the traveling tea party and journals - sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful!! I really like your tablecloth too!! The food looks scruptious!!!! What a special time with your friend.tammyp

Belinda said...

Lovely,I too would like more details of the "traveling Tea Party". Is it blogged somewhere?

Gwendol Bowling said...

Really nice that you traveled with your "Traveling Tea Party!"

Did you make the tea ahead of time, as well?

What fun!

Southern Touch Catering said...

It sounds like you had a fun time and isn't nice catching up with old friends. Plus the food sounds & looks scrumptious! I do love a good frittata. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Angela McRae said...

Gwendol, I took loose leaf tea and made the pots of tea once I got to Kathy's. I have made hot tea to "travel" before, but I definitely prefer not to! ;)

And for ParTea Lady, Belinda and any others who want to see how this traveling teapot tea party was organized (by someone far more organized than *I* will ever be!), go here: friendshipteapots.blogspot.com

thesewingroomandmore said...

The traveling tea party was just wonderful! I was amazed that everything came out of the picnic basket...tea ware, linens, teapot, food and of course tea! Angela knows I love heart shaped things and was so sweet to think of that! Her menu was exquisite and her tea party will forever be one of the most enjoyable moments of my trip! Here's to porches and spring twilight teas, my friend!

Marilyn said...

What a fun concept. I love your tea pictures and because I collect old linens, I really loved the tablecloth. Now I am off to check out that blog.

Gerri said...

You make it seem so easy and enjoyable....
Let me know if you are ever traveling to PA! LOL!
Thanks so much for sharing.

Carol said...

Your traveling tea sounds fun and the presentation of it looks delicious! Especially that fritatta! Any chance of getting the recipe?

Angela McRae said...

Certainly, Carol! Here's the link to the Southern Living frittata recipe:

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1634685

Although I've made it before with summer squash and zucchini, this time I substituted about a cup of asparagus, a cup of leftover Easter ham, and 1 cup of shredded cheese. So easy and comes out perfectly every time!

Ginger said...

What a lovely tea party! Good to see you are still making Madeleines, especially after all the trouble it took to find a good recipe. :-)

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

Hi Angela!
Can't wait to visit this website and find out more about the traveling tea party. But what a great idea!!! A picnic tea! I can't wait until our weather warms up a bit. :)
Hope you're having a fabulous day!
Hugs,
Sheri

Linda J. said...

A traveling teapot is something I never thought of. The traveleing tea party you took to your friends looked so wonderful!

Bernideen's Tea Time Blog said...

Yes..this looks lovely!

Carol said...

Thanks so much for posting the link to the recipe. It sounds like a great Springtime recipe, and I look forward to making it.

Anonymous said...

Hello Angela - lovely story (great photos too) I can see this in a future book of yours...maybe "Traveling Tea Party" could be a chapter? You have lots of possibilities! Hope you have a great weekend, Joanie

Steph said...

Oh, Angela - what a special day for you and your friend. Thank you for participating and for sharing this story!