Several months ago, I was asked to speak at a Friends of the Central Library tea here in Newnan. On Saturday, a dear lady at my table kindly gave me her invitation to go in my teatime memory box. I thought this was just a beautiful invitation and was so happy to receive it!
Here I am in the library entrance with a sign advertising the event. And I have to tell you we have really, really nice libraries in my community, and have in fact been building new ones at the rate of one every two years. "Friends of the Library" groups are sort of a new thing for us, though, and much as I love books I was happy to support this event.
Here's the pretty teacup that was mine for the afternoon. We had a simple black tea but it was quite good and I drank lots of it, thanks to the very attentive hostesses on hand!
Here's the table setting with a program at each spot.
These are four of my five tea sandwiches (I didn't realize there was yet another tray to come when I snapped this photo). We had pimiento cheese, egg salad, ham salad, chicken salad and tuna salad. I must say the fillings were all quite delicious, and I was very glad I had skipped lunch!
And of course it wouldn't be a tea without sweets. We had lemon cookies, chocolate truffles, brownies and banana bread, and for once I didn't have a clear favorite because I liked them all. The cookies were very lemony with a great texture, the truffles were melt-in-your-mouth good and smooth, the banana bread was that nice texture I love (mine's always good but too flimsy for attractive slicing) and fudge brownies that were just right. Needless to say I didn't require very much supper that night!
I had been to a library tea before and it wasn't this formal, so I was surprised to walk in and find round tables covered in tablecloths and decorated with teapots and teawares. Lovely!
They had even arranged flowers in all the teapots, and I got to take a bouquet home with me. And if you'll come back tomorrow, I'll show you some of the library's display cases filled with some very special teapots and teacups so that you can lust over them just as I did!