For the second year in a row, I had the privilege on Saturday to speak at a fundraiser for the Friends of the Central Library, their annual tea. Now I can't think of a better way to celebrate the first day of fall than by going to tea, can you? Here's the "tea room" the volunteers had created in a meeting room at the library.
Each table was decorated with a teapot holding a fresh floral arrangement in gorgeous fall colors. (Later, I got to take one of the arrangements home with me!)
As guests arrived, they were offered Cheese Straws, and these were some of the finest I have ever tasted, with that nice "kick" from cayenne pepper.
We were also served tea sandwiches of classic flavors including Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad and Pimiento Cheese. Yum! The sweets included Nut Brownies and some Pecan Mini-muffins and ...
... small slices of some of the most divine Caramel Cake I've ever put in my mouth. Boy, was it good!
My tablemates were longtime friends Sandra, Mary Ellen and Shirley.
I also got to visit with two of my favorite fellow tea lovers, Friends of the Library volunteer Jimmie, at left, and Joanie, whose teacup top was quite the hit!
As she did last year, Jimmie loaned some items from her vast collection of teawares to the library for display.
Have you ever seen a peacock teapot? I had not!
Or this frog teapot? I love these unique designs.
It was such an honor to get to speak to the Friends of the Library, and it was a mighty fine way to say hello to Fall!