One of my goals for the new year was to host more teas in 2016, and I got to host my first one yesterday with my friends Angie and Amy! Monday worked for both of them, and one of the great things about having my own writing business is that I can juggle my schedule to work whenever I like. This week, that meant kicking off the week with tea, and I must say I liked it!
I hadn't seen these two friends in a while, and I so enjoyed the luxury of getting to catch up with them over cups of tea and some teatime treats. I made almost everything on Sunday afternoon, so all I did on Monday morning was bake scones and assemble a few tea sandwiches. Our menu included Cucumber Sandwiches (the teapot-shaped ones), Pimiento Cheese Ribbon Sandwiches, and Broccoli and Cheese Mini Quiches (forgot to get a picture; you know how it goes!). We had Cranberry Scones with Lemon Curd, and our sweets were Cake Mix Cookies (thanks to a super easy recipe from my pen pal, Sandy), Matcha Sugar Cookies, and Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies.
I couldn't decide which of my teas to serve, so I let them choose! We ended up having Green Tea Ginger Twist from Argo Tea, Tiramisu Mascarpone Rooibos from Tin Roof Teas, and White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos from Teavana. It's fun to have tea with friends who are so adventurous in their tea selections. (I'm sorry to say that I forgot to take their photo once they got here, though! I discovered the camera about five minutes after they left and thought,"Oh no!" But at least I got a few pictures of our treats.)
The other thing I enjoyed about this "tea with friends" was that I was able to use so many teawares from friends. I used a three-tiered server that was a gift from Linda Rivers, who operated the Holly Cottage Tea Room in Newnan. The little rose pastry forks were a gift from my friend Liz, and the plates, cups, and saucers were a gift from my friend Deberah. I loved mixing and matching all these rosy wares, and it was just the thing to kick off my year of more tea parties. Have you been to tea yet this year? If not, when do you think you'll enjoy your first tea of the year? I'm all for making plans!