Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Tea For Two

Written by Patti on February 9th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

What’s nicer than two friends catching up? Two friends catching up over a pretty table set for tea.  That’s exactly what Miss Diane and I did this weekend.  In the morning I went to my favorite store (say it all together now…Super H!) and picked up some delectable pastries from their bakeshop.  I picked up a pecan tart and some Monjoo cookies.  Now, I’m not sure what a monjoo is, but these cookies were exquisite. They were like a cinnamon bun wrapped around a crumb cake filling. Mmmmmm.

Tea Brewing For Two Friends

I love the idea of tea parties. Sometimes they turn into champagne parties…but this was very sedate.  Miss Diane and I sipped a lovely lemon ginger tea while we chatted and enjoyed our pastries.  I even pulled out some of the luscious cookie dough I had made (oatmeal, raisins, dates, chocolate and butterscotch chips) and baked a few of those for us. And a pretty table setting never hurts.

My Rarely Used, But Dearly Loved Picasso Tea Cups

Although it was chilly (cold!) outside, hot tea, tasty patries and giggles kept us warm on this winter’s day.

Pastries Served on a Raised Cake Stand

I will let you in on my tablescape secrets now.  Let’s see, the cake stand was found at the Goodwill for less than $3.00, the silver plated serving tongs were also a Goodwill find at….$.22….yes, you read that correctly, twenty-two cents.  The gorgeous gold rimmed plates and the lovely platter the tea pot was set on were gifts from darling friend Alison, the pale yellow tablecloth and chambray blue napkins were more Goodwill treasures.  The silver napkin rings were on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond after Christmas for $1.99 each (a bargain, considering I have been coveting them for some time, but refused to pay $8.00 for a napkin ring.)  The Picasso tea cups were purchased on Royal Street in New Orleans and I paid full price for those (I had to have them! And when you are on vacation and something really calls your name, you have no other choice….).

The time spent with bestie Miss Diane….priceless.

You know all those pretty things for the table you save for company? Get them out and use them tonight. Even if you are serving hot dogs.

Be your own best company.

xoxo, Patti


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Just wondering if you’ve ever tried Mittie’s Tea Room. — GREAT little place!

  2. Patti says:

    I haven’t Donna, but I just looked it up. Sounds great.

  3. Jennifer says:

    It sounds like an absolutely fabulous way to spend an afternoon! And I love all your treasures that made up your table. I love a great deal!

    Cheers, Jennifer

  4. Patti says:

    Thanks, Jennifer! It is wonderful to hear from you. How’s the farm? How’s the piglet? xoox, Patti

  5. Diane says:

    I’m so snuggly inside! We’re ladies who sip! Muah 🙂

  6. Patti says:

    We are! Muah backatcha!