Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Peg's Tea

After lamenting about our massive collection of china and tableware, I thought it might be useful to show an example of how we entertain with these possesions. When we moved to our new home in 2002 we met a great neighbor who became a close friend. Her name was Peg and she had lived in the neighborhood since the early 50s with her husband who was a paraplegic as a result of his service in World War II. Peg was in her nineties, very lively, gracious and a great conversationalist until her death from stroke this past year.  We miss you, Peg.

My partner is a devotee of the English formal tea and has become adept at preparing not only the table but the treats that go along with the tradition. His cucumber sandwiches take a lot of effort to make but the taste is worth it. Here are some photos of a tea given for Peg and her daughter, Harriet. It was winter so the tea was held indoors in the dining room.

My partner always makes menu cards for formal occassions, birthday and anniverary and holiday dinners. This was the menu for Peg's Tea, describing all the treats on the tea cart.

On another memorable occasion, he gave a garden tea outdoors in summer for our godchild. Maybe another posting on outdoor teas next time?

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