17 May 2010

Tea Time

Finally, I am getting around to sharing the lovely afternoon I co-hosted over Mother's Day weekend. A friend started an annual tea party with sets of mothers and daughters, normally held in Boston. However, as luck would have it, she has been relocated to Pittsburgh for a year and we were able to convince the group to partake in a destination tea. Guests traveled by planes, trains and automobiles. We shared the prepping, and I was excited to officially christen our new dining room and entertain with our new chairs.
The menu: 

A variety of loose leaf teas, including Moroccan Mint and Ginger Peach from Prestogeorge in the Strip, and a sampler of Tea Forte organic teas. 

Cream scones with currants, served with clog-your-arteries clotted cream. 

Mixed berries with powdered sugar.

Tea sandwiches, including cucumber and cream cheese, chicken salad, and prosciutto and asparagus.

And for dessert! A dozen delectable cupcakes from Vanilla Pastry Studio in East Liberty. Carrot cake, red velvet, apricot, raspberry buttercream, chocolate fudge...  I can say with confidence that this is the best carrot cake cupcake in Pittsburgh.


  1. Ok, now I want to know about your dining chairs and the fabric and your china. It is similar to my great grandmother's wedding china. Her's was called Princess Green and has only one pale green and gold band on the edge. Circa 1920. It is dificult to find, even at Replacements and if I can purchase something like yours it might be a gorgeous complement,being obviously modern but with the same colors.

  2. hi kerry! i added some links of older posts about the chairs and the china pattern. T's did a great job reupholstering them-- the chairs are antiques that my mother-in-law gave us. And the china-- kate spade by lenox. they discontinued it right before we got married so we were missing a setting and platters. luckily, we tried the lenox outlet in westmoreland county and there they were! that was about 2 years ago. i can still find replacements online here and there. i saw your pattern on your blog- gorgeous. a simple gold would also look great too. i was thinking about that for bowls.

  3. Thanks for the info Christina. I forgot that I had that china on an older post. I have several older patterns and no full set of any but luckily they all mix with each other.
    I think the chairs are gorgeous!

  4. I love the cupcake stand! Looks like it was a lovely day!

    P.S. I love T's! The owner is from Mt. Lebanon and started that shop ten years ago. They just plumped up the pillows on my couch and it looks like new!

  5. Beautiful pics and a beautiful tea - it will be very difficult to find as lovely a location for next year!


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