Today is the day a very special young lady is joining me at the Cottage for her very first tea! Preparations are under way, with an elaborate menu of savories and sweets. We'll begin with a lovely creamy tomato basil soup with blue cheese crackers, then move on to a vast array of little sandwiches. I've planned Coronation Chicken Salad, Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream, Seafood Salad, Cucumber (can't have tea without a good cucumber sandwich!), Olive Spread, and Toasted Cheese Fingers. I'm trying a new scone recipe - if it works, I'll share it with you all. With that is some lovely homemade lemon curd and berry jam. For the sweets we'll have Fairy Cakes (it is, after all, her birthday), Gram's Shortbread, Chocolate Mousse, and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Marshmallows.
I'm having fun putting together a tea that will introduce this little girl to the joys of our family tradition of visiting tea rooms to celebrate special days like birthdays and Mother's and Father's days. Of course, with a history like that, there is so much I could have chosen! I'll just have to start hosting more teas, so that the fun can continue.
The finishing touch is a special tea that I've blended for her, with rose hips, hibiscus, and rose petals to bring a little bit of color and flavor to a good quality black tea.