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Cupid's Tea



A pretty invitation arrived in the mail recently. A Cupid's Tea.  My friend who has a lovely home was having a lunch/tea. I, of course, accepted.


The home is spectacular.  This is the music room. The settees were reupholstered to fit the room's colors.


Another view of the music room. The piano is a real beauty! My friend's son has entertained with his musical talent on many occasions.

 
Not many homes can accommodate a full size antique sleigh. 


The tablescape was so pretty. Some of us sat in this room, the dining room, and others sat at a table in the kitchen.


I do like this pattern of china. My friends collects it and it is perfect for Valentine's Day.


Here's the tablescape for the second table.

 
A view from the family room looking towards the kitchen. Before we ate, Deborah thanked us for coming and read us a quote from Susan Branch's newest book, "A Fine Romance". We all love Susan and her books. Did I tell you we had tea with her once? We (my tea group) did, in Plymouth in November 2007 after a booksigning and sadly before I started my blog.
 

We were offered two kinds of soup, butternut squash with crème fraiche or potato leek. And then, three kinds of sandwiches, roasted turkey, roasted chicken, or country ham on brioche with all sorts of toppings. Also, arugula with goat cheese and walnuts and a quinoa dish.

 
We were served a tea from Harney called Valentine's blend. It was a black tea with chocolate and pink rosebuds.
 

There were plenty of choices for dessert as well. Petit fours, lemon squares, and brownies.


White chocolate and milk chocolate dipped strawberries were popular. So pretty on a tray.


Scones were served with lemon curd, strawberry jam, and cream.


Everything was so attractively displayed and equally delicious!


After our bellies were full, we went back to the dining room to craft some Valentines. We had a quick class from an instructor on stamping, embossing, etc.


Here's the Valentine I made. I did not go too crazy with embellishments because I am lazy. I made an envelope out a doily and used a heart my sister had discarded. A bow, a word and a little bling. Presto, simple Valentine.

I think I will need to create a vignette around this masterpiece. So far, I have not decorated for Valentine's Day. Actually I don't usually decorate for the holiday.

Thank you Deborah for inviting me to your beautiful home. I loved it all, especially spending time with my good friends.

What are you doing for Valentine's Day? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear what you have planned.

Comments

Salmagundi said…
Yum! Yum! and a special Yum! for that beautiful house. Thanks for sharing. Sally
Your friend's home is absolutely beautiful, she has wonderful taste. It looks like a lot of thought went into her tea..which looks more like a luncheon! Do you have the tea with your meal or with the desserts? Obviously I have never been to one. It's on my Bucket List.

Your card is cute and very unique. My sisters all make cards and have little card making parties. I was never too good at it. I don't decorate for Valentines Day. I have a little sign for my front door and I put those little conversation hearts in a candy dish! Ha! I wait until Easter. I love bunnies and lambs.

XO,
Jane
Michelle said…
Oh how fun! Her house is absolutely gorgeous. That is MY kind of afternoon. You have had winter longer than us....but I've been snowed in for 4 days now. Our offices closed Friday and tomorrow but tomorrow should all thaw....yours never seems to end! But looks like you are making the most of it! :))
What a fun afternoon! Your friends home is amazing! Tea is perfect anytime!
Belinda Ch said…
What a beautiful home! Love the music room, along with the sleigh and trees. Do you know the name of her china? It is beautiful. Made my first handmade Valentines Day cards this year...great job on yours!! First time visit to your blog. ...Delightful...from a fellow Susan Branch girlfriend!!
Elaine, I put a link to your lovely Valentine post on the post I did today. Hope you don't mind! :)

Nellie said…
I'm here from Ocean Breezes blog.

What a wonderful tea! Gorgeous home! Great opportunity for a good craft idea!

How lucky you were to meet Susan Branch! I am such a fan!

Thank you for sharing with us!
Donna said…
Hi Elaine - Wow - what a gorgeous home and what a fantastic array of goodies! I'm sure you all had a wonderful day!

So is your kitty really going to be a model? How exciting!! I haven't posted about it yet, but our Baby and Tiger both won 1st prizes in a kitty shelter fundraiser recently (Baby for a photo and Tiger for a video). I will have to have Baby pose next to her 'trophy' some time. Tiger got a certificate, but Amanda has that in Boston with her.

I hope you are 'enjoying' all our snow and cold temps! Can spring come too soon? I think not! Stay warm!!!

Donna
Donna said…
Hi Elaine - Wow - what a gorgeous home and what a fantastic array of goodies! I'm sure you all had a wonderful day!

So is your kitty really going to be a model? How exciting!! I haven't posted about it yet, but our Baby and Tiger both won 1st prizes in a kitty shelter fundraiser recently (Baby for a photo and Tiger for a video). I will have to have Baby pose next to her 'trophy' some time. Tiger got a certificate, but Amanda has that in Boston with her.

I hope you are 'enjoying' all our snow and cold temps! Can spring come too soon? I think not! Stay warm!!!

Donna
This looked like a magical afternoon. From the friends to the food and the beautiful surroundings!
What sweet Valentines crafted too.
Now this is the type of day that keeps the winter chill at bay.

Sweet wishes,
Sara
What a lovely afternoon you had. Everything looks delicious and your friends home is stunning. The sleigh is my favorite.

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