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.