In stark contrast to my last post about coffee tasting“Starbucks-style” on a spice plantation in Bali, guest blogger Lane Buckman shares her much more refined high tea experience with the Fabulous Girls Club of
Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Sounds absolutely divine, Lane! The pictures are fabulous, but I still think Tatjana and I lucked out with the more exotic view.
Guest post by Lane Buckman
When I want to feel very civilized and refined, I take tea. That is, I take Tea. High Tea. Nothing suits my soul so well as sitting down at a nicely set table with a group of ladies I love, and sharing a pot of tea and nibbling fancy little sandwiches, scones, and pretty, tiny desserts. Recently, I joined the Fabulous Girls Club of Dallas/Fort Worth at Lavendou, my favorite local French café, for an afternoon of just such bliss.
The tea menu at Lavendou consists of Finger Sandwiches, Mini Pastry Plate, Tea Breads, Scones, Cream, Butter, Jam and Choice of Tea. We chose Lavendou’s private blend and sat down to the beautiful service.
June, a native South African jewelry designer, despaired that there was no honey, and explained that honey was an expected part of South African teas. While we shared thinly sliced cucumber and cream cheese, chicken salad, and deviled ham finger sandwiches, she told us about the tea breaks she remembered from school, and how those carried over into her life in America. Our tea expert, she gave this one a seal of approval.
Charlcye, a local entrepreneur, consummate It Girl, and the founder of the Fabulous Girls group, loved the service. She favored the chocolate ganache filled mini-eclairs on the cream-puff and mini tart filled pastry plate level of our three-tiered setting, and told us stories about her last trip to Spain, and nibbling her way around Brussels and Amsterdam.
I was having far too much fun stirring individual sugar cubes into my many, many cups of tea. Lavendou’s private blend is an aromatic Long Leaf Kermun Black Tea with French Lavender that sits so well on the tongue. I’m not sure that I should tell you we drank four pots of it. Of our food, I loved the banana bread and cream offering on the tea breads tier best. When it was time to box the leftovers to go, I had a hard time not grabbing all of those for myself!
While we dined, a nearby table of ladies celebrated a baby shower over Tea, and behind us, a group of about twenty patrons had joined a Tea Tasting tea service, where the group sampled several blends through the course of their meal. Everyone was relaxed. Everyone was smiling. Everyone seemed perfectly at home.
High tea happens to be one of my favorite services that I offer my clients. It’s perfect for wedding and baby showers. In fact, you can find a menu for a birthday cream tea I did recently below. You can also find that cupcake recipe in my mini ebook, Party Accomplished (my shop, amazon and bn.com), or in the premium members recipe library, and Premium members can also watch the technique of making angel food cupcakes in the how-to videos.
Birthday Tea Party Menu
May 31st, 2011
Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches
Herbed Goats Cheese & Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Rare Roast Beef & Horseradish Mayonnaise Tea Sandwiches
Cheddar Cheese Scones with Chive Butter
Mini Plain Scones with Devonshire Cream & Strawberry Jam
Jewels Lemon-Lavender Angel Food Cupcakes
Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Strawberries with Lime Curd
Blueberry Iced Tea