My first visit to a tea house

The first tea house I ever visited was Tea-Upon-Chatsworth.  My friend P. hosted a tea party for her daughter who was celebrating her 1st birthday.  We had the entire tea house to ourselves!

n001 (Small)The tea house was cozy with 8 tables and not too densely decorated.  I didn’t feel like I was going to accidentally bump into a china cabinet or knock down a display table with delicate tea cups.  The tables had lovely china and simple elegant flower arrangements in teapots or tea cups.

n005 (Small)n002 (Small)The 4-course High Tea menu was the order of the day!  The High Tea, also known as the “The Queen’s Tea” at Tea-Upon-Chatsworth, offered 12 food items including a soup and/or salad.

Fresh fig salad with greens and edible flowers

Fresh fig salad with greens and edible flowers

Considering that I don’t like figs, I really enjoyed the fresh fig salad most.  It was different and refreshing.  I haven’t eaten a fresh fig since this day (though my friend P. always tries to convert me).

nataliecaddy2This was also D.’s first (and only) experience at a tea house.  We agreed that while the food itself was not very memorable, we did embrace the afternoon tea experience and somehow managed to make new friends, W. and Z.!  (For those of you who know us, you can come out of your shock now! 😉 Yes, new friends!)  Honestly, we don’t know how that happened but it convinced me that there is something special and unique about afternoon tea that promotes an intimate and relaxing environment that is conducive to bonding with old friends and also making new friends!  If afternoon tea can tame introverts like us (even if only for one afternoon!), it must be special!

Left to right: Tomato cream cheese, cucumber with black olive tapenade on crostini, ham/asparagus pinwheel sandwich, and shrimp cocktail salad on rye/white

Left to right: Tomato cream cheese, cucumber with black olive tapenade on crostini, ham/asparagus pinwheel sandwich, and shrimp cocktail salad on rye/white

Thank you, P. for inviting us to your tea party!  It was a pleasure to share high tea with you and your family and friends.  We had a wonderful time!

“A great idea should always be left to steep like loose tea leaves in a teapot for a while to make sure that the tea will be strong enough and that the idea truly is a great one.”

― Phoebe Stone, The Romeo And Juliet Code

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