Lady ML hosted the Victorian Tea Society spring 2014 tea at the Aubrey Rose. I had visited the Aubrey Rose 5 years ago and found it to be a nice cozy tea room with decent fare. I do not care for their tea and both of my experiences there felt rushed. But with a gracious hostess like Lady ML, the afternoon was as lovely as she!
Lady ML’s lovely tea invitation (photo by Lady J.)
Rose themed napkin fold for the Aubrey Rose
Tea favor: Giant custom made shortbread cookies from Penny’s Place Boutique Bakery (photo by Lady J.)
First course: Chilled cantaloupe soup
Soup accompaniments (background): Chicken salad crostini and Oblaten wafer
2nd course: Sandwiches and savories (NOTE: dried chives=not cool)
Herb biscuit, cucumber sandwich, egg salad sandwich, cheese and artichoke toast, and cheese and jalapeno puff pastry pinwheel
3rd course: Fresh fruit
I took this photo for my Polish friend S. who would appreciate this Polish china!
Front of Polish china plate
4th course: Scones
Final course: Dessert
Desserts: Chocolate cream puff (with chocolate “A” for Aubrey Rose), bread pudding (signature dessert), and pistachio tea cookie
Lady ML provided us with another tea favor after the tea. The healthy chocolates, rose petal tea, and stationery were dressed up in Lady ML’s signature style (photo by Lady J.)
Thank you Lady ML for hosting a lovely spring afternoon! Happy spring and may the roses in your garden bloom abundantly!
“Friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.