Membership Tea encore

The philanthropy organization to which I belong held a membership tea last year to recruit new members.  It was so successful that we hosted another membership tea this year, with the possibility of making it an annual event!  Like last year, all the china, tables, chairs, and food were provided by members.  What can I say?  We are a bunch of ladies who love to cook and enjoy afternoon tea!  🙂

invitationSince we had guests who were not familiar with afternoon tea, we included some tea etiquette on the back of the menus.  🙂  It is not only a great conversation starter but helps continue the tradition of afternoon tea.

Tea etiquette

Tea etiquette

We had 14 tables with 62 guests in attendance this year.  Are you ready to see some beautiful table settings?

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Halloween

Halloween

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Red poppies (the tea favors were Tea Forte pyramid tea infusers in an organza bag)

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Don’t you love that cow creamer?

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Hawaiian theme

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Paris theme (there is an Eiffel Tower on the top tier of the caddy)

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Frogs in the swamp theme (love the lotus fold napkins)

Lovely detail on the plates

See the lovely detail on the plates

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Chintz!

Chintz!

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Some of the members' husbands helped serve at the tea. They had their own special table, complete with bow tie napkins to match their tuxedo shirts

Some of the members’ husbands helped serve at the tea. They had their own special table, complete with bow tie napkins to match their tuxedo shirts

Tea menu

Tea menu

Savories: Spinach, artichoke & parmesan pinwheel, stuffed mushrooms with sausage and goat cheese, and garlic shrimp canapes

Savories: Spinach, artichoke & Parmesan pinwheel, stuffed mushrooms with sausage and goat cheese, and garlic shrimp canapes (I don’t like shrimp but those garlic shrimp canapes were delicious!)

Spinach, artichoke, & Parmesan pinwheels
(Each sheet of puff pastry will yield about 18 pinwheels)

1 package of puff pastry
1 tub of Stonemill Kitchens spinach, artichoke & Parmesan dip

Thaw puff pastry just enough to unfold it without breaking.  Spread the sheet with about 1/2 cup of dip.  The dip should be spread evenly within 1/2″ of one border (the top side away from you).  Roll the pastry sheet into a log ending with the 1/2″ border.  You may press the dough lightly to “seal” the log at the border.

Slice the log into 1/2″ slices.  Or to use later, wrap the log in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to use.  When ready to use, thaw for about 30 mins. until it can be cut with a knife (the log should keep its shape).  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 mins.  Serve immediately.

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Sandwiches: Smoked salmon with cream cheese on rye, cucumber sandwiches, and chicken salad croissants

Chinese almond dessert with fresh berries

Chinese almond dessert with fresh berries

Apricot pineapple jam, Mock Devonshire cream, and lemon curd

Apricot pineapple jam, Mock Devonshire cream, and lemon curd

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Desserts: Mini chocolate chip bundt cake, dark chocolate strawberry shortbread, and lemon bars

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Mini chocolate chip bundt cake, dark chocolate strawberry shortbread, and lemon bars

It was another successful membership drive for us with 6 new members joining our organization by the day’s end.

And here I’ll conclude with another Healtheries tea tag!  If you can figure out “oh tea tea”, and are the first person to comment with the correct answer, you’ll win a prize! 🙂

ott

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