Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tea for Four

An Afternoon Tea Party -- for four.    A true English Afternoon tea with savories, scones and sweets.   The perfect way to spend a lovely Spring afternoon!

A white tea cloth brought home from the Azores with wonderful embroidery and cutwork is the perfect background for tea.    A small bouquet of roses in a favorite vase which was a gift from a dear friend.

An elegant tea and so we used the silver teapot, creamer and sugar.

Each place setting set in true English style with a tea plate, a teacup and saucer and a teaspoon nestled on the saucer.    Mother of pearl handled cake fork and knife.    The china is my Spode Famille Rose.

The curate filled with tea treats.    You work your way up the curate -- starting from the bottom.    A chocolate lavender cake and asparagus tarts are the rest of the tea treats.

Chicken salad sandwiches on buttered brown bread decorated with garden dill and Kaufman nut bread (found at Tea With Friends) with her suggested filling of cream cheese and olives.

Asparagus tarts in my new tart shells.    Found in a Tea Time Magazine where they were used for strawberry tarts.   I bought them immediately with the idea that they would be perfect for individual asparagus tarts.   (And they are!)

A chocolate bundt cake infused with lavender with chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of lavender buds.

Lemon tea treats -- lemon short bread made tea size and lemon curd tarts decorated with a viola.

And to "gild" the lily, real Devonshire cream and strawberry jam for the scones!

It was a lovely tea.   Beethoven and Mozart played softly in the background and we watched the antics of the birds as Husband Jim had just filled the feeders and they were in a feeding frenzy!     All too soon, there were only crumbs left and the teapot was empty.    It was time for my friends to go!

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.    And I'm joining Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Friends Sharing Tea.


afternoon tea said...

What an elegant Tea. I really do wish we lived closer to one another. :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Martha,
What a delightful tea! Everything looks lovely and the tea treats, delectable! I'm sure it was an enjoyable time for all. Thank you for sharing with us and enjoy the rest of your week.


Mary said...

So pretty! Those asparagus tarts are unique!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Another wonderful tea party, Martha! Are you sure you aren't having too much fun?

Pondside said...

That must have been just perfect! I hope you filled the teapot more than once, though, as each of those goodies deserved to be enjoyed with lots of tea.

Rowan said...

It all looks lovely - especially the asparagus tarts and the lemon shortbread.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

those tarts look amazing! Oh to have tea at the Linderhof!

racheld said...

Oh, My!! If ever I took leave of senses and manners all at once, this would be THE party I'd want to crash.

What a lovely array, with such attention to detail, and every treat a work of art. Just a stunning presentation, gracious and charming, and the perfect setting for a memorable tea.


Rose H (UK) said...

You have such lucky friends!

Bernideen said...

The tarts are darling Martha ! ALL the items are darling!

On Crooked Creek said...

What a pleasant afternoon, indeed! Know your friends appreciated every morsel...but even more your hospitality and kind heart!

Denise @English Purple Ribbon said...

Hi Martha! What a beautiful proper tea! I especially like the aspargus tarts. I found you at Bernideen's tea party-Anne of Green Gables. Denise from

MaryLou said...

Hello Martha,
Would you consider sharing your recipe for lemon shortbread?