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, September 18, 2012

Tea for Two . . . Two for Tea

My "BFF"(we've been friends long before they were called "BFF") Shirley Ann and I always celebrate each other's birthdays -- with either a tea or a lunch.     We love the venue to be a historic building and we've traveled rather far to find the "perfect" place for our celebration.    

In August, we traveled North to the Van Noy mansion who, that month, and only on Wednesday, were offering afternoon teas.

Two porches to keep the house cool

Driving up, both Shirley Ann and I loved the house!     Turn of the century and truly a mansion.

Not original but a nice addition

And the fountain

And inside . . .

You could stand on the balcony and look down into each room

All the rooms open off of the hallway -- with the rotunda on the second floor.

four bedrooms were on the second floor

With beautiful original artwork on the walls.

And the top -- can you imagine listening to it rain on this roof?

And if you look up . . .

which is prettier?   The stained glass or the mural?   Would be hard to chose!

Stained glass and murals on the walls.

After a tour of the house, we went to tea . . .

Tea for four all served on one plate for we were seated with two other ladies.

A lovely selection for four for we were seated with some tablemates.

And a tea consists of . . .

Strawberry soup, a curried chicken sandwich, a cucumber sandwich, a gourgere, and a savory bite.

Sandwiches, soup and savories

A cranberry scone with a white chocolate bottom --- alas, no cream or jam!


chocolate covered strawberry, brie and jam in phyllo dough, a cream puff and a lemon tart


It was a lovely day and a great way to celebrate Shirley Ann's birthday.      The house overlooks Swope Park -- the biggest city park in Kansas City and a park that we often went to as a child for family or church picnics.

Shamefully, I came home with no recipes!       We were having too much fun and I forgot to ask!

It's Tuesday and I'm sharing tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


Snap said...

The Van Noy mansion is very impressive and how wonderful you celebrated birthdays with your BFF at tea here. Everything looks delicious. Happy Tea Day!

Deb said...

Aren't best friends great! They are truly a blessing. Looked like a wonderful tea.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning dear Martha,
What a lovely place to have tea with friends! A magnificent building!
The tea treats look scrumptious; especially the chocolate dipped strawberries. Thank you for sharing this with us today and I hope you have a delightful week.


Ann said...

What a lovely tea for you and your BFF. I live here in Kansas City but have not added this to me list. Thank you for sharing-my Red Hat group would love this.

Antiques And Teacups said...

I think that's the perfect way to celebrate a birthday! What a wonderful place, and a wonderful tea. Thanks for taking so many wonderful photos!

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely tour and luncheon! Swope Park was a "treat" for us livin gin Kc in my youth, as well!!! Glad you were enjoying yourself with your BFF!!!(Sometimes, you just need to savor the moments and missing the recipes is telling were immersed in the moments! Ah~h~h...)

Southerncook said...

What a beautiful place to celebrate a special friend's birthday.Everything on the plate you were served looked delicious, especially like the one with the raspberry on top (that may have been the brie?) I wish we had a place here that served afternoon tea. We used to but I am not aware of any now. What a special treat for your friend.


Betty Stapleton said...

wow, what a great looking home, a beautiful tea to share with your bf. The tea looked so delicious. It sure is an amazing tea room, have a grea week...

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Thank you for sharing this special tea time! Its always so enjoyable to view others enjoying their tea experience!

Bernideen said...

What an INTERESTING house - like you say - imagine the sound in the rain! The food looked wonderful too! What a great birthday celebration!

Stella said...

Afternoon tea. Rarely bettered.
And now I am hungry! What a beautiful blog post Martha!

Barbara said...

Looks an interesting place and liked the delicate sized food on offer.