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, December 4, 2012

A Christmas Tea

Saturday at the Carthage Homes Tour,
we ended here

An 1895 gem of a house
that is owned by the Carthage Historical Society

Where they served tea the day of the tour . . .

We chose tea in the library 
because of the tree,
because of the view out the front,
because of the magnificent ceiling,
because of the magnificent light fixture
because of the walls of built in, leaded glass bookcases

And when we sat down at our table

An empty curate with poinsettia plates and a red teapot

While sipping tea we were treated to a fashion show

of vintage clothing by these young ladies

And the filled curate arrived

 Meringues are one of my favorites
and these were the crowning glory of he curate

Along with a plate of herbal cream cheese for the scones

The savories

chicken salad in a puff
a tart of basil, onion and tomato

The scone

Soft and flaky and great with the herby cream cheese

The sweets

A florentine cookie, chocolate mouse, a cinnamon roll and the meringue . . .

Which I saved for last

The house . . .

Was filled with tea tables
of mostly fours
So you got to meet new friends
Carols on the piano wafted through the rooms

It was a great day
It was a great tea

And we've signed up to be notified of any tea events in the future
For I would go back!

It is Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and Bernideen  for Friends Sharing Tea


Rebecca said...

What a charming setting and interesting menu! I surely wished I lived closer...

Pondside said...

Martha, the only thing that keeps my from a wildly inappropriate state of envy in this gentle season is your obvious appreciation of the wealth of beautiful places to visit in your part of the world. Do you know how much I appreciate your sharing? I love to enlarge the photos to see the house details and (of course!) the food details! While the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest is undeniable, one longs for a house tour and all the trimmings!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Wonderful! I love the historical venues for tea...especially the ones with some period dress. And the food looks wonderful! You must have had a fabulous time!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, Martha, what a fabulous place to enjoy some tea and treats! The house is fantastic and I would love to have a look through it! Your tea looks lovely and the treats would indeed be a treat. Thank you for taking us along with you. Have a wonderful week and Merry Christmas!


Bernideen said...

Oh my - it looks like the room is round, or oval or??? This is amazing. Loved seeing the food Martha - how fun!

Beth said...

What fun, and what great food! I enjoyed the vintage dress too.

sandy said...

What a fun event! Wish I could find something like that! Everything looks fabulous!
Have a wonderful week!
sandy :)

On Crooked Creek said...

What a perfect ending to your day of Home Tours! The fanfare of tea foods looks divinely delicious!!! Thank you for sharing your enJOYable day with us!

Millie said...

That would have been a lovely event. The food looks delicious and well presented.

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Hi Martha,
Looks like a fabulous time! What a beautiful victorian tea room. Your orderves look scrumptious. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day!