TEA WITH MARYANN

Welcome to the 28th Tea Time Tuesday 

My friend Maryann came for a visit, and stayed the whole afternoon with me. 
We had a little Tea and lots of conversation!
We haven’t seen each other in near a year. She gave me a call fifteen minutes before she arrived.
As we ran around straighting the house. I put on a kettle of water. 
I went from room to room gathering accoutrement for our Tea.
 As I had a Tablescapes going in one room, my parlor holding my hospital bed.  
 I was looking for a place to have Tea. 
So the Family Room it was to be! 
Now you will notice we are remodeling our 100 year old home and many things need to be done, like the French Doors do not have trim around them as of yet, Just look over the remodel.
 For we had such a Lovely Time!
My friend, Maryann from Alabama
Yes, she tasted her Tea first, I then talked her into taking a little milk too! She loved it with milk!
With Time so little, and my family stopped by, no time to bake the scones, 
I keep in the freezer for times like this.
I wanted to make a few sandwiches, but Maryann had a late lunch.
So I opted for Chocolate Wafer Cookies and Raspberry Sticks. 
Thanks BJ at  Sweet Nothings for the wonderful tip on how wonderful these chocolate wafers are!
While searching Walmart for these rich chocolate wafers, 
I spotted these wonderful raspberry sticks! They are divine! 
Garnished with my spearmint and raspberries.
I served my favorite Vanilla Cream Tea. Which is so lovely with sweets.
I love to use this sterling silver tea leaves strainer.
Some say there is no place for a strainer at the Tea Table, Oh but I do love using it!  For I like to add my tea leaves to my teapot and pour the hot water in from the kettle, after I have tempered the teapot, by adding a little of the hot water and swirling it around and pouring it out of the Teapot. I then add one heaping teaspoon of tea leaves per cup and one heaping teaspoon for the teapot. I do love my Tea Strong, so always add a little more tea leaves and brew the same amount of time should you like your tea stronger. You can’t tell by how dark the color is, for having strong tea.  By adding the tea leaves to the teapot, doing so the tea leaves have enough room to expand. Some tea leaves infusers are small, lacking room for the Tea to expand. Most of my teapots have a strainer made in the spout, but I find the fine leaves will seep through.
You can see the small tea leaves in caught by the strainer.
I love the sterling silver ornate designs and notice the strainer has a little pot for you to sit the strainer on, so no mess is made on your tablecloth.
Tea Set, cups and saucers,  from Marshall’s
Metal Iron Tray, from Hobby Lobby
Tea Napkins, a set of six given by my sister, Gloria
Flatware: Renaissance Pattern reproduction, from Walmart
Table and chairs, garage sale finds  for$30.00

 I sent  Maryann off with samples, of different flavored black, green and white teas.  I hope she is having many Tea Tasting, while she working/traveling with a friend! 
 I can’t wait to hear which Teas Maryann loved, 
I know she is going to love drinking Hot Loose Leaf Tea!  
What a lovely way to spend an entire afternoon with a wonderful friend and a lovely cup of Tea!
Even though we didn’t have the sconces, sandwiches, and cakes.
I enjoyed this Afternoon Tea so much my dear friend!
I will be joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch 
for Tablescape Thursday

Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie 
for Saturday Favorites

As Always Save A Cup Of Tea For Me!
Lady Katherine

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27 thoughts on “TEA WITH MARYANN

  1. Hi Lady Katherine,

    I linked up for tea this week. Oh, everything looks so lovely. I work tomorrow, so this post will be short…but everything looks YUMMY and with your dear friend there…that’s really fun!!!! I’ll make sure and come back tomorrow!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

  2. It’s always nice to have tea with an old friend, Katherine. I love your tea table presentation. The cookies look yummy and I really like the iron tray, so pretty!…Christine

  3. Hello Lady Katherine,
    How lucky to have an old friend to tea! and a lovely tea you shared, as always:-)
    Thanks again for beinbg our sweet hostess, it’s always a pleasure:-)
    Bella

  4. Dearest Lady Katherine,
    You are such a wonderful friend – tea with you must be just divine! Thank you for sharing your tea party with us today – I love your blog.
    <><
    Concetta

  5. Having a friend over for tea is sweet and the best part of having a friend over is it does not matter if you have the house in perfect order or fresh baked goodies. Time with friends over tea is sweet and filling enough.

  6. Hello Lady Katherine 🙂 What a lovely tea you and your friend had, and love the pretty white china you chose to use! It really is very lovely. I must say that I am literally drooling over those scrumptious chocolate goodies! I will have to look for those the next time I am in Walmart!!

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful Tea for us ladies; it is always such a pleasure to join in the fun!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  7. Good morning Lady Katherine,
    Your tea is lovely and I imagine you and your guest had a splendid visit. The chocolate covered wafers are wonderful! My sweet uncle who hails from England introduced me to them. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  8. Your silver tea strainer is lovely! I like the sound of a tea pot with a built in strainer too…. that is a great idea. I don’t think any of mine have that.
    If you have a chance this week, stop by my blog. I’m having a little giveaway.

  9. Hi Katherine!
    What a darling post! And I just love your goodies you shared! I’d feel right at home and it looks liks your friend enjoyed her visit very much!
    Happy Tea!
    Lorena

  10. How often we find the simplest things to be the best! And how lovely is your table, with the soft roses and the white china—just perfect in that Mississippi light streaming in through the tall windows.

    Those little chocolate squares look divine—have you mentioned the brand before? The plate is just perfect with the chocolate and raspberry theme carried out—and it’s so easy to sip and reach for another berry, another tiny nip of oookie, as you chat in the close, easy comfort of old friends.

    I can’t imagine a better teatime anywhere, even with time for elaborate preparations—this was cozy and warm and welcoming, and anyone would have enjoyed the moments in your Tea Parlor.

    Happy Tuesday!!

    rachel

  11. What a lovely tea you set up for your dear friend. The tray of cookies and raspberry sticks garnished with fruit and mint leaf is pretty and I’m sure quite delicious too! Your tea strainer is pretty and so is your tea set. I really like your tablecloth too, Lady Katherine. Nicely done!
    Blessings, Beth

  12. I hope you are not apologizing for your remodeling house – it is so lovely and anyone who can put that table together in under 20 minutes- NO WONDER YOU ARE THE TEA LADY. You know the best part of tea is the conversation with a friend!

    We are remodeling our kitchen and I am so happy with what is done, that I don’t even notice the lack of molding and other small stuff unless I take a photo. You have a lovely home and a great sense of style!

  13. ANY TIME SPENT WITH A FRIEND IS WONDERFUL- AND A FRIEND NEVER CARES WHAT YOUR HOUSE LOOKS LIKE! LOVE THE WHITE TEA SET AND I AM READY RIGHT NOW AT 9.45 AT NIGHT TO GO TO WAL MART FOR SOME OF THOSE RASBERRY STICKS- THEY SOUND YUMMY!

  14. I’m a little late linking up, but just realized my tablescape qualifies here too!

    The impromptu tea party looks lovely! I’m sure your friend enjoyed it so much! I have those dishes in yellow, love the white, and all the colors it comes in!

    Katherine

  15. Hi!

    I’m your neighbor at Tablescape Thursday. Thanks for sharing your lovely tea table. It’s beautiful! I especially like the way that you garnished the cookie plate. And I’m glad to see that you’re having a PROPER tea with loose leaves and a strainer!

  16. It is nice having time to visit with an old friend over a cup of tea (coffee, for me) and sweets…love your tablecloth, Lady K.

  17. Tea with raspberries and chocolate? It sounds perfect. Your white dinnerware is lovely and so is the table. You may not have had much time but this is such a welcoming table.

  18. Isn’t tea time just the very best. I agree, I like to use my vintage silver strainers at the table, too. I always say that once we know the rules of the table, we can choose to break the rules when we choose. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  19. Hi Katherine! OH, what a lovely table and how nice to get to visit with your friend. I love my tea with milk too! It’s the only way!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  20. Katherine, your tea party looks so pretty. Can’t believe you threw this together so quickly when your friend called. Your tea strainer is beautiful. So glad you had such a good visit with your friend.
    Thank you for linking to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

  21. Hello Sweetheart! The most important parts of a successful Tea Party are — Tea and a lovely friend to share it with!
    You had both.
    It looks like wonderful fun.
    And never apologize for a house in the middle of remodeling! it means you are working on your beloved home and making it YOURS. Guests always understand.

    Hope you are doing well…
    I also hope to stop by for tea this Tuesday — it’s been ages! But I made grape jam this weekend, so maybe I can come up with some thing yummy to share!
    Cass

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