I had the most wonderful day this past Saturday. Our United Methodist Women sponsored high tea at the church for the ladies. And several men along with a teen daughter came to serve us. Such a nice treat! I thought I'd share the photos that I took (lots!). We used china that several of the women brought. So fun to hear stories of the dishes and teapots!
First, our table. Below is a photo of me (on the right) with two of the ladies.
These (below) are the dishes at our table. They belonged to the mother of one of the women I sat with.
The teapots full of hot water. They must've refilled them dozens of times!
Our first course, cucumber sandwiches and raisin bread with cream cheese sandwiches.
The gorgeous centerpieces were made by two of the women, mostly from flowers out of their yards.
Many wore hats!
Each table had honey, lemon, varieties of teabags, cream, sugar, clotted cream and homemade jam.
Our wonderful servers at work.
One of my favorite teapots.
Some amazing pastries made by volunteers. Not pictured were scones and biscuits as well as egg salad and ham salad sandwiches.
We recognized the servers at the end of the afternoon to thank them. They were wonderful (and probably worn out!).
I took this last shot right before I left. I wish I had used my flash to show the detail. It was made of gorgeous plum colored feathers that had been swirled into this stunning hat. The young woman wearing it said it had belonged to her great-great-aunt, who had made the hat herself. And the young woman's grandmother told her that the great-great-aunt had been a model for Coco Chanel in France! An amazing piece of history.
We had a lovely day. I'm so glad I went. I have a feeling it'll become an annual event, because everyone raved about how much they enjoyed the day.
I left absolutely stuffed, yet full also on fellowship and friendship.