Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A Lovely Lavender Tea Party
I just got back from a trip to Arizona to visit one of my oldest and dearest friends. The highlight of the trip? An awesome tea party with her adorable two-year-old daughter. We ladies got all dolled up for tea in the backyard. To eat we served up lavender infused goodies and more.
A history of our tea daydreaming: My best friend Poppy and I were college roommates. One summer during our college years we spent a few months in Newport, Oregon where we enjoyed the atmosphere and flavors of a quaint British-style tea shop called Tea and Tomes (does anyone know if T&T is still open?). They had the most amazing lavender scones. Fluffy, not too sweet, and laced with the perfect amount of lavender. I enjoyed mine with loads of preserves and washed it down with Earl Grey or tasty raspberry tea.
The memory of those scones has stuck with me for over eight years, so we decided to give our tea party a hit of lavender. We baked lavender scones and stirred up lavender lemonade. To round out the tea we cooked up fresh lemon curd and assembled open-faced tea sandwiches on homemade bread. You can't have a tea party without tea, so we brewed up a pot of fragrant chai tea which we splashed with almond milk.
The day before our tea party we stumbled across this adorable miniature teacup and saucer set. Though we set it out for her dolly, she fell for it immediately, sipping her lemonade with glee.
Nothing could be better on a lazy, sunny afternoon than a tea party treats, cool lavender lemonade, and good friends.