Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pink Tea of Roses

Welcome friends for tea this week.  Fellow Canadian blogger Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage is celebrating her 4th anniversary of tea gatherings.  This is where it all began for me and I am grateful to Sandi for hosting and to all the friends I've met.
Although I don't have flowers on the table for my luncheon because there wasn't room, I found a bouquet in my archives of pink roses and calla lilies.  I know how much Sandi likes her pink roses, especially on fine china, so these are for you my friend - congratulations on four years of bringing women together over tea.
Last week I showed a loaf of Tramezzini bread I purchased for a luncheon.  The package contained five long slices and I made egg salad finger sandwiches, orange cream cheese with cranberry squares, and that left one piece.  I decided to make rolled peanut butter and banana, an old fashioned favourite.
A few slices of fruitcake with grapes and cherries were our sweet selection.
For my friend, Royal Albert 'Pink Brocade'.
I used Paragon 'Victoriana Rose', and of course my 'Lavender Rose' teapot shared many times.  My friend chose Earl Grey Vanilla tea, kept hot with the tea warmer under the teapot.
Lunch began with a bowl of homemade cauliflower lentil soup and then we had the sandwiches and tea.  My friend loved all the special attention I gave to our lunch and before we knew it, an hour of leisurely conversation had passed.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you'll join my hosts and their guests for tea.
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40 comments:

  1. That looks like a wonderful tea! The sandwiches turned out beautifully with the new bread. Were you happy with it? I love the pretty china as well. Perfect! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  2. Oh, Judith - what a lovely tea time you made for you both. Everything is so pretty and delicious.

    What gorgeous china!

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  3. Lunch and tea with a friend on a winter afternoon is a grand treat. I can imagine the chat and the satisfaction that only comes with that first sip of really good tea.

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  4. I do love a posh afternoon tea - must be the British in me, if not the lady!! Your Afternoon Tea looks a delight. I love the fine china, amazing food and it seems you had wonderful company.
    Shame I'm not closer I'd ask for an invite!
    Have a happy week
    Wren x

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  5. Sounds like a lovely lunch Judith. Valerie

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  6. Judith, it looks like a lovely tea! Very pretty tea set and the lunch looks delicious! Have a happy day!

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  7. Judith, what a pretty table, I am sure it was wonderful. The pink roses are beautiful, and the food,yum!

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  8. Good morning Judith,
    What a lovely tea table you have set for your friend! I love your choice of china and the bouquet you featured for me is simply gorgeous! I almost made peanut butter and banana rollups myself but ran out of time. I am so happy I started this tea party four years ago. It has brought new friendships like yourself my way and it's been fabulous getting to know you! Thank you for your kind words and have a lovely day, my friend.

    Blessings & hugs,
    Sandi

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  9. No wonder your friend was pleased, you planned a delicious lunch and presented it beautifully.

    The cauliflower lentil soup sounds rather good! I'll have to check you recipe link to see if it's tucked in there.

    -Karen

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  10. Beautiful dishes! I'd love to have this set-up and invite friends over to watch Downton Abbey.

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  11. Some of my favourite sandwiches. I'm sure it was a delicious lunch.

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  12. Some of my favourite sandwiches. I'm sure it was a delicious lunch.

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  13. Hi Judith. That looks and sounds wonderful! Your lunch and sandwiches sound devine.

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  14. What a delicious tea time! I am especially smitten with the idea of *rolled* peanut butter and banana sandwiches! That would be great for adults as well as kids!

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  15. What a lovely table and your tea food items are just wonderful! Lovely cups and saucers too.

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  16. It looks so lovely Judith. There's nothing like tea time with old or new friends. I wonder what the recipe is for the soup!

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  17. I haven't been able to comment for a week now! Just googled it and found out Google Chrome messed everyone up and Firefox was suggested! Yes, now I can comment!
    I love the flowers - those purple callas are fabulous - of course.
    What a fun tea and your sandwiches are so beautiful. I plan on doing a tea with my granddaughters. We always made the peanut butter and banana growing up but I have never seen them rolled - perfect for a tea - it makes them so elegant!

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  18. Hi Judith, what a nice lunch you prepared. Sounds like you and your friend had a great time, and you ate well too. I adore the Lavender Rose pattern - so pretty. Perfect for the lady who lives at Lavender Cottage! :) Your teacups are both pretty too, and the cauliflower lentil soup sounds delicious. Have a great week, Judith.
    Hugs, Beth

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  19. Judith, your luncheon sounds delicious. I went to a reception last week where peanut butter and jelly triangles were served. What fun! I'd love the peanut butter and banana. Although the orange cream cheese with cranberry has my mouth watering! Beautiful flowers -- love the calla lilies. Happy Tea Day!

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  20. Your luncheon looks lovely. And such a pretty tea cup. I don't think I had seen that design before.

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  21. Hello Judith, your table is lovely . . . wish I was there :)
    Come visit and put your name in the hat for my latest Give-A-Way :)
    Your blogging sister, Connie

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  22. What a beautiful to to help Sandi celebrate today, Judith. Yes, I've met so many wonderful friends through her blog, too. xo

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  23. Judith I love this tea and all the pink. Yummy food and wonderful company...a perfect tea!!

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  24. Looks and sounds like a lovely tea/lunch. The orange cream cheese and cranberry sounds yummy. Love that beautiful bouquet too, even if it is from the archives!

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  25. You always host the prettiest tea parties!

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  26. Hi Judith,
    How lovely and everything looks so yummy! A am sure luncheon was a big hit!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  27. Hi Judith: Your tea cups are so beautiful. My favorite is the first one. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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  28. You sure put on a wonderful display for food Judith. Always looks so wonderful.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  29. Wow, looks so yummy. Glad you had a lovely visit with a close friend. Take care and stay warm this frigid day.

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  30. How fortunate your friend is to be invited to such a lovely tea/lunch! In fact, how fortunate we are to share the beautiful pictures (and menu ideas).

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  31. Judith your tea is lovely. I like the peanut butter and banana sandwiches! The kids would like that.
    Sherry

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  32. Wonderful "Pink Tea of Roses" post, Judith! I must look for that Tramezzini bread in Michigan. If I find it I'll be sure to let you know. Your china teapot and teacups are gorgeous. ~ Phyllis

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  33. Lovely, Judith! The Victoriana Rose is so beautiful - very like Lavender Rose which is a favorite pattern of mine, too. Your tea sandwiches look amazing - but I'd do Almond Butter instead of Peanut-butter. Yum! ALso - enjoyed your birding adventures with your Cooper Hawk and all your little fellows flying away. Poor things . . .
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  34. Your tea looks so elegant and wonderful. Your guests must feel so special and loved.

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  35. What a lovely tea. I especially like the Victoriana Rose . Your lunch sounds delicious , but even better, the time spent with a friend enjoying tea and conversation. Always best accompanied with good food !

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  36. Hi Judith, What a beautiful setting you created to share tea and celebrate Sandi's 4th year of blogging and teatimes. Everything is gorgeous on your table and the peanut butter with banana finger sandwiches are a favorite combo.
    Love your Victoriana Rose.

    Hugs

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  37. What a cozy tea, everything looks lovely and inviting. Have a blessed week!

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  38. Your tea looks beautiful and delicious, Judith - love the rose covered teacup! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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