I saw on the telly the hundreds (probably thousands) of "Royal Wedding" parties going on across the country on Friday...I knew of two just in my neck of the woods...one I was invited to and one I was not (?!?) but I planned to spend the morning watching the grand event with the girl, eating crumpets and sipping tea...well, you know what they say about the best laid plans...and one thing led to another and at the last minute I was hosting my own high tea, only I called it Quilt Group!
Since it was truly last minute, I didn't have time to round up any British paraphernalia...I did make a mad dash to the The British Pantry in Redmond, hoping to find something...and what I found was a tiny shop crammed with other ladies looking for something, too! (I didn't buy the Kate and William Tea Towel for $20 or the British tin for $50, I actually left empty-handed!) Oh well, I made do and when the ladies arrived in high style, with their fabulous quilts (those pics will be posted tomorrow), the party was off and running! They even wore pearls, gloves and Fascinators! However, theirs were nothing like Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice's Fascinators - which were hilarious!! I meant to get a photo of the group in all their finery, but I was too busy getting all the food on the table and straightening my tiara and forgot! Along with tea, we had a delicious array of special High Tea delectables, starting with a fresh, homemade batch of Orange Marmalade Jam, said to be the Queen's favorite and Paddington Bear's favorite, too! Surely you know Paddington traveled all the way from Darkest Peru just to eat marmalade jam with the Queen!
(Cindy! Notice the runner? I love it!) We also dined on Cucumber and Cheese finger sandwiches, Raisin-Pecan-Cheese finger sandwiches, Spinach Tarts With Orange Cream Glaze and my Spicy Brunch Cups...but that's not all!
We had Mediterranean Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes, Fresh Strawberries with Lime Curd and sweetened Marscapone Cheese, Feta and Roasted Sun-dried Tomato Spanakopita, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana- Chocolate Tarts and last but not least...Crumpets! I'm probably forgetting something - we certainly had a spread! Thanks to Lori and Ardith for their help! Recipes for the dishes not high-lighted will be up soon - they're all keepers and you're going to want them...promise!
It was a wonderful day spent with great women/great friends! We were all so happy the fairy-tale wedding went as planned and truly hope the new Duke and Duchess live happily ever after!