Hosting a Tea for the 3rd year in a row was a little tricky. We had guests who had attended the Tea the previous two years. We also had first time guests.  I wanted the food to be special. However, there were favorites from the past that we just had to include: the Chicken Salad, the Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam, and the Melt-Away Mints.

(You can see our plates from years past here, here, here, here, and here.)

Below is our Tea Party Menu for 2015.

Tea menu

I am sorry to say that I don’t have many “in progress” pictures. Quite frankly, with my poison ivy, I was a little behind schedule in my prep work. There wasn’t a lot of time for photography. Luckily, my husband took great pictures at the Tea!

savory plates

The Chicken Salad was very easy–ha! Someone else made it! Since we have had it every year, I have tried to present it differently each year–in a puff pastry, on an apple slice and now on a croissant. I’m open to suggestions for next year!

savory plate

That lovely little triangle Ribbon Sandwich was a HUGE hit! I was surprised. The Grits Crostini had people begging for more!

Of course, the Scones plate is the overall favorite.

scones

It wouldn’t be a Tea without sensational desserts!

dessert plates

You may have seen my Teapot Cookies when I posted them on Facebook. I dream of being able to decorate fancy cookies. This was my first public attempt. Is that brave or stupid?! They turned out pretty cute, I think.

One of our members made all the Melt-Away Mints. I LOVE those things!!!

The Tiramisu was donated by the Olive Garden-THANK YOU! I cut a regular sized portion into fourths for the perfect sized sample.

Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting were made a little fancier with the addition of a candied carrot curl. I had seen a how-to for the carrot curls on Pinterest. Not quite as easy as you might think!

The Salted Chocolate Tart with Kettle Chip Crust (of all things!)  was originally supposed to be a salted caramel and chocolate tart. When testing the caramel, I burned it. I don’t mean that it got a little scorched. I mean it was BLACK-all of it! I thought I was going to have to throw away my pan! Oh, the house stank! I figured I didn’t want to have the stress of trying to make it successfully for 100 little caramel tarts. The chocolate was a great alternative. I used flaked salt as a garnish. That was pretty exciting, well, to me. I felt all fancy and chef-y.

The Blackberry Lime Bars were a twist on Lemon Bars we have had in the past. I almost went with Lemon Bars again because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!! I decided to branch out a little. The extra expense of the blackberry and lime wedge on top made for a little more tea party glamor!

dessert plate

I was able to make most of the goodies in advance and freeze them-even the teapot cookie! Of course, nothing else would fit in my freezer for weeks.

teapots

Of course we had tea!

English Breakfast Tea

I would have never made it without my kitchen helpers.

tea ladies

Danielle and Kaye did a great job with the making and distributing of the tea. (I don’t know about that crazy person in the background!)

me and my girls

Oh, wait, she’s mine! My girls were a huge help in the kitchen. They are used to the way I boss them around already, so we worked well together. ; )

me and Cathy

My friend, Cathy, was my right-hand-gal! She is used to telling people what to do on her farm. She is a get-it-done type of gal, and I love working with her!

me and mom

Of course, Mom was there to do whatever needed to be done! ( I can tell this picture was taken at the end of the day. I have that “is it over yet” look on my face!)

Have you ever hosted a tea party? What did you serve? I mean besides when you were 6 years old and served air!

The Sweet Adeline group I sing with, Top of the Rock Chorus, recently had a fundraiser event. Wanting to do something different, we decided to have a Tea at the historic Harper-Alexander House.

Harper Alexander House

Everything was just lovely! The weather even cooperated. It was sunny and the temperature was in the low to mid 70s.

Porch exterior

I’ll give you a little pictorial tour of the house. Be sure and follow the link above to learn more of what goes on at the Harper-Alexander House.

Beautiful pressed tin ceilings….

Ceiling Tiles

…and wide winding staircases were typical of homes built in the early 1900s.

Uptairs looking down

Meet some of the Harpers.

The Harpers

Beautiful details were at every turn.

Lamp Details

vintage Hershey's Cocoa tin

Roses in water

Tea Tray

Decorated Mantle

Every table was eloquently arranged.

Living Room Low table

Living Room,

Porch

Porch table

table for two

table for two centerpiece

table for two china

yellow room

Blue Room full table

Blue Room

Blue Room Table

Big Room 1

Big Room 2

downstairs bedroom

Front Room side table

Front room

Front Window Table

Bride's room

As guests arrived, handsome gentlemen escorted them to their tables.

Greeting at the door

ushers

Of course there was some singing. That is what we do best!

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock singing

While folks enjoyed their tea and treats, some members of the chorus acted as fashion models. Fashions were provided by Chico’s in Little Rock and Fashion Corner in North Little Rock. (Unfortunately, we were all so busy serving and so taken with the food and surroundings we didn’t get pictures of the models. If some turn up somewhere, I’ll be sure to add them here.)

And, of course, there was food…

Savory Tea Plate 1

and food

scones with clotted cream and jam

…and more food!

dessert plate 2

Watch for more to come about the food.

It was a wonderful day!

Top of the Rock partnered with P.A.T.H. and His Kaleidoscope Ministry for this event. Being able to share with these groups made the day that much more special.

Top of the Rock would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to Walmart, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Atwoods, and Bonnie Plants for making our event possible.