I love afternoon tea any time of the year. However, I especially like a good cup of tea, dainty sandwiches, and of course, a sweet or two, outside on a warm and calm day in the summer. Here on PEI, where we are surrounded by water, it is hard to find a day where there is not a breeze blowing. However, last Saturday was such a day when the temperatures were soaring slightly past the 30C mark with hardly a breeze! It was a good day for a summer tea under the shade of some big old trees.
My inspiration for my teascapes comes from many sources, often from the season of the year, flowers in bloom, or a particular food item that I envision on a tea table. My Old Country Rose Tea was inspired by an old rose tree we planted at the back door of the cottage 20 years ago. It blooms profusely and every year we think it may just break apart or stop blooming but each year, it produces a bountiful profusion of beautiful deep rose-colored roses. These roses are the kind that the blooms only last a day or two. Our Atlantic winters are not kind and, being so close to the Northumberland Strait, salt spray is also an element our trees, shrubs, and bushes must contend with. So, today’s teascape began with a small bouquet of roses from outside the back door.
I looked through my collection of teapots to find one that would be suitable and selected this Sadler that seems very summery.
The teacups I chose featured roses as well.
Why does tea always seem to taste better in a china cup and saucer?
Teacups are too pretty not to be used. I look for ways and opportunities to use and enjoy them rather than storing them away.
Because it was so hot, I chose to serve cool and refreshing cucumber sandwiches.
I love to decorate food with flowers….just make sure they are the edible kind!
Add cubes of melon, cheese, and some grapes.
This year, I made several bottles of Rhubarb Cordial so served some of this refreshing drink as well as Assam tea.
Naturally, there had to be something for the sweet tooth. I made another batch of my Lemon Spritz Shortbread Cookies (my April 2013 “Cookie of the Month”) because they remind me so much of summer and are so light tasting.
And, for the finale, vanilla cupcakes iced in rich buttercream icing.
Cupcakes are a simple and more informal way to serve cake at an event.
And, when it was all assembled, this is what the tiered tea tray looked like.
And, here is an overview of the tea table.
I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse into my early summer tea.
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