Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Book Lovers Tea for ATAA Members

Greetings one and all!
I am your hostess, Heather, bringing you our final June tea for Team Darjeeling.

Last week, Tilly TARDIS and I prepared our invitations to send out to the ATAA members who had agreed to attend our Book Lovers Tea.
But, before I get to that, let me remind everyone (in case ya missed it) what a TARDIS is.  TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimensions in Space.  Dr. Who is a BBC tv series, and his spaceship is hidden in plain site as an old-fashioned police box (but, it's bigger on the inside).  You can click here for more details.
Ok, back to the invites!  Since it is a book lovers tea, I decided to design my invitations to look like little books.
CLICK here to order these note cards
 (box of 20, each one different!)

I used blank note cards I already owned, and stapled in blank papers.  I also added a title, and author (that's me!) with a calligraphy pen.

Forward: This is the tale of the adventures of Tilly TARDIS and a Book Lovers Tea.  An opportunity for tea sisters from the group Afternoon Tea Across America to come together and fellowship, sharing their recipes and tea books, while brewing new friendships.
Ch. 1 The Date, Ch. 2 The Time, etc. etc.

Ch. 6 - 9

Music to greet the guests at the door (thank you to whomever posted this selection on the FB group page. I LOVE it!)

The lovely guests who traveled 
from far and wide through
time and space to be here.

Tea Music playing in 
our tea room.  Antonio Vivaldi 
6 hours on this YouTube link

The Tea Table

Last minute inspiration struck
this morning & I hung miniature 
tea books from the chandelier :)


A candle 

& more tea music

in the powder room

The Art of Tea

my #1 rule/tip for any party:
deep clean your bathroom
the day before, and give it a quick wipe down again
after you finish getting ready
the day of.  Your
guests will appreciate it! 
However, if you have a yucky
bathroom, your guests will remember. ;)

Here are our 3 teapots.  Tilly
is front and center.  For
inquiring minds, she holds 
approx. 24oz comfortably. 

For Lady Heather

For Lady Bonnie

For Lady Juanita

For Lady Kay

For Lady Mary

Napkin & flatware
tucked inside a paper doily, sealed with a sticker.
Thank you Pinterest!

And nooooooow, the FOOD!

Lady Mary & Lady Kay (twin sisters btw), brought orange dreamsicle fairy cakes, chicken salad sandwiches, and pastel ribbon sandwiches, thoughtfully placed
on a tiered stand.

Here is the recipe for the unique and 
tasty chicken salad sandwiches.  The ladies kindly brought the book!

I did not get
the ribbon sandwich
recipe, but hopefully one of them can post it to the FB page :)

Lady Juanita brought this scrumptious
crustless quiche featuring 
ham, spinach and artichoke heart spread.  
Why, yes, it was amazing!

She also blessed us with chocolate chip walnut drop cookies, white chocolate orange zest cookies, and I think baklava (sorry, I forget...but it was delish!).  
And isn't her plate gorgeous too?

Lady Bonnie prepared baked havarti cheese & dill croissants.  What's that? Oh, YES.  I will be
needing to diet for the entire month of July!
But, wait.  There's more!
She also brought this darling little cake in purple and lavender.  EEEEEK! 
My favorite colors!
Oh, pardon me... minor burst of excitement.
In the background are some of the books we
discussed.  The one on the far right is a Shutterfly book I designed featuring 2 of my daycare Littles posing with tea & featuring many favorite tea quotes.  The center book matches the invitation note cards and is available on Amazon.  The one on the left was gifted to me by Mary & Kay :)
We spoke about other books, and 
recipe tips as well.

I made: Blueberry Scones 
(Sticky Fingers brand)

Served with "The Works"!  I learned this from a former So Cal tea room, La Tea Da, long since closed, but still living on in the hearts of many .
You slice your scone horizontally, top with fresh fruits, and drizzle with creme fraiche (pronounced crem fresh).
Below is my customized recipe (it's good on waffles too!)
This recipe can easily be halved for small groups
such as we had today.

Speaking of La Tea Da; we reminisced of past tea rooms we had been to: Frills, Buttercup Cottage, etc.  And we made tentative plans to get together again and travel to ones we'd like to visit (click name to see their page): The Queen Mary Tea Room, The Tea House on Los Rios, Marlene's Tea & Cakes, and more, not to mention each others homes.  We can't wait!  BTW in Southern California, regarding travel time, we say "Only an hour away.",  such as the distance from the twins house to mine.  Whereas other states might say.  It was AN HOUR away!   Hee-hee.  Perspective.

One of the books Kay brought was this charming tale of Abigail complete with stuffed, talking bunny, tea blanket and plush tea-wares.  PS: She kicked off her vacation with today's tea! Woo-hoo!!!

Besides books to share (and give!), Juanita brought this lovely demitasse cup and saucer she recently found.  Notice how the saucer has been repaired at the bottom of the photo (glue and staples).  She shared about a recent surgery, and how this sweet little set (she found at Goodwill for under $2), really spoke to her heart, reminding her no matter how broken a person is God can make her useful again.  Isn't that lovely?  We were all touched, and other ladies shared about their own medical testimonies. 

The Favors:

Each lady received a bookmark,
with her name on it 
(doubling as a placecard), 
which I wrote in calligraphy.
It features the name
Blue Jeans
and Teacups, 
which is the name of my blog.
I choose this name because years
ago, when I was first
introduced to tea, I had
the misconception that
ladies needed to dress to the
nines to enjoy tea.
I would think rude thoughts 
in my head when "un-educated" guests came to my home in jeans.  Whatever were they thinking?
Well, God did a work in my heart, and I learned, it's not about the clothes or how fancy the party is.  It's about the fellowship, and the friendships that are cultivated by being real and being open, and being gracious.  These days, I want everyone to feel comfortable, and I don't mind it for myself either! :)

Juanita handmade these angel earrings for me.

She also gave me these tea samples.  Mary made the little cards with teapot bookmark charms, wrapped in tea gift wrap & also brought tea samples.

Kay brought me this teeny ornament!

The sisters also brought little porcelain treasure boxes for us.

Bonnie brought me this beautiful floral porcelain bag.  She suggested I use it for my sponge in the kitchen! How clever.

Sadly, Lady Sylvia was not able to join us at the last minute as she was busy being a faithful servant of the Lord, and caring for an elderly couple; the parents of a close friend.  Sylvia, you were missed, but we do plan to have you join us next time!

I am so warmed to have had the opportunity to host the traveling teapot.  I have made many new friends, and look forward to future memory making opportunities!  Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart.  And thank you LaDonna and Rain for facilitating.

For now, the TARDIS is on her way to St. Louis, MO.  I can not wait to see what Mary Guth will name her for the month of July, and what adventures await!

Thank you for joining me dear friends.
I pray you have a lovely rest of your weekend and look forward to your tea time posts on the group FB page.
God bless you. Hugs and a cup of tea!
~Heather Elizabeth for Team Darjeeling


  1. Such a fantastic way to end the month - sharing tea time among friends - and such sharing there was! Outstanding!

    1. Thank you Rosemary. It was wonderful meeting these ladies and all the rest of the traveling teapot adventures! Now, I think I need a month off! :)

  2. I enjoyed each aspect of this post. What a delightful afternoon. It warms my heart that ATAA members are able to get together via the assistance of our lovely ATAA teapots. Everything looked delightful! Invitations, table setting, decorations, gifts, and the yummy food! Thank you so much for sharing, Heather!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it. I am a detailed writer, but I want people to really feel the whole thing, like they were right there with us. Goooood nighty night. :)

  3. You certainly do make the reader feel like she is right there with you!! I have so enjoyed all your posts and reading about the activities. All the food has looked so awesome!! How fun you all plan to stay in touch and do many more teas!!

    1. Good morning Gwen! Decided to pop back over and check for any updates :) How kind your words are. I always wonder if I am too wordy, but for those who really do enjoy a virtual tea, I want to grasp every detail and share it with them. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Hugs, Heather

  4. Nicely done in every way !!
    Rochelle, ATAA

  5. Heather, what a TEA-lightful post. I felt like I was right there with all of you. It is so wonderful to fellowship with our fellow ATAA members. Lovely tea and the food looked so yummmy!

    1. Rose,
      So glad you felt that way and joined us virtually. ~Heather

  6. i think this is amazing detailed and fabulous!

  7. THAT WAS AWESOME ! (Yes, all caps and yelling) Thank you for posting such a lovely memory for everyone and each other. I think its about 2 hrs from me to you.. wished I could have gone, but have my teas too, is always hard to get away..... Thank you. Many Blessings to you all.

    1. heehee. You made me smile so BIG! God bless your day and all your teas yet to come! :) ~Heather

  8. I have come to your blog via 'A Little Fur In the Paint' blog. And I am so glad I did! This was such a delightful tea to see all of the goodies and lovely things to eat, and the recipes. I will have to come back and write down the recipes. You ladies must have had one of the most enjoyable times of your life.
    Teresa in California
    I am participating in the Mad Tea Party event with 'A Fanciful Twist'. You are welcome to stop by!

  9. Somehow I ended up here, which really isn't surprising, because anything can happen when you are crazy mad! All I have to say is, "Long live the Tardis!" I have to find me one of those tea pots! (Hope you don't mind I ate a bunch of food.)

  10. So lovely I really enjoyed my visit.. I loved everything all the food looks wonderful.. wish I had more of the recipes.. but thank you for sharing the ones that you did.. with love Janice

  11. I love your tea party ! You're so creative. I was just telling my husband about the creative women I find on tea-time blogs and here I am reading another one. Tilly Tardis, love it, love her !

  12. What a cute tea party. Thanks for letting us tag along.
    Sips and Smiles,

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  14. Is there anything better than getting a hand crafted invite to tea? And then to see the gorgeous teacups and the food selection, my goodness! The TARDIS must be in it's glory.

    1. Hello Elaine. You posted this ON my son's 17th birthday - smile. I'm glad you enjoyed the post!
      Hugs and a cup of tea,

    2. Hello Elaine. You posted this ON my son's 17th birthday - smile. I'm glad you enjoyed the post!
      Hugs and a cup of tea,

  15. just found this post, so nice and I love the blue jeans and tea concept

    1. Thank you Small Town. So glad you dropped in. Since this is a group blog, I do not get notifications on posts, but I'm glad you found your way here. Are you part of our group FB page? If not, please feel free to check us out: Afternoon Tea Across America - we are nearly 400 strong with tea lovers from all over the world :-)

  16. oooh what a fun post, what wonderful ideas... amazing