Monday, June 1, 2015

Team Darjeeling - June - ATAA meetup

Well friends, you better grab a whole pot for this blog post, because the photos are extensive and amazing!  I have been DYING to share this post with you all because I don't officially host the Traveling TARDIS Teapot, until June.  However, I happen to own my own, and when I found out one of the ATAA members was visiting CA from TX, I inquired if she would be interested in meeting for tea while she was here, which she was.  (Yay! Happy dance!!).
Sylvia, Juanita, Brenda, Heather
I also threw it out to the rest of the group and 2 more members were able to join.  In the midst of trying to get a reservation, Juanita offered up her home as an alternative.  I am soooo thankful we all said yes, because her home is basically an homage to tea!  Sylvia (who I knew many years ago, and reconnected with through ATAA FB page) and I were able to carpool and get reacquainted. We all arrived at about 11:00 and I had made these teabag signs for our event.  We were first greeted by her front street little library.

As we rounded the corner of the driveway, there was no doubt we were in the right place. 

And walking into the yard, we were in awe at all the treasures!

See that scripture on the right?  I had texted that along with a prayer to all the ladies first thing that morning to start our day.  More on that to come.

Tea and books.  Perfection Mr. Rabbit!
And now it was time to enter through the pretty door.

But, we didn't get very far, as wonderful tea things greeted us from every corner.


Hutches on 1 side of the dining room


Hutches on another side of the dining room
 We finally made our way to the kitchen where we were all able to do final preparations for the foods we brought.
Sorry Juanita is a little blurry here, but we were in full action mode
getting ready to share!
If you have never thought to have guests bring a dish or two, I highly recommend it!  I often do so with my friends and it takes so much of the pressure off.  Plus it allows guests to share their creativity!  It's so much fun!!

Juanita made us these 2 amazing crustless quiches.
Brenda picked up a box of fresh greens, green apple and strawberries with a raspberry pomegranate dressing.  I brought mandarin oranges and candied pecans.  We left it 'build-your-own' style so people could customize.  I loved it!
Brenda also made strawberry soup, and brought french macaroons from Paris in a Cup Tearoom.  Click here for soup recipe
You may recognize the darling Noritake demitasse cups/saucers from our FB page, that Brenda bought while on vacation here.  They were perfect for the strawberry soup.

I created a new recipe - Curry Chicken and Fig Pinwheels. While the ladies were apprehensive, all stated they loved it! (Hooray!)  Click here for my recipe. And I made cucumber and dill sandwiches pictured here.  Sylvia provided the striped ham sandwiches.  Click here for that recipe.

I brought these refreshing little strawberry cucumber tea sandwiches.  Click here for recipe, and the Little Debbie butterfly cakes, which in all honesty tasted like a ho-ho ;) Juanita provided the delicious cream puffs.
Juanita also blessed us with not one, but two types of scones and 2 homemade creams.  These are the raspberry, white chocolate.  Her cream has a greek yogurt base.  

These are the chocolate, chocolate chip and yes, she made those darling napkins.

She also provided
jam in this lovely cup
I believe it
was blackberry.

Cherries, tiny roses from the garden, wee tea gifts (see our scripture on the tag?) and lovelies. 

There was a fresh sprig of lavender on our plates which Juanita instructed us to crush between our hands, and inhale the calming fragrance.  She then blessed the food, and we started our tea time.

Notice our scripture once again?

2 types of tea were provided, but we were told we were welcomed to try anything in her vast assortment.
Canisters of Tea

3 drawers of teas!
(And there's more to boot! - Whoo Hoo!)

Oh look, there's the TARDIS!  I filled her with peonies, which I later left for Juanita as a hostess gift.
Do you take hostess gifts?  I always do.  I think there is great charm in old fashioned customs like this.  Brenda brought Juanita a candle in a cup and saucer and Sylvia brought her a cute quilt and button themed cup and saucer and some patterns.
Brenda and me (Heather)
These were our place-mats.  You can order them from Grandma Rae by clicking here.

Sylvia brought us these beautiful scrapbooks and teaspoons.

My gifts for the ladies.

Juanita invited us to choose anything we liked from this selection and gave us gift bags to fill! Now isn't she a generous hostess.

Juanita's crafts.
Classic novels as earrings.

tea fabrics
She decorated a box of tea with tea stickers! Oh, yes she did!

Her kitchen window

Refill your cups.  

We're heading out back!

The hummingbirds were amazing.

Oh, just some of her potting shed teawares? What?!

The covered patio with fairy lights and tea fun!

One of the dining areas.  

Down a little path, 

are some more treasures.

Then the yard opens up to this lovely area.  The tortoise lives in there.
There are bird houses galore & a swing for kids of all ages.

There are decorated sheds  and more toys.

Plus hidden gems around every corner.

These are the amazing raised flower beds Juanita's husband built.  No bending required here folks!  They feature miniature roses, tomatoes and more!
See what a lovely overcast day we had? Perfect tea weather.
MANY demitasse cups hanging above the miniature roses.

I think fairies should live in here. Don't you?

Our tour is nearly through.
Mr. Z arrives to pick up his wife, Brenda.  Mr. S. gives him the grand tour while we clean up.

Mr. S and Mr. Z
It's been an amazing 3 1/2 hours.  Yes, really!  And we won't soon forget the many blessings we shared and the new friends we made.  We are already looking forward to doing it again!
Above Juanita's kitchen sink faucet.

I truly hope you THOROUGHLY enjoyed your time, and felt the magic of our experience.  We are all so grateful to be a part of Afternoon Tea Across America.  God bless you one and all!
Until next time, hugs and a cup of tea.
~Heather Elizabeth

I will also be sharing this amazing adventure on my own blog:

Ps: My appologies for some weird spacing.
Blogger sometimes is finicky, even though 
the layout appears normal when I create it!


  1. Heather, What an amazing tea time to kick off June. I am overwhelmed by teacups and tea in this lovely home. So fun to see it all.

  2. Wow! Simply, Wow! What an amazing afternoon - and such a special gathering of tea time friends in the ultimate tea time setting!

  3. This was a lovely celebration of new and old friendships!

  4. What a wonderful hostess Juanita is! What an amazing tea lover's home!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful tea party with us!

  5. What a fun time! It is so obviously that tea is a much loved tradition in this home. I'm so happy that the four of you could meet over tea. It looks like the beginning of lasting friendships to me.

  6. Heather, I so enjoyed your post of the tea party. It is always great to be able to share tea with our ATAA friends. Lovely home and all the food looks so delicious--going to try some of the recipes.

  7. Oh my, this was just awesome! Wish I could have been part of the celebration!

  8. Wow! Juanita has more teacup stock then most tea rooms I've been in - including my own. Looks like you all had an amazing time with lots of yummy goodies!!

  9. Wow! Simply Wow! How lucky that you were all able to get together for this fun afternoon adventure. What an amazing collection both inside and outside!

  10. WOW!!! Wonderful post, wonderful time was shared by all! Wish I could have been there!!

  11. Looks like a great time. Nice you could all get together.

    Yes, I always bring a hostess gift to teas I attend. It's half the fun!


  13. How special that you four could meet and have such a delightful tea time, Heather. The Tardis pot is having quite the adventure and it is fun to share in it virtually.

  14. Absolutely loved reading this post and seeing all the photos! It was like candy for the eyes seeing all the teacups and teapots inside and outside! Plus the tea in the drawers! Amazing food and was so happy the four of you were able to get together. Thank you for the great post!

  15. What a friendly, fun filled day.
    Sips and Smiles,

  16. What a friendly, fun filled day.
    Sips and Smiles,

  17. What a happy place! Blessings!