Rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 4:4a
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"The Lord be with you! The Lord bless you! ..." ~ Ruth 2:4 NIV
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"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." Gracie Allen
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –e.e. cummings

Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Tea at Houston Gardens

Sandi is our gracious hostess for Teatime Tuesday. Please visit the other participants for Holiday Joy!

Last Saturday I was a guest for tea at Houston Gardens in an old house on the grounds that was used as the venue for our outing. Like 100(?)years old, simple, but charming. I was too excited to remember to take a picture of the house. As we entered we were greeted in the foyer and directed to our tables.
We were seated in what probably once was the dining room. Karen's Red Hat group had about 12 members present, plus two guests. My friend is on the left, I'm next, and then a delightful mother/daughter couple. The remainder of the Red Hats were at two more tables just to the north of us. Another group of five was in the opposite corner with a sweet girl (8 years, maybe), a teenager, and three "grown-ups".
On the other side of the house the parlor was set up with more tables for more ladies. Didn't see any guys, but fondly remember a time when Wally, Sarah, and I went to tea together. He would have come along and enjoyed himself!

We were entertained by a dreamy harpist when we were quiet enough to hear her. I'm usually rather quiet, but I seemed to chat as much as everyone else! It sounded almost like the lunchroom at school, just better acoustics. Thankfully the harp was set up nearer to our area!

The menu included seven sweets with lemon curd and mock Devonshire cream and five savories. I sampled everything except the Egg Salad.

SAVORIES

SWEETS

Simple decorations
that most likely had to be removed after the last seating.
When I got back home, my spirit was so happy. It's been quite a while since I felt so thoroughly delighted. Dear friends are a treasure that I cherish each day. Thank you, Karen! And a Holiday Blessing to you, my Land of Blog friends. I would love to host a tea for all of you to let you know how I also treasure your friendship. Remember to stop back at Sandi's!

During this Season, may you experience the grace, peace, and love that was given to each of us in human form at the birth of our Savior. ♥♫

10 comments:

sarah said...

you did sound so happy on the phone. I think you should try to get out more! love you

Donna said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. The tea sounds delicious and you needed the time to do something for yourself!
Hugs,
Donna

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Marilyn...

Ohhh...and to think that I was in Greeley Saturday evening as well! I would have loved this tea party! It looks like you had the best time with good friends and tea! Mmmm...the food looked scrumptious! You know, I am not sure that I have ever heard a harpist in person...that would be lovely! I'm so glad that you had such a wonderful time, my friend! You are absolutely right...friends are such a sweet blessing!!!

I bet you are counting down the days till Christmas break! I know that by this time of the school year...I was needing a little break! Well my dear friend, have a wonderful week!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Willow said...

It looks like Everyone had a great time and Everything looks so wonderful.

Willow

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Marilyn,
I am so glad that you enjoyed yourself! I'm sure it was a happy time had by all. Your tea sounds delicious and such a nice variety too! It all looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing your outing with us today. I wish you a lovely week ahead.

Christmas Blessings,
Sandi

rosechicfriends said...

Oh What a lovely tea it looks like you had! What yummy goodies too! Thanks for sharing them with us today!

Happy Tea!
Lorena

salmagundi said...

Where is Houston house? It looks like a great place to have tea with all those wonderful treats. Hope school is going well. Sally

My Cottage Charm said...

Marilyn thanks for your sweet comments on my living room and decorations. :)
Your tea looked like it was so much fun! (and the food looks yummy!) Makes me wanna have a party!
Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas my friend. :)
Hugs
Missy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh, what a great time! The best times are with good friends and in a lovely setting!

Al said...

That sounds delicious. It also sounds like an extra hour on my Nordic Trak!