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Yesterday, someone asked me if I had "captured any moments"? Vague question - but YES! was my answer.
I was at a long awaited family event, what I'll call, a Celebrating Tea Party - with my mom, her three sisters and as many of the girl cousins that could come. Even the gals married into the family were invited. About 22 of us in all. It was a wonderful day.
Each sister and her respected family were in charge of a portion of this four-course meal. My mother's oldest sister Janice and her gals were in charge of the appetizer (oops, no photo)and of course the setting was held in my Aunt's home. It was very nice.
My Aunt Sara and her gals were in charge of the soup and salad. This was a delicious selection of two different kinds of soup. Garden Chowder and a Butternut Squash Bisque. The Salad was beautifully put together with mixed greens, feta cheese, dried cherries, walnuts and a drizzle of poppy seed dressing.
Next up was the main course - prepared and served by my Aunt Eunice and her gals.
I regret I didn't get a photo of the main course. How silly of me! But as each course was finished the "gang" would all disappear to visit in the other room or wherever until the next Sister and her gals were ready with their "menu". Waiting approximately a 10-20 minute window. Basically - we needed to give each other our space and elbow room.
Each "family" was to bring all of their dishes needed, serving utensils, and if you were serving tea or coffee - those things needed, napkins...etc. So, basically each time we all came back to the table it was a "fresh look" at our place setting. We would share what each one brought, with it's description (so we would know what we were eating) and perhaps the basic recipe.
The main course was elaborate in that we were served a lovely variety of food...
Bacon wrapped green beans
Small fan-cut baked potato with chives and cheese
Breaded (in crushed seseme crackers) boneless chicken breast
Steamed shrimp with cocktail sauce
Each gal was to supply her own Tea Cup and Saucer - for the event. When we arrived we were to sit it down randomly at the table so as to be our "name tag" but to encourage mingling. Does that make sense? We weren't necessarily to sit with/beside our own mom and sister's.
So, my mom and sister's were in charge of the dessert portion of the Tea Party. We served decadent dessert as best we could. (See above photo) Again, I failed to get all of the details in photos.
Coffee and Tea
Homemade Chocolate, Pecan and Coffee Biscotti
Lemon-glazed Shortbread cookies (that simply melted in your mouth)
Warm glazed Apple Tarts
White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries and Cream
One thing that was nice with all the time in between courses - we were actually hungry for the next course and especially for dessert and it could actually be enjoyed. At least, that's what we were told.I can't even tell you the varied rounds of conversation that ensued... the peals of laughter... the tears... the stories shared...the memories. It was really a fun day - had by all.
This next photo is of my Mother and her sister's.
My mother, Rhoda, is the youngest, she is the one standing. Circling around the photo seated next to her is my Aunt Sara. The next oldest sister, my Aunt Eunice, is sitting in front of her and the oldest sister, seated on the left is my Aunt Janice. I was born on my Aunt Janice's 30th birthday - so there is a special connection there. ;)
Here are the girl cousins. Not near all of us could be here for this Celebration of Tea. And, even for this photo a couple of the cousins had already left early - due to other commitments.
It was a long but delicious sort of day...