A couple of weeks ago, I received a very proper invitation to a Mother-Daughter Tea Party. The envelope was decorated in stickers shaped like little pink teapots, and it was sealed with silver sealing wax. This is the invitation:
Quite something, isn't it?
The lady organizing the tea party followed up a few days later with a preparatory quiz. The answers to all the skill-testing questions start with "tee" or "tea", or a sound-alike. Ex: A person who helps you learn is a _________.
I completed my pre-tea-party homework. (I did need a little help from Google on question 19.) I also dug my pearls out from the back of the jewellery box. I had to make at least an attempt at dressing like a lady for this event, obviously.
When we arrived at our hostess's home this afternoon, we were greeted warmly. She had obviously put a lot of thought and effort into setting the table. My favourite detail is the Precious Moments figurine offering up a tea service on a little tray. Those are mini Lindt chocolate bunnies peeping out from our specially folded pink serviettes.
Good thing I brought my completed tea quiz, because our hostess was handing out prizes for a job well done. I got to take home this twee magnet. It's around 3 inches wide.
My mother and I brought gluten-free baked goods for everyone to share, and flowers for the hostess. At the close of the afternoon, the hostess insisted that I take home all the leftover sweets. I did not protest very vigorously, and she sent her daughter into the kitchen to pack me up a bag full of cupcakes and three different kinds of cookies. I was kind of expecting that to happen.
However, she did take my mother and I by surprise by presenting each of us with a bouquet of the same pink roses that had decorated the table. As if she hadn't done enough for us already!
Thus ended our Victorian-style tea party.
My mother and I will eventually cooperate to host our own Mother-Daughter Tea, but I tells ya, the bar has been set very high. This tea party was a tough act to follow.