Did everyone catch episode one, season five of
DOWNTON ABBEY on Sunday?
Which brings to mind that I haven't shared with you
my birthday tea experience!
Way back in autumn I told you all I was going to spend
my birthday weekend with my best friends,
my "tea sisters" in Indiana.
I have known these special ladies for years
and we get together all through the year.
We always have such fun together......
and it is nearly always with tea as our theme!
Well, I am finally getting around to sharing with you
our fun outing to a new tea house in Carmel, Indiana
They really do a remarkable job with afternoon tea time!
The owner Tina is from England, as is her entire staff .
Tina also caters, gives etiquette classes and teaches
about tea and Downton Abbey!
I bought a lovely book from her boutique
about Downton Abbey, too.
(She has just returned from visiting Highclere Castle)
which is the real "home" that the show calls Downton Abbey.
Every morsel was absolutely delicious-
All made from scratch, all beautifully presented.
I cannot WAIT to go back again!
They had such a nice large selection of teas from which to choose,
it was difficult to decide upon!
And the tea was perfectly brewed.
My most favorite thing I tasted that day
was Tina's homemade lavender jelly.
See it next to the berry jelly in the little clear ramekin bowl?
It was so good I bought a large jar of it to have with my tea at home.
Tina has most all her homemade goods for sale!
I haven't opened my jar of lavender jelly yet,
may just may save it for my next tea party.
I am afraid that if I were to open it now
I won't have any left when next I have a tea party!
These pictures were all taken by my friend Mary.
I am afraid I forgot to bring my camera that day!
My friend Dawn chose lemon curd (her fav)
instead of the lavender jelly.
Doilies, cozies, real flowers, real vintage china,
lace linens - they had it all.
One of the servers insisted on bringing out a basket full of hats
to choose to wear.
We had planned on shopping
that day so didn't go all out as we are sometimes known to do.
The lighting was gorgeous -
just look at this beautiful crystal chandy!
And how perfect is a pretty
teapot and teacup chandelier in a tea house?
It was a wonderful day with wonderful friends
at a most wonderful tea house.
And of course my friends brought our tea group's
Traveling Birthday Teacup
for me to use - such a fun tradition.
I am so excited to be going back to visit
my tea sisters in a few weeks
so I will let you know what wonderful tea outing/s we take!
As always, thank you for your visit!