The menu was right out of the simple food of the 50's. Plain cream scones with butter and apricot jam--warm and melt-in-your-mouth good. Second course of quiche followed by third course of tea sandwiches: ribbon, chicken salad, and cucumber cream cheese. Plus banana nut muffin with cream cheese frosting and peanut butter cholocate chip cookie.
The place settings were so lovely, as usual; perhaps a bit simpler, as they would have been in the 50's. The tea menu allows for a different tea with each course, so my friend Karen and I chose our favorites for each. Never too much tea, and the variety offered in one setting was heavenly! Karen had never been to a formal "tea", so it was a real treat for her. It's always a treat for me, too, as this is where I get to relax and enjoy being served instead of serving customers myself. That magic, rejuvenating power of tea in a warm inviting setting--one can hardly ask for more!
One of the touches I particularly enjoyed was the mantle in our room, decorated with Hats and Hankies from the era. For those of you not old enough to remember days pre-Kleenex, a lady always had her hankies. I remember ironing them with my grandmother, and always enjoyed the variety of prints and patterns they came in.
I could swear I heard Andy whistling his tune as we sauntered back to our 21st century lives, sated and filled with marvelous memories of sweeter days gone by.