Saturday, January 28, 2012

Aunt Patty's Tea Party Part I

My wonderful sister-in-law, Patty (Wand) Lamar.

Some of the beautiful invitations we've received over the years.
Notice the word play on the name "Wands".  This is on the inside of every invitation and at the top of Patty's hostess apron we all decorated last year.

     Every year, sometime between January and February, a beautiful, handmade invitation arrives for each female member of our household.  The date is immediately marked on the calendar because Patty's tea party is not an event you want to miss.  Several years ago, Patty attended a formal tea at a hotel in New York.  Enchanted with Devonshire Cream served with scones, she became inspired to host tea parties of her own.  Patty also longed to spend more time with her mother, sisters, sisters-in-law, and nieces.  Because she loves craft shows and flea markets, she began to collect a variety of tea cups, saucers and teapots.  Her tables are set with an eclectic mix of beautiful china, and her sugar cubes are hand decorated.  This year, she special ordered a variety of tea Online and we all chose our favorites.
     There are some items on the menu that we can expect every year:  Patty's homemade scones (with Devonshire Cream, of course), finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, and cream puffs.  She also serves lemonade and iced tea as well as the hot tea.  There are also always a couple of new surprises each year as well.  This year, Patty found a delicious raspberry filled chantilly cake from The Fresh Market she just couldn't pass up and added an addictive pasta salad.  The best part of the entire event, however, is the special fellowship of the "Wand Women"; our own special little group where we celebrate our special relationship and reconnect.  Thank you, Patty, for a wonderful day that is definitely worth the drive to Columbia!
Patty has a climate controlled sunroom she decorates with bright, sunny colors.  We are always greeted with the scent of lit candles and the sound of classical music when we enter her inviting home.

One table is decorated in a bright, Valentine theme.

The other is a more subtle, classic setting.

The windowside table for two was a lovely setting for Hayden's "cupcake" cake pops.  Her recipe will be posted soon!  She displayed them in her "Midsummer Night's Dream" teapot my mother gave her last year.

Patty has started decorating her own sugarcubes.

Ahhhh, the Devonshire cream.

You can find this at Earthfare.

Patty's good friend, Lana, makes her own pimento cheese for sandwiches and we will be posting her recipe too.  They are the best I've ever had.  Patty also makes a gourmet style chicken salad as well.

Patty brushes her scones with whipping cream.

She had Hayden sprinkle them with sugar before popping them in the oven for some extra sparkle and warmth before we ate.

The finished product.

Emily sets up the pasta salad.

Patty combined pasta with broccoli, little cheese chunks, black and green olives, and tiny little pieces of pickle that pulled the whole thing together.  She combined mayonnaise with a little sugar, a little mustard, and salt and pepper.

The downfall of us all: cream puffs.

Scott's other sister, Donna, made delicious sugar cookies and her daughter, Alicia, decorated them.

Chantilly cake

The girls and their cousins:  Alicia, Megan, and Christina.  Their mom is my sister-in-law, Donna (Wand) Kennedy.

The vanilla nut tea in the tan wrapper was a big favorite, but my personal favorite was the chamomile and mint blend in the light blue wrapper on the bottom.

So pretty!

Alicia and Christina


   Hayden and Emily

Martie Wand (married to Scott's brother, Mike) and Cindy Wand (married to Scott's brother E.J.)

Martie and Mike were married last November.  We are so glad to have her in our family!

Cousin Erica Wand is the daughter of Robin Wand (married to Scott's brother Chris).
Robin was unable to attend today.  We missed you, Robin!

The tea has begun!

See the mystery lady in the pink behind my girls?  That is the matriarch of the family, Pat Wand.  She has five sons and two daughters.  My husband, Scott is the baby.  Somehow, she managed to escape my camera today! 

Here we are talking about books that made us cry.  Yep, that is my mother-in-law hidden in the background! 

See these two women (Martie and Donna)?  Do you know what they are doing?  They are playing "Ninja Fruit"! 

Hayboo and Emmie mugging for the camera.

I've totally blown my diet today and now I'm ready for a nap!

The hostess with the mostest.  We love you, Patty!

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.  1 Peter 4:9

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.  1 Timothy 5:8


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