Hello There, Nice Friends of The Gossamer Tearoom
Welcome to all New Friends, as well!
Every year, following the long and cold winters here in Maine, I am so happy for the arrival of summertime. But, of course, some years are more special than others and if I am really honest, I would say that planning for my Teeny Teas each summer for the last few years has made them even happier for me. So, just imagine how happy I was to read that Vanessa, our long-time Friend of the Tearoom was having another of her wonderful Mad Tea Parties on her blog "A Fanciful Twist"! Of course, I jumped at the chance to RSVP her invitation to include our Teeny Tea in her blog party!
If you are a New Friend, visiting with us today for the first time, let me introduce myself. My name is Betty and I've been doing my Teeny Teas for several years now, using tiny vintage dishes, serving edible miniature cuisine and with my vintage Doll and Toy Family in attendance! Many of the members of my Family were rescued and adopted from flea markets and Etsy sellers. Some of the Family members have been with me for most of my life and some were gifted to me by dear friends. Our teas are held in our Porch Garden, surrounded by plants, many I've grown here from seeds and we have used to make the food we will enjoy (you can see more about them from my previous blog post)! Also, I've made the clothes the family members are wearing and I've also made the table for our tea and the serving cart myself. We are so glad you are joining us today!
Of course, being a Mad Tea Party, as well as a Teeny Tea, I've sprinkled today's festivities with just a bit more surrealism than usual! There are magical surprises ahead...
Really, any of my Teeny Teas could probably be thought of as Mad Tea Parties, but today, of course a few more steps forward in culinary curiosity and creativity are in order...
Our menu for today's Teeny Tea, which I designed and rubberstamped:
First, we start with the drinks. Even though both of our choices today are iced, we enjoy drinking them out of teacups to enjoy the colors the best (and we think they taste best that way, anyway)!
Have you heard about butterfly pea tea? I had been curious about it and, luckily, was able to order some from a wonderful place called Teaism, in Washington, DC. It was one of my favorite places when I lived there, not just for the wonderful tea and pan-Asian food, but the atmosphere as well, including a tiny front yard, where you could dine outside on warm days and evenings.
I found the wonderfully easy recipe on an Instagram account called Dinner Party Tonight. You can find the recipe here. The best thing about it, besides it being delicious, is that it requires no cooking, which makes it perfect for having on the hottest of summer days!
Of course, we saw our much beloved Family member Eadwig, showing us the mint in our last blog post. In case you did not see it, you can find it here and now, along with lemon juice, it makes our refreshing pea soup even more delicious!
On a warm day such as today, our iced tea and chilled soup is most welcome.
While everyone enjoys their tea and soup, let's meet everyone here today!