Downton Abbey fans may recognize the title as Mary Crawley’s line when she shows up in London to have dinner with some friends.
It is an apt description of a bevy of modern ladies who showed up at The Glade in hats and pearls to engage in polite conversation at a proper tea.
I made sure to say, “Heavens, we are quite a party!” in my best British accent.
This post is a conglomeration of two teas held on consecutive Saturdays.
On the first week I was disappointed by the bakery where I had ordered petit fours not being able to deliver so I substituted Trader Joe’s Mini Bites which come frozen in a package of 12. They were popular.
The bakery let us down the second week as well so I bought chocolate mousse eggs at Trader Joe’s. Again, very good.
I had a friend come on both Saturday mornings to help make the cucumber, egg salad, and chicken salad tea sandwiches.
Each Saturday we made about seven dozen tiny sandwiches all of which were eaten by the end of the party. Even Charlie tried a cucumber sandwich and much to his surprise he liked it.
Although everyone was happy to converse I read a selection from Proust where he talks about his memory of madeleines evoked from a sip of tea.
Then I pulled out a copy of the Proust Questionnaire from which I had chosen 2 questions to liven our polite conversation. I added a question of my own: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
As people suggested their favorite songs Charlie played them on the piano. He’s quite a talent!
The most popular food — Pavlovas.
Coffee? Tea? ???