The ladies came over for tea on Saturday. I do wish you could have joined us. We had carrot cake with pineapple and coconut, shortbread cookies with passionfruit puree, ginger cookies, oatmeal cookies, roast chicken wings, and grapes. I had such fun setting the table in spring colors.
It was a a wonderful day. I got caught by the sunrise and watched, rapt, for about twenty minutes. It should have had musical accompaniments - great, rich, swelling chords from the strings, glorious fanfares from the brass. It was stunning. Pity the camera doesn't capture what the eye beholds.
Then I got to work plating goodies and making the coffee and tea. I set the table and cleaned house on Thursday, enjoyed baking frenzy on Friday, so that on Saturday I have time to enjoy my friends. Saturday afternoon I clean up, and Sunday I put things away. I have this down to a science.
I expected twenty guests, and my table seats twelve if we squeeze in, so I set up an auxiliary section in the living room. Last month, I expected twelve and got 14. This month, eleven people actually showed. I baked two cakes! Well, one was eaten entirely, and Kyle will take the spare to work, so it won't go to waste.
I had such fun putting together placemats, napkins, napkin rings and china. Mix and match is a great sport.
The tea cozies added their own cheerful note, and who doesn't love a nice bowl of grapes?.
Carrot cake above the roasted chicken wings. The chicken wings went over well, too. I'm always at a loss for what to serve as a savory, and this was a happy solution.
My violets are blooming, so the little vase-napkin rings got a good workout . And Lindor balls scattered about quite happily. Who likes white, who likes dark and who prefers milk chocolate?
Janette sent me a jaciva birthday cake with a bouquet of live flowers on top. The cake was gone in two days, but the flowers lasted and lasted. Orchids and white roses enhanced my decor.
Meanwhile, I continue the knitting - or in this case, crochet. I adapted the dead fish hat for the crocodile stitch which makes fun fishy scales. It doesn't make it a warm hat, but it is pretty, and great to use up leftover yarn.