Foothills Ladies Afternoon Tea
By: Marge Woods
An old English tradition was revived in elegant style for 16 Foothills’ ladies, as they shared “Afternoon Tea” on January 19 and 20. This event, hosted by Marge Woods and sister Tory Moss, was sold at the Foothills Auction in October. The ladies sat at a table adorned with fine china teacups, beautiful pink and white rose bouquets, individual mini-teapot bouquets for each guest, floral teabag caddies holding honey sticks, antique green depression glass plates adorned with purple cloth napkins folded as roses, and an ambiance suitable for the finest tea shops in San Diego.
After testing numerous recipes (and gaining several pounds in the process), the hosts settled on the following menu: pavlovas for a starter (a meringue cup holding blueberries), corn chowder with a side of cornbread, three tea sandwiches and a mini-bacon quiche, 6 desserts including chocolate mousse, mini-lime cheesecakes, petite fours, piña colada cupcakes, and cookies—all served with delicious samplings of 4 fragrant teas.
Because of a beautiful weekend break from cold weather, the tea parties were then moved to the outdoors, where the guests could enjoy the sunshine, the sound of the waterfall in the pond, the colorful birds feasting at feeders, and most importantly the sharing of many stories and much laughter.
It appeared that all the ladies enjoyed this old-time tradition, including the hosts who delighted in the preparation and presentation of the “Foothills Afternoon Tea.”
(Funds from the auction are used for the ministries of Foothills/Good Shepherd.)