53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #29

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

Cup of Tea, Anyone?

This past week my friend Patty gave a memorial tea in honor of her mom, Edythe, whom she lost in April of this year due to COVID-19. Edythe had a very long and a happy life. So Patty invited a few of her friends to a tea in her memory.

Patty and her mom, Edythe, had a standing tradition of going to afternoon tea at one of the local tea places, Tea Roses Tea Room, for special occasions such as birthdays, mother's day and for holidays. Edythe's birthday was in August and with everyone's schedules and the location availability the event got pushed into September.

I wore this beautiful purple colored machine-woven jute silk saree with gold and silver motifs all through, and a stitched woven border. I wore a pinkish purple blouse contrasting the purple of the saree. I bought this during my trip to India in 2012.

I accessorized it with a long chain of pearls and tourmaline stoned jaguar shaped pendant; tourmaline earrings and color coordinating bangles on my wrists. Here I am posing in the little gift shop the tea room has, with all the various knick-knacks filled with tea theme. 

This was the first time I was going out to eat or drink since the pandemic hit us in March of this year. I had food at a few of my friend's homes; and one pizza slice once. But pretty much I had been eating home-cooked food only. I was hesitant and skeptical to go out, but I wanted to be there for Patty.

She had booked the entire location so it was just us 9 women in the tea room along with Peggy, the owner and the one who was serving us. We were asked to sanitize our hands before entering the room. Each table had 3 people or 2 people seated. And I got a small table for myself. Considering how skeptical I was, Patty had requested Peggy if I could seat at my own table.

Yes, I was seated a bit far off from everyone but I still felt comfortable to be by myself. I enjoyed a cup of non-caffeinated tea in this beautiful cup and saucer set that Peggy arranged for me on my table. Note that the honey is served in the form of packets to avoid contact, and the lovely silver ware in the napkin. I take my tea with honey but you could perhaps take with sugar and cream or none at all.

Until I went to my first tea with my friend Patty, I never had gotten into drinking any kind of tea or coffee. But with the tea experience I had in this venue made me want to experience it again and again.

The afternoon tea comes with a big or a small pot of tea normally kept on your side on the table. But for this event and due to the pandemic constraints, Peggy herself refilled our cups with the freshly brewed teas kept warm on a side table. We had two types of tea that day.

The tea accompanies with four tea sandwiches; one scone (heart shaped) with home made lemon curd, double cream & strawberry preserves; closing off with four petit desserts. All come decorated in this beautiful three-tier ensemble. These were laid out for everyone on the table, so each ensemble had food for 3 or 2 people at the table. I preferred to take mine home as I am still skeptical to eat outside.

Some more sights from the tea - the hand-made purse that Edythe donated to Peggy's store to be hung. It will now be a wonderful memory whenever we visit the place; all blinged up face mask one of the guests wore; lovely "mother" tea cup in which Patty was served tea along with a beautiful note from Peggy; and finally our host, Patty, with a lovely picture of her mom and her enjoying the tea taken last year at Edythe's birthday.

Afternoon tea has always been a pleasant experience for me. I hope the pandemic ends soon so I can have more of such experiences and memories added.


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