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A Summer Rose Tea
According to the folklore of tea, once upon a time a lady was not allowed to socialize unescorted
except in her rose garden.
It was here women met, unrestricted by
social rules of etiquette, to speak freely amongst the roses.
Throughout Europe, during the 1800s, the theme of the rose continued
to weave a thread, as afternoon tea flourished in both the public
gardens and tearooms.
The decoration of tearooms
included accoutrements, fabrics, vases, and trellises of roses to
insure that their patrons would once again feel free to gossip under the roses.
Fashionable women’s tea gowns embraced the delicate pastel palate of
a summer bouquet.
Their elaborate bonnets were adorned with floral
displays of roses embellished in silk, ribbon and natural petals.
There are unlimited ways to
incorporate the theme of the rose into your own tea.
Whether you are simply enjoying a single cup of tea or entertaining, be adventurous
and creative in exploring the possibilities.
Museum 18c French Dress
Photo By Ellen Easton© - All Rights Reserved
Hat, parasol, gloves, print dress, skirt or top; fresh,
silk, or jeweled rose pin.
Rose Invitation By Reva Paul© - All Rights Reserved
Invitations, Place Cards, and Menu Cards
Purchased or self made.
Center pieces, linens, napkin rings, china, crystal, silver, baskets.
Summer Rose Tea Menu:
For recipes, click on the underlined.
Rose Petal Tea
Rose Petal Jam
Rose Petal Drop Scones
Edible rose adorned savories
Hand decorated rose sugar cubes
Handmade embossed oval rose white chocolate mints
Rose shaped cookie cutters (to prepare sandwiches and sweets)
Ellen Easton is a lifestyle industry leader, tea and etiquette authority, author of Afternoon Tea~ Tips, Terms and Traditions,
A Tea Party Planner and Tea Travels™ For The Holidays (RED WAGON PRESS), as well as a hospitality, design and retail consultant, whose clients have included The Waldorf=Astoria,
The Plaza, and Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon.
Easton’s family traces their tea roots to the early 1800s, when ancestors first introduced tea plants from India and China to the Colony of Ceylon,
thus building one of the largest and best cultivated teas estates on the island.
REVA PAUL, an internationally acclaimed confectionery artist, hand decorated floral sugars and mints are available by special
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AFTERNOON TEA...TIPS,TERMS and TRADITIONS
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