Tea Travels™… A Summer Rose Tea
Photos and Recipes by Ellen Easton ©2003-2020 and copyright Reva Paul Rose Sugars – All Rights Reserved
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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.
Hat, parasol, gloves, print dress, skirt or top; fresh,
silk, or jeweled rose pin.
Center pieces, linens, napkin rings, china, crystal, silver, baskets.
Summer Rose Tea Menu:
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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)
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Ellen Easton, author of Afternoon Tea~Tips, Terms and Traditions (RED WAGON PRESS), a lifestyle and etiquette industry leader, keynote speaker and product spokesperson, is a hospitality, design, and retail consultant whose clients have included The Waldorf=Astoria, Plaza Hotels, and Bergdorf Goodman. 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 tea estates on the island.
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