Lovely Ladies Holiday Tea


The holiday season typically extends far beyond December in our household. Midwestern winters tend to be cold, grey, and harsh, so the twinkle lights and greenery  continue to add a little festivity and brightness right up until around March 1st. All that to say, here’s a little Christmas blog in January!

In mid December I held a small ladies’ tea for my main group of lovelies. It came together last minute and I was determined to do it on a budget as 2016 had been an expensive year (graduations, weddings, etc.) and, of course, Christmas was hovering. I was pretty satisfied with the results and, besides, the company is always the best part!


Oh, hey, I made a thing…with one of my husband’s ties and a vintage brooch.




Though our holiday decor leans toward English traditional, I wanted to keep this party light and bright. My Mikasa Christmas Holly china – a gift from my dear aunt – helped set the tone.











Lovely Ladies Holiday Tea Menu

Tea Sandwiches – Classic roasted red pepper and cucumber

Oven Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese – Beets are the new brussel sprouts…or something like that.

Rosemary Cheese Crescents – A cheater recipe, for sure, but scrumptious all the same.

Cranberry-Orange Scones – I made mine without the glaze. They were particularly delicious with marmalade.

Brûléed Persimmon Tarts – The crust for these was divine, but the filling is a bit too sweet and rich for me. I think next time I’d make these smaller with a custard filling.

Cranberry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake – We were so full that we didn’t even cut into this! Ha! It made for delicious leftovers, though.

Chocolate orange slices – I sprinkled smoked sea salt on some for a little kick.

Rudolph’s Tipsy Punch – A nice Southern Living recipe. We drained this dry.

Fortnum & Mason Spiced Christmas Tea – Fortnum & Mason is my favorite department store in London. Their tea section is out of control.

Cranberry-Rosemary Infused Water – Put rosemary in anything and I’m a happy gal.




Happy new year to you and yours! Let us all strive for more love, laughter, and compassion in 2017!


*As always, photos by the talented Emily Schwartz are marked. The handful of others are mine.

If you’re interested in more merry, winter party inspiration, check out my Pinterest board!

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