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Whos Dreaming of a Fantastical Holiday Tea? - Guest Post by Laura Childs

Monday, November 14th 2016 @ 11:30 AM

The elf is on the shelf, twinkle lights are ready to dazzle, and I’m in the process of dreaming up a menu for this year’s Holiday Tea.

But wait. How about a table with some drama and décor? I’m thinking a white linen tablecloth spread with a bed of bright green moss, white tea light candles, and a topiary tree centerpiece composed of oranges, apples, pears, and antique teacups.

Okay, now for that first course. Let’s serve cranberry-apple scones with cinnamon-vanilla butter and Devonshire cream. And a rich Russian Caravan tea.

For our second course, we’re going to delight our guests with a show-stopping three-tiered silver tea tray laden with luxurious sandwiches. Lobster salad on mini brioche. Sliced pears and brie cheese on French bread. Smoked salmon with a dollop of crème fraiche on rye bread. Accompanied by Formosan Oolong tea.

Our holiday dessert should also pull out all the stops. Such as a toasted almond and pumpkin cheesecake trifle served in a stemmed compote dish. And to keep things sinfully sweet, a lovely crème brulee-flavored tea.

Happy Holidays!

 ~ Laura Childs

 

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LAURA CHILDS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality show. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, enjoys traveling, and has two Shar-Peis. See LauraChilds.com

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