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Monday, October 25, 2010

My first cup

A long time ago my husband and I shared our first Christmas together in the upstairs apartment of an old house on Pikes Peak and 18th on this city's west side. I had wanted china set for Christmas, but knew we could not afford it. My dear sweet husband thought we could and bought me a box of beautiful dishes. The box said "5 piece setting", he figured that was enough for the two of us plus company. To this day I smile when I think on it and he gets a little flush. I took the tea cup from that setting and used it for my tea. That tea cup was the beginning of a beautiful collection of mix and match cups and saucers, teapots, little spoons, tea bag holders, tea sets and other tea accessories that I've picked up here and there or received as gifts from loved ones.  It is also the same cup that stirred a passion in me for all things tea.   I don't make a habit out of using scripture out of context, but this reminded me of Zechariah 4:10 "For who has despised the day of small things?..."  Perhaps My Lord is speaking to me about His plans for me through this cup, my first cup. 
I am going to a tea party with Sandi at http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/2010/10/tea-time-tuesday_25.html and then I am joining Martha at  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/2010/10/new-treasures-for-tea-cup-tuesday.html    See you There!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A visit to MaryEllen's Tea Room

MaryEllens's Tea Room in Falcon, Colorado is located in an unassuming home 16 miles east of city life.   On this quiet little property sits a family home, that from the outside looks like any other home in this small suburb of Colorado Springs.   But walk in the front door and you are suddenly in a charming tea room.   The first thing that caught my eye were the three absolutely beautiful chandeliers that were hanging from the ceiling.  The other thing was that this was a family's home, but the front room had been turned into a dining area with 5 round tables all set for tea, victorian style china dolls, a pink Christmas tree, teawares galore (all for sale) and many other items one might find in a tea room gift shop.   As the guests arrived they are greeted at the door by a handsome young man, all of 8 years old, dressed in a tuxedo.   He is the "butler".   The maid, a young girl of about 11,  bids you to come to the dressing room where MaryEllen awaits to outfit you in a proper dress and hat for the occasion.  She does not leave you wanting for accessories either.  I had on gloves and a feather wrist wrap thing (I really don't know what it was called!), a beaded necklace and chandelier earrings.   The addition of the feather boa put me over the edge into a full on hot flash, and quick as wink she handed me a fan that matched my ensemble!   MaryEllen definitely has an eye for color and everyone that she outfitted that day wore a perfect color for her hair and skin tone.  Amazing.  Once I was properly attired for my afternoon tea, I departed the dressing room and was once again met by the handsome young butler.  He escorted me through the family kitchen and back to the tea room where I was announced to the group -  ahem  -  "Presenting...  Ms. Jo"    
  Yep, that's me.  Feeling like a little girl playing dress-up!  The other guests and I visited while we waited for the other ladies to be escorted to the dressing room for her transformation and then announced when she ready.  Each one was met with an ohhhh and ahhhh, (much like watching fireworks!).  We checked out each others hats, dresses and accessories.  Finally it was time for tea. 
 This was our table.

This is the rest of our group.  We took up two tables.   

 A nice group shot of us.  

After the group pictures, tea was served and we were ready.   After a brief lesson on tea party etiquette, we enjoyed chicken salad on croissants, cranberry scones with devonshire cream, chocolate covered strawberries, and a hot black tea with cream and sugar and a cold roibos blend that MaryEllen makes herself.  It was wonderful.  It left an aftertaste that made you want more.  MaryEllen quizzed us on victorian trivia and had us play victorian era party games.   We had a memorable time.    

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