Host a Ladies Tea.
First, plan your tablescape by finding your point of inspiration. The historic beauty of the Wainright house inspired me. As a southern girl, I thought of my Nana and was drawn to having a formal Ladies’ Tea. Immediately, I knew the tablescape should reflect all things feminine, sparkly, and pink.
According to Emily Post, “A tea table, whether the dining room table or another set up elsewhere, should always be covered with a tablecloth. Only glass topped tables may be left uncovered. A tea cloth may be colored, but the more conventional one is of lace or white linen with needlework, lace or appliquéd designs. “
Since we no longer crochet table clothes, I made a quick trip to my favorite store, Home Goods. Yes, there are good things about living in the city i.e. restaurants, but there are better things about living in Westchester: no garbage on the sidewalks, no cabs honking at 2 A.M. and HomeGoods. You all know what I am talking about.
As soon as I saw them, I knew they would be perfect: feminine, dramatic with a touch of sparkle. You don’t have to follow all Emily’s rules, just take what you want and make it your own. I used these amazing cupcake stands as a way to give these petite, delicious sandwiches a strong presence. BE CREATIVE!
Second, plan your Menu. For the menu I again drew from the past and tried to make it my own. Also, I tried to incorporate the color pink into the menu any and everywhere I could. Visually, it makes a difference.
Chicken Salad with Puff Pastry and Pink Lady Apples
Smoked Salmon with Crème Fraiche, Dill, Lemon Zest
Tea Sandwich of Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, Cucumber, Black Radish
Third, prepare everything as best you can ahead of time but do not assemble the sandwiches until the morning of, otherwise you risk the sandwiches becoming soggy. If you would like recipes for any of these sandwiches feel free to email through my website at blakesplate.com.