A Classy “Turn Up”

My “2015 Holiday Season” got off to a great start when Susan, my sorority sister (and long-time friend), invited me to her home for a Holiday Tea. Of course, I immediately said yes, even though, truth be told, I had no idea what to expect. I just knew that traditionally teas are fancy events, and if you didn’t already know, I like all things fancy.  Anyway, the idea of going to a tea intrigued me so much that I went around telling people, “I’m going to a tea.”  When I told one of my friends that I was going to a tea, she asked, “What’s a tea?!?!”  While I was tempted to tell her “it’s a classy turn up”, I instead said, “You know, a ladies’ gathering where cucumber sandwiches are served.”  Well, I wasn’t too far off the margin on that one. Even if I did not know the proper etiquette or protocol for such an event, you can be rest assured that I was going to make it my goal to check this one off my list of “Things I Must Experience” and report it all to you.

My Holiday Tea Attire

So now that I am going to attend my first tea, I had to figure out what one wears to a tea. I had some ideas, but as you all know, I love creating looks, and it was no different for this occasion.  I knew that I wanted to wear a dress: something contemporary with a hint of the traditional.  My goal was to create a less is more, simple yet chic look. My choice:  a Pintucked Shift Dress from none other than Old Navy. I did not want to be flashy; I wanted classy, and nothing says classy like the color gray and pearls. I loved the cut of the dress and the pintucked detail. Right away, I knew that long strand pearls would complete the look, and these triple strand pearls with matching earrings were perfect. I added a pair of gray tights and my favorite Calvin Klein platforms (the only kind of heels to wear).

 

The Tea

First off, Susan was a wonderful host.  She really put quite a bit of thought into creating the perfect setting for a holiday tea. Her holiday place settings were holidazzling, and by far her favorite purchase as she raved about her HomeGoods find, and she had reason to. The Royal Albert Old Country Roses Holiday dinnerware really added to her Christmas gold and merlot Holiday decor, and honestly every little added detail inspired a mood of elegance.

The menu was varied, and included edible treats for all. We all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas tea and delicious sparkling wine. To truly enjoy the experience, I even took my tea with milk–fancy that! She served four kinds of sandwiches: ham, pimento cheese, chicken salad, and of course, cucumber sandwiches. All equally tasty, but I enjoyed the chicken salad and the pimento sandwiches a little too much. As for dessert, she did not skimp at all; there were raspberry tarts, her scrumptious homemade scones, and several other cookies and cakes.  I tried a scone topped with lemon curd, and OMG, it was amazing, and quite possibly my favorite.  All in all, the afternoon was fabulous. My only regret is that I did not arrive earlier to snap a few more pictures to share with you. Luckily, Susan sent me these of the table setting and the magnificent spread she provided for her fabulous guests. I was really in good company, and I am truly grateful to have been included.  I can now say I have been to a tea, and I look forward to the next one! Thank you, Susan!

Table setting

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Shop Susan’s Royal Albert Old Country Roses Holiday place setting, and my hostess gift

(stemless wine glasses) here.