I find that I sometimes hesitate entertaining family or friends because things aren't just perfect. The floors aren't scrubbed and shining, the dishes are waiting to be unloaded from the dishwasher and I haven't made something from scratch to serve. I know this kind of Type-A thinking has probably kept some really wonderful, spontaneous occasions from happening more often in my home and I have vowed to change that this year.
Enter Donsuemor, who has made my movement towards spontaneous entertaining such an easy, elegant and delicious process. So much so, that today I decided to have an impromptu tea party!
I dropped the kids off to school and, since it was a gorgeous day, decided to have my little tête-à-tête outside (this relieved me from worrying about dust motes and fingerprints in the house - ha!). I took one of our patio tables, pulled it into the yard and simply covered it with a cloth. I used two outdoor chair cushions for our seats in the grass and then got our delish tea and sweets ready.
The prep was a snap - I didn't have to do anything but open a few packages and warm the kettle! I plated an amazing variety of French madeleines, traditional (my absolute favorite), chocolate dipped, lemon zest and chocolate. And a selection of organic (yippee!) Davidson's tea - hibiscus flower, vanilla cream spice and bing cherry with almond. Hello hibiscus flower, I'm in love!
It's so nice to have these unexpected special moments with a dear friend and know you're still providing an elegant atmosphere and amazing nosh! An impromptu tea party with no stress! Enjoy!