In stark contrast to my last post about coffee tasting“Starbucks-style” on a spice plantation in Bali, guest blogger Lane Buckman shares her much more refined high tea experience with the Fabulous Girls Club of

Julie Anne and Tatjana Rhodes

Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Sounds absolutely divine, Lane!  The pictures are fabulous, but I still think Tatjana and I lucked out with the more exotic view.

Guest post by Lane Buckman

Charlcye, June, and Lane

When I want to feel very civilized and refined, I take tea.  That is, I take Tea.  High Tea.  Nothing suits my soul so well as sitting down at a nicely set table with a group of ladies I love, and sharing a pot of tea and nibbling fancy little sandwiches, scones, and pretty, tiny desserts.  Recently, I joined the Fabulous Girls Club of Dallas/Fort Worth at Lavendou, my favorite local French café, for an afternoon of just such bliss.

Glorious high tea spread

The tea menu at Lavendou consists of Finger Sandwiches, Mini Pastry Plate, Tea Breads, Scones, Cream, Butter, Jam and Choice of Tea.  We chose Lavendou’s private blend and sat down to the beautiful service.

Cucumber sandwiches

June, a native South African jewelry designer, despaired that there was no honey, and explained that honey was an expected part of South African teas.  While we shared thinly sliced cucumber and cream cheese, chicken salad, and deviled ham finger sandwiches, she told us about the tea breaks she remembered from school, and how those carried over into her life in America.  Our tea expert, she gave this one a seal of approval.

Sweet tooth fun

Charlcye, a local entrepreneur, consummate It Girl, and the founder of the Fabulous Girls group, loved the service.  She favored the chocolate ganache filled mini-eclairs on the cream-puff and mini tart filled pastry plate level of our three-tiered setting, and told us stories about her last trip to Spain, and nibbling her way around Brussels and Amsterdam.

Long Leaf Kermun Black Tea with French Lavender

I was having far too much fun stirring individual sugar cubes into my many, many cups of tea.  Lavendou’s private blend is an aromatic Long Leaf Kermun Black Tea with French Lavender that sits so well on the tongue.  I’m not sure that I should tell you we drank four pots of it.  Of our food, I loved the banana bread and cream offering on the tea breads tier best.  When it was time to box the leftovers to go, I had a hard time not grabbing all of those for myself!

While we dined, a nearby table of ladies celebrated a baby shower over Tea, and behind us, a group of about twenty patrons had joined a Tea Tasting tea service, where the group sampled several blends through the course of their meal.  Everyone was relaxed.  Everyone was smiling.  Everyone seemed perfectly at home.

High tea happens to be one of my favorite services that I offer my clients. It’s perfect for wedding and baby showers. In fact, you can find a menu for a birthday cream tea I did recently below. You can also find that cupcake recipe in my mini ebook, Party Accomplished (my shop, amazon and, or in the premium members recipe library, and  Premium members can also watch the technique of making angel food cupcakes in the how-to videos.

Birthday Tea Party Menu

May 31st, 2011

Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches
Herbed Goats Cheese & Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Rare Roast Beef & Horseradish Mayonnaise Tea Sandwiches

Cheddar Cheese Scones with Chive Butter
Mini Plain Scones with Devonshire Cream & Strawberry Jam

 Jewels Lemon-Lavender Angel Food Cupcakes
Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Strawberries with Lime Curd

Blueberry Iced Tea

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  • September 30, 2011
    9:38 am

    I am SO using that menu for a tea party! Yum!!!

    And I love your sunglasses photo =)

    • October 3, 2011
      10:14 am

      Read my reply to Ali – I think Tatjana “nine inched” hers.

  • September 30, 2011
    10:27 am

    I absolutely LOVE high tea! The ceremony of it, the relaxation and refinement. It truly is one of my most favorite things.

    • October 3, 2011
      10:12 am

      It’s just so civilized (and a great adult excuse to eat sweets).

  • October 2, 2011
    4:12 am

    Definitely using this on my next tea party, looks like you had fun, awesome glasses 🙂

    • October 3, 2011
      10:12 am

      Hey Ali – LOVE having a man post here. The menu is a winner with my clients, so I’m sure you will like it, and yes my daughter and I had a blast in Bali. I think she “nicked” those glasses from her father, but don’t tell anyone.

  • October 2, 2011
    11:16 am

    What a cool idea for a party or just hanging out! Perfect for little girls too and nice to see them popping up here and there. Where I live, there is Once Upon a Tea Cup and of course out west in Canada there is the famous Empress Hotel in Victoria BC. Great food photos too!

    • October 3, 2011
      10:09 am

      I’ll be the best high tea in town is at chez Rachel!

      • October 3, 2011
        10:10 am

        PS. SUCH a fun event to prepare for with your ‘lil ones.

  • October 2, 2011
    3:42 pm

    Tea just goes natuarally with a nice selection of finger foods set up on a nicely decorated table. At home, baking up goodies for friends to nibble on with their tea (coffee or soda) turns into a comfortable afternoon spent with friends, chatting, debating but most of all laughing. Tea speads just seem to be more social, but still very much about the food, just in smaller bites. Wonderful post Lane! Amazing menu Julie Anne, I love little tea sandwiches. They bring back memories of mum setting up teas for her friends or the ladies in the neighbourhood setting up tea in the home of a family where someone had passed away for them to come home to after the service.

    • October 3, 2011
      10:09 am

      I know, Ruthee, why don’t we do them more often like our mother’s and grandmother’s generations did. So much fun.

  • October 3, 2011
    10:04 am

    It was a fun tea! I liked the little cream puffs the best & the rasberries with mint were good too! I plan on doing a tea at my home soon & will take some points from your menu!
    THanks Julie!

    • October 3, 2011
      10:08 am

      You beauties sure look like you were having a blast. Wish I could have joined you.

  • October 14, 2011
    9:55 am