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One Lump or Two?

A realistic timetable - for once

The following was my timetable for a tea party for 16 to be held on a Saturday afternoon beginning at 1pm (and don’t email me telling me a true tea party starts at 4; people have families and obligations, so 1 o’clock worked best):


Three weeks before:

  • Design and mail (yes, mail) out invitations


  • Pour over tea party websites, decide what to have


  • Decide what parts of the house needed to be cleaned


  • Make list of things to buy, including table linens and china
  • Drive to cousin Karen’s house to borrow 8 teacups, saucers, and plates


  • Vacuum
  • Buy ingredients; fruit tarts too expensive, look for alternatives
  • Make chicken salad
  • Hard-boil eggs
  • Set up dining room (move dining room table, set up tea table)


  • Buy hat materials
  • Pick up niece at train station
  • Make hats (with niece)
  • Make mini Black Forest Soufflé cakes


  • Make egg salad
  • Make cucumber filling
  • Make sandwiches
  • Prepare alternative to fruit tarts
  • Set tables
  • Get dressed
  • Wait 30 minutes for everyone to show up late
  • Serve tea
  • Have a wonderful time


I forgot to buy flowers, which I got Saturday morning.

I can make that dish in three minutes – NOT!!


“Little sandwiches” does not mean “little work”


Irish scones at an English Tea


I’ll have one of those, one of those, and one of those (please)


How ‘bout a cuppa?


Thanks so much for coming


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