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Our friend Tonia @toniastea has a special gift. She knows how to delight people -- she loves to host tea parties! She's hosted a myriad of afternoon teas for birthdays, bridal showers, and other special events. There have been themes like "Paris," "Dolly and Me" for young girls, a "Jane Austen Tea" with guests in period dress, or an "Angel" tea. We had a wonderful New Year's afternoon tea at Tonia's home (above.)
Tonia says, "I dream of having my own tea house someday. A place to store and display my collection of beautiful dishes, to host parties and teas, and for photo ops. But for now, I’m happy doing what I can, when I can, and I’m grateful for anyone interested in hosting something as lovely as afternoon tea."
Tonia says the things she loves about afternoon tea are "making and serving beautiful food on a beautifully dressed table."
"Menus at each setting,"
"with a variety of yummy sandwiches, fresh scones and clotted cream, and delicious sweets."
"And vintage fine bone china, and pots of lemonade," she concludes. "All of which make me so happy."
Tonia specializes in a variety of the most delicious scones like blackberry-lime (above right) and lemon-almond, always with clotted cream. Also pictured are feta & caramelized onion tarts (top left) and Monte Cristo sandwiches (bottom left.)
The food she makes can only be described as delectable! Above: fresh lemon curd tarts (left); white chocolate profiteroles with raspberry dust and gold leaf (top right) and lemon & lavender shortbread (bottom right.)
I just can't stop showing you this lovely array of savory bites and sweets! Top left is a delicious coconut -lime scone! Top right is a scone with blackberry cream, and bottom are chocolate mousse cups with raspberries. Yum!
Honestly, it's all about the details. Tonia even designed and painted her own logo. Every little thing is special -- she doesn't miss anything! To attend one of her parties is delightful!
If you have a group of 10, Tonia invites you to book an afternoon tea party at her home in Henderson, Nevada. She takes care of everything, including decor and clean up! She's excited to show you why she loves tea parties so much. (You can contact her @toniastea on instagram, or let us know if you'd like her contact info.)
We hope you enjoyed our Tea Time post! In Tonia's words, "It's always a good time for tea!"
Stay tuned tomorrow when we'll share a round-up of "In Fine Taste" recipes perfect to create your own afternoon tea!
Dianna & Alyssa