Category Archives: Garden/Tea Time

Vacationing…Part Two…A Downton Abbey Kind of Tea Party

“The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is.” -Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 6 Hello, sweet friend… Eat your heart out Mrs. Patmore. (aka…the cook at Downton Abbey who believes she runs the house) Today I thought It would be fun to share with you the highlights of a recent Downton Abbey Tea party I attended in California at my California girlfriend’s house with my California girlfriends! I felt so privileged to be included in this special afternoon…and even more excited that I happened to be in California when it was being hosted. The first course was a homemade mandarin orange/almond scone. The second course was a delicious creamy butternut squash soup. The Third course was a delicious bow tie pasta salad was served with sandwiches. The sandwiches were a maple pecan cream cheese on pumpkin bread…egg salad on a 12 grain bread…and … Continue reading

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An Autumn Tea…Part Two

A Teatime Blessing🍂 Lord grant that our time together be steeped in serenity, sweetened by sharing, and surrounded by the warm fragrance of your love. Amen Hello, sweet friend… This week I wanted to share with you the menu from a recent tea I hosted… (and just incase you missed it click on the link)…http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/an-autumn-tea-part-one/ I had originally planned to prepare all the food myself… However…as the week had been a little cray cray… I opted instead to prepare just a few things…and purchase everything else. (trust me your guests will love anything you give them!) Menu For an Afternoon Tea Mini spinach quiche…found in the frozen section at grocery store Pest0 swirls…delicious & easy… Artichoke & Parmesan swirls…Just warm & serve… Serve with love… Kindness… and a big smile… Devonshire Mock Cream 1 cup heavy cream not pasteurized One 8 ounce softened cream cheese 2 tablespoons powdered sugar beat … Continue reading

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An Autumn Tea…Part One

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s” Anne of Green Gables -L.M. Montgomery Hello, sweet friend… Since moving into our new home… I knew that there would be many gatherings…here so not too long ago… I began planning… playing really… with the preparations… For an Autumn Tea I think the preparations are the most enjoyable part… of any endeavor we take on in life… Planning the details…anticipating how things will evolve with time… choosing the decor… deciding on what to serve…and what to wear… To be continued…

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A Summer TeA PaRtY…♡

🌷 “Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it.” Hello, sweet friend… 🐝 I hope you are enjoying these summer re-edited posts…I’m certainly enjoying going through the archives and finding just the perfect one to share with you.  Today’s post is from July 2014… I was still living in my charming cottage in Southern California where these tea parties had been hosted. I hope after reading today’s post you might be inspired and perhaps even decide to invite a few friends over for an afternoon tea…before the summer comes to an end. Happy August! 🌻 🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠 Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage. ♡ I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. ♡ Happy Friday… How was your week? I hope all is well… Unless you are new here…(and welcome if this is your first visit) you are aware… … Continue reading

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ChRiStMaS in JuLy . …♡

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” -Charles Bowden 🎅🏻 Wanted to drop in and share a re~post. I’ve been thinking about all my tea loving girlfriends in California. I have the best memories of hosting so many fun tea parties with them over the years. Here’s one of my faves. Hope you enjoy it! 🤶🏻 *********** Christmas in July By Marcia Ren Re~post July 2014 The weather outside is frightful….Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!  Wouldn’t it be delightful to have a little snow in the middle of summer? Well, I am not able to make it snow, however, I would love to invite you inside a sweet little cottage to enjoy a Christmas in July Tea. I’ll even give you a few ideas. Perhaps, you will be so inspired that you might want to host one yourself….there’s still time! Get your cocoa, get … Continue reading

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