Expo 2014: Tea Party

Dear Constant Reader,

One of the many things I do at The Expo is host an afternoon tea party. It’s a nice way to relax on Sunday afternoon after all the craziness of the weekend and recharge before the Sunday night shows. We have a variety of teas, finger sandwiches, scones, and little pastries. The food is provided by the hotel, of course, but we bring in the tea from generous sponsors.

Brigitte Bisoux is my co-hostess and in charge of finding said generous sponsors. This year MEM Tea Imports provided us with half a dozen different kinds of tea for the party and many little samples for the attendee goodie bags.

Our new sponsor was Runa: Clean Energy, which make a tea-like beverage from guayusa (it’s like mate). Not only did they provide us with 3 different flavors of teabags, they gave us cases & cases of their bottled beverage. The strike crew was very happy to have the boost later that night…

In fact Runa was so generous with the bottles, that we had quite a few left over. We’re selling them at B.A.B.E. and all the money will go to make next year’s tea party even better!

One of the things I wanted for this year’s party was decorations on the tables and Mimi Mischief was happy to make cute centerpieces with a Valentine’s theme.

Since both of my hostesses from last year desperately wanted to take Perle Noire’s class just before the party, I sought someone to help me set up the party. Blaze, The Red Rose of Texas, answered the call, tea apron at the ready. She was invaluable at getting the tea prepared and especially in keeping the pots refilled.

And here’s the whole staff, product placements in hand.

Just a few fashion notes: Brigitte is wearing yet another of her ridiculous hats and a vintage, reversible apron from my collection. Blaze is wearing a vintage hat, dress, and tea apron. I’m wearing a fascinator by Cristal Blu and an apron of my own creation. And no make-up — I was tired at this point and it really shows. Mimi is displaying one of her centerpieces.


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