I have posted on my English antique blog, Time Was Antiques Family blog, my version of a Royal Wedding Wednesday post which lists some of the gifts received by Prince Charles and Princess Diana at their wedding in 1981. You can find it here:
Time Was Antiques Royal Wedding Gifts blog
On a related and fun post, my friend from Afternoon Tea Across America at Yahoo, Elaine from Tea Time Tales blog let us know that she had found something special for the upcoming wedding of William and Kate: Ka-Tea tea bags from Germany:
I think they look like they are in a hot tub with their clothes on...how funny is that?
To read the article in the News Tribune online, click the photo.
The other item of Royal Wedding interest from another Afternoon Tea Across America friend who lives in London is her information about one of the teas being planned for the time of the wedding.
Denise has a website called The Great Tea Rooms of America which is a directory of tea rooms. She also leads Tea themed London tours at Tea In London and is often asked to sample and critique menus for upcoming theme teas. A few months ago she was asked to critique the upcoming Mothering Sunday tea menu at the Hilton Park Lane Podium Restaurant. She was notified a few days ago about their plans for their Royal Wedding Sapphire Tea named for the Sapphire and diamond engagement ring William gave to Kate. Here are photos and the information she received and gave me permission to post for you:
To celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding, Podium Restaurant at the
London Hilton on Park Lane has created a limited edition Sapphire Afternoon Tea. Taking
inspiration from the sapphire engagement ring presented to Kate Middleton by
Prince William, the Tea includes references to the cool colour of this precious
gem via ingredients and decorations throughout. Available from 26 April
to 1 May 2011 inclusive, priced at £32/person (£40 with a glass of Champagne) from 2-6pm
daily. To book, please call (020) 7208 4022 or visit www.podiumrestaurant.com
Complimentary ‘Loveberry’ cocktail on arrival
strawberries, blue curaçao, lime and soda water over crushed ice
Egg & Cress
salmon & horseradish
Honey roast ham &
& baby gem lettuce
Cucumber with cream
cheese & chives
Freshly baked plain
or raisin scones served with clotted cream and blueberry jam
or Freshly baked
chocolate chip scones served with a chocolate praline spread
Blueberry jam cupcakes
with ‘K’ and ‘W’ iced decorations
White chocolate cupcakes
with ‘bouquet’ icing
Chocolate and passion
fruit hearts covered in white chocolate
cake’ with gold leaf <-----Note from Denise: I LOVE THIS!
Biscuit tuile with
Green tea truffles in
white and milk chocolate
Harney & Sons Special Blend Tea
A loose leaf tea
blend, created to commemorate the Royal Wedding and available exclusively at
Podium Restaurant with Sapphire Afternoon Tea
Podium is delighted
to be one of the newest members of The Tea Guild. Founded in 1985, The Tea
Guild recognises establishments that serve tea to a high standard. This
recognition only strengthens Podium’s reputation in offering a quality
Afternoon Tea experience.
Makes you drool, doesn't it! Thanks so much Denise!
And as I never do anything without a teacup on this blog....
Here is a Shelley Fruit Center in the Gainsborough shape. Not blueberries..but grapes and apples. For more info on the Shelley teacup and Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.
Whew....lots of posting tonight, but lots of fun & lots of things I thought you might enjoy.
Have a great day tomorrow and have a cup of tea with a friend!