Tea at the Arboretum

table set with a sugar bowl, whipped cream,, jam, and a menu tucked into a napkin

On Saturday, in honor of my needlework guild’s tenth anniversary, I attended Afternoon Tea at the Dallas Arboretum. It turned out to be a gorgeous day, even with the threat of a spring rain. Of course, the Arboretum is lovely this time of year with bursts of color everywhere you look. I arrived early to help set out gift bags and other goodies. We’ve been planning this tea for months, so it was exciting to finally see our efforts come to fruition.

table set for four with gift bags on each chair

The room we were in was beautifully appointed and the menu was amazing as well. For our first course, we were served Zucchini Dill Soup with a Cheese Wafer. This was delicious. I would have gladly had about four more of these.

tea cup of soup with a biscuit on the saucer

Our first course was accompanied by Watermelon Peach Mango tea.

yellow patterned teacup and saucer with tea

And tea was served by a very sweet gentleman in white gloves.

a man's white-gloved hand pouring tea from a silver tea pot

Our second course was a selection of tea sandwiches including Turkey with Herb Butter on Rosemary Bread and Egg Salad on Onion Bread (top tier), Banana Nut Bread with Cream Cheese and Creamed Cucumber on White Bread (middle tier), and also Chicken Salad on Croissant (bottom tier).

a three-tiered tray of finger sandwiches

The sandwiches were no less delicious than the soup and were accompanied by Strawberry Vanilla tea.

Dessert was presented on a three-tiered server as well, and of course I had to have one of each (except the strawberry only landed on my plate for photographic purposes – no allergy attacks here!). Our third course consisted of Pecan Tarts, Petit Fours, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Lemon Bars, and Orange Currant Scones with Strawberry Jam (none for me, thank you) and Clotted Cream. The scones were still warm and were absolutely scrumptious paired with the clotted cream.

plate of desserts

Tea for our final course was a choice of Earl Gray or Papaya Hibiscus Herbal. I chose the more exotic of the two, although Earl Gray is a favorite of mine.

cup of tea

It was a lovely afternoon, and I wished I’d had more time to walk through the gardens while I was there.

a shelf next to one of the tables with books on it titled Afternoon Tea at the Arboretum and a mirror behind the books reflecting the room

I think high tea could become a habit of mine.

2 thoughts on “Tea at the Arboretum”

  1. Mmm…love High Tea. It's been ages since I've been to the Arboretum. I didn't even know they did tea there. I would visit with my sister when she initially moved to DFW. 🙂

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