Tea Time By The Sea Side

File Feb 05, 5 42 39 PMSoooo…..this post is not about wine. Well, it’s not all about wine. I know, I know, this is a wine blog, but sometimes, not often, I do drink other things. And last Sunday, I had the opportunity to drink some non-alcoholic beverages in the most glorious of settings. So of course, I want to tell you about it.

File Feb 05, 5 45 39 PMHusband’s Aunt was celebrating her birthday and a fancy tea party was planned at Inn De La Mer. If my personality has come through at all on this blog, you’ll know that I love any excuse to get dressed up, especially if it involves wearing fancy headwear[1]. So I made my way down to the sea shore and pulled up to my destination. It was an old church that has been lovingly converted into one of the most beautiful bed and breakfasts I’ve had the occasion to visit. One of those places where your jaw literally drops the moment you walk in the door.

File Feb 05, 5 43 06 PMWe had lots of tea and lots of lovely little bites, all of which were delicious[2]. From avocado stuffed cucumbers to turkey, brie and cranberry puffs, we ate like Queens. For dessert there was a trio of chocolate mousse cupcake, fresh fruit drowned in fresh whipped crème, and a lemon meringue mousse tart. Heaven. The presentation was spectacular, every detail was planned out and executed beautifully. Even the weather cooperated and we enjoyed a record-breaking 60 degree Sunday. In January. In New England.

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Once the party games had been played[3], and the guests said their goodbyes. I broke out the bubbly[4], offered our host a glass, and went around on a photo binge. I couldn’t not photograph this place, and I might as well drink some bubbly while I was at it. Am I right? The owner and I had a great chat, but I tried not to overstay my welcome, so I only popped one bottle, but I can guarantee you, I will be back. I’m thinking a #WineEsquire wine dinner. What do you think?

#SundayFunday at its finest folks.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] My fascinator collection is extensive. I even have a few from Jolly Old England.
[2] If this were my tea party, we obviously would have had some #bubbly too, but alas, it was not my tea party.
[3] An exciting rendition of What’s In Your Purse, and Draw a Tea Pot on Your Head. I won the tea pot drawing game after a tie-breaking second round with Gram. #artist. I really wish I had a photo.
tea party tweet[4] Yes I brought bubbly. You just never know. A bottle of my go-to, always keep a bottle in the fridge, Segura Viudas Brut Cava.

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This chandelier is glorious. We learned that the tin ceiling and walls were original to the church and had survived there since the 1800s
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Looking down on the festivities from the old choir loft
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The appropriately named European Suite
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I can just imagine curling up by the fire for hours with a bottle of wine and a good book
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In the third story bell tower they’ve created a lovely sitting nook with floor to ceiling bookshelves featuring photos of couples that were married at the church. How amazing is that?

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9 thoughts on “Tea Time By The Sea Side

    1. First, someone holds up a pretty teapot for inspiration. Then everyone holds an old fashioned paper plate on top of their head. Everyone is given a pen or a marker and they have to draw a teapot on the paper plate without looking! So fun!

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