Monday, May 14, 2012

Tea at The Secret Garden

On Saturday, my two daughter's, Heather and Jennie took me to a place called, 'The Secret Garden' for a Mother's Tea.

It was held in a beautiful old mansion complete with ornate moldings, floral wallpapers, and lace curtains.

And all around the mansion were lush 'secret' gardens.

There was a whole book of tea selections to choose from! I chose a Black Tea called Angel's Dream, with Blackberry and Lemon Balm.

Look at the little colored heart shaped sugar cubes! I need to find out how to make these!

To start the 'Tea', we were served cold cucumber soup with dill and cilantro. Very light and delicious!

Daughter Heather through the glasses of our sparkling cider toast.

Next we were served a salad with walnuts and a breaded goat cheese 'medallion' topped with a sprig of thyme. Everything was served on the prettiest china.

Once we were done with the salad, our plates were whisked away and we were brought a tiny goblet of mango sorbet 'to clean the palate'.

Once our palate's were cleansed, we were brought sweet tender scones with cream, raspberry jam, and lemon curd. Oh my! So delicious.

And then the Grand Finale! Our eyes were as big as saucers when our server carried this to our table! She explained that we should start with the center tray of 'savories', consisting of spinach tarts, mushroom quiche, and sun dried tomato roll ups.

Next were cucumber and egg salad sandwiches, and a savory deviled ham croissant.

The dessert tray consisted of white chocolate cups with mint leaf, chocolate bon bons, tiny wedges of rhubarb tart, shortbread, and miniature lemon cakes with rose petal whip.

My goodness! We couldn't finish it all! So take home boxes were dispensed all around.

And just when we thought things couldn't get any sweeter, we were brought miniature hat boxes, each with a beautiful tea cup and saucer inside, exactly like the ones we were served tea in.

It was a lovely tea. A gift from my sweet daughters to commemorate Mother's Day.

Thank you, my sweet girls.

If you are ever in the Seattle/Tacoma area, you can find 'The Secret Garden' in Sumner, WA. Reservations are required.

Next time I will show you the little shop inside, and of course, the gardens!

I hope you enjoyed sharing my 'Mother's Tea' with me. I wish you all were there! We would have had so much fun!



  1. What a beautiful place! I would really enjoy having tea there. Your daughters are gorgeous and it looks like the perfect day!

  2. What an amazing day - every detail was perfect. I know how to make those colored heart-shaped sugar cubes. Very easy! Email me.

  3. What a lovely gift! I would totally enjoy a visit there!

  4. What a beautiful experience you all shared! I must remember to request a goblet of mango sorbet in between courses here at home, to cleanse my palate. The Grand Finale would have had me picking my jaw up off the table too.

    I would have loved to have seen the Secret Gardens too.

    And how beautiful your daughters are - in spirit as well as in appearance. I'm so glad you had such a lovely Mother's Day.

  5. I love the pretty china and table settings, and what an adorable hat box to take home! Your daughters are beautiful. Th photo of your daughter through the glass of sparkling cider is very creative. Glad to hear you had a special Mother's Day :)


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