Hi Ho, Silver!
This family silver tea service was a staple at the teas my grannie held with the Canmore women of the St. Michael’s Anglican church group. It had been a 25th wedding anniversary gift from my grandfather, back in the 1920s or 30s.
When my mum passed away, I was given the family silver, which had become very tarnished over the years. Reliving happy memories of polishing the silver tea set with my mum and Grannie, I sat down to clean the silver with my own grandkids, Ember and Cora. When it was all finished, and we saw our reflections in every piece, we made a tender little tea party, and the kids lined up their stuffed animals and dolls to join in.
Spectacular shining silver. I put on the kettle and we made an occasion. It was teatime! We laid out tea on the table after selecting tea snacks, simple little treats that we cut into bite-sized bits and placed on the newly cleaned silver trays. We selected which of mum’s tea cups we would drink our tea from, choosing the flower images and colours.
We were elegant ladies. As I poured them “Fairy tea”, we connected sweetly with the present memories of my mother and my grandmother.
How to make Fairy Tea (for children)
- Make black tea as usual in your normal teapot
- Half-fill the child’s cup with milk from the cream pitcher
- Add tea
- Stir in 2 full teaspoons of sugar from the sugar bowl
(I know, sugar sugar sugar, but remember this is an old Edwardian recipe!)