The SpecialTea group L to R: Gloria Dragstedt, Arlene Dinnen, Maudie Parker, Sandra Maloney, Diane Layng, Katherine Ann Heatherly, and Shirley Noakes.

Kathy Aurelia and Gloria Dragstedt

The Palm Coast "Specialteas" group attended a Yellow Rose Tea Party April 4, 2002, hosted by Kathy Aurelia with Gloria Dragstedt co-hostessing. The invitations were handmade from white doilies and a picture of a yellow rose. A path of yellow rose petals on the sidewalk led to the front door adorned with a yellow rose wreath. Most of the guests were wearing yellow or white and were presented a long stem yellow rose (compliments of Kathy's husband, Joe!). Shirley Noakes and Katherine Ann Heatherly presented the hostesses with handmade yellow silk ribbon corsages.

The yellow tablecloth was overlaid with a white lace cloth tied at the corners with yellow ribbons. The centerpiece was a white teapot filled with silk yellow roses and tulle, with yellow rose candle rings around two short candles on either side. Over the dining room table tulle and a yellow rose garland intertwined the crystal chandelier. The tops of the dining room chairs were tied with wide strips of white tulle topped with silk yellow roses and long wide streamers of the tulle extending to the floor.

A yellow plate topped with a white doiley with a clear plate on top was at each place setting. Kathy's collection of different yellow rose teacups and saucers were used by each guest. Her collections of vintage yellow rose hankies were tied around each napkin.

Refreshments were served from Kathy's collection of yellow Depression glass. The menu consisted of: assorted mini quiche, egg salad sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, lemon poppyseed scones, banana walnut scones, mock devonshire cream, keylime butter, peach apricot preserves, orange curd, pineapple salad, dessert was teapot shaped cookies, mini lemon curd tarts, lemon spritzer cookies. Lemon tea, blueberry vanilla tea was served along with Plantation tea from Charleston, SC, the only tea grown in America is grown in Charleston, SC.

Favors: a tussie mussie made from a paper doiley, filled with tiny yellow rose buds, a gold plated demitasse spoon, tulle, and a mini scroll with The Friendship Spoon poem.

Each person told about her favorite flower and why it is a favorite. Kathy showed the group a tapestry photo album she is documenting the Specialteas activities in, and a collection of other Creative Memories photo albums. After many suggestions of names for our group, Sandy Clough was asked to choose from the top ten. She chose the name "Specialtea" because each member has her own "specialty."

Those attending the Yellow Rose Tea in addition to Kathy and Gloria were: Shirley Noakes, Katherine Ann Heatherly, Arlene Dinnen, Maudie Parker, Sandy Maloney and Diane Layng. We were all saddened to learn Katherine Ann would soon be relocating near Atlanta.

Egg Salad Sandwiches
This is what makes this filling different:
Grate hard boiled eggs and mix with mayonnaise and/or Miracle Whip, with a little mustard and a little Thousand Island Dressing and some pickle relish. Salt and Pepper to taste. Let flavors blend several hours. Spread onto wheat and/or white bread.

Gennie's Pimento Cheese Sandwiches
1 small box Velveeta cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese
Medium jar of pimento drained well
Mix all together and spread onto white and/or wheat bread.
(Mother also added a little celery seed)

Key Lime Butter
Soften one stick butter, mix with Key Lime Jelly or any jelly, jam, or preserves, or mashed up fresh strawberries.

Cream for Scones and/or Fruit
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Mix all together and allow flavors to blend overnight.

Gloria's Fruit Dessert
1- 10 oz. Angel food cake
1- 15 oz. can crushed pineapple
1- 12 oz. whipped topping
3 1/2 oz. toasted coconut
Marachino cherries, drained, to add color.
Cut cake into small bite sized pieces in bowl. Add undrained pineapple, topping and coconut. May be done in layers. Cover and refrigerate overnight so flavors "marry." Serves 12.

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