Monday, November 30, 2009

Vietnamese Tea Party!

What a busy day of preparation - but we are finally ready for our tea party frenzy. We are participating in two great parties today: Firstly, Tuesday Tea Party hosted by The Plumed Pen, and the second is Mr Toast's First Annual Christmas Tea!


I thought it would be nice to do something a little different this week - so we are having a Vietnamese Tea Party!! Here is my Ao dai that I'm wearing - this is the traditional Vietnamese Outfit. Click here to see me wearing it! Patsy is wearing her dragonfly kimono (also bought in Vietnam).

Patsy is waiting for me to pour the tea ......



Lets begin with something savoury - Vietnamese Summer Rolls!



The highlight is the rambutan red bean cake!



Have you tried a rambutan before? Now is the perfect opportunity!
Its just like a lychee, and the skin is sooooo interesting!! This is what it looks like! Tastes nice too :-)



We are also serving moon cake. I know we are a little late, as the Mid-Autumn moon festival was on in October. This festival celebrates the autumnul equinox of the solar calendar and is the asian version of the harvest celebration! Moon cakes (which look like the full moon in the night sky) are eaten at this time when families get together and celebrate! Anyway, I'm celebrating the first harvest of my lettuce in the garden which I ate last night .... delicious!

They come in so many varieties.... even green tea!




Lets finish with a decorated fortune cookie!! Hope you get a sweet message!



Hoping you have enjoyed the green tea and exotic foods!! Thankyou for dropping in my dear friends :-)
Stay a while, enjoy the hot weather (35 degrees celcius today). Why not relax in the pool!!!

35 comments:

Marina Mott said...

Absolutely fancy, lovely and cute!!!

Poppy Q said...

We would love to join you, especially in that heat!!

Poppy Q would pass out from the hots!!

betty said...

Che fame...graditissimo tutto..ciao ciao

Leah said...

Love this concept... Vietnamese Tea Party. I love rambutan. It is one of my all-time favorite fruits.

I was waiting for you to serve pho but I thought, yes it's a tea party and you don't serve hot noodle soup during tea parties.

Who's that Gamine? said...

It's really a shame we live so far...I would love to give Patsy a hug!! She is so cute!! As I say this, my pup stretches as he shoots me a look, and retreats to his bedroom.

Your tea party and treats looked wonderful! They put a smile on my face!

Much Love,
MG

*whosthatgamine.blogspot.com*

daisychain said...

Oh how I wish I could join you!

Sam said...

Wow. I'm just sitting here scrolling deep to see all the fabulous treats. I would love to have been a dragon fly on the wall. Looks like a wonderful setting and you did so many great things. Wonderful. Love It. Can you tell. LOL. Take care, have a wonderful holiday season, come and see me ... www.samwich365.com Keri

Blondie said...

Fun times! Thanks so much for the sweet comments of support on my novel honey. I appreciate them more than you know. Have a fantastic Monday! Kori xoxo

Little Lotus said...

Wow, i wish i could come over for one of your tea parties.It is currently -2 C here

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

I love your tea parties! What a fabulous theme and the food looks amazing! You look super gorgeous in your dress...but then I think you could wear a brown paper bag and look beautiful.

Patsy makes my heart melt...oh how I want a fur baby!

Thank you for the tasty tea and wonderful food. Hope you have a fabulous week sweet friend!

Love and hugs,
Karyn

Pinecone Camp said...

Can I come to your tea party? Looks like it will be a fun one!

Beach Vintage said...

Thanks Karen for a sweet treat today. Something to cheer me. Those moon cakes look interesting.....what ever are they made from? Patsy looks her usual best. Thanks for all your well wishes last week.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Wow, that looks amazing!! I want to play dress-up and have a tea party! :)

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Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a beautiful outfit! It looks like you have the perfect setting for your Vietnamese inspired tea party.

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

What a fun idea! I am literally salivating for those desserts!

xo,
Crystal

Tracey said...

Yum, that was tasty! It's too hot for me though, so I will come back when it's cooler.....XXX

...mmm... said...

Well,i think this is the most different tea I've ever had. How very intriguing. Can we expect to see you hobnob with the locals up here in Aspen too? The wonders of the virtual world is you can do so many tea parties at one time, without even getting too cold!

Thank you for your write up, DragonFly. I am writing you up on my wide bar under Tea promoters. Cheers!

Erica said...

This looks amazing and quite different. thanks for posting and have a great Tea Things Tuesday!

ProdigalWife said...

Thank you so much for the kind invitation to tea! Everything looks delicious--hope you don't mind if I start with dessert, those fortune cookies are just irrisistible!

Florence and Mary said...

Oooh fortune cookies are my favourite thing!

Victoria xx

{little.happy.things} said...

Red bean cake? Interesting. In Japan, we love red beans. We have a lot red beans sweets, red bean pancake, red bean cookies, red bean ice bar, red bean ice cream, and even red bean flavor coke! But I never had a red bean cake...need to try it next time.

koala said...

I can join in the Vietnamese theme cause I've got instant coffee from Vietnam.

willow said...

Everything looks amazing! I'm having such a good time sampling all your exotic goodies.

Kristin said...

That red bean cake looks amazing!

Bee's Blog said...

Such a delightful idea - so calm and serene and warm too! Wonderful goodies here and the lychees (rambutans) remind me of my childhood in Singapore! I'm definitely coming back for more.

Lizzie said...

Wow, that bean cake is to die for! :)

Shabby Kim said...

That food looks scrumptious and now I'm starving. What a feast that would be to sit and eat all of that beautifully prepared food while drinking some hot tea. A perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Jessica Cangiano said...

How absolutely gorgeous! I adore the photo of pasty with the red hanging lantern behind her, it looks like something from a splendid home decor magazine. Your tea party was a joy to visit, thank you so much for holding it, darling gal!

Oodles of hugs to you both!
♥ Jessica

Mami said...

thank you for serving Vietonamese tea party near by pool.Very fun.I like lychee,Yes,skin is interesting!
Every food sounds delicious.

Kathy G said...

What a wonderful spread you've put together!

Baino said...

Beautiful and sunny and different. Always nice to find a fellow Aussie blogger! Actually I've never tried a Rambutan but they look interesting. Love Lychee though so might give them a go.

Michela said...

What an amazing tea party! And you both are so elegant!!! Thank you!

Deliciously Organized said...

Love summer rolls! Looks like you both had a good time!

Pam said...

Lots of fun here! Patsy is so cute.Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. It's been a joy to find you and look back through your previous posts. Your link to Advanced Style a while back was amazing.I'll look forward to coming back to visit again.

Jyun said...

Rambutan red bean cake? How exotic!