“Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.”—Jean de La Fontaine, 17th-century French poet
Spread crisp white linens on your dining room table. Arrange your best china and silver on top, along with crystal goblets that catch the light of the elegant votives scattered around the table. Add a profusion of roses and lilies in a vase filled with greenery. Prepare a delicious afternoon-tea menu that includes heart-shaped Red Velvet Scones, savory crustless quiches, delicate tea sandwiches, and a trio of tasty sweets. Would you go to this much trouble for just anyone? No, this elegant afternoon tea is a Valentine’s Day gift to the people who have been there for you, day in and day out—your best friends.