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A Tree-Trimming Afternoon Tea

Photography by Kimberly Finkel Davis



When it comes time to deck your halls and trim your tree, make it a first-of-the-holidays celebration by hosting a delightful afternoon tea. As Christmas carols play, friends and neighbors can take turns hanging a few ornaments and topping the tree with a shining star or an angel. Inviting others to join in your decorating ritual imparts a spirit of kinship to your embellished home.


After the tree sparkles with holiday cheer, relax by enjoying the beautiful décor and a cozy tea menu filled with seasonal treats. Savory selections of Smoked Trout Paté on Crostini, Smoked Turkey and Cranberry Cream Sandwiches, and Cheesy Truffled Pasta Bites are light yet filling. Warm Pistachio-Cream Scones give a nutty interlude, while Gingerbread Snowball Cookies, and Fig-and-Honey Palmiers are perfectly sweet bites. Finally, a beautiful Vanilla-Coconut Pound Cake makes an impressive finale to the festive afternoon.


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