I'd seen my mother and grandmother entertain quite often. How hard could it be? Well, without the aid of experience and the internet, it turned out to be quite a challenge. Mother said I could have the tea at home. My grandmother said I was welcome to use her tea set. For the rest, I was on my own.
Betty Crocker and I chose the menu. Egg salad sandwiches, ham salad sandwiches, deviled ham sandwiches (I did say it was my first time and I had plenty of ham) and cucumber sandwiches (which no one ate). Plain brownies, frosted brownies (the same brownie for both), pecan sandies (from Nabisco if I remember correctly) and chocolate pudding (Jello) in mother's Lenox crystal wine glasses. And Luzianne tea.
The ladies (eight of us under the age of nineteen) were invited for 2 p.m. as I had ascertained that was an appropriate time for tea. Everything was ready, including the hot water, a little before 2 p.m.. The first two guests arrived around 2:15 p.m.. The other six straggled in for the next half hour or so. The guest of honor who was always very late (and the main reason why I am ALWAYS on time and have no tolerance for people who are late) arrived a bit after 3 p.m.. By the time everyone arrived, the bread on the sandwiches was very dry because I didn't think to cover them. Hmmm, maybe that's why no one ate the cucumber sandwiches.
My grandmother's tea set was ready. I did reheat the water and read the directions for steeping the tea. I had arranged for the bride-to-be's sister (who was equally late) to pour. The conversation was lively and we oohed and aahed over the gifts. I picked up my tea cup to have a sip and noticed an unpleasant "scum" on top of the hot brew. I believe there was a unanimous "yuck" from all the young ladies.
After the shower participants had left and I was
And she didn't even help with the cleanup!