Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tea and Bookishness

tea with thomas

On Sunday afternoon, Thomas of the blog My Porch hosted a glorious tea party for a few DC book bloggers--complete with homemade scones with clotted cream and jam; delicate tea-sandwiches with salmon, cucumber, and cress; and pots of loose-leaf tea. Frances of Nonsuch Book, Teresa of Shelf Love and I all enjoyed his gorgeous library, his adorable pup, his fabulous cooking, and his generous hospitality that had us all comfortable and laughing in no time.

After we enjoyed our afternoon feast, we pulled out the bookish board game that Frances brought: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. Playing in pairs, each team circled the board to different locations (Shakespeare, Poetry, Nonfiction, Literature from 1900-1950, etc.). The other team would then read the players the first line of a book from that genre. Then the first team would have to guess the author or book title. We had a terrific time--both when we knew the answers and when we were completely stumped.  Teresa is a fabulous reader and I especially loved hearing her recite the snippets of poetry (including Dylan!).   Frances and I were hoping that the fact we both have children would swing the game our way, since one of the categories is Children's Literature.

Be sure to check out Frances's post about the party, too--complete with a picture of our game.  I can't wait to acquire my own copy and play it with my "literary-first-sentences"-quoting father.  He'll cream us all...

Thanks again to the lovely folks I had the pleasure to meet this weekend!  Here is to many more.


  1. Oh, how much fun! It almost makes me wish I still lived in DC. I need to find that game :)

  2. It was great fun to meet you. Even though I did so poorly with the game, I had lots of fun playing.

  3. Sounds fun! I'm always looking for new games. I may have to get that one to play at my book salon.

  4. It was a wonderful afternoon, wasn't it? It was great to meet you, and I'm looking forward to many more :)

  5. I am so jealous! It sounds (and looks) like a wonderful time.

  6. I really, really enjoyed myself, and hope to get together again soon.

  7. AnonymousMay 04, 2011

    O my! Look at that cake... look at those scones! I'll join the line of envious visitors :)


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