Favorite Things 

Easter is a time of celebration and a time to rejoice for many people. It is always a pleasure to have a hand in creating Afternoon Tea or tea pastries for you and you loved ones.

 I hope you enjoy the pastel splash of Springtime renewal.



Spring is for Dreams…

“All our dreams  can come true, if we have the courage  to pursue  them”

                                         ~Walt Disney

Scones, Cookies & Candy

Afternoon Tea by Chocolate Aristocrat has taken on a new meaning this season! Our Class Instruction now offers by request-  Buttercream Sandwich Cookies, Royal Scone Decoration and Toffee Tops Candy!

Join the fun and plan a Private Afternoon Tea Class today! You and your friends will delight as you enjoy an age old tradition turned into a modern day ritual.


Sleepy foliage and baby buds poke their heads out to check to see if Spring has sprung. The awakening is universal and speaks to my soul as it gathers all the beauty it can contain.

Be it in the form of birds, flowers, dishes or beautiful food and drink…my soul always says Yes to Spring! 

Be in Joy!

xoxo ~Sepia

Colors of Springtime 

I spent the day browsing at Macy’s and discovered the beautiful pastels of kitchenware!

I love painting with these colors as well as decorating my home with soft blush like beauty.

Afternoon Tea just seems to taste better in a pink teacup or poured from a pretty pink teapot! This lovely teapot by Pinky Up! is my newest love and is offered as our Afternoon Tea Party Hostess gift.

Do you have a favorite color that speaks Spring to you?



An Afternoon Tea

The month of February is when Cupid usually shows up with flowers, chocolates and special gifts. This Valentines Day plan and prepare an Afternoon Tea to remember! Start with the three S’s…scones, sandwiches and sweets.

Remember any dietary concerns your friends may have and to keep it simple. 

The Art of tea Events held in the privacy of your home provides you with fun modern ideas for this timeless celebration! Contact us for more info💕

Happy Sweetness Day!


Shortbread & Tea

A favorite and simple recipe of my Granny’s is the classic white chocolate shortbread. She indulged with coffee while I always pair with a cup of tea.

Flour, confectioners sugar, butter and a hint of vanilla mixed well makes a tasty treat. Add your favorites ( pecans, peanuts, chocolate or raspberry to Mae a few) and delight your tastebuds! 

Enjoy to the fullest! 



Beauty Beginnings 

I always look for opportunity to seek beauty and create dreamlike settings in my home. Through the winter I can only look at beautiful garden books since my own garden is sleeping. A trip to Costco or a flower vender satisfies my desire for fresh flowers in my home.

My cat Mr. Pickle usually investigates the flowers after they have shared their beauty and fragrance. I squeeze out as much value as possible by sometime drying the flowers, making flower sachets or pressing them in books. 

This past week I opened a gift I received and chilled a bottle of champagne to celebrate a beautiful new year! I’m certain this pink bell will get pressed often. Home, should be our place of magic and calm. I certainly encourage you to continue to bring beauty into your life this year 💞

A Life of Beauty 

2017 is a good time to step in a new and brighter direction for me! 

A quick trip to the local grocer is where I rediscovered a favorite Washington wine and beautiful orange tulips. Naturally I purchased them both and brought them home. While the wine chilled I listened to music and enjoyed the last bit of snow on the ground.

My former Tearoom manager was to pay a visit so I put the fresh flowers in a vase and poured myself a glass of wine before she arrived. I wanted to take in the new year and embrace the beauty of the moment. 

Trish and I shared laughter, pastries, wine and good conversation this afternoon. It was a delight to hear her say this was her year to choose beauty and live a simple and beautiful life. I so agree. Let’s take the time to see a bit of beauty that surrounds us daily and be grateful.



Table Manners

The quote above is attributed to Charles Dickens and I totally agree! For our Thanksgiving dinner I choose a simple menu and included a bottle of Taittinger Champagne as our beverage of choice. 

After I put the ingredients for the crab boil in the pot, I set the table and munched on an oyster or two. The question of table manners came up when my daughter ask where the claw cutters were to crack the crab.

I explained that messy foods can be eaten with fingers at home or on the run, however they are eaten with fork and knife if part of a more formal meal. Since we were enjoying a family meal together I assured her she was safe and could navigate the soft crab. A few oysters later and two glasses of bubbly and the dinner was ready!

Everyone enjoyed the delicious meal with a few fingers, utensils, napkins on their laps and smile. I hope your Thanksgiving was as warm and wonderful as mine!

Always wear Joy!