By Kerry Fodor

Three students who were born and raised in England hosted a British Tea Party on May 18 for their school friends — that in turn benefitted the Ocean Palms Elementary PTO. Cerys Jack from Landrum Middle School and Ysabel Jacks and Kerry Fodor from Ocean Palms Elementary treated their guests to an informative tour of English cuisine and customs. 

Student guests enjoyed cheese straw appetizers, watercress sandwiches and mini cucumber sandwiches, followed by desserts custom baked by Chef Stephanie Marciani. Included were an assortment of scones with clotted cream, fruit tarts, shortbreads and traditional English treats and candy.

Each serving of food was a participation in taste testing and a lesson in English traditions.

The guests were also served sweet tea and lemonade in their very own Royal Doulton patterned teacups, which each took home as mementos of the event.

The hostesses brought items and photographs from England and regaled the fascinated guests with stories from their time in English schools. Also assisting was Ellie Peterson.

An adult British Tea Party fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Coastal Oaks at Nocatee Clubhouse. Email for more information or if you’d like to attend.

Photo courtesy Abby Stanford

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