Monday, March 18, 2013

Do my teacups have to match?

The age old question, "To match or not to match" is always asked!
When I'm feeling whimsical, light- hearted even I tend to get out all the pieces and mix and match, using a chosen color palette to unify and make the tablescape work together. I think that's the key to making it work, zeroing in on a particular color.
Tea cups mix or match

When the mood is a celebration or has a theme, I love to pull out all the stops and lay a balanced table setting of one pattern. I use flowers and napkins to add interest, or give the eye a place to rest.  I also make use of the "rule of 3" more when the focus is placed on one china pattern. 
Do you have thoughts on this age old dilemma? Of course, I'll keep hunting the tag sales and collecting while I wait for your comments!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tea Party Cookies- for the birds!

I'm sure that you've noticed all the beautiful bird's nest products in the home magazines! In fact, they tie in nicely with my tablescape theme, "Birds of a Feather Sip Together" using our Anniversary Tea Cozy Collection.
My recipe file was going through my head when I suddenly remembered some adorable & tasty cookies that mom had made for Easter when I was just a chicklet. :)
Birds nest cookies
These are so easy and fun! Yes, they can be messy, but isn't that part of the fun with the kids!
Bird's Nest Cookies  
1 5 0z can Chow Main noodles (we used La Choy) 
2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels or light cocoa candy melts (we used Wilton)
36 small blue,yellow and green jelly beans (we picked these to go with our theme, you may do so too)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper. Melt  chocolate pieces using microwave or double boiler method. Mix in noodles slowly so they do not break. Scoop out cookies, drop onto parchment lined sheet. Form each into a small bird's nest. Place 2 or 3 jelly beans in center before chocolate dries. Let cookies set for 1/2 hour before serving. makes 12 -16 cookies.
Imagine a pretty Easter or Mother's Day tablescape with  lots of spring flowers and bird's nests! 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Time for Tea! A Correspondence Tea Party

The Art of Afternoon Tea can transport you to a wonderful world of bliss and tranquility. Everyday moments become a celebration when tea is included!
 Spring ushers in a time of renewal as Mother Nature inspires us with her beauty. She beckons us to throw open the windows and enjoy the rebirth of the trees, and flowers around us.
Take a cue from this inspired renewal and set aside 15 minutes each week to enjoy a “Correspondence Tea”.
You may like to have a few items on hand each week:
·        1 cup of tea  (Herbal Tea is a nice reminder of the beauty of Spring)
·         1 Teacup Cozy (to keep your  tea warm while you write)
·         2  lemon shortbread cookies to nibble
·         1 pretty note card & envelope
·         1 pretty postage stamp
·         1 friend’s name and address
Find a comfy chair and pour yourself a spot of tea, preferably near a sun drenched open window, and revel in these 15 minutes of pleasure. Consider renewing a friendship by offering the gift of a letter. Or perhaps, the birthday of a dear one is approaching and well wishes are in order. A few choice sentences can bring a smile to both the writer and recipient.
Enjoy tea and your friends each week. There is great pleasure in both!

“A friend is a gift you give yourself”  Robert Louis Stevenson
One of my favorite books on this subject is "The Gift of a Letter" by Alexandra Stoddard

Friday, March 8, 2013

Hello March and a Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be back blogging after taking a few weeks off to launch our company's 6th Anniversary, New Cozy Collection and Spring Catalog! Phew, it's been busy here!
I just adore this new Cozy Collection and all the tablescape possibilities. Birds are a big decorating theme still and there are some really cute ones out in the stores to help you put a nice centerpiece together!

This pattern is so versatile. The green background can set off a nice St. Patrick's Day table, and the pink and green color scheme will inspire a pretty Easter brunch! Of course, I think it will be a knock out all year long! The photo above is a scan of the fabric to show it's true shade of green. The photo below is how it looked on a snowy day in my breakfast room, the green had a soft blue shade to it that day! Isn't it fun how lighting can set off colors differently?

I'm so excited to share this collection in honor of our Anniversary that I want to give a Teacup Cozy Set and Tea Napkin away! What do you have to do? Just two things! Post a comment here on how you would enjoy winning this cozy and then post a comment on my FB page. Yes, that's it! I know how busy you are, but I'd love to meet you and find out a bit about you too. So I thought this would be a great way to do it and to reward you for it :)

I'll randomly draw the winner in a week so you can have it in time for a pretty Easter table! Cheers!