Monday, September 29, 2014

A little fall loveliness!

I've decided to have a few friends over for tea and luncheon. They work just a mile or so away from me and that would give us plenty of time to enjoy each other's company over a simple autumn salad, tea sandwiches, and scones. On the menu, Figalicious tea, cucumber sandwiches, fig & rosemary cream sandwiches, butternut squash salad and fig & walnut scones! Fresh fall flavors, yum!
When I think of early fall, the bright reds, golds and soft greens come to mind so that is the color scheme of my table.
You'll find some hydrangea in the center, low so that we can see each other and dried so that their scent is very mild. The aroma of the tea and food should be the focus!
The plates are stacked ready for the three courses. I've folded the glittered burlap placemats allowing for the four settings to fit at the table. The tiered table is pulled up to offer as a serving area, just as the Victorians did at tea time.

The tea napkins are tucked into the teacups, like flowers in a vase.

Time for a scone, are you ready?

Thanks for joining me for a tea time visit!
What's your favorite element of the tea party? Planning the menu, setting the table, making the invites? I'd love to hear about it!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guess WHOO's coming to tea?

With the arrival of fall comes crisp evenings and time to enjoy friends and celebrations!
I've packed up the car and set up our tea party/dinner birthday celebration and guess WHOO's coming?
 The focal point and theme of the party is our lovely blue owl. She's perched here in the centerpiece, overlooking tea time and eavesdropping every now and then. She's surrounded by fall mums and silk butterflies. You can visit my blog post on how this centerpiece was put together here.

Each place setting had a smaller owl which was a favor to share with the guests.

 I just love the blue & white with the golden tones of fall. It turned out to be a great combination.
 Here's one of the place settings. I've stacked my grandmother's blue & white teacup on top of my Johnson Bros. lunch and dinner plates. (Richmond pattern) Then below those are a copper metalic charger from Micheal's and a jute charger from Pier 1. The blue cloth napkin from Pier one is wrapped with fall beaded garlands from Micheal's.
 The stone archway made a wonderful backdrop for our party, and the two windows turned out to be the perfect buffet areas for food and drinks!
 Well, now its time to toast  the birthdays and celebrate another year! Autumn is such a lovely time to pull up a table and chair and just enjoy each other as the conversation flows-as does the tea!

Have a wonderful fall week!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Hooked on.....Staffordshire Spaniels

I don't know when I fell in love with these figurines. They came up on my radar long ago, 
but I never pursued them. I was busy collecting American Girl dolls, Power Rangers 
and Fisher Price pirate guys. I did keep a piece of fabric, a sample from interior 
design school days, in my stash.I came across that sample, last year and made a table
 cloth out of it and tea napkins out of the co-ordinating sample. Here it is!
While I was hemming it last year, I came across that wonderful little spaniel at a local home decorating shop. It's a Christmas ornament! So cute and the perfect size for a table-setting.

You often see these pairs of spaniels out and about at the antique malls. 
They can go anywhere from hundreds of dollars for good quality fakes to 
thousands of dollars for the real deal!

Over the summer I found a cute pair of black & white spaniels
                            at a little vintage resale shop in Lancaster, PA. I couldn't believe my                              good luck, because they were just the right size and a great price!

I could really go crazy collecting these little guys!
 They're so English and just say "let's do tea" to me! 
Imagine them visiting for the holidays!

and decorating your party table,

Or just enjoying them on the mantel as you sip your morning cup of tea!
Have a tea-rific Monday!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Guess WHOO's making a centerpiece!

I'm in love with this cute little blue owl! And she is in love with tea parties, so we are all set and ready  to put together this centerpiece! 

 I started shopping around the house first. Something that, if you know me, always occurs as the first step. I knew in my head, that I wanted the owl to stand tall amongst the flowers, but I didn't want that flowerpot look on the tea table.

 I found a round plastic chip & dip bowl, you know, the one where you put the bowl of dip in the center and then the chips surround that bowl?
Then I found a white ceramic bowl that I could flip over and put in the center. And THEN, I found a ceramic 2 tiered stand (meant for jewelry, but hey, I'm a tea party gal) and put that on top of the bowl.
So it looked pretty good, and I snapped a photo with my phone so that I could remember how to reassemble it. I found small potted mums at Kmart and yes, actually planted them in my chip bowl!

If you look closely, you can see the gold speckled plastic chip bowl sitting on the table.
Then the upside down ceramic bowl and jewelry stand on top of that, to create the owl perch.
I twisted the left over beaded garland I used for the napkin rings around the stand to create a tree branch effect. It also added some color to that glaring white in the center. Some silk butterflies are added to the mums and the perch for some whimsy and sparkle.

Here's a shot, looking down at her perch and the flowers.

This shot is from the practice tablesetting I did before I took the tea party on the road to that lovely stonewall location! 

I think that it captured the seasonal look perfectly and it was a way to introduce my color scheme and owl theme to the tea party. What do you think?

I'll be posting more about the tea party later in the week, but if you can't wait you can click on the link to the right, the look book link.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

"Will You be my Bridesmaid" Tea Party

The table is set, the excitement begins! Teatime is the perfect time to share your wedding plans with your girlfriends. Our bride is also going to pop the big question, "Will You?"

She's given this a lot of thought and set the table with elements that will convey her wedding colors and ideas; rustic and shabby chic mixed for elegance and charm. The table is set with a Tea with Marie Table cloth layered over a long full skirt, pink tea napkins and glittered burlap placemats.

The bride has used her white luncheon dishes and Grandmother's vintage teacups. Stacked on the white dishes are cute paper plates that coordinate with the 3 tiered centerpiece. (Found online from Talking Tables) 

The tea party favors, set at each friend's placesetting are actually her Bridesmaid Gifts, dressed in burlap & lace.

Glass salt shakers are the perfect size for a posy of flowers at each place. Vintage broaches from Grandma make darling place card holders.

Rustic Charm and Shabby Chic are shining at her tea table!

Click here for a Bridal Tea Party menu that is easy! A Cream Tea, perfect for the occasion.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

My 3 favorite Wake-Up teas!

Like most people, I am not naturally a morning person. This gal wants to get a good eight hours of sleep and that means I am not normally up watching the sunrise!
I do however have a young man who needs to catch an early morning school bus, so I am up (most mornings) with him. That gets the electric kettle humming around 6:00am and I am steeping a good wake-me-up cup of tea!
My top 3 picks-Black tea of course! for the biggest and best that tea can offer!

  1. Paris Market Day- my all time FAV for it's wonderful earl grey flavor with lovely vanilla and lemon notes added
  2. French Breakfast-a really bold cup of black tea with a yummy caramel flavor
  3. Currant Fancy-Sometimes I need a strong cup of black tea with a fruity note added, this is it!
There you have it, short & sweet and ready to wake you up! Now I will take this opportuni-tea to remind you that you will only get a bitter cup of tea, not stronger when you let your tea leaves steep a long time! Remember the rule of thumb- "Add more tea leaves; not more time" for a strong wake-me-up cuppa :)