Friday, May 18, 2018

Spring 2018 Teacup exchange!

I'm a little behind schedule, but I'm finally posting my teacup exchange post a day late.  I was so excited to learn that Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose was hosting another teacup exchange, her twelfth!  This was my fourth time participating, and every time it has been so much fun.

I received my box from Esther in Indiana (I don't think she has a blog).

So many goodies!  Chocolates (long since gone), a nice strong black tea that went straight to be my new work box--very smooth and caffeinated, perfect for early mornings!  A notepad with a magnet for my fridge (and I do love making lists!), and some lavender sachets--my favorite scent.

But of course, the main event:

This cup has pretty blue flowers and silver edging.  Esther said in her note that she has a whole set of this pretty china.  It is Bavarian--which is so cool since I actually just got back from a trip to Germany!  

Last, but not least, new garden gloves and seeds, which is perfect because I just started working in my garden.

Esther sent such a lovely spring box!

I sent a box to Deborah from A Delightful Glow.  I think I took pictures, but I can't find them now that I need them.  No biggie, since Deborah has gorgeous pictures on her blog of my box (here)!    

Thanks again so much to Stephanie for arranging!  There were close to 250 participants this time--and so many very nice boxes.  Check out all the other boxes on The Enchanting Rose's 12th Teacup exchange post.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

The world itself keeps Easter Day, 

And Easter larks are singing; 

And Easter flow'rs are blooming gay, 

And Easter buds are springing.

Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord of all things lives anew, 

And all His works are living too. 

Alleluia, alleluia

~"The World Itself" by John M. Neale (1866)

(A new woodland scene set I found for my birthday!)

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

By the way, my father planted all those daffodils for me in the woods behind my house.  He's been adding to it every fall--it is getting to be quite the field of all different kinds!  I enjoyed walking back and seeing what had come up this year.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Valentine table

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you saw my little teaser from earlier in the week, here is the full table, set for two.  

These heart tea cups are the main event of the table, along with...

This pretty table runner!  It was a Christmas present :).

(I love the little teacups along the sides)

I finished off the place settings with clear etched glass plates and two little Royal Albert heart trinket holders, that also work as little cups!  

And the table wouldn't be complete without the beautiful pink roses I got for Valentine's Day!

I hope you all had a wonderful day!

(Can you tell I'm left handed?  I never noticed that I kept putting the teapot on the wrong side!)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunflower fields

Won't you take a little stroll with me?

Along the garden paths,

among the Gaudy leonine sunflower

Maybe a quick stop for tea?

A table of red poppies and yellow sunflowers

freshly cut from the fields,

With a couple summertime visitors.

Pale guests crossing the forest line for a quick snack.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Disney Princess Tea

Once Upon a Dream
In a Tale as Old as Time
Whole New World
opened up, because a dream,
is a wish your heart makes,
and now I'm Almost There
now that, at last, I've Seen the Light.

And you can join me, as I invite you to pull up a chair as the dining room proudly presents-- a Disney Princess Tea!

It has definitely been a while since my last post!  I am way behind as you might guess, so lets go back to the end of June when I held a Disney Princess themed tea for some of my sister's friends!

First tea start with a glass of Peach Muscato while waiting for everyone to get there--you can see one at the opposite side of the table, left side--Katie (my sister) and the first guest had stepped outside to greet another guest and I decided to take pictures really quick because the lighting was so good with the front door open--I'll have to remember for the next time I take pictures.  Katie loves peach flavored things.

I really was extremely excited about this tea--each place setting had a menu and a favor specialized for each princess "guest."  The favors I put in little white boxes with silver ribbon and a sticker of the princess on each side.

I also served an item of each of the Princesses during the party:

Savories:  Ariel's shimp salad on a croissant, Rapunzel's cucumber flowers, and  Jasmine's hummus on pita bread.

I really loved these napkins, shown above with the Rapunzel place setting--I really wanted some that said Once upon a time, but didn't see any I could easily get online or in stores, and then two days before the party I saw these little beverage napkins at homegoods!  They even had gold accents to match my new small set of goldware.

The last savory was Tiana's chicken creole bites on the light green stand I got from the last teacup exchange around a frog prince in his top hat finery.  This place setting is Tiana's of course.

(Jasmine's place setting)

(Belle's place setting)

The scones were Belle's peach buttermilk scones.  I even put a bit of yellow sugar on top to give them a golden look.

And next for dessert:  Cinderella's pumpkin cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream, and Snow White's apple rose tarts.

(Cinderella's place setting with my Cinderella's castle music box)

And finally, Sleeping Beauty's cream puffs with vanilla pink and blue filling.

(Sleeping Beauty's place setting)

I served three teas at this party--Mulan's mystic dragon tea (a green tea with ; Elsa & Anna's chocolate tea (a black tea with chocolate and a hint of vanilla and whiskey); and Moana's pineapple blooming tea.

The favors were a Lip Smacker's lip gloss for each princess and a pink wrapped Godiva truffle.

Image result for princess lip smakers

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kentucky Derby tea

Welcome back to Aldie Mill, this time for a Kentucky Derby Tea!

This grist mill in Aldie, Virginia was built between 1807 and 1809, and the water wheel is still fully operational.

This is my second time attending one of their teas, both times have been wonderful experiences!

Since this was a Kentucky Derby tea, the ladies all wore hats!

Here is my table,

And my place setting.

And here is the menu to peruse, 

until the tiered tray appears.

For savories, chicken salad, caprese salad sandwiches, and Kentucky ham biscuits,

followed by two types of scones,

The tea was from Dominion Tea in Purcellville, Virginia:  Mounted Mint Tea, and Aldie's Special Kentucky Blend.

For dessert, a slice of raisin bread with marmalade, shortbreads, chocolate bourbon bites, and cream puffs.

There was even a raffle that both my mother and I won.  I got a book, the French Art of Tea and a Grafton tea cup with gold.

After we had finished our afternoon tea, we went upstairs where all sorts of flower clippings were waiting for us.

We filed our own mint julep cups with a bouquet of flowers, including all sorts of random clippings, azaleas, baby's breathe, leaves, ferns, white carnations, some wild flowers, and red roses of course!

(my arrangement)

(my mother's)

 It was fun just walking around seeing what people came up with.

Another wonderful Aldie Mill teatime!