Monday, December 29, 2014

We'll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet

For this last tea party of the year, I have a bit of mood music:


This version of Auld Lang Syne sounds of sad yet hopeful reflections as we "take a cup of kindness yet" and look back on the year as the last few days of 2014 pass by.  My cup of memories I've placed under my silver tree--a winter wonderland to bring to mind what is to come, but filled with ornaments as reminders of years past. 







Here is a better look at the tea service, which was a Christmas gift from my parents:



The creamer really drew me in--I love the wavy top!  I haven't seen anything like it before.


As you can see, the set has lots of gold embellishment as well as multi-colored flowers.  I purchased the tea trio earlier this year and was really excited to see the whole set while I was at the Biltmore in November.


This set is based on a Vanderbilt tea service dating to 1888--pieces from the original set are on display in the house as well as in the museum on the  Biltmore grounds.  The Biltmore offers a reproduction of the set for sale in its gift shops.


(the original set)

(I saved this beverage napkin with the Vanderbilt insignia on it from the trip)


I can just imagine the "real" cups being used by ladies in beautiful dresses at the turn of the century, with candlelight reflecting off the cup--one last warm brew before the end of the year.



Here are a couple of other pictures of the decorations that are also in my loft (the same room as the winter wonderland tree).



And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

~Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne

I'm joining these tea parties this week:

Bernideen's Friends Sharing Tea




I downloaded a free watercolor app to my Kindle (arto.free if you are interested) after seeing the beautiful pictures posted on Tea With Friends (although she used a different app, I went with this one because I have a Kindle and it was free).  I think it turned out really cool! 


11 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! And what a lovely gift too! I love blue so especially love your wonderful decorations! The china is gorgeous indeed! Happy New Year and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  2. Oh Carrie, everything here is so gorgeous! Your blue and silver tree looks so elegant, and that tea set is stunning. What a wonderful gift from your parents. I visited the Biltmore a couple years ago, isn't it beautiful?
    So nice to get to know you this year; I'm looking forward to sharing more lovely tea parties in 2015. xo Deborah

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  3. Your tree is stunning, as is the wonderful tea set! I also love that peacock coloured wreath.

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  4. How nice to have a set with memories of a lovely trip. Happy New Year!

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  5. That is the most stunning tea set! I love the handle on the tea cup. I imagine the set looks even fancier close up. Thank you for sharing that beautiful table. Have a wonderful New Year! Hugs, Martha

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  6. What a stunning tea set, Carrie! I don't blame you for loving it. A lovely set to remind you of your trip. Your tree is gorgeous and I like the peacock wreath. My mother always liked peacocks too and used to put them on her tree. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. I wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. Hello Carrie,
    Your blue tree is so lovely! Wow! And your new tea service is very beautiful! I have the tea cup from the Biltmore too : ) I love it as well.
    Wishing you all the best in 2015!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  8. Pretty blue and white theme Carrie, and I like the unique wavy top of your creamer too.
    Peacocks and their feathers were available in many stores for Christmas decor this year, they look nice.
    Happy New Year!

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  9. Beautiful......I love your new tea set and the tree is beautiful too!
    Love the reindeer in the photos too.
    Happy New Year!
    Carolyn

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  10. Your tree is so pretty, Carrie! I love the tea set from your sweet parents. What a lovely gift that is perfect for you.
    Happy New Year's blessings to you!

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  11. Wow. I'm blown away by that set. Love that shared about the Biltmore too.

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