Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Set The Table, Tea Is On!






This week's Gracious Hospitality Blog-a-thon assignment is:

“Share a creative afternoon tea table setting. Linens, serving pieces, teapots and teacup, tea accoutrement's and accessories, centerpieces, tea trays or three-tiers, and more. Show one way you enjoy creating a memorable tea experience. This is your opportunity to show the world the fun you have when you create your own special tea experience. Then. . .invite over a friend or neighbor and share some tea together. That way all your work is not for ought.”

I might be able to complete this assignment before the week is over, but just to cover the bases, these photos are from an afternoon tea I hosted a couple of years ago. My friend Mary wanted to honor her aunts at a special event, so Mary and I hosted a tea at my home. There were 10 of us around my dining room table. I set this table with a variety of English china teacup trios. All place settings are different, but each person's cup and saucer matches her plate. I use vintage napkins collected over the years and a variety of china teapots to serve the tea. This tea was in July so also I had a glass of ice water at each place. I use three tier servers at the tea table. I provide a printed menu at each place for the guests to keep. Favors are usually at the guest's place when they arrive at the table. They were given at the end of this tea and I forgot to take photos.

11 comments:

Lisa said...

That is a lovely setting. And it looks like there are lots of yummy things - I think I'll pull up a chair!

ellen b. said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!! What a wonderful table you set. How fun to honor loved ones in this way...

Bonita said...

What an elegant tea! I love the idea of using different settings and teapots.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Lovely settings and the food looks amazing! I'd have been thrilled to have been there with such beautiful ladies and wonderful hospitality. It really is elegant!

Grace Yaskovic said...

how much fun!!! It is truly lovely!

La Tea Dah said...

Linda, your tea table is beautiful and elegantly set. I love the way you've mixed vintage and eclectic without losing the charm of a proper table-setting. From a home economics stand-point, the teacher gets an A+!!!

Thanks for sharing! I love it!
LaTeaDah

Charli and me said...

What a nice table setting. I love your little tea bag holders. All of the goodies look delicious!

Marye said...

beautiful table!
MArye
http://www.kettleandcup.com/hospital-i-tea-blogathontea-tables/

BritGal' Sarah said...

Oh that looks wonderful and has made me long for a proper English tea!

Denise said...

Your tea is beautiful! What a lovely setting and such nice friends to join you for this special occasion1

I'm just curious, what did you use for your favors? I'll be hosting a Mother-Daughter Garden Tea here at my home on the 20th and would really like to have a favor for each of the 59 guests. Naturally, I won't be able to spend alot on each one.

Don't you just love Miss Annabelle's? I live just up the road from there and pass there at least once a week. Several of her teas will be featured at my tea party! Mmmm yummy!

Thank you for sharing a delightful post and have a blessed weekend!

Alice said...

How beautiful and elegant and a perfect way to honor the aunts. I love your using menus at each place. It adds an extra caring touch. I hope you don't mind if I use this idea at my next tea.

 

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