Monday, June 2, 2014

Children's Tea Sets and Memories


Children's Tea Sets have been a topic of discussion on
the Afternoon Tea Across America Facebook page recently.  

I purchased the Phaltzgraff "My First Tea Rose ® Tea Set" in 2001,
the year granddaughter Kaitlyn was born.  


The English Bone China set below was a gift from a
sweet lady who loved to bargain shop at flea markets
and yard sales.  She and her husband have recently moved out-of-state
to be near their daughter.  
Glenn returned from a business trip years ago 
with this pretty blue and white set.  If I remember correctly, 
he purchased it in a hotel gift shop. 
Kaitlyn, Austin and I used this pretty violet set several times.
I purchased a duplicate so we would have enough pieces. 
It is at the farm house with several miniature tea sets.  

The photo below is in a framed grouping of photos 
hanging in my "tea room."  This was taken when Kaitlyn
was in preschool.  The bear was sent home on different days
with different children and the next day the child shared their
experiences with the class. We had a tea party with the bear
(and the violet tea set).  
In addition, I've purchased several plastic and metal children's tea sets
over the years for the grandchildren.
The tea set I had when I was a child was a blue willow pattern. 
My Aunt Mary told me I played "tea party" with
two imaginary friends with that tea set at her house when I visited her.
I remember those "friends" names, but will keep that a mystery for now.
Tea Parties and Memories go hand-in-hand! 


8 comments:

Marilyn said...

Yes, tea parties do create such lovely memories. How wonderful to have had all these tea experiences with the children in your life. I love the bear story too.

La Tea Dah said...

A very nice post --- and I love how it was inspired by discussion on Afternoon Tea Across America. You have some lovely tea sets for kids. They contain not only tea but cherished events and stories; and throughout the years they will evoke many wonderful memories.

racheld said...

How charming, and how perfectly sweet to have such memories of small moments.

We have bits and bobs of several plastic sets about underfoot, all used for "P'tend Tea" or Fairy Tea for years now. The china sets have been carefully used, washed and tenderly set away for other times, and my own Blue Willow from the Forties is upstairs on the guest room clothes press, lost away in a closet for thirty years, and found the day we cleared out our Family Home after Mother's death.

I'll never wash that one, though I dust and Windex the outside now and then, for there are still the stains of Doll Tea in the bottoms of the cups.

r

racheld said...

How charming, and how perfectly sweet to have such memories of small moments.

We have bits and bobs of several plastic sets about underfoot, all used for "P'tend Tea" or Fairy Tea for years now. The china sets have been carefully used, washed and tenderly set away for other times, and my own Blue Willow from the Forties is upstairs on the guest room clothes press, lost away in a closet for thirty years, and found the day we cleared out our Family Home after Mother's death.

I'll never wash that one, though I dust and Windex the outside now and then, for there are still the stains of Doll Tea in the bottoms of the cups.

r

Angela McRae said...

Now this just makes me smile, especially that picture of Kaitlyn with the little tea set ... what awesome memories!

Bernideen said...

I love them all!

The Victorian Girl said...

I had a Blue Willow teaset as a child, but didn't remember it until I was watching some old home movies. No telling what happened to it with 5 kids around! Then one time I was working for a man who did estate sales and there was one just like it. Needless to say I grabbed it! I do have a fondness for little girls' toys and especially teasets.

Joy said...

Oh, I love those, and the violet ones speak to me the loudest! (no surprise). I have a "Moss Rose" set that my grandfather got for me in his travels around the state of VA as a health inspector. And packed in my closet is a DG set in various pastel colors. I've given my 2 year old granddaughter a plastic (talking) teapot set this year, soon she will be using the china ones right along with me. She's already had some water from one of my most beautiful china cups, I was thrilled that she pointed to it and wanted to drink from it. Much more special than a sippy cup.
Your photo of the bear's tea party is so precious! Great memory!

 

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