Friday, August 8, 2008

Tea Party Hosted by Jan!!

Welcome to a day of Tea Parties hosted by Jan at . Go on over to her blog when you're finished here and you can visit everyone taking part in this wonderful event today!

I'm so thrilled you're here to have tea with me today. It's a little special for me because I'm using some old Fostoria crystal that was passed down to me from my Aunt Alma after she passed away. Even when I was a very young girl she would tell me she wanted me to have her crystal. I was having tea parties way back then and she knew I would love and cherish her pieces. I do!

So come into the living room and sit down. I've dressed the table up just for you! I have a pretty old tablecloth here (I even ironed it) and everything is in place for our tea!

C See the pretty Colony crystal plates? I think they're just so dainty.
Let me pour the tea. Oh, good! It's just perfect, not too strong, just right! Aren't the cup and saucer sweet, too?

What do you take in your tea?
A little sugar?

Some cream? Again, look at the Colony sugar and creamer.

I like to float a little slice of lemon on top of my tea. Doesn't it smell divine?

You know you just cannot have a proper tea without serving cucumber sandwiches. Would you like one? I just made them this morning.

Do you like the sandwich server? I don't get to use it enough.

A lemon poppy scone?

Here are some fresh blackberries in a perfect little bowl - Fostoria American pattern.

Biscuits dipped in chocolate (that's what the English call cookies) in a three footed Colony crystal dish.
I put this together this morning just for you. I took one of my cake plates, and filled a American crystal glass with these little roses and topped them with my cloche. I think it looks very dainty and girly, don't you? Did I ever tell you how creative I am? :)

I've even bought six long stemmed roses for this occasion and put them into a lovely crystal vase my Mr. Precious gave me. This vase is soooooooo heavy.

Can you smell the fragrance? Hmmm, I love the smell of roses.

Aw, and a little candlelight is always a good thing. Again, I'm using the little American patterned footed compotes for my candle holders.

Are you tired of tea partying? I hope not. I thought we would continue in the dining room using my special found treasures.

My beautiful Blogland tea pot is all dressed up with baby's breath and a tassel made by Susie Harris at Susie makes these awesome tassels and you must go visit her. My teapot is sitting on a very old doily crocheted by my Grandmother. I love to use old things along with my new ones. I am very grateful to have a few things from my Grandmother.

I showed you this beautiful pitcher that goes with my Blogland tea pot yesterday. While you where answering your cell phone, I quickly cut the stems of the roses so they would fit in the pitcher. I think they look so pretty, don't you? Wish I had a rose bush of my own. I don't think I can grow rose bushes very well.

I made too many sandwiches and scones ~ but since this is such a nice occasion, let's go ahead and eat a little more. See my silver? Back when I lived in Alabama as a little girl - well, I never was a little boy! - my uncle worked in a silverware factory. He gave me a set of silver when I was about nine years old. This is the silver and I'm now 56! I have always thought it was so beautiful!

We're drinking the Apricot Peach tea that I won in Jan's giveaway a few weeks back. It tastes divine, doesn't it? I need to stir my tea just a tiny bit more to dissolve the sugar.
I seem to be really all about old things today. My tea things are sitting on a little tea cloth that was made by my Grandmother. She was so good at needlework. She embroidered this and crocheted the sweet little pink edging all around.

She went to be with Jesus when she was ninety one years old! The fabric is very thin and there are a few little stains on the cloth, but I cherish it.

I'm so glad you've come to my tea party. I have enjoyed it so much!

After you've gone I'll clean everything up and think of the sweet memories we've made this morning and...

...enjoy the pretty roses I didn't grow in the pitcher I am beginning to love that will sit on my kitchen window sill.

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

In My Life

There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more
~ John Lennon/Paul McCartney