Monday, September 8, 2008

Tea Party with Jan/Blue Monday with Sally

Hi, and welcome to another Tea Party with Jan at
I thought I would show you a Christmas Tea I hosted for the ladies of my church. That year I prepared all of the food and goodies and of course the tea.

I'm also combining Blue Monday that is hosted by Sally at because I'm showing so blue in my tea party!!
Here is the tea table filled with the goodies to eat!

Little finger sandwiches! Of course some are cucumber!

Can you see the centerpiece? It's a raised tea pot with baby's breath, little strings of pearls and candles.

I just love to play!

This is a very delicious creamy salmon spread sitting in one of my crystal bowls.

Dear Ones, I had a request for this recipe, so I thought I would share it with you:

Smoked Salmon Cracker Spread


3 (8 oz) Cream Cheese, Softened 1 tsp. salt

3 Tbs. Lemon Juice 2 tsp finely chopped onion - or more

3 tsp Liquid Smoke 3 tsp Prepared Horse-Radish

1 (12 oz) can of Salmon, drained and flaked (I don't use the entire can, maybe only half ~ but if you really like a strong taste of Salmon, use the entire can)

Chopped Pecans and Fresh Parsley for garnish Crackers


In a small bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed, scraping bowl often until light and fluffy ~ 2 -3 minutes. By hand, stir in salmon and the rest of the ingredients. Spoon into serving bowl, garnish with pecans and parsley. Serve with crackers. Store in fridge.

If you want to be creative you can mold this into different shapes using your hands. I've formed it into a fish shape before and a bell for Christmas. It is dense and will hold it's shape. I hope you enjoy it!

I always like to have something cold to drink also. So I made some pretty Christmasy red punch in the punch bowl given to me by my Aunt Alma!
Bunt cake with gum drops! I had a very hard time keeping Mr. Precious away from the gum drops!

I don't have a pretty and fancy tea server so my little coffee server works just fine.

In the den, I had all kinds of tea things set up! These pictures were made before we painted the old dark wood. Now here is some blue for Blue Monday with Sally!! I have collected for many years these blue and white Currier and Ives dishes. They make me happy and they're sweet at the same time. I've had them displayed for so many years and last spring I packed them up and put them away for a little while. Now I'm missing them and I may have to drag them back out!Happy Blue Monday! You can go see more participants at Sally's at

Remember, this is Christmas time and the mantle was all girly girl froo froo tea partiness!

I hope you've enjoyed coming to my Christmas Tea! I so enjoyed having you. Pop on over to Jan's to see more teaness!!


Attention! Attention!! I just get one cup of tea down my little throat and I'm handed this news bulletin! Folks, it's happened again! It seems nothing can stop these bathroom invasions! There has never in the history of the world been anything like this. These bathroom snappers are just like the energizer bunny...they keep snapping and snapping and snapping...

Okay, Dear Astonished Ones...on with my bathroom business...

Look, Dear Peeping Ones!! We have nine, yes, that's right, nine bathroom snaps here! This lovely one has been so creative ~ how in the world did she twist and turn like this, Wondering Ones? Okay, I can see the most beautiful peaches and creamyness of complexions, gorgeous peepers, oh, and she has the most beautifulness of hair ~ hey, her hair looks a little like mine! I must get back to my bathroom business. Let's see, she is dressed oh so stylishly and look at her arms. Dear Ones, she is using both of them ~ poised ever so delicately and the most dainty creamy fingers are grasping a CAMERA! She does look familiar doesn't she? Yes, yes, this is our own Jan at

Oh Janness!! Lovely one, you have chosen to join us Divas. Now just sit quietly for a moment and you'll get what you so deserve!

But first...

Dearest of Bathroom Ones, we have another lovely one. As I've said in the past, there are imposters out there and we do not tolerate them. No no Nannette! So, on with my BB ~ that's Diva talk for Bathroom Business. This lovely one does posses the peaches and most creamyness of complexsions, hair is so beautifully styled, beautiful smile with the pearliness of teeth, dressed ever so smartly and yes, I see those lovely daintyness of arms with the precious creamyness of fingers clasping a CAMERA! Oh, Dear Marveling Ones, we have another Bathroom Diva!! Woo Hoo!! Do we know her? Let me look a little closer...yes, this is Kathy at Oh, Kathy, we are so thrilled you've decided to join us Divas too!

Okay, how does my hair look? Oh, just a minute, I need to reapply my lipstick! Okay...ahem...Jan and Kathy, I am about to crown you two lovelies with the most sought after, the most elegantness and the most fabulous title in the world! Many have tried and failed to obtain this, many have missed the mark, but not you, Dear Bathroom Ones! I now bestow upon you the title Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Diva. You will be Divas for ever and ever and until the twelfth of never! Now go forth and Diva the world!

Oh, this is such a fulfilling part of my life. You do not know the excitement of becoming a Bathroom Diva unless you try!! That's right, Dear Scared Ones...many others, just like you, were scared to enter the bathroom with their cameras and snap away. You see it can be done, it has been done and it will continue to be done. Do Not Put This Off!!! Come join the Divas!!

Snap on and on and on, Dear Dear Daring Darling Bathroom Beautfy Snappers!

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I Only Have Eyes For You

My love must be a kind of blind love

I can't see anyone but you.

Are the stars out tonight?

I don't know if it's cloudy or bright

I Only Have Eyes For You, Dear.

The moon maybe high

but I can't see a thing in the sky,

'Cause I Only Have Eyes For You.

I don't know if we're in a garden,

or on a crowded avenue.

You are here

So am I

Maybe millions of people go by,

but they all disappear from view.

And I Only Have Eyes For You.

~ sung by Paul Simon and the Flamingoes - schoo bop sha bop


  1. Your tea party looks wonderful and the mantle is beautiful. I like to play too!

  2. Mornin' Shelia!

    What a lovely Tea Party ~ I'm so glad you've joined us today! I posted mine just after midnight this morning...and will re-post a bit later this morning.

    Love the BB, too!

  3. Hi Sheila, I love to play too, I call it playing house.Love your Christmas tea.The food made me hungary!
    Have a blessed day Sheila!
    Oh , I forgot, when you have time would you share the salmon spread recipe with me ?

  4. Fannnnntastic!!! But if I ate there I'd weigh 500 lbs, sweetpea!! Wow, what a feast!

  5. OOOOO a beautiful girly grown up tea party!! Looks like so much fun. Have a fabulous Monday!

  6. Looks like you had every detail under control! Have a great week!

  7. such a lovely setting for a tea party.. and look at the yummylicious food.. yummy!

    Have a nice day!

  8. Hi Sheila!!
    Your Christmas Tea Party is delicious!!

    Besitos from Argentina!
    I´m just waiting for you on my Tea-mate Party!!


  9. They must love you at church. What a wonderful tea party! You really pampered your ladies.
    It was lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Invite me this Christmas! Please!

    Shelia, I see some Blue Monday things in your china cabinet. Come link up at my place.

  11. Hi Sheila...what a great tea party!!! Everything looks gorgeous...and yummy!!!

  12. You do the most amazing tables and party "stuff". I bet your Church friends adore you when they are invited over to a tea party like that (well, I know they just adore you for YOU)! BEAUTIFUL Christmas mantle too!

  13. Sheila good morning. I absolutely loved your Christmas tea. Every thing looked so pretty. I really liked that you made every thing your self. You can see how you put your heart into it. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I love that little gum drop cake. It is the sweetist thing and looks so festive on your table.

  14. What a festive tea party you hosted for your friends...everything was laid out beautifully. Also, the blue dishes look like some I had years ago but sold when we moved onto a houseboat...but that's another story..LOL ;-) Bo

  15. Sheila, thank you for your comments om my window and view. We would love to invite you to the mountains anytime. What a delight it would be to meet you.

    I am stunned at your beautiful tea party display. The beautiful goodies to eat and drink. Yum, I'm hungry. Maybe because it is noon. smile. I would have loved to play tea party but no way. although I am sooooo much better I am still pushing a walker.

    I also love your blue dishes collection. My mother-n-law collected those sweet dishes. Do I see one pink dish in that display?

    Your bathroom divas are increasing fast. It is a bug. Shutterbug!

    Love you girl, Jeanne

  16. Hi Shelia,
    Yes, Yes, Yes...definitely we are having Tablescape Tuesday! :-) I mentioned it in the last couple of days post. I know Gollum will be posting a tablescape but I haven't heard from others. I just had my eyes dilated so can't see well, but I'll come back this evening when my eyes are normal again and read your blog! :-) I don't know how to get the word out...don't think I'm doing the best job of letting folks know about Tablescape Tuesday. Thanks,

  17. Your tea party looks so beautiful and delicious. The ladies who came must have felt very spoiled.
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.
    This post of yours today made me laugh!!
    Hugs, Rhondi

  18. Looks like a wonderful tea party! Inviting and relaxing!

  19. I enjoyed your tea party. Everything was just beautiful. Take care...

  20. OK now you've gone and made me really hungry :0)
    love those old fashioned blue dishes. It's great that you can display them like that.

  21. Your tea party looks lovely. What a great spread you put out!!! The food looks as yummy as can be.

    I love those blue dishes. I think I would miss them too!

    I feel like I need to have a party now!

    take care,

  22. Sheila, I bet your parties are so grand! Your tablescapes are so beautiful and your good looks so delish! Pure elegance! :) ~Rhonda

  23. What a lovely tea spread. I'll be right over and, 'tuck in'!

  24. Sure would like to come to one of your teas. Everything looks yummy and the decor is very pretty.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Thank you Shelia for your visit.
    My name is Krystyna./not Krystyan/
    I'm glad that you like this pic. It is my first pic, by myself, and I know that I don't have any experience in how to take nice pic.
    You inspired me to try. Hope next be better. But up to this day, photography is not my passion yet.
    But I love to look through the great pics from the great photographers./You are great/
    I know that the start must be from the first step.
    Of course you can use that my pic and I can only say -
    Thank you, Shelia!!!

  26. Fantastic, Shelia. I love every single thing. Of course, I always love what you do.

    And, you did make me kind of hungry, too. ;-)

  27. I adored the tea party and all the goodies. It looks like you outdid yourself on all that great food.
    love, bj

  28. Shelia, your Tea Party is Excellent!!!
    What an elegant and beautiful
    tea pot./of course not only tea pat/
    You are Art Master Shelia!
    I love everything you serve today but I couldn't to wrench away from beautiful tea pot.

  29. What a beautiful Christmas Tea, and the food looks so good. You certainly out did yourself. Thanks for viewing my tea party.

  30. Your table was gorgeous and all the food looked wonderful too! Everyone must wait for an invitation to your parties!

    Oh, girl, you are a hoot with your Bathroom Diva descriptions! How can we NOT think it's fun with you in charge? You just keep us laughing and coming back for more! You are a joy, Shelia!

  31. Shela, I came back from Jan & Tom
    Tea Party. It was Amazing Party!
    Thank you for link.

    New Dear Divas are beautiful!

    God bless you Shelia!

  32. Shelia,this makes me want to host a Tea Party.You must come! I'm in Florida!!
    I will have to come back and read more,so to borrow your ideas.

  33. What a beautiful tea. You are such a perfect hostess and so creative!
    I would so love to sit and share a pot of Earl Grey with you. And a cucumber sandwich or three!
    I was waiting to get my new bath counter installed before I became a true diva...oh what an awful mess it all is! The installers goofed things up...the counter was the wrong size..oh my. I am taking deep breaths and trying to remain calm! *smile* But I WILL be a diva..I will!


  34. Your tea party was so beautifully done, and I LOVE the way you had your mantle set up!
    Loved Jan's diva shots. So creative!!!!!!!!

    Um... did you cut your bangs today?????

    Justine :o )

  35. Hi Sheila
    I loved your tea party. Everything was so beautifully set up and I loved your goodies..yum! I am going to try your recipe for the spread. Horseradish in horseradish.

    Your blue plates are lovely too. Well maybe its time to take them all out again...switch a rooneys..

    Thank you for sharing your Blue Monday and your Teaparty as well.

    Hope you've had a lovely day

  36. Great tea party, and that recipe looks delicious!

    I remember the Art Garfunkel version of that song from years ago.


  37. great post as usual Shelia!! Loved your tea party layout and goodies!!

    Love the cute new Divas too!!

  38. Hi! wow!What a beautiful Tea Party. your post is so nice!

    visit me anytime...

  39. What a beautiful tea party - you amaze me! And I love the song - my mom used to sing it a lot when I was little. :)


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