Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Winter's Tea

I apologize, in advance, for posting with such grainy dark pictures. I am a new blogger (this is my very first week) and simply wanted to share a favorite old tablescape.  It is the season of snow and this was a special snowy tablescape event for me.

Since this tea party I have acquired a much-needed/much-improved camera. So if you all will kindly indulge me this time to share a sweet old memory with you, I should be quite appreciative, thank you.

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Last winter I invited my three darling young nieces to join me for a simple winter's tea party. I used snowflakes as our theme. I  used a simple mirror square with tulle and snowflake plastic beading wrapped around a frosted glass vase & simply tucked in silvery sparkly floral sprays. I brought out the little snowflake book for added interest keeping with the theme.








For their favors I gave them each a matching-but-different snowflake ornament. One said HOPE, one said PEACE and one said BELIEVE. The girls really thought they were pretty grown up getting their very own ornaments!  I have to ask if they remembered to use them on their Christmas tree!


The snowflake napkins were a gift from a friend a few years ago, who made them with her amazing gajillion dollar embroidery machine. The silverplated napkin rings I've had for years. All my vintage sterling or silverplated service items I have been collecting for years. I used simple white acrylic chargers under Mom's china. Says Royal M by Saji Japan - Liege.

This tea set is one of my favorites. I have had it for about 20 years, found it in a neat vintage/antique store here in my hometown and snatched it right up! I had never, no have I since seen one like it. It is silverplate over ironstone - giving one the LOOK of a silver tea service, but no worries of the sides getting too hot, tea turning cold too quickly, or one's tea ever tasting like metal when used. Brilliant.



Joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for  Tablescape Thursday





14 comments:

  1. I think this is just lovely! What a treat for your nieces! I remember my aunt introducing me to tea when I was a young girl. The ornaments were a great idea to give them and your centerpiece is so creative! I love those embroidered napkins! What a terrific gift!

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  2. Michele, this is beautiful! I know your nieces loved this! What a wonderful Aunt, you are! I've never seen a tea set like that...so unique and really pretty! I think your pics look great, btw! Welcome to Blogland!

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  3. Thank you, ladies, and a big special thanks to Susan from BNOTP for dropping by and welcoming me to Blogland.

    I am so excited! I hope to join in many times for Met Monday and TT!!

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  4. Michele, what a beautiful tea table! And, what a wonderful tradition to start with your nieces. My Mom, my sister, my daughter, and myself go to "tea" every year during Christmas week when we are all together. It's a lovely way to spend a few hours.

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  5. I love the table setting! Your pictures look GREAT! I really love the silver/china tea service! I've never seen anything like it! Is that something that's been handed down through the family? Love it! Welcome to blogging!

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  6. I love your winter blue tablescape! It's so beautiful, an amazing first effort. I've only been blogging for a few months myself, it's fun and addictive!

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  7. Absolutely stunning. You sure know how to host a party! Love that blingy reindeer too.

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  8. Love your tea set and how fun for your nieces!!! Lovely table.

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  9. What a charming table! You carried out the snowflake theme beautifully, and I know your nieces will treasure their memories of the tea as well as their ornaments! Glad you've joined the blogging community!

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  10. I love your winter tea and such a nice treat for your nieces. Love the tea set too!

    Welcome to blogging-I love your header photo.

    Carolyn

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  11. Thanks for visiting my blog. This winter tablescape is beautiful. It *almost* makes me wish we had snow.

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  12. What a lovely tea tablescape. Love that tea set....I've never seen anything like that either.

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  13. What a wonderful celebration AFTER the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I love the snowflake theme. Your tea set is beautiful AND so unusual!

    It's so great you are jumping in to blogging. Looking forward to seeing more!

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