Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Simple Fall Tea & Cake for Two

I have to meet a friend a few times a month
 to exchange women's club info - we work
as a team but seperately.
 I am the membership officer and she is the treasurer.
When we have new members to join our club
the application and dues go first to her,
 and then to me....each with seperate job roles
doing what we need to do for the club.

Sometimes she and I meet out,
 sometimes we just drop info off then fly off to do our own thing,
 but sometimes we take a little time out for one another.
 This time I am simply having her over for an easy
 quick & tea and cake visit.
Nothing over the top, nothing that is difficult or fancy,
just two friends getting to know one another just a tiny bit better
on a mild, sunny and pretty autumn day.
My super crafty eldest daughter hand-made these amazing
brown-eyed Susans for my birthday a few years ago!
I keep them in this gorgeous vintage brown marble vase.
(I love the veins running through it, and the golden brown on it.)
These flowers look right at home in it.
My other crafty amazing daughter, my youngest,
made 4 of these awesome place mats for me
when she was only in the 5th grade. She is 30 now.
(That was a very long time ago!)
It was the first Thanksgiving decor item I ever owned.
They have really held up well and kept their colour
all these years, too - I adore them!
This beautiful fall tea cozy was made by a friend
 and really does a good job keep a big pot of tea piping hot!
The simple gold tea/coffee cups and saucers
 are part of my every day dishes and
I love how well they work for this gathering's
 palette of colour.

Here is a nice Williams-Sonoma heavy plate charger
 that I didn't end up using but was pretty enough to show off. 

And yes perhaps it is a bit too fussy to some using linen napkins,
 napkin rings and golden forks....
but any excuse to use gold utensils is just plain FUN for me!

Of course using real napkins is GREEN.
It's nice to make things pretty for a new friend's visit for tea.
Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you
Getting to like you
Getting to hope you like me
Getting to know you
Putting it my way, but nicely
You are precisely my cup of tea

~Jay Lerner 


  1. Michele,
    what a lovely gesture to have your friend for tea...even if it was to do business!!! You have set a lovely tablescape, dear one! The place mats were the first thing to catch my eye (after the paper black~eyed Susan's) and I could not believe it when you told how long you have had them! They are still vibrant and stunning! The other thing I adore are your caramel hued dinner and salad plates! YuMMy!!! I LOVE color, so these are quite intriquing to me! I'm visiting from Marty's Table Top Tuesday!!! Have a wonderful week!

  2. Everything is so lovely Michele, and I'm sure your friend thought so to. What a nice way to spend time talking business.

  3. What a perfect fall setting. Wonderful...from dishes to tea cozy to placemats...and on! Perfect! I bet your friend loved it! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. You have talented daughters. I can't believe their crafts have lasted through the years. Wow!
    Pretty place settings and I quite agree that using gold forks and linen napkins is fun, it doesn't have to be a super-special occasion!

  5. I love your dishes, Michele! Such a great shape and color.

  6. What a lovely tea! Your friend must feel honored that you've set such a pretty table for her. I love the dishes...gorgeous color! Your daughters are super talented!

  7. I like this kind of informal tea to work on things and do it myself often - just never remember to take pictures. :-)
    Your table looks lovely and I'm sure your friend appreciated how nice you made everything look for your meeting.

  8. So much fun to have tea with a friend -- no matter the reason! I think you are spoiled having such talented/crafty daughters! Lovely Autumn tablescape.

  9. I'm sure your friend felt very special! I like to fuss a little over my friends and I also love to bring out my "good things" every once in awhile! The place mats your daughter made are very pretty, as are the flowers. Hope you had a wonderful time!


  10. What lovely gifts from your daughters, Michele. The brown-eyed Susan's are so pretty and those placemats are wonderful. I love the tea cozy made by your friend, too. You sure set a special tea!

  11. Dear Michele,
    How warm and welcoming your tea was. Love the flowers and placemats by your daughters. Good job, girls!
    Pretty colors, just like the leaves...Enjoy all your posts.
    Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

  12. Hi Michele,
    You have such talented daughters! The place mats are perfect for Autumn and so are those flowers. You have set a warm and inviting tea for two. I'm glad you shared this with us and thanks for coming to tea with me. Have a beautiful day, my friend.


  13. I love this setting for tea. The placemats and the wave dishes are to pretty, such a great color. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Michele, The apple does not fall far from the tree... your daughter's must take after you! This is such a lovely and welcoming table. Your friend will feel so special sitting down at this lovely table!

  15. Your fall decor is gorgeous, and I'll bet your friend appreciated the effort! I especially love knowing about the placemats your daughter made in fifth grade. Aren't things so much more fun to use when they are so meaningful?

  16. Beautiful tablescape! I love that your daughters made these beautiful crafts - what a treasured skill to start so young! Good job! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  17. Gorgeous fall tea! Your daughter's have made some lovely table decorations! The flowers look amazing, and those place mats are beautiful! They all work together so well. Your visitor must have been delighted that you set such a lovely tea!

  18. What a lovely table and festive for your meeting-lunch. I love it all and thanks for linking to Friends Sharing Tea.

  19. Oh I love that sweet song Michele! Your dishes are beautiful. I love how you stuck the fork in the napkin. Creative daughters for sure. Can't believe she mad the placemats in 5th grade. What a great job she did! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. Hope you two enjoyed your day!

  20. What a lovely tea, love all the colors, thank you for sharing...


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