Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Birthday Tea Party!

This past weekend I had a few of my favorite tea sisters for an overnight fun tea weekend to celebrate our friend Dawn's birthday.

It was planned to be a garden tea
 but it was WAY too hot outside!

The theme's colours were pink and green,
 Dawn's fav two colours.

If you recall last October these same ladies
 had a lovely birthday tea party weekend for ME,
which I so happily blog posted.

My friend Mary (who organized it all)
 gave me the prettiest birthday tea cup shown here.

 (You can find that original party post here.)

We all decided that we would begin the tradition of

~The Travelling Birthday Tea Cup~

 and keep passing this celebratory cup back and forth to one another-
encouraging our getting together to celebrate our birthdays.


I stuck tuille-wrapped votive candles
 at each place setting as favors: 
Pink Lady Slippers and Garden Hideaway (spring green)

 They smell absolutely heavenly!

Here's the menu card stuck inside antique cream soup cups:

It shows everything but the last bit on the bottom,
 which were fruit tart phylo cups.

The Spinach was from the garden, as was the dill in the egg salad
and the lavender glaze for the orange cake.

I decorated the apple cinnamon cake bites
 with Violas and mint leaves
from my garden as well.

I also added cucumber sandwiches
caramel chocolate bites and currant scones,
 but for some reason I forgot them on the menu card.

I was so busy serving I completely forgot to take pics
 of the soup, salads, scones or sandwiches. 

Everything was on two 3 tiered trays.

(I soooo need a butler for tea parties, I swear!)


My teapot, sugar, creamer and teacups all matched
but I used a different luncheon and salad plate
because they looked nice together and because
I don't have enough of the luncheon plates in 
that china to go around.

M & Z Austria/Habsburg hand painted china pattern


was used for our tea.

I have shared it before with its unique 
hexagon shape.

This rose at Dawn's place setting is from my garden
and makes her spot at the table just a little more festive.

Pretty light pink vintage linens were used.

I placed little pink heart sugar cubes in each cup
as a fun little surprise for my guests.

As always, thank you for your visit!




  1. Your table and all of your thoughtful touches are absolutely lovely, Michele! You have such a big heart and a terrific group of friends! Happy Birthday to Dawn! I know she knows what a special friend you are! :)


  2. Hi Michele: I just love the dainty first tea cup you shared. It is a favorite of mine. You have made everything look delightful. I am sure a terrific time was had by all. Blessings, Martha

  3. The food looks fantastic Michelle and I love your traveling teacup idea! It seems like your friends had a blast! I love the table and what a wonderful event!!!

  4. I love it when gals get together to honor each other this way. What special, supportive, bonding times!

  5. Michele, you ladies certainly treat each other well. The table is lovely, right down to the sugar cubes. So much food, and it all looks delicious. I like the 'travelling teacup' theme, have you read the travelling teapot blog? It travels around the country!
    Will you come and host a tea party for my birthday next year? It's in the winter so we may have to go somewhere warm to celebrate. :-)

  6. What a lovely birthday tea Michelle! You goodie plate is fabulous! Love your pretty tea cups. Bet you all had a wonderful time! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  7. Michele- What a beautiful birthday presentation. You did it all so sweetly. I just love how everything turned out...and it all looks delicious-xo Diana

  8. Hello Michelle,
    What a lovely tea party you had to celebrate your friends birthday. And that is a sweet tradition to pass the birthday cup around.
    I do love how you have set the table. I especially love that you used glass plates as part of the setting...that looks fabulous!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely birthday tea with us.
    And oh my! What treats you have created!
    I too, wish I had a butler for my out door teas : )

  9. What a lovely birthday tea, would have loved to seen all the other pictures that you forgot to take, I do that all the time. Instead of a butler, maybe a photographer would be better. It is all so pretty, going back to recheck it all again. God bless...

  10. What a gorgeous tea party Michele!!! Every detail is exquisite. Love the teacup and the tradition. Thanks for the Birthday wishes :).... XOXO Mary

  11. What special friends you are so lucky to have. So fun it must be to celebrate with the traveling tea cup. You're the sweetest to have such a beautiful party and I so love the tea cups and how darling the table looks. So wish I had a bite or two of your treats.

  12. Dear Michele,
    I love your sweet teacup and the whole idea of passing and sharing it to make sure you all stick together and celebrate each other's lives. Everything looks so pretty and I must add, Delish!! Well done, Lady Finch!
    Xo Ruthie

  13. Good morning, Michele! What a wonderful tea for friends. I love the idea of the traveling teacup!! The menu sounds divine and the desserts look incredible. Your stacks of pretty dishes look so feminine and perfect for your tea party. xo

  14. Oh how fun is this. I love your wonderful menu and the birthday teacup is fabulous. Sounds like a great time and a super birthday party. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  15. Hi Michele,
    What a delightful way to celebrate each other's birthday! Your table looks so pretty; I love pink and green too! Yummy menu, and your sweet plate is mouth watering. You are a wonderful hostess! I think you and I both need a butler. ;) But then we would miss out on the fun of doing it ourselves. Thank you for coming to tea, my friend, and have a marvelous day.


  16. Oh the birthday cup is sooo sweet and I love the idea. The tea is beautiful and what fun to be with friends for tea time. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post. Tea with friends is the best!

  17. What a fun and beautiful idea Michele, thank you so much for joining me!

    xo, Tanya

  18. Beautiful!!!! I love tea parties & don't know why I don't do them...

    Found you over at Debora's (Common Ground)& LOVED the name of your blog.

  19. What a beautiful "Birthday Tea" Michele. Everything from the tablescape to the menu is just gorgeous! You always do it up right!

  20. I love how you celebrate friends birthdays!It looks like it kept you busy but I am sure everyone enjoyed it.


  21. Gorgeous teapot and the menu sounds so good. Beautiful birthday tea and that birthday teacup is lovely.

  22. Michele, the table is very pretty, perfect for a girls night out! What a clever idea for the sisterhood of the traveling tea cup! The food looked fabulous, i'm sure the gals all had a fabulous time. xo marlis

  23. Beautiful table, Michele! You have a very nice collection of tea cups and tea things...Christine

  24. hello
    en passant par chez Carolyn
    je découvre votre blog
    et hop ! une petite visite
    très agréable en partageant cette "tee party "
    bon anniversaire
    j'adore ces petits sucre avec un coeur rose
    edith (iris) France

  25. Everything looks so beautiful. Your menu sounds really good.

  26. Hi Michelle,
    What a beautiful settings you done to your girlfriends. I love the surprise heart. It makes perfect specially in a very pretty table and a pretty celebrant (I guess).

    Happy TS.
    /CC girl

  27. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for your visit, and sweet comments! Love your tea service. such a lovely pattern. Your menu sounds devine, wish I could have attended. I love to have tea parties with friends!


  28. Swooning, just swooning, here! LOVE the Juliette teawares and how you pulled all this together!

  29. Oh what a lovely Birthday tea! I love your little cup.....how sweet. I know this was a beautiful celebration...and delicious too!

  30. So glad to find your lovely post at Share Your Cup Thursday!!!

  31. I love the idea of the traveling teacup Michele! Your menu is making me drool :-)

  32. With the heat in Texas, I will take ice tea if you please.

  33. So happy and elegant I had to come back for another peek. Happy Pink Saturday!

  34. This is just beautiful! How sweet is that; a travelling birthday teacup. So so sweet! You thought of everything. Love the sugar cubes, the menu and the pretty tea set. :) Beautiful!!

  35. Michele, what a fun tradition for you and your friends! Love your beautiful tea set and that food, oh well let's just say I am drooling right on my lap top. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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