Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tea Outdoors With Niece

I had the pleasure of having my 10 year old niece for two days.

Early today she asked to have a tea party, so we got busy!

We did have to have our tea under the Zen Room canopy
 because it has rained most of the day
and things were pretty soggy outside. 

Yesterday we went to the movies and saw Despicable Me 2.

If you haven't yet seen the first one I highly recommend it -
 I had to rent it from Amazon instant downloads
 because Netflix didn't have it.

We watched that together the night before
 and then saw the sequel to it yesterday.

It's just so darned cute.
(And not just for children!)


Afterwards we visited my favorite secondhand store 
and hit the motherlode of tea cup sets!

We found some real beauties!

I am so excited about it!

Some of them you will be seeing in the emporium soon!

This morning we picked a fresh zucchini from our veggie garden
and made bread.  She is very helpful in the kitchen.

I kept calling her my "minion," if you saw the movie you would
understand why. They're adorable helpers!

After the bread was done baking and was cooling 
I had her pick out what china she wanted us to use
from some we found yesterday.

I washed them well and the above sets is what she chose.

She chose blueberry tea, and like most children likes it sweet -
so she filled an egg cup with sugar cubes. 

We used pretty rose chintz egg cups earlier 
for our soft boiled egg breakfast.

I like her choices, don't you?


If  you look carefully at the first pic you will see 
a last minute addition of ICE CUBES to cool her tea.

She asked how adults can stand drinking super hot tea.

I told her I actually remember asking that question
myself when I was a child.

Time flies. Seems like yesterday.

Our menu:

Curry Chicken  Salad Fingers
Egg Salad Triangles on Wheat
Ham and Cheese with Honey Mustard
(on honey buns)

Sweet Lemon Bread
Zucchini Bread with Butter
Walker's Shortbread Cookies

Neither of us "dressed" properly for tea,
 as this was put together rather quickly and unplanned-
so she and I were quite casual.

She initially asked I not show her picture,
 then changed her mind and posted for this one.

With her permission I am sharing it.

She recently started wearing contacts.

She's been through a lot with her eyes,
so we're all pretty excited for her.

Isn't she a sweetheart?

As always, thank you for your visit!



  1. Hi Michele! What a darling little niece you have and I'm sure you two had a wonderful time. The tea cups are so pretty and the tea accoutrements are so lovely! wish I could have joined you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  2. Oh-How cute- Isn't she just darling? I am so glad you took the time to do that with her- xo Diana

  3. She's adorable and what a fun thing to do together! Beautiful tea cups and delicious looking treats.

  4. How lovely! What a wonderful menu of goodies! She's just adorable and looks completely delighted!

  5. Michelle, What a delightful tea. I am so happy you found a neat tea set for your tea party with your niece. She is adorable and I am so glad you let us meet her. Your food is beautiful and looks delicious. Your pictures are great. I know it was a special time for the two of you. She won't forget this experience.

    I will check out the movie for my grandchildren. This post just warmed my heart! Have a great week.

  6. How sweet for you and your niece to be able to spend so much time together. Sometimes the best tea time is spur of the moment. A lovely menu and such beautiful tea finds. So happy for you!

  7. She is indeed a sweetheart! And aren't you a wonderful aunt to do all that with her? I'd be your niece!

  8. Michele: She is perfect! What a wonderful time together. I love doing that with my Grandchildren. I am so happy for you and for the fun treasures you found. Blessings always, Martha

  9. What a nice tea! Great food, pretty China, and great company!

  10. Oh what a lovely tea party and a beautiful young lady! My granddaughter and I love tea parties too!

  11. Hello Michelle,
    Your niece is a sweetie! You two had a fab time with your beautiful tea time. What a wonderful job you did too! Your new china is so very sweet and vintage! No wonder you are so thrilled! Your tea fare is so delicious looking....I would have loved to join you both.
    Thank you for your very beautifully written post!

  12. I am so happy for you finding these treasures! Also, what a cute little girl and wonderful time together!

  13. What a lovely tea for your niece! Looks like you had a great time.
    And I love your china!

  14. Aww your niece is adorable, Michele! What fun memories you've created for the both of you. Your new tea sets are just so pretty and I love your menu. xo

  15. Oh how fun! Your time with your niece sounds absolutely delightful and she is darling :) Your china is gorgeous and your food looks quite delicious.

    Hugs to you!

  16. What a beautiful brunch, what joy to spend with your niece.
    You have created garden beauty to love.

    Michele, I want to thank you for visiting and your comments delight my heart. Now as for the milk I am not sure it's good for the rose but, it was soulful to me to add a little more white to my post making the rosé standout and not just fit in.

    Thank you sweet inspiring friend, see you soon.

  17. Oh how I love this! If I never get a granddaughter, maybe I can have a great niece to tea party with. This is so warm and lovely to me.

    And I love that idea of the sugar cubes in the egg cup. I want to figure out a way to do that around here some time.

  18. Oh, how fun Michele. We have 2 granddaughters that are 9 and 10 and they are the ones that like a tea party too. Your menu was delicious and new teacups are always a treat.

  19. Oh tea time what a special time! My daughter and I have not sat for tea in awhile.But when she was smaller we did it quite often.We do spend lots of girl time together.But I must admit that tea time is special.What a sweet photo of your niece!Blueberry tea sounds wonderful too! Oh yes we have to see that movie..we saw the first one and it was a riot!Love your new pretty teacups too!

  20. I LOVE that first teacup, saucer, and plate. I would love to find one of those or a set. Beautiful!!!!

  21. What a wonderful tea! This is a memory she will have forever. She is very pretty....what a wonderful smile.

  22. Your niece is adorable. What wonderful memories the two of you made over tea! And, what wonderful finds! The goodies look delicious, too.

  23. How wonderful that your niece wanted to have a tea party, and what a lovely one you put together! Your china finds are quite beautiful, I'd have picked the violet ones, too. Special are making them!

  24. Looks like a wonderful tea party!! That will make such special memories for her.


  25. Such a nice post ! Lovely! visiting from Share Your Cup Thursdays!

  26. Oh, Michele.. you melted my heart with how loving and caring and FUN you are to your niece! You have created such special memories for her! I can tell just how much you each enjoy the others company. And to think you are handing down your passion for tea and antiquing.. what a gift you are to her!

  27. Your niece is just so cute! You certainly had a wonderful visit with her. How fortunate you were to find the pretty trios. I enjoyed her question about hot tea. Time does fly fast. You are creating wonderful memories with her by having a tea party. have a great week!


  28. Hi Michele,
    I love the dishes your niece chose. She is a dear! Love your wicker and beautiful yard in the back ground! Have a wonderful week! Take care, Karen

  29. Aw, what a lovely sweet day with your precious minion, I mean niece! haha- The menu looks delicious and the dishes are pretty. How nice that you got to have her visit and get her all to yourself for 2 days. Happy August :)

  30. Dear Michele,
    What a sweetheart of a niece you have. She is so darling and so are you. What a great and fun aunt. You had wonderful finds and such a great tea together. These are the things memories are made of...You will think of her whenever you use that pretty china and she was always remember being fussed over.
    Your food looks delish too! Love the sugar cubes in the chintz too. The yard looks gorgeous and who doesn't love wicker. It is timeless.
    Wonderful post. Loved it! :) Ruthie from Lady B's

  31. What a nice post...your niece is adorable, such a wonderful smile! The tea looks delicious and you say it was put together quickly ~ I am very impressed. I had a special aunt and I loved her dearly, she was like a second mother and was always fun to be with, I am sure your niece feels the same.

  32. Your niece is a total doll! What a fun visit and I love having a tea party! The teacups are so sweet. Thanks for sharing at TTF this week.


  33. What a wonderful outdoor tea party with such a sweet and pretty young lady and her dear aunt! Beautiful china and yummy food. Enjoy your weekend and thanks a ton for your visit!

  34. What a delightful tea time for both of you! She, nor you will ever forget this special time together.

    Love your menu!

  35. She is a sweetheart Michele. I love her smile! It's easy to tell that you have a special bond. So fun to have a tea party together. I love both sets. The rippled design in the plates are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with SYC.

  36. What sweet memories you're making together! :)

  37. You set up a beautiful tea, Michele! I love the teacups! It sounds like you had an enjoyable day with your niece.

    Thanks for linking up to the Creative Home & Garden hop. : )

  38. What an awesome way to spend time together. And blueberry tea sounds wonderful.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  39. It sounds like you and your niece have a great relationship and what a pretty tea you planned for the two of you! I'm sure she will always remember it and maybe someday she will do the same for someone special in her life!

  40. What a cutie she is! And what lovely memories you are creating with her!

  41. Oh, how lovely! The teaset is beautiful, the menu wonderful and that you spent this terrific afternoon with your Neice - fabulous - LOVED Despicable Me! Can't wait to see 2! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  42. Your little minion is such a doll! The china pieces are so lovely. I especially love that first setting. All the food looks super yummy!

  43. Hi Michele,
    Your niece is adorable and I'm so glad she posed for a photo! Such pretty, pretty teacups and your treats look delicious. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea.


  44. What a cute girl! It sounds like you two had such a good time together. My little girl would've loved this...tea parties are one of her favorite things :)


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