Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pink Tea / Red Velvet B-day Cupcake

Took about a millisecond for tea time today
because that's all the time I had for it.

Nice thing was I took it outdoors -
 because it was perfectly warm.

It was very cloudy and extremely breezy, but warm!

And I pinched off one last little fading blossom
 from a pink Knock-Out Rose bush nearby.

Always so sad to see the bloom season end.
This blossom looks pathetic, but matches nicely.

By the way we've had such weird weather
 one of my yellow Iris bloomed the other day!
 I didn't get a pic of it fast enough
 because it's not there anymore.

 Rain? Deer? Aliens? 
Where'd it go?!??

I use Paula Deen's famous recipe for both 
 my Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting!

It's not sad I made my own birthday cupcakes, trust  me.

Remember I spent my real day birthday with friends in Indy -
(and my birthday cake was heavenly - thanks, Marina!)

This one was an intimate  dual birthday dinner
 with gifts and dessert afterwards on Sunday
 with just our daughters and their fellas.

My day is 4th and my youngest daughter's is the 17th.

So we picked the Sunday between both our b-day weekends
 to celebrate them together.

I used one of my all-time favorite Austrian vintage china sets for it.

I have had these for years.
 I have 4 cups, 4 saucers and 4 dessert plates....
But no creamer or sugar or teapot,
 I use my plain white with gilding when I use these.

I don't get these out too often
 because I normally host my teas for six, not four.

I should look for more to complete this set!

Or sell these. 

That's what I SHOULD do.
 But it's difficult letting true favorites go.

I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage blog
 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Seeing as my older sister dealt with it this year
it is strongly on my mind today!

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases
 is that there are physicians for the body
 and physicians for the soul,
 although the two cannot be separated.

Thanks, Sandi - gave me a good reason to enjoy 
a prettier moment with a pink tea time today...

Sending up prayers for a CURE!

As always, thank you for your visit!



  1. Happy Belated Birthday, Michele! It's wonderful that you and your daughter can celebrate together. I love your Austrian china! What a beautiful pattern and it is perfect to celebrate such a special occasion with. Your little cuppie looks scrumptious, by the way. I'm so glad you were able to take a moment to share with us and join me for tea. And I pray your sister is feeling much better.

    Hugs and blessings,

  2. I love that you find moments in life with everyday events/things to celebrate. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.


  3. Happy Belated Birthday Michele. Your cupcake looks so good WOW and the dish is beautiful - oh so pretty. Lovely tea set. Yes, the weather is strange. My iris have also been blooming and they are not the ones that bloom more than once. Roses didn't do well this summer with the drought and really hot weather. I lost a few bushes.
    So glad that you could combine your daughters Bday and yours.
    Have a great rest of the week.

  4. I'm sure our pink teas mean so much more when you have a loved one affected. Pretty teacup (with the doily between cup and saucer:-) and a yummy looking cupcake Michele.

  5. Hi: I love the pink teas and for such a good cause. So many of us have had that awful word spoken to us. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  6. Beautiful Michele! And that bit of knockout rose is really lovely. The china is gorgeous too. Happy belated birthday to you! xo Deborah

  7. Sad to see the summer weather end. along with the "last rose of summer"! I have seveeral last blooms hanging on too. Such lovely china for your tea. Happy belated birthday to you as we welcome autumn soon.

  8. Hello dear Michele, and Happy belated Birthday! Your china is gorgeous! So delicate and feminine :)

    Hugs to you!

  9. I can see why you'd prefer to keep this set... sentimental reasons aside, it is beautiful. But why set sentimental reasons aside, they're the perfect reason to KEEP some things.

  10. Lovely set! Decisions, decisions! Love your setting and your lovely cupcake!

  11. You CAN'T sell those dishes-they are too beautiful! I love your sweet birthday cupcakes you made to celebrate with. Those last blooms ARE sad! xoDiana

  12. Happy Belated Birthday Michele… Hope it was wonderful…
    XOXO Mary

  13. Another belated birthday wish Michele, love your little cupcake, makes me want to get a velvet cake and celebrate along with you. Lucky to celebrate times and twice, lol. I not only remember making my own cupcake but buying my own B'day present, lol

  14. Beautiful tea set and like you hoping for a cure. Sounds great to spend your birthday with family making some wonderful memories. Many happy returns of the day albeit belatedly.

  15. Happy Belated Birthday wishes, Michele! Those pretty china dishes are so feminine and perfect for tea and a red velvet cupcake. I pray for a cure for cancer everyday, my friend. xo

  16. Gorgeous china! The cupcake looks delicious...Christine

  17. One gorgeous set of china,either way! And oh my those cupcakes look good! Happy Birthday dearie! Sounds like you did it up good. (You leave the sweetest comments when you come by, Makes my day.)

  18. A lovely tea, the cupcake is beautiful. I like how you take time for tea even if it has to be quick. I usually do too, but need to really sit down with it and make it pretty. You inspire me!

  19. Thanks so much for stopping by, Michelle!! How nice of you to leave such a sweet comment!!

    Happy Birthday to you!! Love the teacup and the dish!! Stunning!!


  20. Happy Birthday to you! That cupcake looks delicious and your china set is gorgeous! I'm actually enjoying a cup of Constant Comment tea as we speak. :) Your pictures are beautiful!

  21. Thanks for catching my blog error...it was late at night when I did it...should know better!

  22. Hi Michele and happy birthday again! Love your beautiful teacup and saucer and your cupcake looks divine! Even a quick tea is wonderful!
    You're always a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  23. I love that you took time for you, so important to treat ourselves!
    Lovely set. Happy birthday!

  24. Gorgeous china! I don't think I could part with it if i were you. Happy Birthday! I didn't realize you were an October baby too.

  25. Oh my gosh Michele, that china is gorgeous! I would not sell it. I love mixing designs and they would go with so many other lovely pinks! Your cupcakes look delicious. Happy Birthday my friend! It's been gorgeous here lately in the mid 70's and sunshine. I'll be sad to see it come to an end.

  26. What a nice treat with your second birthday celebration. I would be hard put to sell that beautiful china.

  27. Gorgeous china, Michele. I agree with Jann, don't sell it. Happy birthday! ~ Nancy

  28. Happy Birthday! You have the best birthday month in the entire year. Don't sell the china!


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