Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Lovely October Birthday Tea

Ah, Autumn, how I love thee!

 This past Saturday we had a perfect autumn day 
 so I headed outdoors for a perfect little tea for one.

I grabbed a few essentials and went out to my garden room
to enjoy a quiet and leisurely tea time.

Sipping and reading and bird watching was the order of the day!

This past weekend was also my birthday, so
I thought I would celebrate in style and use the beautiful
Royal Albert teacup set that my sweet blogging friend
Margie from Tea in the Valley gifted me a few years ago.

I surrounded myself on this quickly put-together tea time 
with gifts from wonderful and caring friends.

First thing I did was to clip a few lovely blossoms from the
 limelight hydrangeas in front of our house.

They are beginning to turn, and are just so Autumn-y!

(Thank YOU, Heavenly Father for the beautiful gift of these flowers!)

I placed them in a Lenox china vessel my women's club friend Melinda
gave me as a hostess gift when visiting a few years ago.

It's the perfect size for hydrangea and peony cuttings.
I placed an antique glass frog that fits perfectly on the bottom
 to keep those floppy blooms in place.

My dear friend Kitty from Kitty's Kozy Kitchen 
made me the beautiful crocheted doily.

The bird-themed napkin is from my tea society friend Karen.
She collects the most gorgeous paper napkins.

Needless to say I spent some time thinking
 about each of these precious ladies,
 and what a true blessing their friendship is to me.

And the REAL star of the tea show:

My neighbor Tiffany and her sweet daughter made us 
a huge box of wonderful Polish pastries called Kolachi.

They were so good, and made a wonderful teatime snack!

The little cake plate came from a great thrift find of my older sister.

A couple of years ago she texted me because she had found
 a set of 8 signed and dated hand gilt-painted beauties
 at a secondhand place near where she lives for a GREAT price,
 and asked if I wanted to buy them?

My answer was an emphatic and resounding "YES, PLEASE!"

They are in perfect condition, and are over 70 years old!

After my tea I walked around the gardens and took this pic-
which is just so perfect for October!

Funny, we never planted these Japanese Lanterns - nature did.

We have had them for about 5 years now.

They are waning, but still so awesome looking.

And on the subject of flowers and such -
 my daughter divided her Purple Aster
 and gave me a beautiful nice sized plant!

October's Party
by G. Cooper

October gave a party
The leaves by hundreds came.
The chestnuts, oaks and maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather lead the dancing,
Professor Wind, the band.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Please stay well.




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  1. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh how I wish I could pop over and have tea with you sometime. Hope everything is well with you and your loved ones. I adore this time of year and our weather here has been spectacular this year. Happy October :) xoxox

  2. Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a lovely one.

  3. I love every bit of this post! Happy Birthday, to my October birthday friend! We are a day apart! I have the same tea cup as you and I love it! How fun to use the tea things and think of the sweet friends and family who had a part in you having these treasures.

    That is one of my favorite fall poems!

  4. Happy Birthday!Adorable vignettes...You have the most treasured gift: precious friends!Blessings!

  5. Happy belated birthday lady! Hope it was nice for you. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your October tea cup. So very pretty. What a precious gift. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Awww, I'm so glad to see that the RA teacup was part of your birthday celebration! The first image of the teacup is gorgeous--it could be used for the month of October in a tea time calendar!

    I'm also loving how your tea time included a gift from Kitty--another dear friend that I made on Blogland!

  7. Hi Michele,
    Happy Birthday sweet friend. What a lovely way to celebrate with a beautiful tea in a gift from a friend. Those kolachi look so good. October is here and it is beautiful. Enjoy the rest of the week. xoxo Kris

  8. Happy Birthday my friend!! What a sweet way to celebrate! 💗 I love your beautiful teacup too - and the yummy treats of course! Hope this is your best year yet!

  9. What a lovely post and a Happy Birthday to you! Your limelight hydrangeas are gorgeous and so is your teacup! A friend brought me some dried hydrangeas which I will be sharing in my next post. I also have that gorgeous October teacup. We have both made some lovely friends here in blogland. Enjoy your lovely Autumn weather and God bless you, Michele! Hugs...Sandi

  10. Happy Belated Birthday, Michele🎈 How wonderful for you to honor the day with tea in the garden. Those Japanese lanterns are wonderful. Nature could plant a few around here and I'd be very pleased. Keep enjoying October! 🍂🧡🍂

  11. Oh, this was just what I needed after a morning of "doomscrolling" online! I hope you had a marvelous birthday, and I loved seeing all of these beautiful photographs. I especially love how you *appreciate* the people in your life and connect them with your pretty things that they have shared with you. May it be a fabulous year for you, my friend!

  12. Happy Birthday, Michelle. Don't you just love the limelights. This is a pretty time of year for them and I love your October tea cup. The last photo is so pretty and enchanting..Stay well..xxoJudy

  13. Such a beautiful way to celebrate your birthday, Michele! I love your tea cup and nibbles too. They look amazing! Hugs, CoCo

  14. Michele, this is such a fabulous party to treat yourself! The desserts and tea look fabulous, and the memory treasured with each gift just priceless. I adore that Japanese lantern plant! Happy Birthday, dear one!

  15. Happy Belated Birthday. Blessings to you throughout your birthday year. Love teh displays.

  16. Happy Happy Belated Birthday wishes for a monthlong celebration!! What a lovely tea party for one you had! Those little pastries look so tasty. I love your RA October teacup. Keep on enjoying all those special gifts because they do remind us of those we love. 😘

  17. such a beautiful way to spend an Autumn morning, Michele. Those Japanese lanterns are amazing, they look like little pumpkins!

  18. Gosh, I know I am late to the party, but it all looks wonderful. I hope you and your family are all well.

    Life is crazy here. We are building a new single level home, and it looks like it is going to be slightly more than a month in between when we close on our current home and the new home. I am going to have to find us a place to stay. We committed last February, and I know I would have hesitated to do this during a pandemic, but I have faith God is showing us the way. And, we are thrilled to be getting away from three levels. No more stairs.

  19. Happy Birthday to you! It looks like you are having a grand month and you always share such pretty photos! Enjoy your afternoon! Nice to visit your blog after way too long! Hugs!

  20. Belated birthday wishes, Michele! I hope our Lord showers you with blessings all year long! Lovely post and beautiful pictures. We've had our Indian Summer in Michigan and the temps are dropping, and days are getting shorter. Time to start baking and making soup recipes!

  21. Such a charming post. I absolutely love that October themed teacup. Have a wonderful weekend.

  22. What a wonderful birthday Michele! Your photos tell of a lovely event! Glad for you!

  23. Happy birthday and what a lovely way to celebrate! You have so many beautiful pieces that have been gifted to you from friends. Love those Japanese lanterns!


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