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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tea on The Sideboard: Queenly Tea

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Today I'm joining The Victorian Parlor for a tea party in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday on Monday.

A centerpiece of fresh flowers is a must..........
I made this flower arrangement with flowers purchased at Sam's Club....and I also used my own snowball viburnum........
I thought the color combination of pink, peaches and blue was different than what I usually do.......
Also, it matches the dress of another queen that has made a guest appearance at our Queenly Tea, Marie Antoinette.....
I didn't think Queen Victoria would mind if she was invited........they were from different time periods and might not have had a lot in common, but Marie Antoinette was Austrian and lived in Austria until her marriage at age 14 and Queen Victoria  was of mostly German descent, on her mother's side and spoke only German at home until she was well into her childhood. I would imagine they would feel comfortable talking of their love for dogs and children, in their native German tongue.
Stacks of cups and saucers and blue tea napkins.
My good silverplate flatware............
I've used my good silver tea/coffee service with the tray.
Some folks like lemon with their tea..............

I like my tea "English style" with a little milk and sugar.
I always have sugar cubes in my sugar bowl....I think they are just too cute.
A cake stand makes a handy serving piece for goodies.................
I made tea sandwiches and also have scones. The scones are cranberry pecan. The tea sandwiches are cranberry pecan chicken salad on cracked wheat. They were delicious! I got the recipe from Yvonne at Stone Gable.

I made May baskets to hang on the sideboard to add a little festive femininity to the occasion....
I used scrapbook paper and paper lace doilies..............


Inside, I tucked pink spray roses....the same ones that I used in the flower arrangement.

Each May basket is decorated with a crown.....and this one has the letter "R" for Regent.


And this one has a "V" for Victoria, of course..............
Some more pictures..............





I really wish I had been able to take some pictures of this on a bright sunny day with lots of great light.....I imagine it would have looked quite lovely.....but unfortunately, my work schedule this week did not allow for this, so I had to settle for taking the pictures when it was already dark outside. Oh well!
Thanks for joining my tea party!

9 comments:

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Miss Katie!!

OMG!! This is such a stunning post!! I adore the colors of soft blue and pink and I have told you before that I am in love with your Marie doll!!

Definitely a tea fit for any Queen!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Julio said...

Hi Katie!

What an opulent setting. You really know how to serve tea with a panache. I love it all. This is definitely my kind of tea party. Thank you for sharing.

Deanna said...

Dear Katie, Blessings to you from HomeHaven on the Kansas Prairies in the middle of the Flint Hills.

Your blog is beautiful! This post is delightful and I wanted to tell you hello! I am participating in Kim's Royal Event as well. So glad to meet you and hope you'll come by for a visit at HomeHaven.

I have enjoyed my time with you.

God Bless you,
d

Anita said...

Breathtakingly gorgeous and sooooo elegant!!! It is so nicve to see young people carrying on with such grace and elegance!!!

Bernideen said...

I just love it all!!!

The Victorian Parlor said...

Oh my gosh-you outdid yourself! The flower arrangement is stunning and the May baskets are lovely:). Everything looks scrumptious-I think I'll just head right over to your house for tea! Thank you so much for joining this tea party!

Blessings,

Kim

The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

This is a lovely post! I came here via the Victorian Parlor and am really enjoying your blog. The cranberry pecan chicken salad sandwiches look so yummy, please post the recipe some time. I especially liked your flowers - so beautiful.

Have a wonderful weekend!

PAPER GIRL said...

Kate!
Your tea party is just devine. WONDERFUL detail -- WOW! Everything... simply lovely

Thanks for sharing,
Rosalind

Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Katie-

What an elegant tea set for a queen! I just love your beautiful silver tea service and flatware. And your flower arrangements are breathtaking! I agree with Sweetbrier Cottage, your tea sandwiches look scrumptious and I would love to have the recipe.

Excellent post!

-Pam