Afternoon Tea

Yesterday, I invited two of my friends over for afternoon tea. I didn’t want anything too overtop but I did want it to be special, especially because one of my friends had never had afternoon tea. I went with a  mismatched themed as I wanted it to be casual yet girly. I set the table with a white tablecloth and put a rose fabric topper made out of a thrifted piece of vintage fabric.

The centerpiece was a painted Mason jar with silk flowers. I would have loved fresh flowers but honestly, fresh flowers never last in my home. They are my cat’s favorite snack! I don’t support his addiction to eating  flowers, so I don’t tempt him by bringing them in. I wonder if they have a support group for people like me? Ha!

I used thrifted cloth napkins with the sweetest embroidered pink flower. Aren’t they so pretty?

Look at these beautiful little treats! I had my daughter help with making them and the decoration.

Afternoon tea is her favorite and she loves to help set up and decorate! A girl after my own heart!

I brought out this beautiful white teapot that my mamma bought for me last year. She got one to match for herself.

The sugar bowl is part of another set that was given to me as a going away present from some friends last summer. I love this set and use almost daily.

I served PG Tips again. I chose this one because both of my friends are coffee girls, so I wanted a full flavor tea.

Recognize this teacup? She has already made an appearance here.

I brought out my favorite creamer in my favorite pattern, Royal Albert’s Old Country Rose. A classic beauty!

I love the light reflecting off my pink depression plates. So pretty!

I served Lemon Curd Filled Vanilla Cakes with Vanilla Buttercream.

They were delicious! So moist and tangy from the lemon curd filling, and sweet and creamy from the vanilla buttercream. I love the fresh raspberry on top!

 

My daughter also made the Lemon Drizzle cakes. She wanted to make the recipe all on her own.

I think she did a great job!

I also served crustless mini quiches with peppers and dill. So scrumptious!

I brought out hats so my friends could wear them. They loved it!

We had a lovely time together chatting, sipping tea, enjoying all the lovely treats, and just having girl time. I asked my one friend who had never had afternoon tea how she liked it, and her answer was, “I can’t wait for the next one!” I think it’s safe to say she loved it!

Isn’t afternoon tea just so wonderful? I think so!

Enjoy!

~Ana

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Vintage Treasures

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I love thrifting. Since I started, about 6 years ago, I have found it harder and harder to pay full price for anything. My friend Jasmin and I joke about how we have both been “ruined” by shopping at thrift stores. Where I live, there are plenty of thrift stores and antique shops, so I visit frequently to see what treasures I will find. There is something about a vintage item, regardless of what it is that just speaks to my heart. I always imagine the journey that the item has been on. Who it belonged to, how it was loved, where it has been. I like to make up imaginary stories of lost love, tragedy, and joy.

On a recent trip to the thrift store, I found these three tea cups and saucers and I just had to take them home with me. Aren’t they so lovely? I really love the colors, patterns, and design.

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This Duchess beauty is in the Highland Beauty pattern with fluted edges and a mauve thistle flower.

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The next beauty is a Royal Vale with violets pattern. It is trimmed with gold on the rim of the cup and saucer. It is sweet and delicate and in mint condition!

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I think this is my favorite teacup of the three.

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These up close details show how pretty this little tea cup is. She reminds me of Spring.

The last little beauty is very special. This is one is perhaps the one I wondered most about.

You will see why…

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I found this lovely stashed away behind some larger vases in one of the shelves. Actually, it was my daughter who found it. She loved how shiny it was. She said it must have belonged to a queen because it was all gold!

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It wasn’t until we got home that I noticed the “Wedding Anniversary” written inside of it. From its color, I am guessing it must have been a 50th wedding anniversary present. I told my daughter she was right. This teacup probably did belong to a “queen”, the queen of some man’s heart! The maker of this lovely is a Royal Windsor special edition.

I am so thrilled to have these beautiful treasures to enjoy our afternoon tea in. Truly they are one of kind vintage treasures. Want to know the best part? I paid $2.50 for each! Seems like a small price to pay for the joy they will bring to our afternoon tea. What kind of treasures have you found while thrifting?

Enjoy!

~Ana

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