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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Favorites-Let's Have a Tea Party

Time for Sunday Favorites again. And today is a special Sunday Favorites. It's the 1 year anniversary of this fun party hosted by Chari at Happy to Design. She is hosting a giveway in celebration. She is giving away a $50.00 gift card to your choice of 5 different places (see above mosaic). Be sure to visit Chari to find out how you can win her giveaway. But I have to warn you, I'm going to win. But I'll at least let you compete. And be sure to wish Chari Happy Anniversary and thank her for hosting such a fun & easy party. And you know that I love anything that is easy. Well most everything. And who doesn't love a giveaway? Especially a $50.00 gift card giveaway!!!

Now on to my Sunday Favorites post:

Those who know me the best know that I can be lazy, or to be politically correct, motivationally challenged. So when Chari first came up with the idea for a weekly blog party where we didn't have to make a new post, but could share a post from the past, I was all over that.

This week for her anniversary, we are suppose to share one of our all time favorite posts from the past. So I'm going to share a post I did on my family blog Manning Family Tree for Tablescape Thursday back in May 2009 . I'm sure a lot of you may have already seen it, but there might be some who missed it. Plus it's my favorite tablescape that I have done so far & I love seeing it again & I hope that you will too.

Now I don't have any daughters (boo hoo) or any grand daughters (we can always hope). But I do have 2 nieces who I call my faux daughters. I'm lucky that my nieces only live about 15 minutes from me, so we see each other quite a bit. I decided that we would have a tea party. Only problem is, I forgot to invite them and we don't drink tea. But I love tea cups, tea pots & everything else that goes with a tea party, so I thought I'd throw a faux tea party for my faux daughters Danica & Taylor.

Since the weather has been beautiful here in SoCal aka: Southern California, we would have our little tea party out by the pool. Oh, oh, looks like someone forgot to put away the extension cord & hose as well as sweep before taking the photo. Men!!! (Did you notice that I'm not taking the blame?)

Here is the tablecloth I started with (I really took this photo when I was putting everything away, but if I hadn't brought it to your attention that the cement is now all cleaned up, you wouldn't have even noticed. Would you?) I got this tablecloth at a thrift store when I lived down in San Diego county. Don't remember how much I paid for it, but knowing me, it wasn't over $5.00. Most likely only a couple of dollars.
Then I used my Bordallo cabbage plates. I only have 3 of the dinner plate size. That is why this tea party is just for 3 of us. The plates came from Ross back in Jan or Feb. I got them on clearance for I think $3.50 each. The silverware is new!!! I got it at Ross a few weeks back. $12.00 for a service for 4. I love the dark color of the bamboo.
Next I layered on my thrift store china salad plates that I got a few weeks back. I paid $2.00 for 4 of these plates plus 2 smaller plates in a different pattern. I love the pink flowers with the green cabbage plate underneath.

Here is a close up of my new silverware.
Then on top of the salad plates I put a different tea cup at each place setting. This is for me. This is my favorite tea cup. It is by Lefton. I got if off eBay. I may have splurged & paid $10.00 for this. I loved the green color with the pink roses.
Here is the tea cup for Danica. This came from ABC Distributing catalog. The bottom says "Formalities". I paid $4.95 for this tea cup. Again, I love the pink roses.
And the tea cup for Taylor. I used a Royal Albert American Rose tea cup but put it on a completely different saucer called June Bouquet by Duchess bone china England . But I think it goes together as they both have pink roses. Both the tea cup & saucer came from the thrift store. Most likely paid less than$1.00 each. I then attached little vintage napkins along with a reproduction vintage print as a name card to each tea cup handle with a drapery ring (in this case it is more like a hook). I love the medallion that was on the ring. I think it looks vintage. I'm finding that drapery rings work great as napkin rings. And they are cheap. I got these at Ross & paid $2.99 for 7 or 10 of them. Since they are actually hooks, they will come off easily from the cup handle. The napkins were part of a lot of 40 vintage napkins that I won from eBay for $9.99. I also put a packet of flower seeds (25cents each from Dollar Tree) at each setting as a little take home gift. I have them on forks bent to make easels (forgot to take photo). Here is my place setting. I love Shasta daisies. They were my favorite flowers when I was a teenager. Now my favorite flowers are roses or hydrangeas.

Here is Danica's place.
And Taylor's. Don't you just love the basket on the napkins? For the centerpiece I started out with this wooden basket that says "Fleurs" on the side. I got this at Costco at the beginning of the year. They originally came with succulents in them, but they were dying so this was a clearance item. I got it for $6.00. I think they originally sold for $20.00 or so. Since I don't like succulents, I didn't care if they were dying as I was throwing them out anyways. I only wanted the wooden basket.

Then I added some silk peonies. I thought the color of these flowers matched the pink in the flowers on the tablecloth.
Next came a birdhouse. I got this a few years back to use in my wedding. Can't remember where I got it from though. I just love this birdhouse. I sat it on a vintage napkin inside the box.
Then I added this little birdie & bird nest. This came from Michael's last year on 50% off sale.
And then I added this iron candelabra. I got this at a trade show in Vegas a few years back. I paid $2-3.00 for this.

I love how this turned out. I guess I should have lit my candles. Oh well, just pretend they are lit.

My tea service items all came from thrift stores, eBay or were free. The pink & white pitcher was an eBay find I'm sure I paid less than $10.00 for it. The tea pot was a freebie from my niece Danica. She had bought it at a thrift store to use for a friends Mad Hatter birthday party. She gave it to me after the party. The sugar & creamer came from a thrift store.

I just love my tea pot!!! I normally collect china that has roses, but I love how this pot has little blue flowers. Something different from what I normally collect.

The goblets are my Libby glasses from Walmart. I think they were like a dollar a piece.

I love how each place setting is a little different. But they all still look good together.

One final look at the table. Did you notice that the concrete is now swept? Isn't hubby a doll for doing that for me? Thanks for joining my faux tea party. Now I guess I better invite Danica & Taylor over for a real tea party. I know they will be asking for one when they see this.

Update: Since I first posted this on my family blog back in May, my niece Danica has asked for a real tea party. So far, we haven't been able to get together to do so. I hope you liked my little faux tea party and that I cheated a little. But wasn't it worth it?


  1. so sweet! I love the teapots. All mine are solid color so i'm on the hunt for a flower one. Love the seed packets...great idea I may have to borrow!!

  2. Your table is absolutely a picture of loveliness!

  3. Your tea party, just delightful!! What a lovely table, everything just perfect!

  4. Kelly Bookend DiariesApril 25, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    I love your blog site. Your tea party table is outstanding.
    Kelly Bookend Diaries

  5. I love the way you show step by step how you've set the table. Such a great idea with the teacups and the shower rings! I may try that! Thanks for sharing so many photos,


  6. Kim, this is a totally delightful table. Your nieces should feel so special, even if they aren't there. :-)
    I don't have any children, so have to either invent them or borrow them. At any rate, it's fun to set a beautiful tea table, and you've definitely done that here. Bravo!

  7. Dear Kim,

    Post pretty afternoon tea pictures,and you know you have me filled with delight from the first picture!.., Theses are not just any pictures however, they are absolutely charming beyond!..,

    ..,And your 'faux daughters that you 'forgot to invite to tea'; too cute!..,

    Please do come to this week's, 28th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two' daaahling and join in the fun!.., Theses pictures are just perfect!

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  8. What a beautiful table!Your nieces must have felt very special. English tea is very different to American tea, you should try some of the more perfumed varieties like Twinnings Lady Grey (without milk!). It would suit your china perfectly.
    Thank you for giving us a second peek!
    a-m x

  9. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhh...I remember this beautiful tea table! It was one of my "all time" favorites! I think you did a fabulous job of putting this pretty table together, Darlin'! I love that tablecloth!!! And...I love how you did the centerpiece all in that darling basket...I just think that's the greatest idea!!! Oooh...such pretty teacups! I think I need that light green teacup! Hehe!

    Girlfriend, thank you sooo much for coming over for the Sunday Favorites "One Year" birthday celebration! I think that this was the perfect post to share with's fabulous!!! I also wanted to say thank you for the sweet mentions at the beginning of your post...and for adding the giveaway button to your sidebar! Girl, you're the best!!!

    Have a wonderful day, Darlin'...and best wishes in the gift card giveaway!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  10. A lovely tea table. The flower packets are a great idea. Love how you blended all the different patterns and colors. It all goes so nicely together. Great job. Stella

  11. Really neat. I love how you mixed it all together perfectly...and the lettuce plates and tablecloth are my favorites!

  12. Your tea table is adorable, Kim! I have some of those seed packets hoarded away too, just need to find them, you know how that goes. I'm so glad you visited me - I had come by your other blog but had lost the link, so it's nice to find you again! I'm enjoying reading through your blog, you and I love all the same things! Hope you're having a great week.
    Cheers, Andrea