Monday, December 6, 2010

Tea with Friends & Christmas with Victoria

Welcome to my weekly 'tea with friends' hosted by Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.  We're joining Kathy at A Delightsome Life for her Christmas with Victoria party.
I've baked some shortbread and added what else, but a few lavender sprinkles and a touch of blue.  Make yourself a cup of tea and read how Victoria has influenced my life and Christmas decor.  I'm using my one and only Christmas cup and saucer by Royal Stafford.

At Christmas, the cookbooks and magazines full of holiday pictures come out to pour over for ideas.  A few good books to read by a toasty fire are also in order for the month of December.

On my bookshelf is a favourite, Company's Coming for Christmas and A Canadian Yuletide Treasury of stories.
The Harrowsmith Canadian Almanac has weather predictions, stories and much more.

Our Christmas tree is a small tabletop silver tinsel one decorated simply with sparkling white lights and tiny purple glass balls.

The tree skirt has ribbon and black lace around the bottom. 

There's also a lot of tinsel on it to reflect the light, I like this twisty Victorian type.

What would Christmas be without an angel?  Since mine doesn't have a big tree to sit on top of any more, she is now able to grace a small side table in the dining room.

Sleighs have nostalgic memories at this time of year and my miniature replicas hold sweets and nuts when company comes.

The kitchen table is layered with a pink tablecloth, lace topper and square with pink and burgundy coloured poinsettias.

During the Victorian era, tussie mussies were given to lady friends .  Usually they were hand tied posies with a doily around the stems but individual holders as seen here on the left in a Victoria magazine and a vintage one with roses on the right were also used.

Christmas is the time of year to polish the silver and savour quiet dinners by candlelight with good friends.

I hope you will visit the other blogs to celebrate this delightsome life.


  1. Good morning Judith,
    What a delightful post! Love all your decorations and the sweet teacup! Your angel is gorgeous! Would love to sit and chat with you over tea and a cookie. Have a beautiful day, dear friend.

    Christmas Blessings,

  2. Hello, what a lovely post! The cookies look delicious and I love you sharing about Tussie Mussies! Love the tinsel - that looks marvelous - the teacup is perfect! Thank you for joining me at Christmas with Victoria - you've made it all the more special,

  3. Hi Judith, So pretty! I love your fluffy silver tree and all the pretty silver details around:-)) Time is flying this year with less than three weeks till Christmas!! So much to do!

  4. Oh, Judith, this is just what I needed this morning! I have yet to do a stitch of decorating, working on Christmas cards to clients, trying to do five things at once, behind on all of them – when what I need is to sit down at a lovely table, with beautiful books and wonderful companionship. Thank you for the refreshing break! xo – g

  5. Hello Judith,
    wonderful post with romantic items. Thank you for sharing.
    Greetings, Johanna

  6. This is a delightful post, Judith! Your cookies look great. Save one for me and a cup of tea; I'll be right over (wish I could really)! I like the silver tree with the purple ornaments. Very pretty! Love your last photo with Santa too. You outdid yourself on this beautiful post, Judith. I love it!
    Blessings, Beth

  7. Your home is truly festive, and your tree is really lovely. I love silver trees and hope to find one some day.
    Lovely post.

  8. I just love your Christmas tree with the purple ornaments. Very beautiful!

  9. Your place glows beautifully. I'd love to sit down for a cup of tea and a shortbread beside your pretty tree.

  10. I enjoyed reading this! Those cookies look delicious! I would love to join you for tea and cookies!


  11. Hi Judith, I like your selection of books and a tea would be lovely. Your home is beautifully decorated for the holidays. Take care.

  12. Your teacup is so pretty as all of the other pictures. I too love books and I see some of yours that are interesting.



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