Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Tea

Welcome spring and to friends for tea.  Today is a special spring party hosted by Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage and also a celebration of the loveliness of life hosted by Kathy at A Delightsome Life.
I'm so glad you've here and hope you will visit my two hosts.

Spring is a season to celebrate as the days become longer and brighter and it's also a sensuous time of renewal and rebirth.  Flowering bulbs push through melting snow and leaves from autumn, followed closely by perennials reaching for the sun.  Trees are alive with swelling buds and the music from birds declaring territories and attracting mates.  It's a time of year to be thankful for all the beauty around us.
Flowering ornamental crab apple
Magnolia 'Leonard Messel'
Crimson red rhubarb
The insects become busy collecting pollen and nectar.
Robins are a harbinger of spring and it's not long before their babies can be seen teetering on branches and fences.
I'm using a colourful teacup today from Gracie Bone China.
And my Marjolein Bastien teapot as shown from a previous post
I just bought this beehive drink dispenser which would be nice with some lavender lemonade.
I had fun making some pretty sugar cookies for our tea today.  The tablecloth seen a bit in this photo and others is covered with spring daffodils.
A few egg shaped candies.
Bee napkin ring with a dainty linen napkin.
A birdcage with a golden butterfly resting on the side.
A few white birds gathered together. (candy dish, creamer, salt & pepper)
There are no fresh flowers on the table as I'm using these tulips...that are in fact a gift box I once received with goodies inside .
What would spring be without a few bunnies and a watering can?  The card is a special one from a friend that knows how much I like butterflies.
Spring Song
"Hark, I hear a robin calling!
List, the wind is from the south!
And the orchard-bloom is falling
Sweet as kisses on the mouth.

In the dreamy vale of beeches
Fair and faint is woven mist,
And the river's orient reaches
Are the palest amethyst.

Every limpid brook is singing
Of the lure of April days;
Every piney glen is ringing
With the maddest roundelays.

Come and let us seek together
Springtime lore of daffodils,
Giving to the golden weather
Greeting on the sun-warm hills."
~ Lucy Maud Montgomery~


  1. I adore your tea things and your pictures. Very Spring time.

  2. The whole thing is very pretty though and makes me want to go make some cookies.
    Goldenray Yorkies

  3. What a beautiful spring post! Your flower and bee and robin photos are lovely. The daffodil tablecloth is really pretty too and your teapot and cup are very springy! Your cookies look great. If you would save one for me, I'll be right over.
    Hugs, Beth

  4. Happy Spring, Judith! My, what a lovely tea post you have shared today! So many things to love! We have the same birdsnest candy dish! I see you have used your birdie creamer and pink heart dish and don't they just say Spring! Love the linen napkin; gorgeous! The bee napkin ring is a very sweet touch as well! Would love a cookie with your tea. Your photos of flowers are glorious! I love the flowering crab!
    Such a lovely Spring tea post, my friend! We enjoyed a lovely sunny day here on the Island which was nice. Thank you for joining me for my Spring tea party. Your presence has made it all the more special!

    Blessings and hugs,

  5. Forgot to mention that your teacup is very pretty with its bright red poppies and I love the teapot too! Thanks for sharing the lovely poem.


  6. Such lovely things, especially like the honey bee drink dispenser:)

  7. A beautiful Spring post, Photo's from your garden are wonderful. I love the one of the bee and magnolia!A wonderful start to Spring!

  8. Hi Judith,
    Happy Spring! I love the cookies you made -they are perfect for a spring tea. The drink dispenser is so cute and of course I love the flower pics.
    It must have been interesting to go to Canada Blooms-maybe someday I will make it too.


  9. Dear Judith, What a lovely post to celebrate spring! Your photo's are so beautiful. And I love the baby Robin..Happy Spring,

  10. What a gorgeous spring tea you've hosted. I, too, love Marjolain Bastien and have a teapot from her collection as well. I have a wonderful cross stitch pattern of hers and am waiting for a week off to start it.

  11. Beautiful tea post Judith. Love everything in the setting. The cookies look so cute, they are perfect for a spring tea. hugs, Jen.

  12. Your garden is gorgeous and you have the loveliest spring accessories. I love your beehive drink dispenser and everything else...Christine

  13. Hello Judith,
    just s short hop on your blog and a short bote. your post made a real spring feeling in my heart.
    Greetings, Johanna

  14. What a beautiful Spring Flowers!! I love your post so much! i'm in love with your beehive drink dispenser! lovely tablesetting you made, the teacups are so colorful! I love it! x

  15. Judith,
    This is just so delightful! Your flower photos are simply amazing - I need to get some white crocus - there's something etherial about them. Love all your spring table decorations - the birds - oh! the bunnies - adorable - your teacup looks like one I gave away last year - I loved it - thought twice, three times about parting with it - Everything sings of spring! Thank you for joining me in Celebrating Spring with Victoria

  16. Happy Spring, Judith! Your photographs are delightful!!! :)

  17. Poetry, table setting, decoration, flowers- all so gorgeous! Welcome, spring!

  18. Such lovely things for a spring tea. I see your new bunnies in there too. Cookies look delicious. V

  19. Beautiful pictures of the flowers! And those cookies look so good. I'm making dinner right now and those cookies just made me so hungry!
    Visiting via Kathy's Celebrate Spring. I love your blog.

  20. Hello there dear Judith,

    Happy Celebration of Spring to you!..,What a lovely array of teatime treats, bunnies, flowers and tea table pretties!

    I love the little robin as well; so adorable!

    Just beautiful!..,

    Thanks for also joining Pam and I for TTTT and also for my 75th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
    @ for my 75th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'
    and also..,
    for, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'*;

    P.S.~ ( I created this second*, 'shared', afternoon tea themed, weekly meme as a speacial means of keeping in touch with and sharing a beloved common interest with my dear friend Pam, who now lives far away from where I currently reside)..,

    ..,( We really enjoy our very own little shared weekly project together, yet above all, we are most delighted to have others join us)!

  21. This is definitely one of my most favorite of your teas, Judith. The whole festive mood makes me very happy – I love the colors! Have a great first week of spring! – g

  22. Hi Judith!

    Your cookies look really delicious! Not forgetting your teacup and saucer, also the teapot! They're really gorgeous and pretty!

    Hugs, PuteriFauziah.

  23. What a lovely time your friends must have had at your tea table. your spring photos are wonderful! You mist be smiling these days - constantly!

  24. Hi Judith! Really enjoyed your Celebrate Spring post! There are so many lovely things to see. The flower photos are gorgeous, the bee napkin ring so cute, as are the bunnies, birdcage, bee beverage dispenser... And I'm a sucker for baby robins! (The quality of your photos is very good.) Bess

  25. Thank you for the info on the plants. I know you will love the lilac too.


  26. I enjoyed your spring post. Everything is so cheerful. I have the same Marjolein Bastien teapot and I love it. I really need to get to some more spring decorating.


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