Monday, August 15, 2011

Victorian Garden Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week.  I'm not serving at home but sharing photos from a Victorian Garden Tea I attended with a friend.  What fun it was to get all dressed up with lacy white gloves and a garden hat.  Unfortunately I didn't think to have someone take my photo and once the dainty food was being served, I didn't have the nerve to pull out my big SLR camera.  So, some things I'll have to tell you about.
The tea was hosted by the Collingwood Horticultural Society and held at the Joseph Lawrence House B&B that a couple from their membership owns.
Such a stately older home with a large porch on the one side where several tables were set up, others were on the grass.
The grounds are surrounded by a black wrought iron fence with a gate to enter through and this tranquil sitting place with a fountain caught my attention.
Red Hat ladies always look elegant when they're out.
The president of the society was decked out all in white and looked beautiful as she went around to say hello to everyone.
This gentleman was really into the Victorian spirit with his clothing.
Another lady making the rounds was the mayor, she's the one standing wearing the stylish boater hat.
Piping hot tea was brought around constantly by several ladies.
 The teacups on our table all matched and underneath each was a hand embroidered cloth napkin.
Mmm, the sandwiches were delicious, followed by scones with jam and Devonshire cream, then an assortment of tiny squares and shortbread.  I had already eaten half of my sandwiches when I remembered about taking a picture so I quickly took these that belonged to the mayor before she sat down.  After that, it didn't seem appropriate to be photographing the food on the table. (sigh)
I'm linking with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage, Kathy at A Delightsome Life, Trisha at Sweetology and Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Blog.  Please visit my hosts and their guests to join them for tea as well.


  1. OH Judith, it looks like such a delightful place to spend having tea and in the company of the Mayor no less.

    I look forward to it cooling down some here so I can serve tea in my garden.

    Blessings Kelsie

  2. Hello dear friend,
    What a fabulous place to have a tea! Aren't you the lady about town having tea with the Mayor! How lovely that tea brings so many folks together and from all walks of life. A tea truly is a celebration. I have thoroughly enjoyed yours today. Thank you for sharing it with us and have a lovely week.


  3. Such a treat to attend a proper tea like this, Judith! Looks like a perfect summer afternoon. Thanks for sharing with all of us. -g

  4. Yum...the sandwiches and goodies look delicious!


  5. The hats look so good on everyone.♥♫

  6. What a wonderful place to have tea! I love all the hats ... such fun! The perfect summer afternoon!

  7. What a fun and lovely afternoon tea! The sandwiches look delicious and fancy. It must have been so nice on that pretty porch and in the shade of the side yard. Thanks for sharing. (I too, don't like taking pics with my big camera at some things.)

  8. What a special occasion! I love themed teas. That looks like it was especially convivial and fun. Thanks for sharing!

  9. That must have been such a lovely afternoon - charming ladies, pretty china and delicious food!

  10. Oh, what a delightful setting for a lovely teatime! I like the fountain and outdoor lcation. The food looks delicious...glad you managed to capture a few photos. They would make a great mini album :)

  11. Hello Judith,
    I would love to join such a elegant tea party once in my life in reality. Such a fun. I had to buy a beautiful hat before. Thank you for sharing this wonderful party. Would love you visit me.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  12. Looks like such a wonderful tea!!! Those sandwiches look yummy -- and the tea looked so elegant!

  13. Beautiful home and grounds, beautifully dressed participants and great looking food on lovely china. What a nice tea, Judith! I'm sure you had a great time!
    xo, Beth

  14. Looks like the perfect setting for a lovely afternoon tea in the garden. The teacups were so pretty and the sandwiches look delicious.

  15. Judith, you are too funny! I do the same thing - miss great blog posts by getting too caught up in the moment of a delightful experience. I have a few scant photos from my Newport RI trip last week that I'm turning into something - but I could have been more alert to pictures and stories. You tea looked lovely - thanks for sharing - you did great!

  16. Good morning Judith.
    What a beautiful afternoon tea party!! Such delightful! I really like to see elegant ladies dressed up and beautifully matching tea cups.The sandwiches on a pretty plate look so delicious!!
    Please have a good day, Judith.

  17. It looks like it was a very elegant event. It's very hard to be a participant and chronicle the event as well. You did very well and we appreciate you sharing it with us.

  18. Thanks for sharing this tea-lightful post!
    Linda J.

  19. This looks like so much fun! Lovely house and gardens and posh company! Oh I feel so sorry for those who have not discovered the delightful experience that is taking tea. Thanks for sharing with Tea Party Tuesday so much.

  20. Oh goodness what a lovely looking home and I love all the ladies wearing the hats! Yes I agree...the Red Hat ladies always look elegant when they go out. The last time I had sandwiches like that was with my sister across from the Tower Of London...they look so good! Thanks for stopping by yesterday...I'm glad you didn't get stung by those bee's you stirred up. Our bees have been living in the old corn crib for years before we ever moved here and as far as we know there have been no incidences of attacks. I mow right in front of that door where you saw the swarm but of course I'd never do that if they were out there as they are in the pictures. I did call someone to see about moving them but they wanted too much so we'll just leave them for now. I hope your weather is nice so you can enjoy your gardening. Have a wonderful day!
    Maura :)

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  22. What a beautiful event! You must have had a wonderful time. And who wouldn't? The place is so magical and all the participants look so beautiful and happy.
    (Sorry, I had to delete my previous comment. I made an embarrassing typo there).

  23. Hi Judith,
    What a wonderful tea in a gorgeous setting. The home is lovely and all the ladies look so elegant in their pretty hats. The cups and saucers are so pretty and the food looks to be very yummy.
    Thank you for sharing such a special event. The art of taking tea is truly an artform.
    Have a wonderful day.
    XO Blessings, Celestina Marie

  24. What a lovely event! The red hat lady is truly a knockout. It would have been so fun to be there in person.

  25. Such amazing fun! Love old houses especially B & B'S I would love to have seen you all decked out in hat and gloves!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful afternoon,
    God Bless,

  26. Well, I think this Tea would have been enough fun even without the man in the top hat! Love it.

    Thanks for visiting, commenting, and for sharing this lovely post.


  27. That was a most grand occasion! How wonderful to have such a beautiful and traditional tea party. We should do that kind of thing more often.

    Best wishes always,

    PS Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my Christmas Blog! xo

  28. What a wonderful outing... looks all had a fabulous time! I love seeing all the hats, and how some women just seem to pull the complete look together. This takes me to wanting to return to simple times .... Thank you for sharing this with us! wishing you a fabulous week .. looks like the weather is going to cooperate for us too! xo HHL

  29. What a nice tea time. The surroundings look very lovely and everyone wearing their beautiful hats!



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