Monday, June 11, 2012

A Touch of Elegance

Welcome friends for tea this week.  I started the second session of my cupcake/cookie decorating classes and knew right away the first piece would be perfect for tea with a touch of elegance.
Isn't this pretty?  We covered a cupcake with fondant and made a gum paste butterfly.  
White peonies are blooming in the garden, they are more fragrant than any pink ones I have.  I put a couple in a vase along with some lady's mantle flowers for the table in the tea house.
 A simple white porcelain teacup seemed right for the occasion.
The dappled shade is always cozy here and if you look closely, you can see we've added a chandelier this year. 
Nothing fancy, and it runs on batteries but adds ambience to my favourite spot for afternoon tea.
Here's another cupcake we constructed, wouldn't a batch of these be fun at a picnic!  The ant's body is made of chocolate covered almonds.
I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage, Ruth at Antiques and Teacups, Bernideen for Tea in the Garden and Kathy at A Delightsome Life.  Please visit my hosts and their guests for tea.


Bella said...

Hi Judith,
Thanks for sharing tea in your teahouse, it's always a pleasure! Love the new chandy, just the right amount of sparkle! Your cupcakes are both so fun, the first looks like it is wrapped in a pink satin ribbon, and of course the butterfly topper is so you :-)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh, Judith! How wonderful!

and what a lovely and beautiful spot for tea! Awesome!

How I would delight to have tea there with you!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh, Judith! How wonderful!

and what a lovely and beautiful spot for tea! Awesome!

How I would delight to have tea there with you!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

hello Judith, you are doing quite well in your cake decorating classes! That is still something I really want to do! I love your white Peonies - they're perfect and that chandelier - romantic - an elegant romantic post! I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Judith,
Your cupcakes are simply wonderful! You're having such fun. The ant is very cute and the other one with the pretty butterfly looks like it is wrapped in pink satin ribbon; beautiful! I love this spot with your new chandy. The lace topper is gorgeous and I bet your peonies smell divine. It's always a pleasure to have you come to tea. Have a wonderful week.


Antiques And Teacups said...

Judith your cake is gorgeous! I love it! But the ant is pretty cute to! Too bad I live so far away I would be more than happy and sacrifice by volunteering to help as a taster! LOL! Thanks for sharing you creations and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

kitty said...

Judith, I love seeing your creations!! They are both adorable. Where did you find the battery operated chandelier? It is so whimsical and perfect!!!

Sunray Gardens said...

Your cupcakes look wonderful and so pretty. Your Peonies are beautiful!

Cher Sunray Gardens

Crafty Gardener said...

Your cupcakes look too good to eat. Love the addition of the chandelier to your shady tea spot.

GrandmaK said...

REally very nice! I like your battenburg table cloth! Have grand day! Cathy

Beth said...

Hi Judith, What a lovely place to have tea in your fabulous garden! Love the chandelier. And I really am loving your beautiful cupcakes. You did a great job!
Hugs, Beth
p.s. Hostas in my post are in the border gardens/patio area; hosta farm is a shade garden down by the pasture fence. It is hard to picture; I think you need to come see in person!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Judith: I love the chandelier over your tea table. The new lesson with the cupcakes looks like it went quite well. They are so pretty..Happy Monday..Judy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The ant on the cupcake is adorable! I would like those! A decorating class sounds like fun!

High Heeled Life said...

Judith ... I'm swooning over your lovely cupcake ... perfect for afternoon tea. The ant cupcake ... what can one say, creativity at it's best ... and a perfect ending to any summertime feast!! Happy Tea Time ..xo C. (HHL)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

It's always a pleasure to share tea with you Judith. Your tea spot is so lovely.

Jocelyn @

Betty Stapleton said...

What a lovely tea, that cupcake is beautiful, you are doing a great job in your decorating. I love to decorate cupcakes, but they are nothing like yours, in fact I may not show them anymore. Chandelier is very pretty, it all is. thank you for sharing.

Yvette Stafford said...

It certainly looks like a Spring paradise in your garden. You've done extremely well with your talents of cupcake icings. The ant looks fantastic, and it's nice to see something more masculine for the 'boys' in the family also.A Wonderful teat time!Have a lovely day! x

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Judith, Cupcakes are personnel mini cakes just for one. You did a fabulous job decorating them. Love the chandelier in the tea house. Have a wonderful day!!

Pondside said...

How beautiful! The elegance of white in the garden is timeless - especially if it includes such a pretty sweet!

Diann said...

Judith, everything looks so pretty at your tea! That chandy is wonderful as are the cupcakes and the white teacup is just perfect!

Crafty Gardener said...

Thank you for coming by my blog. Your blooms and tea party look wonderful. I love the peonies.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Maria Andrade said...

Hello Judith,
What a treat you have for us this week!
And that spot in your garden is so beautiful, the white peonies so exquisite... the perfect match for the elegant white porcelain tea cup.
Thanks for the lovely tea!

My Little Home and Garden said...

It's so appropriate that the first cupcake have your signature butterfly on top, Judith! As for the adorable ant, may it be the only kind to invade your home.

Ruthie Miller said...

I love a chandelier in the garden. Good for you! I am on the search for one at a yard sale.
Ruthie from:

Icy BC said... do have a perfect spot for tea with that gorgeous yummy looking cupcake. Oh and the chandelier adds a touch of romance to that area.

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the white peonies, so beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by, Laura

Zaa said...

OMG Ruth ..

Those butterfly cupcakes are to die for.. AMAZING!!!! How lucky to have this type of class available.

Your garden chandelier is fabulous... I've never seen a battery operated fixture before...but would love to find one.

They match superbly with your white peony and teacup ..Bravo for such a lovely and enlightening post.....Hugs

Charlotte said...

I love your cupcake with the butterfly...though both are so cute! Your spot for tea is just perfect; flowers, chandelier, and all. Would love to join you!
Many blessings,

Georgianna said...

I love the butterfly – too cute to eat! And I'm jealous of your white peonies. I really must plant some. I guess I'm daunted because I know they may not bloom for a few years.

The chandelier is such a great idea. Maybe one near the hot tub, too?

Zinnia said...

You are amazing as pastry chef. Hard to believe that you do not have it as a profession. Your first cupcake is like a little princess cake. Sweet and cute as a peony on the image below. White porcelain is perfect as a backdrop for the sweet pastry. Ants at the picnic is not always fun but, in your purple cupcake, it's great. I wish you a nice weekend! Zinnia

anandhirajan said...

I liked your cup cakes and your peony
very gifted you are

The Farmer's Daughter said...

What a lovely setting for tea. . . I'm thinking about stopping for tea each afternoon here at the farm. . .it's such a lovely tradition. . .

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Hello Judith,
Your cakes are just so pretty and I always love looking at your lovely flowers. My mother grew white peonies. I sure wish I could grow them here. Maybe I'll try and grow them in a container. Have a lovely day.

Jacqueline said...

Your class is just fabulous. Wish I could take one with you. Everything you do is so creative. I want to try gum paste but haven't ever done it yet. Your new chandelier is wonderful. What a fun addition.

I love your white peonies. You mentioned that most of your pinks are dark. I need some dark. I thought I had a couple of them, maybe they are the ones that haven't done well this year. I love all colors of them.

Bernideen said...

Comment # 35 - woooowwww!

That's a prize winning cupcake all right - everything is darling!

HOPE said...

BEAUTIFUL cupcake...must rename it..much more than a CUPCAKE..

I was recently given a Fondant set...anxious to try it...a good idea to start small and dainty!

Thanks for sharing your prize!


Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a beautiful place for Tea! Your new chandelier looks so lovely. Wow, your cupcakes are gorgous and they are perfect for a Tea and picnic. Beautiful job! Have a great weekend.

Perfectly Printed said...

Oh I love your cupcakes!! I have often thought about taking a cake decorating class...maybe in the fall. You are right....lovely addtions to a tea!


Dragonfly Treasure said...

Simply gorgeous! Love your chandy ♥

Red Rose. said...

Yes, the cupcake with the butterfly is so cute, Judith! The chocolate ant is adorable. What a sweet idea you always have! I like to join your tea, but those cakes are too elegance to eat!!

I hiked yesterday with my friend. The weather was beautiful,though it is raining now.
Enjoy your day!

Jenn Jilks said...

What a delightful set of photos!

Popped over from Crafty Gardener.
What fun!
Greetings from Cottage Country!


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