Monday, February 4, 2013

Susan's Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week.  Nancy from Two Cottages and Tea won my giveaway from the 'meet and greet, grow your blog' party hosted by Vickie at 2 Bags Full and it was a pleasant surprise to have someone I know from our weekly gatherings receive the goodies.  I had another giveaway during the same time, and this was through my gardening column for the readers.  A gardener's journal from the Toronto Botanical Gardens was the prize and given the choice of me delivering it to her house, or coming for afternoon tea, the winner chose the latter.
Susan turned out to be a delightful woman from England, still with her sweet accent, and who spent her summers in Ireland.
I wanted the tea to be a special time and served smaller sized treats which are better suited to ladies.
Regular sized chocolate cupcakes for hubby on the left, and smaller, daintier ones on the right for us.
 Seedless raspberry jam for the scones, and a small dish of lemon wedges.  Some of my favourite orange pecan tea loaf can be seen on the bottom of the curate in the background. (find it under recipes)
Susan didn't fancy a flavoured tea, so we had Afternoon Tea from Harrods in the elegant Cream Lace by Skye McGhie.
The Royal Albert warmer kept the tea nice and hot.
Vintage lacy cocktail napkins and the garden lace placemats I picked up in Florida last year.  Sometimes guests are afraid to soil the napkins but I believe in using these pretties.
The tea table with Susan's gift in the bag at the back.  We had a wonderful time talking and before we knew it, she had to go.  But, not before promising to visit our local garden club meetings where we have social teas at our flower shows.
I'm linking with these hosts:
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi
Friends Sharing Tea with Bernideen
Tea Cup Tuesday with Terri
A Delightsome Life with Kathy


  1. Beautiful! I love the cheerful but dainty setting. The quilt runner is wonderful, and your goodies are great. Love the 2 sizes of cupcakes! I love the tea tin & have always loved that tea pot. I bet everyone was thrilled! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  2. What a lovely tea party for Susan! I know she enjoyed every minute. I enjoyed visiting via your blog too! Have a great week!
    ~ Phyllis

  3. What a lovely tea party! I don't even know where to begin, the tea pot, the scones, the gardener's journal...raspberry jam... I am coming to your house for tea! LOL!
    Hmm, a gardener's club! I need to see if we have one here in New Hampshire...
    Hugs and thanks for sharing...
    Beth P

  4. Love the tea party! how fun! your table looks so pretty only if I could reach in and grab some of that orange loaf...yummy..

  5. What a lovely tea party, Judith! The runner is so pretty and I love your tiered stand. Of course, the treats look delectable and that teapot is beautiful. I love the idea of the tea warmer.

  6. The teapot is beautiful!!! So graceful. Lovely tea-- what a nice time I'm sure you both had. So wonderful to sit down, slow down and enjoy.

  7. How fun your tea party must have been! It all looks so pretty and welcoming.

  8. Such a pretty tea table with the blue runner and lacy placemats. Susan must have been impressed! I would have been.

  9. What a lovely tea party for Susan! Your treats, both large and small, look wonderful and I always enjoy seeing the Cream Lace teapot. I must start looking for a warmer as I don't have one. I'm sure you and your guest had a lovely time. Thank you, Judith, for sharing with us and joining me for tea.


  10. I would love to come to one of your teaparties!

  11. Hi Judith,
    That was a lovely tea for Susan-nice to make new friends.
    I have the same teapot. It is a stormy day here today perfect for a pot of tea.

  12. Wow, what a lovely spread! I should serve tea more often - we drink it regularly, but not as elegantly as you do. Sounds like a perfect way to spend the afternoon.

  13. What a creative & delightful "give-away" afternoon tea with YOU! Wish I would have won something so generous! It must have been lovely to sit & chat & get to know one another over such scrumptious treats.

    Your teapot is gorgeous, Judith & I love the warmer you have it on. The whole table is beautifully appointed. Well done!!

    Warm Hugs,

  14. A wonderful tea Judith. I love the teapot and warmer and your quilted runner. I would love to join you for afternoon tea! Hugs, Pamela

  15. Hi Judith,
    You give the best giveaways! The idea for a tea in your home or the winners is such a great idea! I'll have to remember that for fund raisers in my area. I'm sure Susan was delighted with her tea! Everything looks so wonderful! Wishing you a great evening.

  16. Dear Judith,
    I love your beautiful Cream Lace teapot and R.A. warmer. Your dainty cupcakes are the perfect size for tea time. It's always nice to have friend's for tea. Wishing you a lovely week.

  17. What a lovely tea table. It's so incredibly inviting. Everything was so perfect. I love that teapot. Gorgeous!

  18. I love blogging! It is great visiting a whole other life from the one I lead! Where else could this casual Florida person feel at home at a beautiful special tea like what you are showing. Your photos are lovely and it really does make me want to drop by for tea for real instead of just virtually. (I"d have to buy some new clothes though ;>))))) Thanks for sharing.

  19. Judith ~ you served a most lovely and inspiring tea. What a lovely way to spend a few hours sharing tea with a new friend. xo C. (HHL)

  20. It's lovely to meet blog friends. It sounds like you had a wonderful visit.

  21. A beautiful tea Judith. I love your pretty white teapot.Thank you for sharing such a wonderful time.

  22. je crac sur les gâteaux
    je suis tellement gourmande
    et tout me parait délicieux
    edith ( iris ) France

  23. Beautiful pictures, I love the sweet,

  24. Looks like an absolutely smashing teatime, and may I just say I adore those garden lace placemats! How perfect for you, Judith! By the way, don't know if you get the Flea Market Gardens magazine there, but the 2013 edition has some of the cutest, cutest ideas yet ... lots of great garden sheds, unusual planters, etc. You might like to look for it if you haven't seen it! They're also on FB if you want to see the sorts of things they feature.

  25. How special to have a tea for your winner, Susan. The best part is your sharing the party with us! I love your dainty tea treats and the pretty white teapot. You certainly set a charming and lovely tea table. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind thoughts.


  26. What a lovely time you two had! Your tea setting is perfect. I love your blue and white table runner and the white lace place mats. It all looks so pretty together!

  27. Your tea table is so lovely, Judith. You made this a memorable event! I love the blues on the table, and your cupcakes, orange pecan tea loaf, and scones look fantastic. I like your curate - wish I had one! This is one of the nicest teas I've seen recently. You did a great job, Judith!
    Blessings, Beth

  28. Looks like everyone loved this event and the foods looks delightful! Thank you so much for linking to Friends Sharing Tea. I also love that quilted table runner!

  29. Oh Judith, I love this post. Your pictures look exactly the way I envision a proper English afternoon tea. All the baked goods look absolutely delicious, and I LOVE the beautiful teapot and lacy cocktail napkins. What a wonderful way for Susan to collect her gift!

    Thank you for visiting me from Mosaic Monday, and I hope you have a wonderful week.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  30. such a special tea...I had a tea for several friends catered by a friend ...we had the best time....

  31. Lovely ! thanks for including us in your special tea time..:)

  32. Hi Judith, what a perfect tea to host for your guest. Everything is beautiful. Love your teapot and your table setting is so inviting.
    Looks like a lovely time had by all.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment about my RH blog feature. You are so sweet.
    Have a wonderful evening.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  33. A very pretty table and delicious food and tea. Everything you need for a great tea party!

  34. Wish I was there for tea time! It looks so inviting and pretty!

  35. Qué lindo tu blog. La lavanda siempre me ha parecido tan femenina, tan delicada y ese olor exquisito.
    Saludos desde Chile

  36. Everything looks so pretty Judith! I love the teapot!

    Jan ♥

  37. What a lovely tea! Everything looks so scrumptious and pretty. Just delightful.


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