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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Tea For One

Between the renovations on our family beach house,
preparation for my daughter's wedding on June 25th,
and some fixing-up of That Old House before that wedding . . . 
time is getting away from me.
 So today, I am cheating.

I have dug back into the archives for a post from July 23, 2009.
It's a Tablescape for One; forgive the repeat, but I'm pretty sure most of you won't have seen this one before!
Take vintage linens, old china, a doll's teacup, a gift from Nepal,
fresh flowers from the garden, and what do you get?
Tea for One!

My daughter Anne is the guest designer today, with a Tea for One setting for Tablescape Thursday (hosted by Susan at Between Naps On The Porch) and Vintage Thingies Thursday (hosted by Suzanne at Coloradolady) and Thrifty Thursday (hosted by Leigh of Tales From Bloggeritaville). Click on their highlighted blog titles to see what everyone else is up to.

My daughter Anne loves tea.

For her birthday, her sister Alida sent her a tea set -- pot, sugar, and creamer -- handmade in Nepal.
It was a perfect gift!

Anne partnered this Eastern-looking set with a handle-less tea cup and saucer set
that actually belongs to her American Girl doll, Felicity!

Felicity is the Colonial-era doll, no longer featured in the American Girl Catalog since
Mattel took over the company and turned it -- well, we won't go there. Let's just say
American Girl and Pleasant Company are not what they used to be. Bigger is not always better.

Historically, Felicity would have drunk tea out of this type of cup --
no handles, and made in China for the export market.

What is tea without a cookie or two? Chocolate is always good, especially when served on a blue and white dish, Indies Blue, from Johnson Brothers. The napkin is damask, smooth vintage pure Irish linen, with a woven-in border of blue:

Underneath it all, a bridge cloth, one from the box of vintage family-made linens my mother-in-law sent me two weeks ago. This one is heavy, loosely-woven linen, beautifully hand-embroidered in what looks to me like perle cotton:

A closer look at the Nepal-ese tea set. Sugar and creamer:

The tea pot is a beautiful shape;
love the bent wooden handle, so practical -- no pot holder needed!

The blue looks "rubbed" -- it allows the base color to glow through; lovely.

You must have some pretties on every table. On this one, Anne used the bottom of a covered Asian-inspired blue and white casserole I got years ago at a Bombay Company outlet store.
She filled it with flowers from the borders at That Old House. We only had to chase away two stowaway ants.

Also visiting, a little good luck Lenox elephant, and a small figurine . . .
we don't know who he is, but he seems to fit in!

Put it all together. . .

It's an Asian-Vintage-Fusion Tea for One!

Have a wonderful Thursday! -- Cass


  1. Nope- I hadn't seen it before- Lovely! I know what it is like to be rushed beyond belief. Hang in there- You will get through it! xxoo Diana

  2. It's a beautiful tea for one!!! Love the cup and saucer!!! And the linens!!! I'm looking for vintage linens while I'm over here as well as ANYTHNG blue and white -- especially a wee Indies tea pot!

    Would you believe that I found a TJ Maxx? Called TK but the same -- and was I excited -- I imagined all sorts of great china -- but the selection is better in America -- it was a disappointment!

  3. What beautiful dishes!! I love the colors.

    Thank you so much for the anniversary wishes! It has been an amazing journey. I guess I should have stated "worked at" so many things instead of just work...but you know, some days I just feel like it is work to keep things running smooth!!!

    Have a happy VTT!!! and a great weekend.

  4. What a perfect tea for one. I love the flowers in the blue and white container.The little tea cup and saucer is precious.

  5. goodness you do have a lot going on! The blue and white is so pretty together! the post was new to me..

  6. Darling table! Each of us needs to pamper ourselves once in awhile and your setting is just perfect for that. Good luck with your projects-you'll get through it! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love the flowers and tea set, nice blue colour.I like the news deco in your family beach house! Blessings Catherine

  8. Such a pretty little blue tea set.

    And I spy chocolate - - - is that a brownie?

  9. I remember this. Such a pretty blue. Now get back to work you have a wedding coming up you know.

  10. Gorgeous! That color of blue is stunning. What a cheery setup!

  11. Cass..
    "i do have a sailboat..
    in Panama City, FLA
    you could easily link to Blue Monday with these incredible blues!!

    enjoy your day!!


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