6/07/2010

Lilacs and Tea

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a marvelous day!
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I'd love for you to join me for a little refreshment....
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Just taking a little time out of the day to relax...
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Ahhh...the scent of freshly cut lilacs...is there anything better?
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Hmmm...maybe sitting down for a cup of tea with the scent of lilacs filling the air? Yes...I'm thinking that it doesn't get any better than this!!!
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Today I have prepared tea in my french country dining room!
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Lilacs...A Tea Table Centerpiece
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A white ironstone pitcher filled with a large bouquet of freshly cut lilacs is elevated upon a pedestal cake plate that I covered with a lacy doily. On either side of the lilac bouquet, you will find a white pillar candle in a candleholder with pretty dangling crystals...they seem to fit perfectly with the lilacs! I have set my new cloche (a gift from my friend Gloria)...on a pretty lacy charger plate...for a little something "pretty" to look at while having tea! A stack of pretty teacups are peeking out at us from under the cloche!
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One white ironstone teacup along with two olive green transferware teacups are stacked so sweetly under the pretty cloche!
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My newest white teapot...elevated on a pretty pedestal cake plate!
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I love the shape of this pretty teapot...and ohhh, just look at the pretty scalloped edge at the top! I found this sweet little teapot at TJ Maxx for just $7.99! The pedestal cake plate with the reticulated edge also came from TJ Maxx. I love that store! Hehe! I wove two ribbons through the edges of the cake plate...a white organza ribbon and a thinner light green ribbon.
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A white ironstone sugar and creamer...I love my ironstone!!!
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Special Handcrafted "Just for Me" Teacups...
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These teacups are very special to me...my mama made them for me many, many years ago! I thought the lavender colored grapes on the cups would look pretty with the bouquet of lilacs! There is a matching bowl as well...you can see it in the bottom right-hand side of the photo (there is a better pic of it down below). I just love the pretty ruffly edges on this bowl!
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Once again I have used one of my "Cluny Lace" charger plates as a tray for the teacups. They are sitting atop a new white linen napkin that has the prettiest little flowers embroidered on it!
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I love the pretty lavender colored grapes and green leaves...and ohhh, those beautiful grapevine handles!!! I also just adore the fluted lines on the feet of the teacups!
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Just a couple photos of the candleholders...I love how the dangling crystals are catching the sunlight! Sooo pretty with the lavender lilacs in the background...don't you think?
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Ahhh...here is the matching bowl to the teacups! Isn't it beautiful?
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New Linens...Floral Vine
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I found these beautiful napkins at Bumble Bee Linens (online). They are actually little guest towels but I am using them for napkins today. I love, love, LOVE the gorgeous floral vine embroidery and elegant drawnwork of these linens!!!
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A close-up photo of the pretty "spring green" colored napkins.
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My sweet Grandma made these beautiful embroidered napkins for me when I was just 17 yrs. old! They are one of my most precious treasures!!! I have had them out in my dining room since I used the "spring green" in my spring and summer decor this year!
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Ahhhh...lilacs!!!
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Well sweet friends...I'm sooo glad that you stayed for a little refreshment...thank you for coming by!!!
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I am joining these two fabulous parties today...
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Table Top Tuesday...hosted by Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life.
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Tuesday Tea for Two...hosted by Wanda over at The Plumed Pen.
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Please go by and see what these lovely ladies have for us today...I know that it will be a real treat!!! Thank you, Marty and Wanda...for hosting these fun filled parties for us!!!

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Well my friends...thank you so much for coming by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!
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Have a wonderful and blessed day!

48 comments:

salmagundi said...

Chari-- It looks like spring/summer has arrived in Colorado finally. It certainly is more than hot enough for my tastes. You know me - I'm already dreaming of winter. Summer is my hibernation period. I don't plan on going anywhere much until Fall. Hope all is well with you. Sally

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Chari, I am just drooling and pretending that I am there with you enjoying the wonderful smell of the Lilacs and a fabulous cup of tea. This is all just beautiful. I love it. You always do the most fabulous table vignettes. Thanks so much for joining the party. This is just stunning. Hugs, Marty

Melissa Miller said...

Chari how beautiful this looks! I can smell the beautiful lilacs through the computer screen. Mmmmm...:) Gorgeous!

Blessings to you today and always. ~Melissa :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Chari~~~

Love how your teacups go so beautifully with the lilacs!! And how pretty the teapots under the cloche are...perfect.

I'd love to join you! Have a wonderful week!

xoxo
Jane

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty setting. Your lilacs are so pretty. Thanks for sharing them with us.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, this is beautiful, and I love that your mother crafted the tea cups and bowl. Your lilacs are so gorgeous in that white pitcher. laurie

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Chari,
Everything is beautiful as ever. I love lilacs. Just wish they would grow here. They remind me of going to my Grandma's house in Utah. Love everything else as well.

Did you have a nice anniversary? Did you get to Home Goods?

I am back to work after having a week at home. Too bad I got nothing accomplished while at home. But I did get a lot of relaxing in. So that was good. I really need to do something so I'll have something to blog about.

Take care my friend. And drink in all that aroma for me from the lilacs.

Kim

Diva Kreszl said...

oh Chari you always have the most beautiful table! makes me just want to pull up a chair and sit right down:) the heady smell of the lilacs is wafting through my PC screen...aaahhh

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Your table is beautiful, just absolutely gorgeous! How special that your mom made you those pretty mugs. I sure wish we could grow lilacs here in Texas, but I'm really enjoying seeing yours!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Chari, this is so pretty! I soooo love that long skinny cloche, it's just too fun!

xinex said...

Your lilacs look so lovely and fragrant. I can smell them from here, Chari. What a beautiful table top tea setting. The colors are so beautifully blended together and your tea accessories, gorgeous!...Christine

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love the delicate colors you've put together. I love shades of lavender but don't think about the apple green to go alongside! Beautiful table...lovely tea! ♥

Marilyn said...

Those lacy chargers are so pretty with everything you have out. And now that summer is here, I'm loving being outside in the garden. Wish I had some lilacs, too. ♥♫

kim said...

Another beautifully set table. I don't think I have ever smelled lilacs. I don't think we have them here except in the florist shops. Maybe we do and I just don't know anyone who has them.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a gorgeous tea, Chari! The lilacs are beautiful and the teacups under the cloche are very pretty in green. Love the linens and the mugs your mother made you. I used to do ceramics myself and I made many gifts to give away. Thanks for sharing and please stop by for tea at my blog, won't you?

Blessings,
Sandi

once in a blue moon... said...

so pretty and dainty~

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari! Everything looks so beautiful! love the cups that your mo made for you! How special. Everything just looks so pretty.thnk you for sharing.

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Chari, You never seize to amaze me with your beautiful tables. Everything looks so amazing and fresh looking! I can just imagine how lovely your lilacs smell! Your cups your mother made are just precious! Thank you for sharing another wonderful tablescape!
Hugz,
Kim

podso said...

So many details to look at and enjoy--thank you! I so miss the scent of lilacs!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I adore the smell of lilacs and your table looks so inviting. I especially love the cross stitched green napkins...a very sweet touch.

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Oh my!! I kept thinking you had better stop tempting us with all of the sweet things you have displayed!!! Lilacs don't grow near me, but they do west of here...I so miss them! Everything is so sweeeet!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is absolutely gorgeous - every detail!! I would love to see and smell real lilacs!

Katherine

Sandy said...

Chari, Everything is just beautiful, I love it all. You have added so many little details to just make it perfect. Is it time for me to come over yet? Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Sailing Simply said...

Your handcrafted teacups and dish are so pretty! I love them! I also love your beautiful Lilacs. We don't have those down here! They are gorgeous!

Sherry said...

This is just lovely Chari. I really like the teacups in the cloche. And, I love your linens too. Especially the napkins your grandmother made you. I have a quilt my grand mother and I worked on together. Very lovely spring tea!

Debbie said...

Hi Chari, You take the best photos out here in blog land...I always feel Like I am actually there:) Love lilacs...and your tea set is so pretty. Hope all is well with you, it is always a pleasure to come and visit.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Hi Chari....what beautiful pictures of a lovely tabletop. I love thye look of the tall cloche with a stack of teacups and yours is exectued perfectly. Come by and visit with me when you have a chance.

sewingseeds4U said...

It's all so beautiful. I love the cups your mom made. Such a soft and pretty setting.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Chari,
This is so beautiful.. I can almost smell the lilacs from here.. Its always a joy to come and see the beauty you create..

Happy Thoughts
Sonny

Debby said...

Chari, this is one of the most beautiful post I have ever seen. Summer certainly has arrived. Your photos are amazing.
Debby

Beth said...

Chari, Your table is dazzling! I love the lilacs, love the candle holders and most of all the teacups and bowl your mother made for you - I thought they were special even before you said she made them for you. Your table is so very, very pretty and I wish I could smell those lilacs now!!!
Exquisite, my dear friend! Be sure to hop over and enter my giveaway -THREE chances to win!
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Zuzu said...

Hello Chari!
You set the prettiest tables, and your lilacs are gorgeous!
I hope you are enjoying our Colorado weather and beautiful blue skies! :)
Hugs,
Zuzu

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Just beautiful, Chari. Your pictures are so lush and graceful.....totally charming!

Barb ♥

Creations By Cindy said...

Chari, I am just sitting here in awe at your wonderful and beautiful pieces! I love how you stacked those beautiful teacups inside the cloche.
Just simply beautiful! Have a blessed day. Cindy
P.S. Chari, I am having a giveaway on my blog too!

Sonia said...

Oh Chari,

I'm in Santa Fe...but just had to pop in and get my blog fix!! LOL. I'm so glad I got to see ths stunningly gorgeous table!! I adore lilacs and your table is exquisite! The vase, the grapevine cups and all the accessories are so pretty and I love the linens!! Girl just think if we lived closer together of all the fun we could have sharing each other's tables!!! Have a great week -I'm off to the farmer's market this am...

Miss Bloomers

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Chari,
Honestly girl, that is the best!
That beautiful white pitcher filled with lilacs! Those amazing mugs, the lace, the candles, the delicate napkins! Oh and the cake stand and teapot, love that!
This is stunning and you sure do have the touch!
Are lilacs are long gone, I so wish they lasted longer!
Hugs, Cindy

shannon i olson said...

ok love lilacs!! love that cloche!! what a beautiful setting, I would just stand there and stare.

Msartist said...

Oh Chari, Lilacs are so wonderfully beautiful and your mom made those cups, wow. Love table setting~
Just wonder to drop by for your tea.
~Theresa

Cindy said...

Very, very pretty! All of your white ironstone and other lovelies are so sweet/ Thank you for the invite to tea. I enjoyed your lovely photos SO much. Hugs, Cindy S

paperbutterfly said...

Chari, You delight my senses every time I drop by. I can smell the lilacs in the air from here! Everything looks so fresh on this post with the apple green, white and lavender! So much to take in, so many details, how do you do it?
Have a blessed week!
Pam

Beansieleigh said...

Love the stacked teacups, the fresh lilacs, and the beautiful cross stitched napkins! ~tina

Janie's World said...

Wow, everything looks so pretty. I love those teacups your mama made you, beautiful and sentimental. Those Lilacs are so lovely, Very, very, pretty table.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I wish there was a scratch and sniff button!

Becky said...

Hi Chari!
Your table is absolutely beautiful! Lilacs are my favorite flower but my bush won't bloom. I think I am too far south. Thank you for sharing yours. The candlesticks are so pretty too.

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

Hello there sweetest lady,

My oh my Chari!..,Without a doubt,this is just one of the best 'teascapes' that you've ever created my friend!~ Fabulous and oh so pretty!

Your lovely, pristine white pitcher, just brimming with fragrant, sweetly scented, purply-mauve lilacs,and those delightful mugs and lovely bowl; what a heartwarming gift and momento your dear mother made for you!

Every last little detail from the candles,to the exquisite lace, and the apothacary jar with the freshest color of green apples, and the delicate napkins are just the prettiest!~

Also, I simply adore cake stands and that one is just too darling with the soft celadon green ribbon interwoven throughout; the fabulous white teapot is the finishing touch with the green and white transferware teacups so artistically nestled within the cloche!..,Wow!

.., Another Chari masterpiece to be sure!..,You've quite simply utdone yourself once again!


...,As for my recent tea post, thanks so much for your kind and sweet comments and most of all for partcipating and joining in the fun!

..,(Re., my little our Lilac bouquet,I did not want to cut too many Lilacs because we are part of a five garden, garden tour this Sunday and we wanted to keep as many Lilacs as possible on the bushes).., It should be fun!

As mentioned, I was delighted as always Chari, to have you partake once again my friend with my little Tuesday and Wednesday tea parties; please join me anytime your theme warrants sharing teatime in blogland!

Also,in answer to your question Chari, the pretty little 'dome' in the foreground is an antique cheese dish, cover lid; it does not have a base; I bought it from an antique dealer, 'for a song'!~I just loved the delicate flowers and the motif and knew I'd find a 'mix and match' re-purposed use for it!..,

I'm so looking forward to sending your little art cards off to you!

Thanks so very much for your kind concern and prayers; yes God is so much more than able!~You remain, along with your grandsons and family, in my prayers as well!

Have a marvelous remainder of the week and take care of yourself my friend!

Cheers, hugs and blessing from Wanda Lee @ The Plume Pen

Burlap Luxe said...

Chari...
You visited my place and I was taken back in awww! over your profound comment about my site!

I have never been so moved with passionate heartfelt words as the comment you left me, you are to kind.

So I then took the time to get my self right over to your place to see what makes you who you are! I was in SHOCK!! and with my mouth hanging open, wiping the drool away and crushing on every photo you had displayed with beautiful lilacs, linens, stoneware, silver flatware, crystal, and the most beautiful back drop to show it off with graceful elegance.

I will be adding you to my blog roll as well, so I will not miss a thing you do :)

Chari, Thank-you for your friendship and the love you show as to who you are.
xx
Dore'
Interior Designs
Designer Model Estate Homes

Cherry Chick said...

How beautiful your lilacs are. I can just imagine the fragrance in your home.
Is that black & white check tile that I spy in the background?? Is that in your kitchen?? Are there other post on your blog with pictures of that room??
Thank you for sharing with us all.
Vicki
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