8/23/2010

A Summer's Tea on the Veranda

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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As many of you know, I have recently redecorated our veranda.
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 This week I decided to have tea out on the veranda in celebration
 of my birthday that was on the 20th. I had sooo much fun setting a tea
 table...especially since I bought myself a pretty new teacup for
 my birthday!
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Please join me for tea...I hope that you enjoy!
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~A Summer's Tea on the Veranda~
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Here we are now...out on my cottage blue veranda.
It is mid-morning....the perfect time for a cup of tea!
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 Ohhh...the sunshine feels good this morning!
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A Tea Time Vignette...
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Hmmm...just any ol' tea won't do! I really wanted to set a pretty
 tea table since I was celebrating my birthday!
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I decided to use my cloche with a few teacups stacked under
 it, a couple pretty pearl candleholders, and a glass figurine of a
 lovely lady in blue for the tea table centerpiece!
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I am soooo enjoying my new cottage blue table!
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 Isn't it just the prettiest shade of blue that you've ever seen?
 Honey and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in June...this
 table was an anniversary gift to ourselves!
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A Pretty Teapot...
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I found this beautiful teapot at TJ Maxx a few months ago...it
 was only $9.99! I just love the beautiful embossed roses on the side
 of the teapot...so delicate looking!
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*The teapot is sitting on one of my lacy, metal charger plates. The
 pretty little pink and lavender roses that are sitting around the teapot are
 actually soap flake petals! I found them at the Dollar Tree...a box of nine roses
 for just $1! Ohhh...they smell sooo good!!! I have used these pretty roses in
 several of my vignettes but they are just fabulous to float in a bath!
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My Birthday Teacup...
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This pretty teacup was a birthday present to myself! Hehe!
 I found it on ebay and just had to have it! I love the gorgeous gold
 scrolly pattern and all the pretty soft, pastel colored flowers!
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"Queen Anne"
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The manufacturer's mark says "Queen Anne" Fine Bone China...England.
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Vintage Table Linens...
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*I layered two round crochet doilies on top of the table...one
 white and one off-white doily.
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*A Tea Napkin, A Vintage Handkerchief, and a Teapot Napkin Ring
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*I also layered the tea napkins. I used a white cotton napkin
 with lace edging from the Shabby Chic line at Targets and a pretty
 vintage handkerchief. This beautiful handkerchief belonged to my dear
 sweet Grandma! I just love the soft pastel colors and the scalloped
 edge...sooo pretty! A silver teapot napkin ring holds the napkins!
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*A Silver Basket & More Napkins...
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*Another vintage handkerchief from my Grandma!
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I found this pretty silver basket at the GW...it was only $.50.
 It works perfectly for holding my tea napkins and the shape of it
 reminds me of a teapot! Just perfect for this tea table!
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*A Lovely Lady in Blue...
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I found this glass figurine of the lovely lady in blue at the
 Dollar Tree...I thought she was so pretty! She's dressed for
 a tea party...you know!
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*Pearl Candleholders and a Cloche...
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*Ohhh...I do love my pearl candleholders!
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 I found these fabulous candleholders at Hobby Lobby last
 year...I sure have gotten alot of use out of them! I love all the pretty
 white pearls and the pearlized white glass mosaic...they
 really are exquisite!
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*This tall glass cloche was a gift from my sweet friend Gloria!
 It is sitting upon a glass pedestal plate...adding a little height to the
 tea table centerpiece. I stacked a few more of my birthday teacups under
 the cloche! Altogether, I bought four teacups and saucers...
Happy Birthday to me! Hehe!
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*My "Artsy" Photos...
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I thought these two photos turned out pretty! My veranda
 is on the east side of the house...when the sun is overhead...we have
 a very nice afternoon shade. The shade on the veranda caused
 the...nearly black...background in the photos!
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This was a completely "natural" effect...I didn't touch up either photo!
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I think the pretty pink and lavender soap flake roses look
 beautiful against the white teapot in the photo above! And...in the
 photo below...I just adore the lighting! All that vibrant color of my birthday
 teacup against the white teapot and pearl candleholders...really pretty!
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PS...The photo at the very beginning of my post was achieved
 using Photo Bucket's photo effect...color sketch.
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Well my friends, I hope you enjoyed your afternoon tea out on my veranda!
  I'm so happy that you joined me!
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I am joining these fabulous parties today...
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Table Top Tuesday...hosted by Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life.
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Tea Time Tuesday...hosted by Lady Katherine over at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor.
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Tea Time Tuesday...hosted by Sandi over at Rose Chintz Cottage.
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Tea Pot & Tea Things Tuesday...hosted by Pam over at A Breath of Fresh Air.
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Tuesday Tea for Two...hosted by Wanda over at The Plumed Pen.
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Thank you, dear ladies...for hosting these fabulous parties for us!
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Well my friends...I 'm so happy that you stopped by for a visit today!
  Please leave me a note and let me know that you were here. 
I would love to visit with you!
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Warmest Wishes!
Chari
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48 comments:

Revamped French Maison said...

Chari I love your pearl votive holders also! They are so elegant and charming. Your new birthday tea cup is gorgeous! My mother loves old teacups. I happened to pick up a few last year at an estate sale and couldn't part with them. I really should, they just sit in a closed kitchen cabinet and periodically see the light of day when I pull them out admire them and back into the dark cabinet they go. How sad is that. LOL Ahhh....

Happy Birthday fellow Leo :))

Blessings,
Shanna

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning Sis...girl I was just coming over here and you have up a wonderful new and beautiful post WOW!! Oh I would just love to have tea with you my sweet friend..How pretty this all looks as always you did an awesome job my friend...I pray all is well in your world today and each day...did you have a FUN Birthday girl..I bet you had dinner out and honey got you flowers like he always does..We wnet to a car show in Nv the other day Russ would have loved this one girl...so much eye candy..I know Len sure did drool alot ha ha!! Then we hit my favorite antique store..and dang it girl I didn't find a thing that screamed my name ha ha!! Stopped by Dawna on our way home and took her and her hubs to dinner so it was GREAT day off for me ha ha!! Well better go I have to go get Candace's laundry done for the week...Love ya Sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Nancy's Notes said...

Chari, I'd sit there all day and have tea with you! Sitting out on your veranda, would be just delightful! Your Queen Anne teacup is absolutely beautiful! I love your gorgeous table setting, well, I could go on and on! Well done!

Nancy

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, Your veranda is so lovely and what a great place for tea. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! xo, Sherry

Cherry Chick said...

Chari,
How lovely! Everything looks just perfect. I will have to check out that photo effect from Photobucket. You did a wonderful post.
Vicki

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good afternoon Chari,
Happy Birthday! What a lovely tea you have to share with us! I simply love your pearl candle holders! They are the prettiest things I've seen in a while! LOVE your teapot too! I also have a Queen Anne teacup posted for my tea party but it's not nearly as purty as yours. I do like your pretty blue table and chairs with the lovely covers on them! Such a wonderful tea, Chari! Thank you for sharing and I've already added your link to my post which will be up shortly. Have a beautiful day, my friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH Chari, I'll be right over!
(I wish)
This is so elegant and stunning!
I love that table, your beautiful new teacup, the lacy doilies, and the rose petals add such a pretty touch!
I used the one's you got me and they are wonderful!
It just goes to show that with creativity (which you have tons of) you can create a Gorgeous setting without a lot of MOOLA!
I am so impressed!!!
This is breathtaking!
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Chari,

You set a gorgeous Summer's Day Tea on the Veranda. I cannot wait to display my tea cups again. I packed them away for safekeeping while I am trying to remodel some of the rooms in my house. I love the color of your table. What a great anniversary gift to yourselves.

~ Tracy

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

The table setting is gorgeous!!! Love your birthday teacup. I haven't put together a tablescape in months. I hope you had a fabulous birthday. I know I did. It is too bad we don't live closer so we could have celebrate together. Oh well, we did in spirit. Take care and enjoy your tea. I'm afraid it's going to be too hot here in SoCal for any tea. Suppose to get up to 107 degrees tomorrow or Wednesday. I'm already melting just thinking about it.
Kim

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So pretty and my favorite is the teacup napkin ring.

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Chari,

My oh my, what a delight my dear lady!..,

~(I have to run yet again my friend; I promise I shall be back soon)!..,

..,Thanks so much for your delightful and sweet comments and especially also for joining in with the teatime fun!

This is sooo pretty Chari!~ I love, love, love every exquisite detail!..,

Cheers and hugs,
Love you dear friend!

Wanda Lee
@ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com
and also @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com

P.S. ~ You never know Chari what God may have in store; that visit to stay in my guestroom would be, 'more fun than a barrel of monkeys', and then some my friend, to be sure!!.., Hehe

Wanda Lee said...

Just 'lil ol' me again!.., Blogger wouldn't accept my info., when I signed in; so I refreshed and it looked like the message was gone..,

Guess it sent two the same .., oh well!

Have lovely week Chari!..,

P.S.~ I'll be back later because I WANT to comment further and in detail about this lovely post; (not because I feel I must) ~ It will be a pleasure!..,

cheers

susan said...

Chari-That picture drew me in like a moth to a flame!!! It is gorgeous! Happy belated anniversary and birthday! --love the table. I saw those teapots at Steinmart too and missed them--gone when I went back to buy it. I also missed those gorgeous pearl candle holders! Love those! This whole table is BEAUTIFUL!

Lavender Cottage said...

Your tea vignette is lovely. The blue table caught my eye right away - good choice of gift your yourselves.
Happy birthday, enjoy tea today in your cup and saucer.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Chari, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Did I miss it. I hope you had the best one ever. Your tea table is stunning as usual. You do always find the neatest things and then you really do create the most amazing tablescapes. This is totally magazine worthy. So pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. This is such a treat and I will definitely steal some of your creativeness and use it sometime. Hugs, Marty

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello Chari, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment :) I love the vignette you've set up on your veranda; everything is just lovely! I really love that beautiful teapot you found at TJ Maxx, for under $10!! Wow!! Your birthday teacup is just so sweet....and, Happy Birthday to you!!!

Wishing you a wonderful & happy Tea Tuesday :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Kim said...

Your teapot is gorgeous. I also love the slipcovers you have on your chairs.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a pretty setting! Love your new tea cup and your pearly votive holders are really fun! Chari, I think you have my favorite cloche, that tall one catches my eye every time-enjoy!

Debbie said...

That is ever so precious Chari! You pay attention to every little detail. Love the napkin rings...and my favorite was how you displayed the tea cups in the cloche.

Lisa said...

Everything is so, so pretty! That teapot is 'to die' for! You were so lucky to come across that bargain! I know you enjoyed your Birthday Tea! Happy Belated Birthday! (My daughter's is the 19th)

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh Chari, AGAIN HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! and LOVE that Birthday Cup & Saucer. Just as special as the lady that holds it in her heart! Hugs Birthday Girl, Donna

paperbutterfly said...

Dear Chari, So glad you are enjoying your veranda. It is so special. I do love that blue on the table. As always I just don't know where to start. Everything is so perfect. The roses are a special touch. Love the hankies. They are too pretty to hide in a drawer. Your choice of teacup is wonderful.
I hope you see God's blessings in every day of this year. Happy Birthday. Pam

Sonia said...

Hi Chari,

Well your veranda is so pretty!! I love the blue table and chairs and your tea setting is just gorgeous! The teapot is so elegant with your new birthday china teacup. Those vintage hankies are so sweet and I love the cloche full of teacups. You really set a lovely tea table and I would love to be there enjoying a cup of tea with you!

Pinky said...

Happy belated birthday! I am sorry I don't comment alot but had to say Happy b-day! Love your new BLUE table and the new tea cup! LOVE the napkin ring (I have a THING for napkin rings:):) XO, Pinky

podso said...

Love that little lady all dressed in blue!

xinex said...

This is just too beautiful, Chari. I imagine a Southern girl in a southern belle gown sipping tea there with her dainty fingers with one of her suitors. Lovely, just lovely!....Christine

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful tea time table on the veranda! Beautiful details!

Katherine

Atelier de Charo said...

Very beautiful tea time at the Veranda!!!
I will love to sit there and have some tea with you!

Hugs
Charo

Sandy said...

Chari, you did a beautiful job decorating your veranda. The blue looks so cool and calm. Great finds, love the tea cups and tea pot. Those are some beautiful candle holders! Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Chatelaine said...

What a pretty tablescape. Love the teacups and that cottage blue table is divine. Love that color.

Tea on the Veranda sounds fabulous. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Well first of all Chari... Happy belated Birthday! I am so glad you bought yourself that beautiful tea cup. A perfect little gift for oneself!! Your tea setting is just gorgeous. Loved the vintage linen and handkerchief. So pretty! Your table is so inviting! Hugs!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

Everything looks just so pretty. I would love to join you for a cup of tea! Love all the pretty details!
I hope you enjoyed your tea!

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Chari!
Oh what a lovely post! I am so loving your teapot and those pearl candle holders!
Simply elegant!
Happy Tea!
Lorena

Marie said...

Hi Chari - what a lovely vignette you've shared with us today. Luv the tea set. Happy Birthday!
-marie

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Chari, happy birthday to you! You certainly set a beautiful tea table....love the shade of blue on the table. All the goodies are just beautiful. I have some hankies that belonged to my grandmother, too. Aren't they just so pretty! Why did we ever go to kleenex, when we could use such gorgeous, soft cotton things?! The pearls are a beautiful touch in the goblets. Great job! Linda

Gail said...

Your Veranda is absolutely beautiful. I love the teapot! I sure hope you had a wonderful birthday.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Chari, Happy,happy birthday! Your birthday tea is lovely! I love all the darling elements. Everything is just so charming. The cloche with the tea cups is so sweet and what a pretty birthday cup. You must have quite a collection.
I would love to join you for tea!
Yvonne

Ron @ DubaiFunHolidays said...

a perfect setting for a summer's tea out, looks soo beautiful and so well arranged, very good tea set and glasses

Sarah said...

Chari, happy birthday to you! Your veranda looks to be an ideal spot to enjoy a cup of tea and a relaxing moment. Your new tea cup is beautiful. ~ Sarah

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I am loving the pearls!!! So gorgeous!! Everything looks so beautiful!

Sherry said...

Chari,
That is a beautiful tea. Lucky you to get that awesome cloche. Gloria is awesome. But, I love that teacup! What a great gift for your birthday. Happy birthday!~ Sorry I haven't been by in awhile. Kids keep me busy and they make me a very bad commenter! LOL
Sherry

Screaming Meme said...

Beautiful..simply beautiful... :) I am so glad I stumbled upon your lovely blog!

I would love to invite you over for a visit! I look forward to getting to know you!

Meme from Screaming Meme

Melissa Miller said...

Oh Chari how did I miss this post? It is just GORGEOUS! Your really created a sweet spot for some tea. Love your pretty new blue veranda too! It iall looks so welcoming and fresh.

I hope your birthday was perfect!

Love ya sweet friend!
~Melissa :)

Screaming Meme said...

Wow...in love with that blue table and slip covered chairs...Lovely! Hi, Im Meme from Screaming meme...it is so nice to meet you! Stop in and see my slip covers I have designed...i look forward to following your blog..Meme

Lady Katherine said...

So lovely! I love your new teacups under the cloche! I adore the table!!! It is similar to mine! The doilies, your Grandmother's hankies! The candle holders are so pretty! Love your blue lady! I know you just enjoyed your Tea on the Veranda! I know I did! Thank you so much for joining me for Tea Time! Happy Birthday

Style Sisters said...

So beautiful..the setting, the tea cups all the fun things on your table. I host Centepiece Wed on my blog you should come and link up.

Karin

Denise said...

Oh my goodness! Now I'm inspired to create a tea party for myself. I love your blue table - what great lines and details. And your grandmother's handkerchiefs are so pretty. I love using my grandmother's tea towels. It feels like she's there with me.

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