5/16/2011

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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It has been a crazy weather week at my place.  We have already experienced some really beautiful warm, sunny days...and then it turned cold again!  That's the month of May for you in Colorful Colorado.  I'm sooo yearning for warmer weather!
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Today I thought I would share with you a tea that I set last August...called "A Summer's Tea on the Veranda".  Some of you may remember this tea table...I hope you don't mind seeing it again to terribly much.  For those of you who haven't seen this summer's 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.
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It's mid-morning...the perfect time for a cup of tea! Ohhh...the sunshine feels good this morning!
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A Tea Time Vignette...
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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! 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!!! I think the pretty vintage handkerchiefs work perfectly for a tea...don't you?  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!*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 a 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!!! 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 and soooo feminine!
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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! I bought four teacups and saucers altogether...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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I think the pretty pink and lavender soap-flake roses just look beautiful against the white teapot in the photo above! And...in the photo below...I just love the lighting! The vibrant colors 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 by using Photo Bucket's photo effect..."Heartify".
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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!

 

41 comments:

Venoma said...

Hey those pics are so awesome :) Did you make it yourself? They are really lovely :)

XoXo

Venoma

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How fun, Chari! I love the teacups under the cloche! Love your chair slips ~ very creative.

Olive Cooper said...

The cloche and teapot are adorable Chari.

lanakwaustin@att.net said...

Sooooooo springy and fresh and beautiful with the outdoor romantic table in blue and that gorgeous teapot and pearl candleholders!!!!!
You never cease to amaze me!!!!
Your photography is great, too--I loved your artsy shot!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It always makes my day! I meant to post on your Sunday get together but wasn't able to...hopefully next week!
Hugs/blessings/turquoise joy,
Lana

Theresa said...

Gorgeous pictures, I sure enjoyed my visit with you today! I love having tea on your veranda:) Have a blessed day dear Chari, HUGS!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh my dear Chari, how beautiful and so inviting! I'd love to be there for tea alfresco in that lovely tea cup! Everything is so romantic with that cloche full of such lovely tea cups, you have a flair for staging things in this artistic fashion! I love it pal!
Hugs
FABBY

Debbie said...

This is so lovely! The teacups under the cloche are my favorite part, but I really just think the whole setting against that blue table is so inviting.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Chari,
What a lovely tea! I LOVE your pretty white teapot and what a bargain! Your tea cups are so pretty and your pearl candleholders are absolutely gorgeous! Your grandmother's hanky and little blue lady are so sweet too. You certainly know how to set a charming table. Thanks for sharing and for joining me for tea, my friend. Everything is just lovely!

Blessings,
Sandi

Pat said...

Your tea is beautiful Chari.

We are experiencing similar weather in Missouri. We've even had to turn the heat on again!

Carolyn said...

Hi Chari.
It all looks so lovely! Love all your pretty details. I, too am anxiously waiting for it to warm up here so I can enjoy outdoor teas again.
Carolyn

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my Chari, you know how much I love this. The hurricanes are stunning and of course the cloche has my heart going pitty pat. I love the teapot and your entire patio area is so inviting. You do set the most wonderfully inviting spaces. Wish I was there. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

All your tea items are beautiful but I gotta tell ya, I LOVE those candle holders. Wow, those are gorgeous!!

Bloggymom said...

Beautiful!! Love your birthday tea cup.

xinex said...

Oh how lovely and so romantic! Beautifully put together, Chari. I gather you are starting to have good weather and I am so happy for you....Christine

Pat said...

Char,
You just make it all look so easy, like you just sat all that down there. But each treasure is so interesting to look at the way you display things. I can even feel the warm sunshine in your photos.

Pat

Beth said...

Hi Chari, Love your blues! Really stunning. What a lovely day you had last summer for tea outside. Your napkins are pretty and I like the tea cup you purchased yourself. Stunning decor, as always, my dear friend!
God bless, Beth

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I enjoyed every minute...and will go back now and look at your photos again! I always see things that I missed the first time through...you always think of every detail! Love your linens and the wonderful natural light of the outdoors! ♥

Lavender Cottage said...

Your tea table is lovely, pretty teacup and linens. And, I do love the blue table you bought, you're sure to have many nice teas on it.

podso said...

Lovely, Chari. i remember this post. I bet you are yearning for some of that warm weather, or maybe it'st here already! Hope you are off to a great week!

tammylovesdishes said...

Your birthday teacup is precious. I like how you have used hankies with the napkins. That's an idea I think I will "borrow" in the future.
The stack of teacups look so pretty in the cloche.
Lovely summer's tea!
Tammy

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Chari, your setting is simply gorgeous! I love your teapot and those teacups are just the kind I treasure! What a fabulous post!

Nancy

Shelia said...

Hi Chari! OH, this is just gorgeous. Love everything you've used and I have a tea pot almost like that with the raised flowers. I love your outside area too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mary Ellen said...

I remember this fun post! We would have to be wearing our fleece jackets out there today!! Was it cold your way??

You little table set is so sweet and I love the teacup cloche.

Oh my the house is looking so clean!!I guess I need to have ladies retreats more often at my home to get things done!!

bee blessed
mary

Maggie said...

Hi Chari,
I so enjoyed taking tea with you this morning, your veranda is the perfect place to while away the morning chatting with friends.
As always your tablescape amazed me, you are the best!
Love the Queen Anne cup and saucer, I'm just beginning to collect these myself, oh oh I see trouble ahead!
Another collection, where will I put it all?
Hugs
Maggie.

Frieda said...

Bonjour Chari,
You tea time is son generous
Just want to came take place and enjoy with you.
Is that to late ti wish you Happy Birthday? Many more years to you
Warm wishes from Cameroon
Frieda

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, I'd love to sit out there for a lovely, relaxed cup of tea and a chat. How completely beautiful. You've laid the table gorgeously!

Sarahx

Johanna said...

Hello Chari,
beautiful beautiful! So many nice things, but I love best the wonderful teapot! Or the pretty tea cup? Or the soap roses? I really don't know, all is so charming. Thank you for sharing your treasures.
Best greetings, Johanna

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Chari,
OMG Girl, I so love that!
You sure know how to create a beautiful table and vignette! The colors, the pearls, the setting, so so pretty!
I remember this but it's worth repeating again and again! Should be in a magazine!
I just read your note and I am so sorry about the situation with Russ's kids. I bet that is going to be very hard on him.
Tell him we are thinking of him.
We have a graduation Friday night, a wedding Saturday night so things are definately busy!
Are temps are warming up a bit but still we are so behind. We should have lilacs by now and not just little buds.
Big Hugs and know were thinking of you two!
Cindy

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Chari, thank you for your sweet comments on my bookcases! It was so good to hear from you...Your outdoor tea tablescape is just beautiful! You have some gorgeous pieces...Have a great day! Kristen

Gail said...

Feminine and pretty tabletop. Glad you found such a good use for your grandmother's hankies.

Lynn said...

I NEVER get tired of looking at your blog! Love that teapot.

Designs By Pinky said...

HI sweet Chari!!!! SOOOO good to visit you! I just love this tea vignette. Your table IS the prettiest shade of blue. You gave me an idea to use a hankershif for a napkin! I have 3 of my Grandmother's too! LOVE the teapot napkin ring too. Hope your weather gets better! It is dreary and rainy here today but we had a week of gorgeous weather so I won't complain!!!! Let's try to keep in touch. XO, Pinky

Designs By Pinky said...

I just realized I wasn't following you!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so sorry but NOW I am!!!! XO, Pinky

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

That teapot is just gorgeous! In fact, the entire table is a perfect tea party. I love the colors, the pearls, the beautiful cups...all so pretty!

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! so fun and wonderful. How I'd love to be at that tea.

- The Tablescaper

Poppy said...

Hi Chari, once again you have created another gorgeous vignette. I love everything about this tablescape.. from the pearl candleholders to the pretty china and vintage linen ... my favorite is the cloche with all those dainty cups inside... feels so inviting and I especially love all the colors. Beautiful post!~Poppy

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yvette said...

Oh would a lovely rose encrusted teapot and a steal!Lovely photo's can only imagine the warm sunrays on the veranda for afternoon tea!

Kim said...

Omigosh Chari! I think I just drooled all over my keyboard. Your veranda has major Wow factor going on. I adore that table and chairs - so sweet. The whole tablescape belongs on the cover of a magazine.
Thanks for your visit yesterday and your sweet comment. It's always nice to hear from my dear bloggy friends.
xoxo,
Kim

lvroftiques said...

Chari it's a lovely table! I missed this post the first time so I'm very happy to see it now. Love the french blue of the table and I NEED a cloche to fit over some teacups! That's such a great idea! I like pretty much anything better when it's under a cloche *winks* And that teapot is dreamy romantic! Vanna

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Everything looks so pretty Chari! Isn't it nice to enjoy tea outside after such a long winter! Very lovely tea you set for us today! I hope you are having wonderful day.
Hugs,
diann :)

Texas Tea Party said...

I love your veranda tea party. The cups and saucers stacked are lovely. I enjoyed seeing your blue table. Hope the weather will be warmer soon and you can share another outdoor tea party with us.