Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Some of My Favorite Things

Last Sunday afternoon, I hosted a "Tea Party"
for a friend.  There is a group of seven of us who (for over 25 yrs.) get together and shop, eat, celebrate birthdays, and just have a lot of fun.  One of our friends couldn't come so our picture is incomplete, but here we are before we sat down to eat.  My friend Gail @ had a tripod, so after several tries the six of us got to be in the picture.
From left to right: Gail, Sandi, Ruth, me, Cindi, and Linda
Sally couldn't come....we missed you Sally.

I still had my table set for Easter and I wanted a change, so I quickly searched through my drawer of vintage table clothes for one I could use with my cobalt and milk glass.  I have a ton of both, but not many pieces for a table setting, most are serving and various other accent pieces. I had to mix and match a little.

I wish I could say these flowers are out of my garden, but of course they are faux. One of my friends said if I had put water in the pitcher she would have thought they were real.  The pitcher was given to my by friend Gail.  You can't really see it but it is sitting on a milk glass cake platter with a vintage embroidered doiley

I had to mix and match with my set of Basketweave dishes I got for my Valentines table.
I alternated dinner plates with the cobalt so I could use my milk glass and colbalt sherberts.

I found 6 goblets at an antique store one day when I first started collecting cobalt and later my friends Ruth and Linda found 6 more for me that are exactly the same. I love using them.
The yellow napkins are vintage Damask.  I have a collection of those in pinks, blues, lavendar, and yellow that I often use for Easter.

I have so much Colbalt and Milk Glass that someday, I will do a post on each of those and where I got them.  Some of the colbalt isn't vintage, but I have some great pieces that are.

Roll Drum please..............Now the food.
As usual we had way too much food and everyone contributed except the Birthday Girl who isn't allowed to cook.

Cucumber Sanwiches
Egg Salad Sandwiches
BBQ Chicken Salad in Tortilla Scoops
Chicken Pasta Salad
Fruit Salad
Veggies and Dip
Deviled Eggs

Sandi has become a Scone expert and brought us a sampling of her favorites:
Cranberry Orange
Sour Cherry
Plain (not plain tasting)
Devonshire Cream
Lemon Curd
made by Ruth (vintage recipe from her mother-in-law) Yum.

Then, as if we hadn't had enough, Gail brought these. Can you believe the size of these things?
You should have seen my sweet hubby's eyes when he saw these....he worked out in his shop the whole time we were there, so we took him a consolation plate.

It was 82 degrees here on Sunday, so our "Tea Party"  consisted of 2 flavors of Iced Tea and Pink Lemonade. 
Our next excursion is this weekend. We are renting a 12 passenger van(room for 6 passengers and 6 passengers "thrifting finds") and heading to the coast on Saturday for a show called "Remnants of the Past" which is held in Nipomo, Ca. and then on down to Ventura on Sunday for the Ventura Swap.


Click on the link above the picture or on the button on my sidebar and go over to Susan's  Between Naps on the porch for lots of links to great tablescapes.


Style Sisters said...

Beautiful blue dishes! What a spread of food! How fun to get together like this with friends. I must do this soon. Love your tablscape!

Gail at Victorian at Heart said...

Thank you Beverly for hosting a beautiful tea. Your tablescape set the mood for the celebration. I am soooo looking forward to our trip this weekend. I am truly blessed to have such special friends to make memories with. Love to you.

D said...

What a fun time you all must have had. I love your vintage tablecloth, and the blue and white. Very pretty.


Suzanne said...

Fun party! Your weekend sounds like such fun. Wish I could get home to join you in Ventura. We have tickets for Sunday so with a little luck we'll be home on Monday. This weekend we are going to the Paris flea market - it's not Ventura but will have to do. ha

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Funtastic... wish I can come to visit to taste those palatable food.

Happy TT

Tricia said...

What a gorgeous table your cobalt blue and milk glass dishes make! I love the look with alternating colors at each placesetting. The dishes really set off that pretty tablecloth, too. What a fun, festive occasion!

Mimi said...

I love all the cobalt with the milk glass and tablecloth...looks like everyone was having a good time.

Patriotic Grandma said...

Beverly, it was a beautiful "tea party" and a beautiful day. It was awesome as usual. Your decorating and food was so good. So thankful to be a part of our group. Looking forward to the this weekend at the coast and hope to find some goodies. Love, Linda

Farmchick said...

What a lovely tea party and even better that you have a group of friends to share it all with.

Sally said...

Boy, I sure missed a great party! (I knew it would be). Your table was beautiful and that food! What a wonderful time you all shared. I'm so sorry I had to miss out. But I am sure ready for our weekend jaunt. I'm so pumped up about it I can hardly stand it! Just being together will be so much fun.


Dining Delight said...

That was fun to share in your ladies luncheon! You created a lovely 'scape with the blue and white - I love mix and matching too when I have more guests than dishes! The food looks delicious - perfect for a tea party! How wonderful that you ladies have been getting together for 25 yrs - you must share so many memories and are still creating more!


Annelies Dease said...

YUMMO!!!!! What a fun party...what a lovely tablescape. XXX

Sewn With Grace said...

Your table looks beautiful! Wish I was visiting so I could go to the barn sale with you this weekend. So much fun! Have a wonderful time!

Johanna said...

Hi, it looks as if it has been a gorgeous party. The table ist very nice and the buffet looks so yummy.
Greetings, Johanna

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What fun this must have been. Your colbalt blue and milkglass is beautiful. Those flowers are perfect -- I love damask as well.