Thursday, 6 August 2009

Tablescape Thursday- Afternoon Tea

I love afternoon tea…the Empress in Victoria, in particular! Here’s my take on the Empress Afternoon Tea.

I’ve collected milk glass for a long time, so to create a tiered cake plate, I used stemmed milk glass vessels upside down to support white plates full of yummies like berries, cream puffs, scones and smoked salmon sandwiches.

The bone china is unmarked, and bought at auction in Victoria, my linens from Paris, an Anchor Hawking juice jug is from Capital Iron, and flatware is all from Salvation Army.

A summer afternoon is the perfect time to spend time with friends :)



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Have a great weekend!

So, go on over to see Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to look at some other great tablescapes!!


Deanna said...

This is a beautiful arrangement that you've created.
Lovely teapot!
Everything looks fantastic and it would be a pleasure to actually be here.

Debbie Pearson said...

I really love how you've taken the cake plates and tiered them, the sandwiches and fruit look fabulous displayed and served that way. Afternoon tea, I haven't done that in so long.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Lovely! Perfect tea table!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I Love nothing more than enjoying a delightful tea with a friend. Yours looks absolutely wonderful!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Michelle, this looks lovely! I collect MG too and I love how you've used it! Great job!

Denise said...

Not only is the table so pretty but I could totally devour those sandwiches (or sarnies as we would call them in England);-) I'm originally from the UK!
Your roses are beautiful too.
I just did my first tablescape today so I'd love if you got the chance to pop over and visit.
Hugs Denise

Brenda Pruitt said...

These photos are spectacular! The roses are very pretty. I use to have milk glass, and for some reason don't any longer. Now I want to find some more. You've inspired me with your pretties!

Pamela said...

I like the way you used the milk glass dishes. I've always thought of those little round ones with the scalloped edges as vases but using them for butter pats is inspired.

I also like that not only is your tablescape beautiful it's good for you with all the fruit. I no longer eat table sugar or anything with it in it, it's amazing how sweet fruit is when you're not sucking down table sugar in everything you eat.

And thanks for dropping by my blog, I'll have to try your suggestion for formatting my post.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is all just beautiful!

I have always wanted to visit The Empress!


susan said...

Oh my! The calla lilies are the first thing I noticed! A very beautiful tablescape and gorgeous food!

Porchlight Interiors said...

Looks like a beautiful way to spend a Sunday morning

Brillante Interiors said...

This tablescape is gorgeous, starting with the color scheme, the food, the linens, the perfect flowers. A real joy for the eyes (since I was not invited...Ha Ha)

Tracy Watier said...

Of all the lovely things on your beautiful table, I have to say the thing that really speaks to me is the juice jug. It's so simple and pretty.
And I love the way you stacked your milk glass to make tiered servers. Very clever!

Alluring Interiors said...

What a gorgeous table!

darrell Morrison said...

Now i am gonna need to eat lots of fruit today
Fantastic photos and setup.

Tricia said...

Your table and photos are beautiful Michelle! It makes me hungry AND makes me want to get a new camera. :-)
Happy weekend.

Jenny Froh said...

So pretty! I love the calla lillies and the rose arrangement. The fruit was photographed beautifull! Everything looks fabulous!

DesignTies said...
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DesignTies said...

Loved the photos of your table scape, but my eyes popped out of my head (okay... not literally!) when I saw your close-up photo of the blueberries & strawberries! Yummy!!!

I hope you don't think I'm a stalker! ;-) I've been thinking about your wonderful abstract paintings, feeling the pull to try something like that myself (come ana paint with you? Okay!!)... and when it came my turn to write for "hooked"... it just made sense to write about you and your multitude of talents!

As for the picture of us in Joey's bathroom... too funny! I think you look great!! Of course with my newly blonder locks, I don't look like me AT ALL!!

I'd definitely LOVE to meet for lunch. I'm off from work all next week - get in touch if you'd like!!

BTW - I forgot to add the Tobi rendering to my post, so I just did it now.

All the best,

Cemaya said...

I have a decent collection of milk glass with the diamond pattern. Started with a beautiful piece I inherited from my grandmother.

Love the tea party. I'm addicted to the stuff.

Vickie H. said...

Such a gorgeous tablescape! And perfect flowers! PLEASE, PLEASE tell me that you baked that beautiful coffee cake on the pedestal and that you can SHARE the recipe! It made my mouth WATER!!! Just a bang-up job, girl!

Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

Love the tablescape... afternoon tea is my favorite.


Mary said...

Your menu looks delicious and arranged so nicely! I used to have some milk glass, but gave it to GW when I didn't know any better...would love to have it back now. Your flowers, especially the roses, are beautiful. Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi on my's always nice to meet a new friend!

Blue Creek Home said...

Oh my! What a lovely tea tablescape!
Your photography skills are amazing.
I love the roses and calla lillies and the little sprig of mint is the icing on the cake!
Thanks for visiting me.

Maria Killam said...

I just read Design Ties feature on you! Fabulous! And I love the Empress too, this is just like that, and the sandwiches are perfect!

Pam Kersting said...

Oh yes! Can I come? It looks divine!

Fifi Flowers said...

Ooooh la la so fab!!! I'm popping over for tea at your house!

Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

What beautiful pictures! The colour of the roses are gorgeous.


Even better than in the Empress - I have to say :)