Every lady should host a pretty tea party at least once in her life. It allows you to step into the role of one of your favorite Jane Austen heroines....Emma Woodhouse or Elizabeth Bennet....and transport yourself to a more elegant era in history. Dust off that fancy hat, those lace gloves, and that floral dress, all of which have been hiding in that trunk in your attic for years. Dust off those fancy teacups, saucers, and silver spoons. This is a great chance for you to get some use out of them. Invite your friends over for an old-fashioned, good time together.
We love tea parties and recently had the opportunity to invite a dear friend over for a simple afternoon "tea for three" in our porch.
Pink Peonies & Roses Tea For Three
- Pink tablecloth, still brand new in the package, purchased at a thrift store for $2.99.
- White lace runner from Dollarama.
- Dinnerware from Gibson Everyday in a lovely floral pattern featuring lovely shades of pink and green.
- Stainless steel Rabian coffee spoons with rose designs. Our grandmother purchased these from Kmart back in December 1977.
- White Antique Reflections pedestal plate, holding the jam-filled cookies, is from L. Godinger & Co and was purchased at HomeSense for $7.99.
- Pink peonies from of our own garden, displayed in a clear mason jar and an antique, rose-colored depression glass mini pitcher which was found at a local thrift store for only $1.00.
- Roses, also from our garden, were placed in small votive holders which were filled with decorational pink water beads.
- Lantern, in the center of the table, was purchased at Dollarama for $3.00 and was originally black in color. We used acrylic paint to give it a quick white wash to match our porch decor.
- We used pink paper napkins (patterned) from Michel Designs Works for convenience.
- We used a white domed porcelain butter dish from Stokes for the sugar cubes. Sugar cubes are a must-have! A tea party just wouldn't be the same without asking, "One lump of sugar or two?".
- We made sure to have lemon slices on hand, as some guests tend to prefer it as an alternative to milk in their tea. We also provided a variety of teas to choose from - which included our favorites - Twinnings Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas.
- We served strawberry shortcake. The perfect accompaniment for a summertime tea!
- As background music, we listened to the soundtrack from the Miramax Motion Picture, Emma, containing music composed and orchestrated by Rachel Portman. Remember that elegant and light instrumental music (something by Vivaldi, Debussy, or a musical soundtrack from your favorite Jane Austen movie) can help create a pleasant ambiance and a memorable atmosphere.
With very few decorations and little expense, we were able to create a beautiful tablescape that was perfect for tea and chatting.
Bring a little Sweet Delight into your life. Host a tea party this Summer.