I've been running errands all day, maybe it's time slow down and enjoy some tea. While most of July & August have been too hot for anything but iced tea we did have a couple storms blow through that dropped the temps enough for long sleeves and a cup of warm, soothing tea.
The beautiful tablecloth was my grandmother's, it works so perfectly with this tea set.
I found this lovely tea set after I had read a tribute to someone's Mom who had Alzheimer's and as this disease has also impacted my family in a big way I had meant to wear something purple but got distracted and left the house without a single purple item on my person. When I walked into the store and saw this, I knew it was meant to be mine.
Instead of getting everything matching, I bought two different plates and two different cups. They didn't match exactly but they look wonderful together.
The other plate...
Sometimes everything just falls into place the way you want it even though you had no idea where you were headed when you started. Since this was a setting for tea, I needed a cream & sugar set so I stared at the china cabinet for a while, walked away, did something else and went back and stared some more. Then suddenly I realized I had a cream & sugar that went with another set but seemed to work just perfectly with the new teapot.
The flatware was a bit of a surprise, too. I bought the set last year thinking it was blue and I wanted a blue set. When I got it home, I decided I really didn't like it and actually found another blue set I liked better. 'Shopping' around the house for this table I took a closer look and decided they read more purple than blue, ta da!!
Finally, a bit of tea etiquette
- No pinkies in the air, there's really nothing proper about that hand position.
- I was reading a book last night and the author describes a fancy 'High Tea' at a local hotel. What she was actually referring to was 'Afternoon Tea'. High Tea is really a hearty, hot meal more like dinner or supper.
- One only picks up the saucer with the cup if the table is more than 12" away from you. If you're seated a regular dining type table you probably don't need to pick up the saucer. If tea is being served from a low table, like a coffee table, then it is appropriate to pick up the saucer when sipping your tea.
- Once you're done quietly stirring your tea, the spoon goes behind the cup, not to the side (see photo above).
- The tea goes in the cup first, then sugar and milk if you choose. Many, many, many years ago tea cups were made of inferior products and people would put the milk in their cups first so the hot tea wouldn't crack them. That's not a problem today... unless of course your tea cup has been the freezer.
Teapot, plates & cups - Grace's Teaware, Home Goods
Cream & Sugar - I. Godinger, gift
Flatware - Marshall's
Etched sherbet. tea strainer, ramiken - Le Stuff Antique store
pear candles - Vance Kittera candles, Kitchen Kaboodle
Since we're already talking about SHOPPING...!!! The closest Hobby Lobby is about 2 hours from here so it's more of an event than just a quick trip. For those of you who shop there regularly, when do you suggest I plan a pilgrimage for Christmas decor? September? October? Early, mid-month, end-of-the-month?
I'll be linking up with Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House, Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life and Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style.