Happy almost August!
Around here that means county fair time and fair competitions. For reasons I still can't quite figure out our county fair is not allowing adults to enter the culinary or textile competitions, with some minor exceptions. I was and still am disappointed that I'm not able to entering any yummy baked goods.
However, I was still able to enter the tablescape event.
Each year there are two themes to choose from. This year the two themes were "Peace in the Garden" and "Tea for Two", guess which one I chose. **wink**
I had decided what I was going to do at least a month ago but for some unknown reason I didn't do anything about it until a couple of days before I was supposed to drop it off at the fairgrounds.
I was really fortunate to have found this tiny tea set at Goodwill last weekend. Many thanks to my friend who went shopping with me, she was excellent moral support when I was looking (frantically searching) for a child's tea set.
I was reminded to always read the description very carefully when buying anything online. I was thrilled when I found a 'Mother Goose Tea Set' on Etsy so I ordered it. The next day I went back and looked at the description only to realize it was dollhouse size, not child size. Since I spent the money I had to use them, that's why they're sitting in the 'birdcage'.
This sweet little tea pot, found at GW, was the inspiration for the whole tablescape. Isn't she sweet?
I was afraid these might look a little too bridal shower'y but they worked well with the larger green 'birdcage'. I got one of those handy dollar store candle holders to raise it up a bit.
One of the requirements for the competition is that we have to include a menu, upper left of the picture.
The menu includes:
Chilled strawberry-rhubarb soup
Cream cheese and jam tea sandwiches on raisin bread
Chamomile and pink rose petal tea
A word about the 'table cloth' I used. I just bought the fabric because I loved it and was looking at other fabric for this tablescape. When I was rushing (because somehow I lost a week) around pulling it all together I grabbed it along with a couple of other pieces I had, just to see if I could skip another shopping trip and spending more money on this one time only event. I thought the tea cup design would be too busy but I when I put it all together I was thrilled with the way it looked!
(The fabric's next incarnation will be as a new tea cozy for me!)
I was prepared to share pictures of the competition but I neglected to change the settings on the camera so most of each of the photos are blurry. Oh well, I guess that it's for the best.
Such a pretty little pattern on this adorable tiny tea set. I was so fortunate to find all these matching pieces at GW.
I'll be joining the link-up parties with these amazing bloggers! Share your Cup Thursday over at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined.
P.S. First place, a Blue ribbon!!! Yay!