While violets and pansies might not be the first flowers you think of for early fall, I have recently received my Grandmother's violet tea cup and was eager to match it with her tablecloth.
|The saucer here doesn't actually match the tea cup it goes with the cup on the tray. I've contacted Replacements hoping they can help me find a matching saucer.|
I've been picking up violet pieces when I see them at antique stores. Apparently this type of pattern was very popular because none of the pieces I've found are from the same manufacturer.
Most of the major pieces are from Home Goods, Grace's Tea Ware I think.
The teacup above is new but the teapot for one, the individual sized cream & sugar, the plate under the cup, and the egg cup are antiques.
This cute shoe is also from the antique store.
This setting is a bit confusing. It might be appropriate for breakfast or a brunch tea, but since there's only one fork (yet a salad plate is included) it probably wouldn't work for lunch. Also, the tray holding the teapot for one indicates that someone is taking their tea and toast in their bedroom.
In reality this setting is more about me trying to use everything that matches and balance the place settings visually.
Just playing with a setting on the camera here.
Do you have one of those 'tea for one' sets with the tiny teapot that fits into the cup? My favorite one was broken in the last move but a coworker gave me one for our Secret Santa exchange last year. As fun as those are I find this one so much more elegant, and the bonus is it holds more tea!
I was also thrilled to find the personal sized cream and sugar set at my favorite antique store.
It's difficult to tell in this photo but these are probably no more than three inches tall.
The 'aerial' view of the table. Hmmm, from this angle the fancy glass chargers definitely look superfluous. Oh well, live and learn.
Menu suggestions for a brunch tea;
- Chilled Cantalope Bisque or Chilled Blueberry Soup
- Quiche w/Black Forest Ham and Swiss cheese
- Herbed Cream Cheese & Cucumber Tea Sandwich
- Smoked Salmon Mousse canapes
- Blackberry Oatmeal Scones
- Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake
- Individual Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
The items on my table are from:
Purple Chargers - I spray painted some from Michael's
Glass Chargers and glasses - Pier 1
Flatware - Marshall's
White fruit/soup bowls - Le Stuff Antique Mall
Teapot, violet tea cup & saucer, purple & blue teacup and saucer, cream pitcher, butter dish and violet & pansy salad plates - Grace's Tea Ware, Home Goods
Teapot for one, individual cream & sugar, boot vase, small plate w/handle, egg cup, tea strainer & bowl, and silver tray - Le Stuff Antique Mall
cake stand - GW
Dinner Plates, cup & saucer, small platter - hand me downs from a friend's grandmother
violet tea cup, tablecloth and napkins - my Grandmother
I'll be joining the party over at A Stroll Through Life and Ginger Snap Crafts and DIY by Design and Between Naps on the Porch and The Dedicated House - Make it Pretty Monday.