Wednesday, March 18, 2009

An Outdoor Tea Party Tablescape Under the Pergola!

Welcoming Spring with an Outdoor Tea Party...
Be sure to stop over at "Cielo's" to see the other lovely Spring Parties!
There's always room for home made chocolate covered pretzels on the menu!
The view from my Veranda shows the Pergola near my home which servedas my "Outdoor Room" for our Tea Party Tablescape recently! You'll also recognize later from the pics shared that the table on my Veranda is the same table used for the Tea Party!
It's great to be back for TT with a sweet story of an Outdoor Tablescape Tea Party I held just two weeks ago with two little neighbor girls, Mariah, 8, & Kethryn, 10.
The setting that day was this gorgeous blue sky! ....And the Outdoor Pergola near my home where we set up my Bistro Table for four
shown in the very first picture shared above.
Thanks Beloved for helping me carry everything over to set up for the afternoon party!
I had a great time preparing for the girls to arrive after returning home from a b'day party.
A closer view of the table scape under the Pergola...I selected my purple and white checked tablecloth to use, since it reminds me of spring...and you'll see all the little touches of spring from the faux daffodils (they look so real you'd swear you could smell them) and the little bunny on the table holding the posies to the china serving up all the delicate posies as well!
The whimsical Teapot and Sugar & Creamer were a gift from my dear friend Kathleen many years back. I always adore using it with my younger tea guests, because it's just so fun! The girls and I drank the pot dry...and for a few moments, Castle, Kethryn's 8 year old brother, joined us for two quick cups of tea as well. The plates (6) were purchased at Luckett's Store in VA while on vacation for only 75cents each. They are from Bavaria, Germany. The small glass teacups are clear glass and very petite, just right for a little girls tea. Since our refreshments were Girl Scout Peanut Butter cookies, we didn't use forks, only small tea spoons for stirring our tea. The napkins are delicate little ivory tea napkins with a little flower cross stitched. I placed them in front of the plate so the flower would drape over the cloth just a tad. I used real sugar cubes with tongs for serving. The girls loved asking for "two lumps".

The tea served was Peach Apricot and they loved it too!

They also enjoyed having milk in their tea! It was so enjoyable just to sit with them, listen to their stories, and watch the little stars in their eyes when they'd share something they love with me. They both felt so special and kept telling me how much they appreciated all the little touches to the table. I realized that day while reading my Romantic Homes magazine while waiting for them to arrive, this is truly what tablescapes are all about...blessing those we care about. I hope you've enjoyed my Outdoor Tea Party Tablescape Under the Pergola!

Don't forget to visit Susan over at "Between Naps On The Porch" to visit all the other Tablescapes!

~CC Catherine

73 comments:

Connie said...

Well, I love the pergola, sweetpea! Just delightful to sit there and have a lunch or breakfast.
xoxo,
Connie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The tea party is so pretty! I love it!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Oh my ~~ I enjoyed it almost as much as if I were there! From the blue skies to the cross stiched flower on the napkin, it was a perfect tea party!

Yes, this sort of tablescape is what dreams are made of. I just know those little girls felt so special with all the details you put into this party. Those are the sweetest little dishes.

Tablescapes really do touch the hearts and imaginations of all who partake.

Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

CC, that is darling! I'll be those little girls will be talking about their tea party for a long, long time. You will probably get the pleasure of doing it again! Linda

Entertain Exchange said...

Great tea set and I love the table and chairs...it reminds me of one I had. Wish it were still mine.

carolinajewel said...

Lovely table. I can't believe the deal you got on those plates! :D Jewel

Dream Mom said...

What a wonderful day for a little tea party! It sounds like it was really fun. I am certain your little guests enjoyed the day with you. The GS cookies are my favorites!

Dixie said...

Cathy... that was a de-lite-ful tablescape... I love sugar cubes... my great-grandmother always kept them on the table for her tea... I just sniched the sugar cubes... thought they were candy... I still use them, and I still snich one just for my mouth to enjoy! ;)

the colors are so beautiful! you went to a lot of trouble to make others happy... and that makes it almost no trouble at all... ;)

hugs and blessings. Dixie

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Oh Catherine...you are the BEST neighbor ever! Those two little girls will never forget this day...especially when they get a bit older and have children of their own. What a special, special gift for them. And I bet you felt like you were the lucky one! :-) Bet all your neighbors enjoyed seeing such a lovely event held under that delightful pergola! Susan

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

P.S. Love your sweet china, the darling napkins and that adorable bunny! The tea sounded so yummy!

Kathleen Ellis said...

How sweet! I'm thinking you had even more fun than they did, didn't you!!!
I remember that teapot...I love it!!!
Happy Spring dear friend!
;-D

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Catherine,
what a lovely teaparty tablescape. Of course I love the German plates, how could I not *grin*
Happy Tablescape Thursday,
Tam

Janie's World said...

Oh, I bet your neighbors were so jealous!!! Very pretty and sweet. Loved the trees and the setting was beautiful!

ceekay said...

You made some sweet sweet memories for those girls. I love that you used sugar cubes! Great!!

Karen Sherrill said...

What a wonderful gift you gave those little girls!

Karen Sherrill

Cynthia said...

Oh CC,
that is so sweet!! What a beautiful table for little girls and that teapot is just the best and so is the deal you got on those plates. Love it, Cindy

Deb said...

Oh to be a little girl again. This would have been so special to me as a child. The table setting is so beautiful and the little tea pot, sugar bowl, and creamer so whimsical! Deb

xinex said...

I really enjoyed this tea party under the pergola and under the blue sky. You really made the girls feel very special!..Christine

Mama said...

Beautiful, I loved your tea party under the Pergola, your plaid tablecloth is so pretty, Kathy.

marty39 said...

The tablescape is just gorgeous, but more importantly such precious moments and memories. Thanks for sharing with us. Hugs, Marty

Shirl said...

Hello CC, thank you so much for stopping by last week. I'm still making visits from last week. Are you still working on that crochet? I always have a baby blanket going for the nursery at the hospital but other than that I don't crochet too much. I find it so relaxing!
Your tea party is stunning, what a beautiful view from your porch!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, I love your outdoor tea! I love the teapot! I pretty! The plates too. April 5 is my Birthday, I going to have a Tea Party! Want you join me by giving a tea party! If it is just for one? I am doing this for just one time, for my Birthday only. Posting will go up on April 4. I love to have you join me. Tell Hubby he so sweet to take your things over and help you set them up. Love the cloth!

Barbara said...

what a great idea. My girls and I will have a small tea party to celebrate my oldest girl birthday.

Katy said...

So sweet and fresh! Love that pergola... what a lovely thing to have at your disposal! Fab tablecloth!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Catherine, Your tea party looks so inviting. You have every little detail so pretty. What a wonderful day to have a tea party outside.
What a magical time for the girls. The pergola was the perfect spot too.
Everything on your table is so special. Love the pics!

Thanks for stopping by, so nice to see you.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

prof en retraite said...

Oh CC...What a nice thing you did for those two little girls! They must have felt so special. I'm sure this is something they will always remember. I'm looking forward to getting together again! It will be fun! Hope you are having a great week...Debbie

once in a blue moon... said...

how sweet, what a fun little afternoon for you!

Marie said...

I adore tea parties...you're set up is absolutely perfect...luv the whimsical tea pot and your garden dining set is just what I've been searching for!
-marie

susan said...

It looks like such a gorgeous day--makes everything seem a little better doesn't it? I love those plates and even more at .75!

Domestic Designer said...

What a lovely tea party and what a sweet thing to do! You did a great job. Have a great day!

Martha said...

What a great tea party -- of course, I'm fond of pergolas.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Looks like a fun tea party...and a beautiful day!

Linda/"Mom" said...

*** Catherine, Y-O-U are a GOOOOOOD MOM!!! Everything was sooo beautiful, but I think the MOST beautiful thing is that you went to alll this trouble for the girls, & that's something they'll just never, ever forget... SOMEDAY, I'll bet they tell THEIR daughters about this fun moment in time in their little lives, & probably take the cue from you and do it for THEIR lil' precious ones! I loved this, and the story! THANK YOU for warming my heart this evening! Linda

Miss Janice said...

What a perfect setting for an Afternoon Tea on a beautiful day. Love your tablesetting and your beautiful china!

Chandy said...

Catherine, your table is just adorable! I can imagine Alice in Wonderland loving every minute on that table and not have the Mad Hatter pester her! Great pictures!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Such a lovely tea party! You know they'll remember this the rest of their lives too. So sweet! ♥ Diane

Kathy said...

Catherine, what a lovely thing for you to do. The little girls must have loved their tea party. And what a beautiful Spring time tablescape!
xo...Kathy

Candy said...

Love the story of your blessing table. Thanks to hubby also, for his muscle. Love the fluffy white cloud sky and the angle of your shot. Makes me think of Alice in Wonderful.
Also think you have redecorated you blog...love it!
Ta-Ta, Candy

Jojo said...

You've made one special memory for two little girls! What a gift you have given to these young girls and hopefully they will carry the tradition forward. The table was beautiful and it looked as if the skies joined in the party!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

So pretty! Too cold to eat outdoors here. Thinking Spring!
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

joycee said...

Just what I needed, a tea party under the blue skies! How spring-y and delightful!

Raggedy Girl said...

What a lovely idea and what a sweet table. I love the blue and white. So precious.

Have a Thankful Thursday
from the Raggedy Roberta Anne

Terri and Bob said...

Mmmm. Totally love this. I can see myself having breakfast or lunch or reading a book with a spot of tea.

Peggy said...

The setting is absolutely delightful and those girls really had a treat. I'm so jealous that you have great weather to do that..still cold in PA. Peggy from PA

Lady Katherine said...

Thank you for joining me for my Birthday Tea Party! Your Birthday is a very special day for me, for it was my Mother's Birthday! How Wonderful!

Lorrie said...

Blue and white is always perfect and charming! So sweet.

Lorrie

preppyplayer said...

beautiful, they must have loved it and it sounds like you did too!

Dee said...

great pictures I love your tea pot! what a great setting

Maryrose said...

Very pretty, I love the pergola and I especially love your table and chairs. There is nothing better than an outdoor tea party. Thanks for sharing,
Maryrose

Zoey said...

What a beautiful setting for a tea party. I need to find some little girls so I can have one, too!

Fifi Flowers said...

EVeryone is longing to be OUTSIDE in SPRING weather! Lovely party... there are those lovely tea accessories of yours... soooo pretty!
ENJOY!

Mrs. G said...

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments.
Your tea party tablescape is so inviting and what a treat for the little girls that got to enjoy it. I love the way your beautiful plates pop on that blue and white table cloth, so pretty.
It IS so fun meeting people that share your decorating style through these get-togethers. I'm off to visit your blog some more.
Happy Tablescape Thursday.
Hugs,
Sue

TRES BELLE said...

Very lovely setting Catherine. I bet you made those little girls day!!

Kris

JOYCE said...

Beautiful setting under the pergola and what wonderful memories for all!

honeysuckle said...

Aren't tea parties just the best? They bring back so many memories. I love to have them with my granddaughters 4 and 9. They enjoy pouring the tea and we put our pinkie fingers up in the air! Thanks for sharing your tea party.

Cass said...

What a lovely story! And what lucky little girls, to have such a fuss made for their tea party. They will remember this.

What pretty plates! And I love the tea pot -- adorable. Thanks for sharing, just a delightful post!
Cass

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a pretty tablescape!

Sue said...

Hi CC....what an adorable idea for two little girls....I love the view off your veranda....I want a veranda...I only have a cul de sac!! No views there....and how cute you ate Girl Scout cookies...very sweet!! Sue.

JudyBug said...

Oh I would love to go to a Tea party. It looks like you had a glorious day!

JudyBug

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This was delightful! Love that darling tea pot, and those sweet (but inexpensive) plates just look so girly and pretty. Your photos are so artistic (with the sky behind the teapot, etc.). Kind of reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. laurie

Linda said...

Pretty Spring table Catherine! I see the blue skies, seems hopeful, we are all ready for it to stay.
Linda Q

claudie said...

Well to tell you the truth I did not know what a Pergola was and I wasn't going to ask just yet...ok now I know. It's a cool place to have TEA LOL
Oh I hope we can have Tea together this summer.
I am wishing and saying my prayers.
oxoxoxo

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

How wonderful. I imagine those little girls just felt like grown up princesses and to use sugar cubes, well that just really was above and beyond wonderful!
Valerie

cherry said...

Happy Friday Miss Catherine thank you so much for stopping by.

What a wonderful view you have from your lovely Veranda and whatlucky little girls to have such a wonderful friend to share such a special day with.

hugs, Cherry

Blondie's Journal said...

Love your pergola Catherine! I would love having one myself, but I don't have your gorgeous weather year round!

What a sweet and lovely idea to have the girls for tea. I'm so sure they loved your attention, company and the beautiful set~up you made. What a fantastic lady you are! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Melissa Miller said...

Catherine you have the most beautiful view and tablescape!

~Gorgeous! ;)

Bonnie said...

Hi Catherine,
Thank you for the very nice comments about my Maison21 Designer's Challenge post. Your blog is really beautiful!. I have lots of old tea cups and saucers that belonged to my Mom and Grandma. I cant wait to see the tablescapes and how you arrange everything! Bonnie :)

Joyce said...

I enjoy tea parties! This looked like a perfect day! Have a golden weekend!

Laretha said...

Hello Catherine, so nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting my blog and all your sweet comments.

In addition to a love of Paris,I also really love the south and chandeliers - both of which I found on your blog. Funny how out of all the blogs out there you found me and I found you!

What a delight to meet you!

DesignTies said...

Pretty tea party setting :-) I'm sure your guests had a wonderful time :-)

I really like the last two angled pictures you posted, with the blue sky, yellow daffodils, green & pink teapot, and cute white bunny :-)

Thanks for letting me know which fabric you like best for my "virtual" chairs. I'm actually thinking of using Pom Pom to recover the head chairs in our dining room :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

CIELO said...

Oh this was perfect for our Spring Party..... ;) hope you can participate

cielo

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi CC!
Oh, I wish I would have known you were going to be in Charlotte! We would have arranged to have lunch! That would have been great! Next time you come for a visit please let me know. Love your post on the Tea. I love the dear teapots and the blue checked tablecloth. Everything is so fresh and springy. See ya soon.
Alisa

Helen said...

Dear Catherine, a lovely setting, a lovely guest list, a lovely tea and tablescape! Enjoy this week.