"Joyeux Anniversaire Katherine de Dame"
Please stop by and visit "Lady Katherine" to say Happy Birthday on Sunday, April 5th, at her
special Birthday Tea Party!
As part of her celebration today, I'm celebrating here in GA with a lovely
Garden Tea Party at a nearby country garden center called, "The Potting Shed", owned by a lovely lady by the name of Elaine Kelley. She is always gracious to allow me to photograph her flowers, her kitty cats...whatever my heart desires!
Lady Katherine....this is all in your honor today! ;)
Since the Tea Party was at "The Potting Shed", it called for my Tea Party in a Basket! I'm packed and all ready to go...let's roll! ;)Here we are, we made it all in one piece, teapot, teacups, and all.... Elaine's Garden is like going home to my mothers huge family gardens...I never wanna leave once I get there! She will have her Iris Festival April 25/26, May 2/3, and May 9/10. I'm going to go and take more lovely pics when they're in bloom! There is a path through her garden to get to the Potting Shed, this is one of the lovely views before you go into where her perennials and shrubs are kept. Isn't it just so cute? Some of my favorite old fashioned perennials, Hens & Chicks...What's a Garden Tea Party without some Hens & Chicks? ;) Another view along the garden path is the Lady Bug Children's Bistro set... On to our Tea Party Guests, Elaine's Kool Kat Friends.... I introduce to you "Rake" Then we have "Sunny" I may be getting a few names confused here, so please forgive me, these Kool Cats were difficult to keep up with. Since their names are all around "Garden" names., we'll call this one "Spade", because I do know one of her feline friends is named that. ;) Spade is getting thirsty just thinking about the tea party! Then the latecomer of the party, we'll call "Tiller" ;) We weren't formally introduced; I told you he was a latecomer! He just came, ate....and ran. But, he was a perfect gentleman while there! Once I got the basket and tray of goodies unpacked and the bistro table all set up with the linens I'd brought and the china and food...we were ready to P*A*R*T*Y! Here we have our Limoge Tea Cup. And one of my favorite tea cups, Lilies of the Valley...
The table topper is a Vintage Octagon Quilt pattern that I found at Lavonia, GA's antique store quite a few years ago. This is the first time she's ever been used for a tea party, she was in Heaven! ;) The Natural Preserves, Blackberry, came from France...and it was "tealicious" with the buttermilk scones! A little close up of the adorable Easter Vignette in the center of the table, and the lovely Teapot with the Porcelain Flowers, seemed to be the perfect fit for the Garden Tea Party, don't you think?The little yellow and white gingham napkins were just right for the guests, and the teapot napkin rings set the tone! These three items that I used for the Vignette in the center of the bistro table all have special meaning. The Bunny came from my lovely friend Roberta Anne, from The House in the Desert Blog; The pink chickie is from my friend Claudie, from the Bubblin Over Blog; and the little cloisonne Easter Basket is from my friend Kathleen from Kathleen Ellis Life Style Designs Blog... It's a nice way to bring friends along to a party when they live so far away! ;) Hi Ya'll! Okay, enough gabbing...on to the Garden Tea Party in honor of Lady Katherine's Birthday!
Happy 51 Lady Katherine! ;)
Mr. Rake was the first to sip from the lip of his tea cup., mmmm, he said everything tastes mighty good!
Next there is Sunny, very mannerly, he sipped much more slowly than Rake did. Actually, Sunny was a bit embarrassed at how fast Rake drank his cup of tea. Since there were four Kool Cats as my guests and only two bistro stools...the Cats took turns, mighty kind of them I thought...and they didn't even fight about who was to go first! When Sunny was done...Spade hopped up and immediately began to check out "more than the tea". He thought the pink chick had something to do with a rumor that someone started in the garden about him being a ladies man.... The pink chick immediately put him in his place, she told him to "not" spoil Lady Katherine's birthday celebration...drink his tea, eat his scone, and move on... And that he did... And last, but certainly not least there is "Tiller". He was the latecomer., but, I thought he was the most elegant and dainty eater... He left the pink chick totally alone...he'd heard about the tiff she had with "Spade", and didn't want to "ruffle her feathers" anymore than they already were. Thanks Tiller!After the party was over, we all meandered in the garden. These Kool Cats have the good life...A Wheel Barrel full of pansies to bask in and pick for their salads... (sigh) The lovely white Japanese irises in bloom (I think that's what these are) ;) The tea party is over and everythings packed up and ready to load back in the car! What a lovely afternoon we had! After a Garden Tea Party like that, the Kool Cats were tired...time to go to bed! Yep, Elaine literally has a "Bed" in her garden...and what a great place for a Kool Cat to stretch out after stuffing their faces with scones and tea! ahhhh....Here's another view of purple and white Japanese Irises... Lady Katherine, I pray your Birthday is a joyous one! This Tea Party was so much fun...and the Kool Cats send their love....and say "Meow~Meow, and Many More"
Hugs & Kisses,