Saturday, April 4, 2009

Joyeux Anniversaire Katherine de Dame~Happy Birthday Lady Katherine~

Today it's all about Lady Katherine and her Birthday~
"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,

~CC Catherine


Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Looks like Lady Katherine is having quite the birthday tea. Is that bird and bees I'm hearing? L.O.L. You went all out for Lady Katherine's birthday, she evidently, is quite loved. That lady bug child's table and chairs are about the cutest I've ever seen. Stop by my place if you get a break from all the partying and if you haven't already, cuz I'm having a giveaway in honor of my 100th post.

prof en retraite said...

OK CC...Now you've gone and done it! Once my staff sees this, they will insist on picnics on a regular basis! I suspect that this is payback for Baby Kitty's advice to Mugsy on getting that "all you can eat toast" clause put in his contract!! lol Hope you are having a wonderful weekend...Debbie

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What a beautiful tea party with such delightful guests! I loved it all!

Happy Birthday Lady Katherine! ♥


Chandy said...

Catherine, I heard you just had a birthday, too! Belated Happy Birthday, dear lovely lady!

I love the Kool Kats and those teacups are beautiful! Lovely garden, too!

prof en retraite said...

Hi CC...the week after Easter looks fine Mon.-Thurs. Ater that I am involved in giving a bridal shower. I would love to have a chnce to get together again!...hugs...Debbie
PS...The kittties loved all the birdie sounds!! lol

Happy To Be said...

What a pretty tea party for Lady K...loved the birds chirping and all those Kool cats..Very nicely done...Happy Birthday Lady K..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Grammy said...

Oh I love your tea party. Your guests are beautiful.

Bo said...

Hi CC...what a totally fun tea party...the garden was the perfect setting...and I noticed all of the guests wore 'fur' well dressed...LOL. This was such a sweet way to honor Lady Katherine. I'm on my way to wish her a Happy Birthday! ;-) Bo

Cynthia said...

This is fabulous, what a creative lady you are! I love the bunny, tea pot and yellow gingham napkins and rings. The gardens are so beautiful and your guests are adorable. have a great week-end, Cindy (p.s. Happy B-Day)

Joycee said...

Everyone used their best "tea party" manners, lovely! We keep having cold weather and I've almost given up on Spring this year. Elaine's looks like just the kind of garden center I love.

Connie said...

That's really "cute" to do that, honey.

Raggedy Girl said...

I love the Kitty Cat Tea Party and the setting is indeed so special. But most of all I love that you used the gifts from me to bring me along. Big smiles from me today.

Happy Sunday To You
Full of God's Blessings

from Roberta Anne

Joyce said...

Wish I was at the pretty tea party with those adorable cats! They seemed to be enjoying the party as well as the little pink chick. I really like your antique quilt. You have the most amazing photos.

santamaker said...

Oh goodness, girl! What fun! Just lovely little tea party with all of the kitties enjoying themselves. Those cups are just gorgeous.I know Lady K will love it!

prof en retraite said...

Hi CC...I just had to come back and look again! I am amazed that you were able to get all 4 of them to cooperate! The cat who is my co-host of the week is the one who decides to be cooperative that day...never Ozzie, however, since she's the CEO and too important for such matters!...Debbie

Chatelaine said...

Oh my, you did Lady Katherine proud! Such a beautiful setting for a tea party! Those kitties are adorable and your shots of them are the sweetest!

Love your table covering and your dishes. A really fun post!

Thanks for visitmg me too!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

CC, this is so pretty! I love the idea of a picnic tea party. That lillies of the valley tea cup is so dainty and pretty. I was worried about one of the cat visitors knocking it over. The quilt for the table topper is perfect, and how loved you are to have received so many lovely gifts from fellow bloggers. laurie

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

Catherine...this was soooo much fun! Girl, you do know how to hosts a tea party! I hope you link to this for Tablescape Thursday...tooo cute to not share! You are such a wonderful friend to bring the tea party to your friend and her 4 legged friends. :-) Your pics were great...felt like I was there. What a lovely garden...I'd love to go there sometime and see it in person. Beautiful! I loved the flower "bed." There was just something so beautiful seeing the gorgeous quilt cloth and table surrounded by real much prettier than inside! Loved this post! susan

claudie said...

You have no idea how I would have LOVED to be there with you. I can sure learn from the great "tea lady".
I have to show Ran how great your photo's were of all 4 kitties. You must put those on your cards...really you must!!!
Oh I just want to run over, put my hat on and sit down to some great conversation and tea.
Your probably getting mad at me for calling it a "hat". You know I love my cozy don't you?
and you
Love Moi

cherry said...

What a fun post Miss CC

We have friends in Flowery Branch might be time to come up for a visit. I would love to meet all of the kool kats and check out the nursery.

I will send you some info on the B&B's are you coming down with girlfriends or family ? Some cater to the ladies and others are family friendly. There is couple of great places out a Tybee if ya'll want to stay at the beach.

have a wonderful day
hugs, Cherry

Deb said...

I love the lady bugs...but of course you knew I would, looks like a fun tea party! Love the painted shed

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi CC!
What a lovely tea party in honor of Lady Katherine! I love the little kittens. How fun for them to enjoy the tea too. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Libby Murphy said...

Oh that is really The Cat's Meow! How cute - really darling and they look so content to be included in the tea party. I especially like that lily of the valley cup - really priceless.
Happy Twirls

mbkatc230 said...

What an adorable post. I love the "bedding" garden lol. The kitties looked like they had a wonderful time and the lady bug childs set is precious. I'm a fan of your blog, come by and pick up your award! Kathy

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a beautiful tea party you put together!!! I love the bed in the garden!! And your cats are too cute!!!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Catherine~
I am behind in my visiting, too! I've been quite busy myself...and there is no end for the rest of the month! Easter, my brothers wedding and then the PINK Tea in New England...then it's May! And there's all the regular "stuff" in between!
Your tea party is adorable, those kitties are sooo cute! do you know Lady Katherine hurt herself...which is why she's been absent from her own tea party celebrations?!
Stop by and say hello to her...I'm sure it will lift her spirits!
Have a FAbulous week!
xo Kathleen

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Catherine, that is the most adorable post ever! Oh, how precious... from the quilt cloth to the teacups to the kitties to the garden... perfectly delightful! I wished Lady K my best, but I really enjoyed your tribue to her! You are a sweetheart!


Sheila :-)

Bonjour Madame said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and your very kind comments! I am following you now. I love the look of your blog and I'm so glad I got to see the tea party you spoke of. What a fun thing to do!


Shelia said...

Oh, how pretty, Catherine! And those kitties! Drinking ever so politely out of their little cups! This was just too cute!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

The French Bear said...

That looked like quite the tea party, ha ha, I love the company you keep!! You managed to capture the perfect pictures of them having their tea!!! Happy Birthday, I hope you had a delightful time!
Margaret B

Daisy said...

What a cute party you have arranged for lady Kathrine. enjoyed watching all the minute details you have worked on and the transformation of the garden area into a festive venue.


Lady Katherine said...

Oh, Catherine! How did you know! I love the Potting Shed! I love the lady bug set. An outdoor garden Tea Party! The quilt is beautiful! I adore the lilly of the valley tea cup! Blackberry from France! How great! The bunnies! The Cool Cats are so delightful with the outdoor Tea! I hoped they saved me a sip of tea as I am so late! My 21 month old granddaugter almost fell in the creek and I caught her just in time, I pulled my whole right side loose from the mesh. Doc ordered hospital, No! I have a Tea Party! I been in the bed for days, asleep around the clock. I feeling better today, still tender, but I am so Happy to be at your lovely Garden Tea Party! Thank you so much for giving me such an honor. After beening in the bed all this time, it is such a lovely gift to visit your Tea Party! Thank You! I just love it!

JudyBug said...

This is the most enchanting post! I love everything...every picture....every idea!

Janie's World said...

Wow! You have truly inspired me in the use of a picnic basket. Everything looked so beautiful. Your friends must love to see you coming with a basket in your hand!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I just strolled in and saw this tea party. I had to comment about your lovely (furry) guests. They're soooo adorable! I couldn't stop chuckling at their expressions! It brought sunshine to my cloudy day!
What a wonderful celebration for your dear friends Birthday.

Sweet Easter wishes,