One of my dear friends just turned… well, a milestone! And I was so honored to have her and 5 other friends for High Tea! But not just any High Tea… a modern, not-so-stuffy high tea. I wanted the table to reflect a fun, yet upscale vibe! And because mid November is what I call a “transitional” time of year I combined fall elements with frosty pinecones! The result was a warm, one-of-a-kind high tea… very unexpected! I’m sure the Queen would object, but we all loved it!
A big thanks to the kind folks at HERITAGE LACE for providing some of the beautiful dinnerware and pillows! Everything I have ever gotten from Heritage Lace is so fabulously made!!! LOVE it!
These delightful blue and white buffalo check chargers are anchored to the table with a twiggy placemat. I adore blue and white and brown! Perfect for late fall! I added a scrolly-edged white plate and topped the place setting off with a heavy weight, blue and white checked napkin and a beaded brown and white napkin ring.
I love love love mixing formal with casual… the end result is very updated and fresh!
Sweet little buffalo check egg cups serve as tiny vases for a mix of burnt orange and brown mums. Do you know that blue and orange play wonderfully together? I often use blue and with the orange hues of fall! I can think of so many uses for these little cups! don’t you love the check set on the diagonal? Great attention to detail, HERITAGE LACE!
No dainty tea cups here! We are using modern elements today! White cups with blue stitching compliment the buffalo check dinnerware! Now these can really hold a generous cup of tea…and lots of sugar and milk!
Two white teapots held enough boiling water to make everyone’s favorite “cupa”.
The weather outside was very very cold and blustery, so I served ROASTED CAULIFLOWER CHEDDAR SOUP in buffalo check soup bowls. A-dorable!!!! Gotta love that little almost-pedestal base! The soup is rich and creamy and complex. I’ve made it a dozen times this fall… yummy!
As I was forming this tablescape in my mind, flowers were never going to be a part of the table. I wanted to give a nod to the upcoming season by making a very simple centerpiece out of pinecones. I added some flowers, as an afterthought, because they were in the sale bucket at my local store and I could not pass them up. But they played a supporting role in this High Tea Tablescape.
The centerpiece could not have been easier to put together! A pedestal cake plate and a small pedestal on top of it. I filled it in with deer sheds and various types of pinecones. Easy-peasy with an almost winter look!
Flanking the centerpiece are majestic sugar pinecones in white cups. I collect sugar pinecones whenever I can find them. They are one of my very favorite “things”. They give some height and importance to the table!
A square low vase of tulips and mums stand next to the sugar pinecones. I think they add a little softness to the table as well as a splash of color!
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What a great group of girls! Lots of laughter, and 50’s music and food! Here’s the menu…
Marilou’s Birthday High Tea Menu
Chicken Salad In Phylo Cups
Mini BLT Sliders
Tavern Ham on Orange Blossom Muffins With Honey Mustard
Triple Decker Pimento Triangles
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Sour Cream Scones
Lemon Curd and Sour Cherry Jam
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mousse
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR FRIEND!!!
Here are two other tablescapes done with HERITAGE LACE tableware!
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