A Royal Tea For Two

 
It is time to CELEBRATE! I have missed you! See, I set the table for just the two of us so we can get reacquainted! I was not REALLY away… I kept up on everyone’s blogs and worked on making mine better, I just did it behind the scenes.
I am sooooo glad to be back! There are new things to tell you… New idea and changes at StoneGable.

I am also celebrating Decor To Adore’s  High Tea Tablescape linky party on Feb. 23rd. I was asked to be “an esteemed judge”. I don’t know about the “esteemed” part, but I am certainly an honored judge! Two fabulous prizes will be awarded… one “Fit For A Queen” and the other “Absolutely Scrumptious“. For all the details visit Decor to Adore.
High Tea Tablescapes
High Tea For Two is served in my living room. Do you know the difference between High Tea and Low Tea? Traditionally, it was the height of the table! High tea was set on a regular table while low tea was usually taken by an end table or low butler table! Simple as that. Recently, High Tea has come to symbolize a more formal tea.
The table is set for High Tea.  Each place is awash with a combination of pink, white and a touch of silver! The idea for this table was to be dreamy, refined yet inviting.
Since this tea is fit for a Queen (or a nod to a future Queen) silver must make an appearance.
A creamy white plate with a ruffled rim will hold our savories. If you look closely you will see an embossed crown peeking out from under the pretty pink floral Limoges plate.  These Limoges dishs are a treasured find from a local antique shop. I was taken with their delicate and sweet patten. So ladylike, they continues the rose theme of the table.
A shallow silver bowl with a detailed rim is tucked into this stack of dishes for a little royal shine.
A beautifully painted rose bowl graces each setting. These deep bowls will not be used for food, but whisked away to appear at the end of the meal filled with warm water and rose petals so we can freshen up after all the finger food.

Baby pink vintage napkins are embellished with a lovely scalloped edge and a cutwork corner. A chiffon overlay is a feminine addition. And  pink beaded napkin rings brings them together for a fluffy ruffled look.

Many elements of this table have beautiful edges.  Repeating an element is a way to make a table pleasing to the eye. And I am drawn to distinct edging.

The silver flatware was found at a flea market. I carried away 11 place settings for $27.00. It was very tarnished and unloved. I took it home and with a little rubbing and affection, brought it back to it’s sparkling original finish. I LOVE the pattern. Any queen would be tickled to eat from it!

My grandmother’s wedding goblets, over 70 years old, still gleam in pastel hues. They hold the memory of a young bride who many years ago lovingly placed them on her table. Whenever I use them I tarry to remember the warmth and love that was my grandmother. How I miss her. (Mom, I know you are reading this… through tears!)
What would tea time be without a tea cup? I had originally thought to use pink floral tea cups but they pulled too much attention away from the centerpiece and rose bowls. These porcelain leaf motif vintage tea cups are creamy, delicate and lovely. Their demure presence is just right for this table.
A silver footed tray fills the center of the table.It is part of a tea service that I purchased at a local antique shop last year. Silver things make my heart sing!!!! The etched detail and scrolling edges (again) make an elegant statement.

The silver tea pot from the service is used as a vase. I love the idea of having pink roses spilling from the pot instead of tea. The shape and scrollwork on this tea pot make it one of my very favorite pieces.

The tea pot lid is artfully appointed with rolls and curls… Bliss!
The open sugar bowl doubles as a little vase for a trio of pinky blooms.  A second small arrangement balances the large showy arrangement of the tea pot.

The silver covered sugar bowl and creamer wait in refined manner for the tea.

Lifting the lid of the sugar bowl reveals a pastel surprise. White sugar is mixed with pink and a good dash of large confetti colored sugar. So fun…and girly!
Puckery lemon slices are served on a silver butter dish for the guest who prefers lemon in their tea. Lemon juice can damage silver so the butter dish’s glass insert works as a pretty barrier.

Crystal salt and pepper shakers with silver lids were picked up at a flea market for $2.50 for the pair. Talk about rags to riches! They were crusty and dusty but I saw their beauty underneath it all. They stand tall and proud at this table fit for a queen.
The table is set and ready for you. It’s been awhile since we have had a good visit.

The Menu
Savories
Ham, Asparagus and Fontina Tart
Mini Crab Cakes With An Heirloom Confetti Relish
Endive Leaves With Bleu,Walnuts And Dried Figs Drizzled With A Balsamic Reduction
Fried Ravioli with Pesto
The Sweets
Mini Orange Bunt Cakes With Blood Orange Glaze
Sweet Mascapone Stuffed Strawberries In Dark Chocolate
Lace Cookies
Chocolate Espresso Truffles
The Scones
Sour Cream Scones With Dried Cherries
Lemon Poppyseed Scones
Lemon Curd
Clotted Cream
Wild Cherry Jam
Libations
Assoted Teas or Coffee
Sparkling Water
To see a StoneGable post about Silver and it’s care, click HERE 

I am participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch. Thanks for hosting, Susan!
I am participating in Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound. Beverly is our lovely hostess!

Comments

  1. says

    Oh my Yvonne, this is just exquisite. I love all of your beautiful silver. The detail on every piece is stunning. The linens, china and crystal are all fabulous. The menu sounds wonderful. You have done a wonderful job. Hugs, Marty

  2. says

    Really missed ya!
    Welcome back!

    Lovely lovely post. Love the roses and silver together.

    God bless and may you have a pleasant life,
    d from homehaven

  3. says

    Beautiful, beautiful!! You never disappoint Yvonne. I’m wondering if you have a secret to such shiny silver. Do you use a liquid cleaner and just lots of elbow grease? Or do you sit it in water, on foil, as some swear by. I think “cleaning silver” would be a wonderful Stone Gable tutorial!

    Blessings,

  4. says

    Wow!!! This table blew my socks off. The colors, the finery and those beautiful roses all work their magic on this table. It’s absolutely stunning.

    Welcome back, missed you tons! Love the new look of the blog.. saw the pieces happening..

  5. says

    I am so happy to see you back!!! This table is just exquisite! The roses are gorgeous, the silver so beautiful, the details wonderful! You even “embellished” the sugar!!!!! What a comeback, Yvonne! I am leaving in the morning and won’t have access to a computer so will miss this weeks blogs:( Hope to talk to you when I get back and we can get together!!! XO, Pinky

  6. says

    I was just wondering about you today and here you are! Welcome back. And what a stunning table you have today. So pink and silvery. I can’t believe how your silver sparlkes and your roses are gorgeous! Have a great week, Pam

  7. says

    Just thought I would stop by and saw this stunning post. Missed your gracious and elegant posts and informative and beautiful flowing descriptions. Love all the deatail and gorgeous touches. Thank you for the menu. I visited London as a young teenager and enjoyed all the sites and Harrods tea and market. I do love all the china and silver you used in your table top. Welcome back, Emelia.

  8. says

    How beautiful, Yvonne! So happy to have you back.

    The silver is just exquisite and the roses make it shine even brighter. Wonderful deal on the flatware, too!

    Love the menu, as well; sounds delish!

    Tammy

  9. says

    I don’t care for tea but would have to make an exception to drinking it just to sit at your beautiful table Yvonne. Your silver is beautiful and I just picked up the exact same salt and pepper at an thrift store last week. You got a better bargain than I did, I paid a whopping $3.99 for my set. Good to have you back.

  10. says

    I’d call this a return to the stage worth of an Oscar nod! Just beautiful…so many details and gorgeous pictures…your descriptions make it all so much more engaging! Love the beautiful wine glasses of your grandmothers…what a treasure!
    I love pink too and recently did my first tablescape using pink! The rose bowls are my favorite!
    Liz

  11. says

    Oh I love it all but especially love to see you back!
    Your tea time is seriously putting my little rinky dink production to shame but I’m excited to see everyones posts :)
    Welcome back Ms. Yvonne

  12. says

    Your tablescape is beyond fabulous! And the menu… my heavens! But, wow, can I ever smell those roses. You have out-done yourself. Thank you for all the inspiration.
    Eat More Papaya (ok.. you’ll have to see my blog to know what I’m referring to.)
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

  13. says

    How absolutely beautiful!! I love it!! I am crazy about the rose bowl. It is so pretty!! And I love the idea of pinking up the sugar. I’m going to do this with my girls, they will love it!!
    You table setting is beyond beautiful!!
    -April

  14. says

    Well, my day is complete! You are back and obviously well rested and started off with a bang! This tablescape is stunning and I had to go through it twice and will probably again! It was gorgeous and perfection. What time is tea????
    Tanya

  15. says

    mini orange bundt cakes with blood orange glaze!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG! That is the best sounding thing I have ever heard!!! Yes, I am back and probably will be again. The MENU is amazing!!!!!!!! XO, P

  16. says

    Yvonne, it’s great to have you back! This is truly a tea fit for a queen. Every detail is exquisite, and the delicate pink details with the silver make it visually as sweet as those sweet on your tea tray.
    Look forward to viewing all the other teas this week.
    ~ Sarah

  17. says

    Hello Yvonne,
    I am glad you are back and what would be this event without your tablescape. I love the combination pink, white and silver. It is not only beautiful and feminin, but also has such a Royal look. Really fabolous – as your tablescapes always are.
    Greetings, Johanna

  18. says

    Welcome back Yvonne! You have outdone yourself with this stunning tea. Silver and pinks together are my favorite. The pink roses spilling out of the tea pot and creamer is lovely.
    Truly a tea fit for a queen.
    Hope all is going well for you and you are having a marvelous week!
    Mimi

  19. says

    What beauty! Your pink & silver takes my breath away! You are the Queen of details…love your pink confetti sugar. Your menu sounds devine!

  20. says

    Have been missing your lovely posts, but this was a such a nice welcome back! Love all the pink, especially the pink sugar. That’s a fantastic idea! And using your grandmother’s beautiful goblets is so special. =)

  21. says

    I have a few things to comment on. :-) First of all, I love the pages you’ve created at the top of the blog. They are great. I am finding posts that I have missed in the past and they are all so beautiful.

    I love how beautiful your silver is. I love silver and I have a collection that I have picked up here and there, but I can never get mine as clean as yours. You have inspired me to do better. I’m also going to try a horsehair brush.

    Lastly, I think you are the napkin queen. I love your napkins and the layers you create, but this chiffon overlay takes the cake. I absolutely love it. Do you happen to recall where you found them?

    Thanks for your wonderful blog and welcome back. :-)

  22. says

    Yvonne,
    This is just gorgeous! What a beautiful table the silver and pink makes. Love the girly sugar. Just wonderful as always! We have missed you.
    Sherry

  23. says

    Now THIS is why I asked you to be an esteemed expert! Oh my goodness my heart is overcome with all the loveliness!

    My eyes teared up when you talked about your Grandmother’s glasses.

    The sweet touches of the crown plates, gorgeous silver and perfect pink palette make this tablescape truly scrumptious and fit for a Queen!

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you my friend.

  24. says

    Oh my, your setting is just lovely! Your dishes and the way you put it all together is really beautiful. I’m so glad to see you back. Your have such great style and elegance. Looking forward to your next weekly menu.

  25. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    It is so nice to see you back from your blogging vacation! Your tea table is lovely, just beautiful. I love your grandmother’s goblets and I am glad you share the history of your pieces with us.
    Welcome back,
    Sue

  26. says

    My heart is happy seeing you here. I’ve missed you so.

    Your tea is beyond descriptive words. You had me with every exquisite element.

    I smiled when you spoke of your grandmother’s crystal. I have my grandmother’s sterling flatware, and I love thinking of her using it over the years.

  27. says

    Welcome back! How I would love to come for tea with you at a table like this!! It’s so soft and feminine, just love it. The menu looks very enticing as well. Beautiful!

  28. says

    I was so happy when I saw you were back posting – missed you lots! And what a come-back! This rose tea-scape looks gorgeous! I love how the pink roses look with the silver! The white teacup is the perfect choice with everything. I have those same pink bowls (only smaller ones) – would love to create something as beautiful as you did with mine!

    DD

  29. says

    Hello Yvonne…

    My friend, you have been missed! It’s sooo nice to see/hear your sweet smiling voice again! I hope you had a wonderful and productive break…I can hardly wait to see what ideas you have come up with!

    Well dear lady, you have done it again!!! You have set one of the most beautiful tables that I have ever laid my eyes upon! Seriously!!! You are such a creative and talented lady…God has gifted you wonderfully, my friend! Well…you know how I love silver and I just added one of my silver and white tea-scapes to this High Tea party today. But I must admit, as much as I love the white paired with silver, I think I like the pink and silver paired together even more! It’s just exquisite, Yvonne and it evokes such a romantic and feminine ambiance!!! Your silver tea service is absolutely gorgeous and the pink roses…well, they are simply divine! They look sooo very pretty in the silver teapot! I also like the smaller arrangement as well! Your place settings are gorgeous (as usual)! The white charger plates with the crowns…how befitting the subject of today’s High Tea! I love the pink petal bowls…what a grand idea…to have them for a little “wash” after eating! You have thought of everything, my friend! Ohhh..and I love your pink confetti sugar! Did you make it? Hmmm…bet you did! As I read through your menu…I couldn’t help but think…that it sounded just like a menu that the Queen herself would partake in for High Tea! FABULOUS!!!

    Well sweet lady, thank you so very much for sharing your gorgeous High Tea table with us today…this has been more than a treat!!! You always inspire me! So happy to have you back, Yvonne!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  30. says

    i’m back… i just cannot get enough of this beautiful table.. the antique napkins are absolutely divine. Omg… there is just more and more to see..

  31. says

    Ahhhhhhhh!!!! All is right with the world. Yvonne is back. This is an exquisite post and my fav of favs are those frothy napkin combos. Beee uuu teee ful.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  32. says

    Hope you are feeling better, Yvonne. Good to see you back.
    What a stunning tea, just so elegant!
    That dish store you went to last Fall here in Southampton went out of business. They must have given you too many bargains! :)

  33. says

    So glad you are back to show how it’s done!! This is just gorgeous. Pink, white, and silver..it’s doesn’t get better than this! Everything is beautiful but your silver is amazing! The menu sounds delicious. This is truly “fit for a queen”! Love the lemon wedges on the butter dish-GREAT idea! Thank you for all of this!!!

  34. says

    Yvonne,

    Your beautiful tea table and photos are absolutely stunning. I can just linger and look forever. Love everything – everything is perfect! Your silver treasures are such great finds and you are a master at silver polishing!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful post. Mrs. S

  35. says

    Your mom wasn’t the only one crying to see how you honor your grandmother when using her exquisite crystal stems…and the Countryware cup and saucer are magical amidst your beautiful silver appointments. The silverware that you brought back to glowing is particularly special. Welcome back and thank you for sharing your magnificent design. Cherry Kay

  36. says

    I’m glad you are back! and you are back with a stunning post! I didn’t expect anything but the best from you and you never disappoint.

    Don’t go away again, o.k. :)
    Mary
    From Virginia

  37. says

    Oh, I am just filled with pink and feeling girly! What a delightful post! I love each and every detail you have included. I haven’t been around much either but yours was a post that I definitely was hoping for today. Thank you for your inspiration.

  38. says

    I thoroughly enjoyed tea with your today — it was perfectly pink and sparkly. What a beautiful tea service. Loved the chiffon napkins and the colored sugar. Your photos of this are stunning really. I wouldn’t want to leave your tea. Thanks for such eye candy and welcome back. Joni

  39. says

    Yvonne… I’m swooning with delight at the sweetness and pinky pink of your tea table. Shinny silver making my eyes a twitter… you have captured my sight and senses with your creative gift. I’ve hopped on your blog for future perusing…and following too. Please come visit and follow me if the spirit moves you. thanks for sharing… xoso Sandy O

  40. says

    Hey Yvonne!
    Welcome Back!
    I know everyone here is so glad to see you again!
    Your welcoming tea for two is so lovely ~ and is making me smile tonight. With a foot of snow, the pink, sweet roses are warm and springtime fresh!
    I am in love with the confetti sugar! Did you just sprinkle in cookie sugar sprinkles? It’s so, so fun!
    Wishing you a warm welcome
    and
    a very happy weekend!
    *Maria

  41. says

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous table. I love every detail, the dishes, the flower, the glasses, the silver. Even the tiny detail on the napkins. You though to everything. Now what hat shall you wear? My friend lives in London and she has attended the Queens tea.

    Happy Pink Saturday,

    Karen

  42. says

    Welcome back….
    All your photos are simply breathtaking, and made my heart sing.
    I really love that shade of pink in roses especially. Lovely lovely table.
    So beautiful with all the silver as well, and those adorable rose bowls.
    Blessings, Nellie

  43. says

    Ivonne dear, this is the epitome of refinement for a high tea party, so lovely that the English prince and his Catte would certainly love to be in your house. So glad you’re back, I have been looking at your older posts and I’m also nuts about your, “A Winter table”…the plates and the colours are uinique!
    Thanks for sharing.
    XOXO
    FABBY

  44. says

    WOW!!!! I am not sure where to start, but I love every last bit of it. Of course I am a pink lover, but this is amazing. I can’t get over the pink sugar, how creative.

    I am new to your blog, but will be back to droul.

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

    Happy Pink Saturday,
    Hugs and Warm Wishes, CindyLew

  45. says

    Such a beautiful tablescape – I love the pink, silver, and white together and the pink roses are gorgeous as are the goblets and the pink sugar, and I could go on and on. Happy Pink Saturday, Dru

  46. says

    This is so lovely. The pink roses and all the other pink and silver are gorgeous. It would feel so special to have tea in this room. Fabulous! And glad you’re back Yvonne! Thanks for stopping by….Christine

  47. says

    Welcome back Yvonne and I am thrilled you are! Love this beautiful Queen’s Rose Tea Party! Don’t you just love roses, especially pink ones! You have captured every detail to this beauty! LOVE the sugar and yes, so very girly!

    Love you and your talents!
    Maryjane

  48. says

    Oh my goodness this is a show stopper table and you can tell by all the comments you have received!!

    The whole setting is just perfection itself! How kind of you to treat your silver so kindly by keeping it all sparkley! I just tell everyone of love the aged patina!

    Roses are my favorite flower and Pink roses are my favorite rose of all so this is certainly tickling my fancy!!

    bee blessed
    mary

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