A Tea Time Buffet

White Tea and Hot Pink Roses:

Christmas is just behind us and New Years Eve is a day away, and I’m in the mood for a cup of tea with a few close friends. I wanted a serene setting away from the hustle and bustle to regroup and calm down, before the second wave of family arrives for a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve!
The inspiration for this buffet tablescape were these hot house roses.  I wanted to showcase them by keeping the rest of the decor soft and white and light.
These roses are bright little blooms! Spilling over a Mikasa cream pitcher, they take center stage in this tablescape.
Draping a white tablecloth on the mahogany buffet keeps the background subdued and unnoticed. Using elements of the same color but different values gives subtle depth and interest to this snowy white tablescape…it also let’s the roses POP!
One white goodie stands out along with the roses. Who could resist these miles-of-whipped- frosting cupcakes? And yes, this frosting is as light and delicious as it looks. One for each of us having tea!
They deserve to be put on a pedestal, don’t you think?
Tea is poured from a Mikasa Italian Countryside tea pot.  Perched on a worn white pedestal, it is ready to give us a spot of tea.
Another pot of tea is hot and ready when needed under this white-on-white, handmade tea cozy.
Antique silver keepers, bought long ago at an auction, with gold fleur de lis and edging, hold silver spoons and dessert forks.

White Artichokes fit the color scheme.

A cup of tea and a demure vintage napking awaits a guest.
Tea, cupcakes and girl-talk… come, join us. There’s room for 1 more!
I am joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday- it’s like a “dish parade”.
Go see!

I am participating in Pink Saturday hosted by a Beverly at How Sweet The Sound. This is a wonderful community, full of pink attitude! Go see…


  1. says

    I’ll take 2 lumps in my tea!! Yvonne…a stunning table, as usual. I really like the white artichokes. And those cupcakes are over-the-top, lol.

    New Years Blessings!

  2. says

    Lovely photos and I am looking forward to checking out your recipes. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. Happy New Year!

    Julie @ For Free, Ya Take

  3. says

    Everything looks so gorgeous! Love all the white with the pink roses. What a lovely way to have tea. Love your attention to detail. I just usually slop some coffee in a cup and call it good. I have to say that you have me thinking of how to improve my tables!

  4. says

    Serene, indeed! Yvonne, this is certainly a beautifully set tea party. If I were nearby I’b ringing your doorbell. Every detail is stunning. Love the white on white. I don’t think it gets much better. Now I’m craving one of those cupcakes. I may have to make a trip to hey cupcake tomorrow. LOL
    All the best for the New Year! Thanks for sharing your creative spirit with all of us in Blogville. I always enjoy my visits to the Stone Gable. ~ Sarah

  5. says

    Everything looks calm, quiet, and BEAUTIFUL. The tea cozy is just what I need–now to get busy and make it for a tea party with friends in the new year. Did you make yours? And pink roses…I’ll take them and save the cupcake for later. Thank you so much for the tea time this evening. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  6. says

    Wow what a beautiful table! Love the white and cream color scape… that pop of pink… wow! The softness is so inviting! Please save me a cupcake… yummy!
    Dee Dee

  7. says

    and POP they do…♥ the roses!!! What a delicious tea setting, Yvonne! You have some wonderful items in your collection & I love to get to experience & enjoy them. What a lovely setting to stop & catch your breath.
    Thank you for inviting us in to share it with you.

    Happy 2010!

  8. says

    What a refreshing table…I love, love, love the roses and you’re right, they really do “pop” on your white table. Everything looks so fresh and clean. Your white dishes and linens are so dainty. And those cupcakes? WOW! I’m ready to join in for such a special treat! Thanks so much for sharing and have a happy new year!

  9. says

    What an amazing collection you have…I love the spoon and fork holders..I’ve never seen anything like them before! What a wonderful tablescape! Love it all! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

  10. says

    No worries, the roses POP! Beautiful, tranquil table, stunning…those cupcakes look delectable! Love the huge artichoke…
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  11. says

    Oh, everything looks so elegant and so beautiful! LOVE the white and the pink roses. Love the silver holder. Not sure there is anything here that isn’t divine. I’d love to come for tea!

  12. says

    Hello Yvonne…Nice to meet you and your Dishes!!!!!! WHITE! We are definate kindred spirits!
    Such a gorgeous table …so detailed.
    I just bought one of those cupcake trees…wouldn’t those cupcakes look fabulous on it!
    You’ve inspired me!
    xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings…

  13. says

    I don’t know where to start! Love the white of everything with the roses! So pretty and inviting! Those white artichoke ornaments are terrific, something out of the ordinary. I have never seen holders for flatware/silverware like that – very elegant for your tea party! Your photography is breathtaking!
    Happy 2010!

  14. says

    I collect Ironstone, but I’ve been slacking in my quest. After viewing these pictures, I’m filled with glee and dreaming of teapots. Joy, joy, joy. I love the architecture of the cupcakes and pottery, with that exquisite splash of rose-pink.

  15. says

    Everything looks so lovely. The cupcakes take me away from the elegant. LOL. I see me biting into one and getting frosting everywhere but not caring. Yummmy! Everything is so pretty, but then it always is. Happy New Year.

  16. says

    This is beautiful and so serene. I wish I was closer and could pop over for a cup of tea and one of those wonderful cupcakes. Could you get any more frosting on them?!?!?

    Happy New Year.

    – The Tablescaper

  17. says

    Yvonne, as I was sitting here enjoying every view you shared with us, my e-mail popped up that you had left me a message. Deja vu that we are visiting each other at the same moment in time. And, to make this even more cool, I am sipping my coffee from an Italian Countryside mug while I read.

    You have everything I love here – white, soft linens, that gorgeous artichoke and pink roses. It is everything needed to make this girl happy. Except for one of those to die for cupcakes. OM goodness! I must have one of those in order to make it through my day.

  18. says

    My new favorite magazine! Your blog! Always so beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for all you do to brighten my life!
    Happy New Year!
    By the way, missed the tea invite :)
    Barb H.

  19. says

    Oh, I just love a good collection of white dishes, don’t you? And the roses are stunning, and those luscious looking cupcakes don’t hurt a thing! Thanks so much for sharing..loved it!

  20. says

    Your post is so beautiful, Yvonne. The pink roses are perfect to set off all the different whites. I particularly like the little silver keepers and the lovely tea cozy. And I can’t leave out the artichokes. You’ve created a stunning tablescape.

  21. says

    How very beautiful! Lovely contrast between the rose and white! I also have a tea theme this time!

    I’ve enjoyed your posts in 2009 and look forward to more neat ideas in 2010!

    Happy New Year!


  22. says

    Soooooo beautiful! I love all the white to showcase your beautiful pink roses! I always look forward to your posts and menus!
    I’m having a New Year Give away… Stop by if you get a chance and enter. Have a wonderful new year!
    ~Really Rainey~

  23. says

    Yvonne, I’m back again and this post is even more amazing than the first time I read it. I’m still craving one of those cupcakes. Absolutely love the white on white of your beautiful setting and the pink roses add the sweetest touch. Happy Pink Saturday ~ Sarah

  24. says

    Your table scapes are amazing!
    I just love all the white! It is so fresh and pretty. The pop of pink makes it so interesting. I just love the pink:)
    Those cupcakes look yummy! I just want to take a finger and swipe some of that delicious frosting off and taste it!!!

  25. says

    Yvonne, you are a very, very dangerous lady with those cupcakes!!! Yes, they are definitely pedestal-worthy, but they wouldn’t have made it to the pedestal at this house. Nay! Nay! = A certain magpie’s waist would have been the proud owner. 😉

    Gorgeous post. Loved every pink and white bit of it.


    Sheila :-)

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