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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pink Friday at Make Mine Pink--Down the Garden Path

Welcome to my Garden Tea Party! I am so glad you were able to come. It's still cool out and a breeze is blowing. Would you like some tea? In a bit, I'll pour it and let everybody sample the treats. Would you like to sit down over here in the shade? I thought the children would like to sit on the quilts and we would take the chairs.

Oh, the tea set? Yes, it is unusual. It is from Portugal--all handpainted. It was made by Bordallo Pinheiro Pottery. Did you see the little bunnies? I thought it would make the perfect set for a Garden Party. And the best thing is that it has the little tea cup sets for children. Aren't they cute? I love majolica. The glaze is so beautiful! And, you know pink is my favorite color!

Would you like something to eat? I have some Driscoll strawberries, sweet scones, chocolate -dipped coconut macaroons, and chocolate fudge cheesecake. Yes, I know it is decadent, but this is a special occasion. I am getting to visit my dear friends!

How about some tea? I have a Strawberry Tisane or Darjeeling. Would you like milk or sugar?

The table covering? The bottom layer is washable linen--a banquet size. It is topped with a vintage 48" square hand-embroidered tablecloth--just to add romance and a little color. Look at the baskets on each corner...and the crocheted edging. Yes, the napkins are vintage handkerchief linen. I love the feel of linen and it will bleach well, so I don't worry about using them. The spoons? Oh, yes, aren't the teapot handles just adorable? I thought so, too!

The apron? It is modeled after my grandmother's wedding trousseau apron. Her best friend made it and she cherished it so. She passed it down to me when I was a teenager. I copied the style and added the teapot applique. She would have loved it...
No, I didn't make the hat. It was a gift from a friend. I thought it would make a great centerpiece. What do you think?

Would you like more tea? Let me help you...

Oh, I'm so glad you came. This has been such fun--chatting and catching up on everything. We must not wait so long between visits. Let's do this again next month!


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Karen ~
Your garden tea party is gorgeous !! I love how you have it set up with the beautiful decorations, china, and yummy looking treats to eat ~
What a fun Pink Friday !

Shelia said...

OH, what a wonderful time I've had at your lovely tea party! I have a tea set just like yours, but mine is green. I love majolica. Everything about your table is so beautiful - the linens, the hat centerpiece and your grandmother's beautiful apron! This was so fun!

Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susie said...

Karen, You outdid yourself! I wanted to sit right down and visit. Loved the hat centerpiece and all the ways you described each of the vinettes.
The Polka Dot Rose

Michelle M. May said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for inviting me to such a wonderful tea party with the most beautiful tea set ever! I just love the bunnies! Everything is so lovely.


Dianne - Mama's Pocketbook said...

WOW! Karen you outdid yourself setting all that up - it's spectacular. I can just imagine a garden party or a wedding with all that beautiful china. I've been monitoring it all day to see if it has sold. I hope it does, but secretly I'd love to get it for myself, so I'm putting it on my vision board just in case it's still around when the right time for me to have something so awesome comes.

You should set up parties! Love the hat, love it all!

Theresa said...

Oooh Karen,
I loved your tea party. Thank you for inviting me. Of course, I decided to sit on the quilts with the children and regale them with tales of the Pink Bunny China, and how it came to be. You are the best hostess ever.
Thanks for a wonderful time,
Theresa @ Cottage Violets