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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Music of Tea

I'm ... participating in the High Tea Tablescapes party at Decor to Adore, so make sure you click through to visit all the other party posts.   Special thanks to our hostess.  I'll also be including this post in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and Home Sweet Home party at the Charm of Home.  You'll also want to visit those linky parties to enjoy all the other posts. 


I think the perfect High Tea begins with beautiful silver service and porcelain teapots!  I'm sharing a photo of my new Towle service ... and yes, I have others, but this style is more in line with the way we entertain these days.  I'm all about making things a little more casual and less stuffy!

My tea theme is "The Music of Tea" and I've chosen to include some of my wooden music boxes in the tablescape.  My large one is a reproduction of the 1800s style with turning punched disks ... with ballerinas in the window.  Mine was made by "Mr. Christmas" and is electric, so I have to hide the cord under the table covering!  Children (of all ages) are always fascinated by the turning disk and dancers!

Some of the other special things on my table are two of my collection of Moss Rose teapots.   I like to serve more than one kind of tea at "high tea", so I use multiple pots.  I actually serve tea with the courses of food ... and yes, I think high tea has evolved into supper ... so I usually have three courses ... soup with a strong blend of tea ... sandwiches with a moderate blend of tea ... and dessert with a delicate floral blend.  I always serve iced water (sometimes flavored) with tea ... and sometimes I freeze ice cubes in special shapes and/or colors.  In my effort to create topics of table talk, I've included my husband's grandmother's hand tatted lace tablecloth in my layers of table coverings ... and a wooden tray that I bought at an antique shop ... that has been hand made.  I love the chiseled pattern on the tray!  Notice the wooden box I've used as a teapot perch?  I would probably fill similar boxes with the tea sandwiches, scones and cakes ... leaving them open, of course.

Here's my full place setting ... mostly Depression Glass. 


I love using the little teapot shaped tea bag holders ... but never use tea bags ... so I've used them to hold sugar stick/stirrers at each place. I'm serving scones with cream cheese and jam, so the bread and butter plate and butter knife is a must.  I've used a round soup spoon and the grill knife and fork in my set of silver.  Grille knives and forks were designed with longer handles ... to allow users to "dig into" salads and open faced sandwiches ... without getting anything on their hands!



In this final collage, you can see the teaspoon I used.  It is actually shorter than the typical teaspoon ... called an "afternoon spoon" ... and is designed specifically for afternoon tea or coffee!  The silver plate flatware is Oneida, in the Evening Star pattern ... from the 1950s ... collected at shops and flea markets!


Hope you've enjoyed High Tea at my house.   Rest assured ... you will have been visited by at least one of two four-legged friends.  They are both built-in vacuum cleaners ... one trained and the other one self-taught!  The food was fabulous ... the music was relaxing ... and the company, as always, was the best part!  Thanks for joining me.

15 comments:

  1. Love your depression glass. So pretty as is your doilies!

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  2. Oh my I am overcome with the beauty and detail that you put into your tea.

    My heart is going pitter pat over your china and your depression glass. It is truly lovely.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for participating in the tea.

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  3. Lovin' the great pattern of the pretty cups and plates:@)

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  4. Gorgeous table. Your silver set is quite beautiful.

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  5. Beautiful table...love the Towle tea service.

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  6. Being a collector of collections, I adore how you entertwined your music box treasures into the tablescape! Not only will you guests be treated to a beautiful table setting but will be delighted by your music!

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  7. Love your teaset and table cloth. How nice to own the music box.

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  8. Everything is beautiful and I love the silver set! Great table!

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  9. Marvelous tea table...I appreciated the information on the assorted sizes of knives and forks...I didn't know about grill forks and knives. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

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  10. Hello,
    I love the rose frame around your first photo and the beautiful tablecloth. Your tea table is so charming with all the nice depression glass. Thank you for sharing this nice table.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  11. The vintage look of this is delightful. I'm waiting for a slice of pie on one of the lovely dessert plates!

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  12. Debbie, This is so beautiful and has so many wonderful thing at which to look. I love the depression glass and your new Towle service. I know you are enjoying it. Looking forward to summer. See you then, Hugs, Ginger

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  13. Debbie,
    Your tea is very special with all of the depression glass dishes. I love all of the old patterns. So Pretty! Thanks for linking up!
    Sherry

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  14. Debbie,
    You really paid attention to detail in this lovey tea table. I love the tea post, music boxes and those sugar crystal stirrers are scrupmtious!
    Your placemats and depression glass are truely beautiful together.
    And I'm with you, give me a PROPER cup of tea!
    Yvonne

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