Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tea Time in Bloom

On April 8th I attended a tea at Longacre House in Farmington Hills, MI.  The theme was Tea Time in Bloom with special guest Mikki, owner of The Vines florist in Farmington Hills.

Several ladies wore hats to the tea.

~ Barbara and Suzanne ~

~ Judy and LuAnn ~

~ Linda and her granddaughter Jamison ~

The tables were beautifully set with floral centerpieces.

~ Crisp, white linen napkins ~

The meal was a spinach salad topped with sliced strawberries and sweet red onion.

A grilled, marinated chicken breast with roasted red-skin potatoes.

Dessert was strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.

Tea was "Lady Day"

Mikki was a wonderful presenter, and made floral arranging look so simple.

~ Teacups as floral containers ~

Burlap is very popular right now, and Mikki demonstrated using it to decorate chair backs.

~ Simplistic Elegance ~

~ Fresh flowers and raffia in place of napkin rings. ~

What a fun way to think spring!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brianna's 9 to 5 Musical

My granddaughter, Brianna, was recently in her high school musical, 9 to 5 written by Dolly Parton.  Of course, we went to watch her play the role of Missy Hart [the boss' wife].

Trust me - that's tea in the mug!  

No flash photography was allowed during the performance, so I got a couple of pictures during the curtain call, and on stage afterwards.

It's hard to believe Brianna's a senior this year, and almost done with her high school education.  The musical was bittersweet for her.

[L-R:  Granddaughter Brooke, Daughter-in-law Sharon, Me, Jerry, and Brianna]

~ A selfie of Steve and Brianna / Father & Daughter ~

Great job, Brianna!  We loved you as Missy Hart, but we love you even more as YOU!

Monday, April 14, 2014

An Extra Special Issue of Tea Time Magazine

Tea Time magazine is my all-time favorite publication.  I have every issue published, and look forward to each new issue.  It contains photos of beautiful china and tablescapes, tea equipage, tea information and history, tea recipes, and tea rooms, and when you know someone who owns one of those tea rooms, the magazine becomes even more special.

The May/June 2014 issue features Nancy Reppert, and her lovely tea room, Sweet Remembrances, located in Mechanicsburg, PA.

I first met Nancy in 2005 when the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association held their first annual seminar at Sweet Remembrances.  We met again in 2007 on a London, England Tea Tour, and our most recent meet-up was last month in Berea, Kentucky.

Congratulations, Nancy on being featured in the #1 national tea publication! You are very deserving of the honor!

~ Sweet Remembrances - photo courtesy of the website ~

~ Nancy with magazine article - photo courtesy of her blog ~

~ The magazine article ~

It's rare that I own china featured in the magazine, but I happen to have a trio of the Wedgwood china pictured on the cover - Wild Strawberry pattern.

Also included in the tea events calendar of this issue [page 11] is the Afternoon Tea with Miss America, which I'm a committee member.  We're very grateful to Betty Terry for giving us publicity in Tea Time, and I'll definitely be blogging about the event after it takes place. For more information about the upcoming tea please click, here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Reflection...

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord... Hosanna in the highest!"
Mark 11:9-10

Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.  It is the beginning of Holy Week, culminating with Easter Sunday, the glorious celebration of Christ's resurrection.

The Gospel of Mark states that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted Him by waving palm branches with shouts of "Hosanna."

"Hosanna" was a shout of praise, jubilation, and adoration in recognition of the Messiahship of Jesus.  They were declaring, "We are saved!"   

May God bless your week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Anything Goes" Tablescape Conclusion

Table #39 "Lucky Leprechan"

Table #40 "Aunt Lillian's Supper"

I loved the sentiment of this table.  The china was hand-painted by the hostess' aunt, and each place setting had a different floral painting.  What a beautiful family treasure.  I loved the vintage photograph of "Aunt Lillian" too.

Table #41 "Jackson's China"

Table #42 "Cherry Blossom"

Table #43 "A Gift from Grandma"

Table #44 "Ringing In Spring"

This was another favorite table since I was in the Bell Choir at church and rang bells identical to these.

Table #45 "Feathered Friends"

Table #46 "Bridesmaids Brunch"

Table #47 "Tea Time in the Garden"

Table #49 "Vintage ABC Plates"

Table #50 "Love and Roses"

Table #51 "Picnic"

Table #52 "Blossom Time"

Table #53 "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"

Table #54 "Barb's Surprise"

Table #55 "Blackberry Picking"

Table #56 "Mad Hatter's Tea Party"

Table #58 "My Mother's Limoges"

Table #59 was "Clowning Around Part II" and very similar to Table #29 [which was the 10th runner up], so I didn't photograph it.   

In my rush to view all 59 tables I missed photographing Table #11 "Simply Lovely,"  but it's the only one I missed.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the varied and creative tablescapes.