Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Summer Afternoon Garden Tea !

Hello everyone,
It was another beautiful summer day here again so why not join us for afternoon tea.
I picked a fresh bouquet of oriental lilies and some David phlox for our table dressed in white linens.
We have a pretty teapot.
I am enjoying a peek at my favorite magazine-Victoria.
I made a few sandwiches and some cookies to go with our afternoon tea.
My good friend Heather joined me for afternoon tea. Isn't she lovely?
We are enjoying a little chat in the shade of our garden terrace.
This reminds me of the song in Anne of Green Gables- Did you hear!-Did you hear! , Tell me everything my dear!
What a lovely afternoon!
I used my dainty pink and white china so it would match with the bouquet and of course my dress too!
This post has been insprired by the cover on the July 1990 issue of Victoria.
Thank you Keith(Heather's husband) for taking the photos of Heather and I.
Well, I am so glad you could join me for afternoon tea on this lovely summer day.
I am joining with Kathy at A Delightsome Life for her Victoria-Return to Loveliness party.
I am also joining Sandi again for Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage .
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is having Tablescape Thursday again and I am joining in today.
Thank you for visiting me,


A Garden of Threads said...

A lovely place to have afternoon tea. I hope you had a wonderful visit with your friend, you both look lovely in your hats and pearls. Take care and I hope you enjoy the rest of the week.

erin's art and gardens said...

oh how lovely, indeed! i enjoyed my visit here.

Victorian1885 said...

Carolyn what a wonderful post..you are both so lovely! Your tea party is so perfect and beautiful as usual! Enjoy the rest of your week!

podso said...

What fun! You did a great job of recreating that Victoria spread! It looks delightfully cool and summery there! And the tea looks refreshing.

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful posts.

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful posts.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Carolyn,

Well, the cover of Victoria could have been even lovelier if they took photos on your property; Paradise...

Lovely Tea and you for sure enjoyed each single sip of it, with a dear friend!

Greetings from Georgia,


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn,
Well, I must say, your tea this week is fabulous! You and Heather do look like you stepped right off the cover of Victoria! What fun you had! I wondered who took the pictures and I should have known it was Keith. He's very skilled with the camera himself.
I enjoyed your post immensely! Thank you for sharing and for joining me for tea today. Enjoy the rest of your week.


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carolyn...

Ohhh...what a lovely day and sooo perfect for a tea! You ladies are sooo beautiful in your tea dresses and hats! Carolyn, you are such a beautiful woman!!! And...you never dissapoint when setting a tea table...the finest in all of blogland, my friend! Love, love, LOVE that pretty teapot and the pink rose china! The pink lilies from your garden are magnificent...such a stunning bouquet! Thank you for sharing your tea with us...this was such a treat, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

That was clever of you to recreate a Victoria cover Carolyn.
It was fun to look at your afternoon tea with friend Heather and I love your dresses and hats.
A fabulous post to celebrate Victoria over tea.

NanaDiana said...

Lovely~as always~ lovely. I am glad that you shared it with all of us! Diana

Deanna said...

Carolyn, A very sweet and enduring post. You Ladies look lovely! What a delightful way to chit chat and have fellowship.

So nice...wish I could have joined you in such a pleasant place,

Wildflowerhouse said...

How delightful!

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

These photos totally took my breath away, everything was perfect. This is exactly what I think of when I daydream about a garden tea party with a good friend.

Thank you for the lovely eye candy.


Patti said...

Beyond the beauty of the tea and gardens is the beauty of you and your friend. You both look stunning!! The hats and dresses (and your shoes!!) are gorgeous.


Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hello Carolyn... What a beautiful post!! Your tea table is beautiful but you two lovely ladies stole the show!! Your dress is an amazing match to the lilies :-)
Thanks for sharing tea with me, it was delightful!

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

What a beautiful post! You both look so lovely!


Brooke ~ The Eclectic Cottage said...

There's nothing better then having tea with a friend! ~Brooke

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hello Carolyn :) What an absolutely delightful post this was. You ladies looked just lovely in your beautiful dresses and hats, and the china you used is just gorgeous! Loved that particular Victoria magazine cover you used for your inspiration...well done!

Always a pleasure visiting you :)

Happy Tea Tuesday!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Susan said...

Enchanting, Carolyn. Everything was totally enchanting. Susan P.S. Victoria is one of my absolute favorite magazines. Love it!

Erin | Bygone Living said...

Not only does everything look breathtakingly gorgeous (like usual), but your friend and yours' clothes are absolutely lovely! You truly live a dream ♥

g.suzie said...

Your lilies are beautiful, and so are you and your guest! You both look like you are being filmed for a magazine shoot or a movie. . .It looks like every girl's dream tea party!

Designing Lady Jane said...

Hah! I was thinking this looked just like a lovely photoshoot scene, when I came upon your inspiration. It looks just like the cover of the Victorian magazine, except I think your photos are nicer. A wonderfully gracious tea setting and the perfect ladies to enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

A delightful post, Carolyn.
you and your friend appear to come straight out of an Impressionist canvas...

maría cecilia said...

You two lovely and cute ladies!!!! How nice of you to post a so charming evening with your friend...You are absolutely gorgeous, Carolyn, in everything you do!!!
muchos cariños,
maria cecilia

http://jackieinsurrey.blogspot.co.uk/ said...

Beautiful post like the two ladies!! The only time I have got dressed up for afternoon tea was when we went to a Buckingham Palace garden party invited by the Queen ( well not her personally). I love the way you have recreated the magazine cover and the photographs are excellent.
Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Lebenslust was sonst said...

Hallo Carolyn,I want to be with you,your Home is so fantasic,your Family is so wunderful.Carolyn I love it all.Love greetings Edith.

ღ M@ddy ღ said...

Tu e Heather siete incantevoli, sembrate appartenere ad un mondo che non è quello dei comuni mortali, compreso tutto quel che vi circonda...
...quanto vi invidio !!!!
(E complimenti a Keith per le splendide foto!!! )

Baci! ♥


Hélène Flont , french illustrator said...

Dear Caarolyn !...What a delightful afternoon tea , I join you with great pleasure :) .
✿Hélène Flont.

Susan Freeman said...

What a lovely afternoon tea. I am crazy for your sweet pink and white china!!

Susan and Bentley

Kathy said...

This is a very enchanting post! I love that Victoria - the cover is amazing. You have recreated the feel - tone of the cover - it seems someone has stepped by a lovely ladies' gathering.
I love how you've coordinated your beautiful dress & hat with the flowers and tea set.
These photos of you and your friend are perfect! You've created quite a memory.
My heart wanted to be with you two!
Thanks so much for joining me this week, it truly means a lot to me,
God Bless,

PAT said...

Absolutely gorgeous post, Carolyn!

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Carolyn
You live in a lovely world
I'm enchanted watching your images
Your Tea Party has been charmed
Visiting you is really a great pleasure always
Thank you for share that beauty

Pam said...

Lovely ladies, lovely post. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse of your beautiful life.

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

Hi Carolyn,
It is me again, I just wanted to share with you the photographs you inspired me to finally take of my eldest daughter.



Madelief said...

Dear Carolyn,

This is such a lovely post! The two of you look simply great. Love the hats and the romantic outfit. It's great to have a friend who enjoys dressing up as much as you do. Her husband made some lovely pictures of the two of you :-)!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Jonell w Harrison said...

Omy I simply must find myself one of those soooooooooo beautiful hats..could inspire a tea party at my house..however I do think I may wait for cooler weather [in S. Alabama] Such beauty everywhere-thank you!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What award winning theater! I feel like I should have paid! Ha! What a wonderful setting and photography. It looks like you had a a lot of fun with this. Your hats and ensembles are sensational. So fun to see this post. Jacqueline

Miss Giny said...

So lovely ! ♥

My Cozy Corner said...

Once again. Just beautiful. I just love tea parties. Thank you for showing us the perfect way to enjoy our friends.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Carolyn, This is the prettiest tea I have ever seen. I know all the hard work that went into making this look like a fariytale. Thank you so much. A true delight.

Rhondi said...

Hi Carolyn
You and your friend Heather look so sweet together! Thank you for a beautiful post.
Hugs, Rhondi

Anne Shirley said...

Hi, Carolyn!
Lovely pictures! It is one of my day dreams to be like you, and your friend, enjoying a lovely afternoon tea so precious like this you are sahring with us. And most of all: in Prince Edward Island!
You must know that I love Anne Shirley, she represents lots of things to me; for example: she is my icon on life, she is the "person" who I feel most alike in the world, she makes me happy, and read about her is to be living a dream come true. She really changed my life. I feel more wise since a met her.
And now, joining this gourgeous pictures with my Anne, I will dreamday about us, together, having a tea party like yours! ♥

Have a great day!
(sorry if my english isn't good enough)

Georgianna said...

Completely amazing recreation, Carolyn! I well remember that issue and you both look like you stepped out of its pages. Very creative and so beautifully done. Thank you for treating us to such a delight!

Maria said...

Everything is so lovely and well thought out it's hard to pick just one thing that stands out. I love your china! So delicate and beautiful! Just like their owner . . . :-)

Suzann said...

A lovely setting, and even lovelier ladies. Beauty beyond words. I always feel blessed by my visits to your wonderful blog.

Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Hi Carolyn,

Beautiful! I think you captured the Victoria magazine article very well.

I am a bit jealous of your lovely summer. Swedish weather is so unpredictable. We have had lots of rain and cold evenings. Autumn is not very far away it feels like.

Have a good day,

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

I loved your post. It was very creative. It left me wanting to know what the conversation was about. The colors are just beautiful and your china too. The pictures were awesome.

Entertaining Women said...

This makes me happy...I'm smiling as I type. Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience and lovely vignetter. Cherry Kay

Anita Diaz said...

What a beautiful tea!! You both look so elegant in that gorgeous setting! Looks like fun too!

Made In The South said...

Oh how beautiful...your pictures will be timeless. What a great guy to take those for you!

Rose Garden Malevik said...

I really like your style :)
Hugs from Sweden

Kathleen Ellis said...

How beautiful! This looks like a scene from a movie! You look lovely and you both look like you had a marvelous time!
Have a beautiful weekend~
;-D Kathleen

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Having Tea Parties keeps us Forever Young"... You both looked beautiful and your post looks like it's from Romantic Homes Magazine!
Hugs, Donna

Marigene said...

What a gorgeous setting for a tea party.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Just came over to visit through a link on Shabby Cats and Roses. This is a beautiful post. I want to come play! I'll be back, Connie

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Got to love it when your dress matches the china! Your tea is an exact match for the cover of Victoria magazine! Its almost as if time stands still looking at the pics of you and Heather enjoying your tea...a totally carefree summer afternoon is depicted!


Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Beautiful photos. The scene could have come right out of the Great Gadsby.

Requi Tablescaping Escapades said...

Such an esquisite setting for afternoon tea. Everything is so beautiful. Victoria mag might consider your lovely pics for its cover, a then from 1990 and a now for 2010.

Tablescaping Escapades is having its first give-a-way. Please stop by and check it out.

All the Best,


Rosy Inspiration said...

Oh! That looks lovely, thanks for sharing the pictures, it's so nice to see two good friends having a good time at afternoon tea. Happy summer.

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh my goodness Carolyn, these photos of you at tea are absolutely breathtaking! Wonderful day! xo rachel

CIELO said...

Oh dear Carolyn this is sooo precious... and you did recreated that cover of Victoria magazine so well, I can almost hear the conversation, feel the warm breezes and taste the tea... it feels as if this is part of some chapter of Anne of Green Gables books... of course, I would be Anne! ;)

Sending hugs


Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

You both look so lovely, the outfits you were wearing were so soft and romantic. This is something you don't see very often and I think its a shame. What a beautiful post you had put together for a tea party, I enjoyed it very much.