Monday, February 14, 2011

Afternoon Tea with Friends,

Hello everyone,
    I hope you all enjoyed a special Valentine's Day! I decided to host an afternoon tea with some special friends of mine one day last week.

I quickly shot a few photos of the afternoon for a keepsake- and also to share with you my Tuesday Teatime friends!

I decided to set up an extra table in the kitchen for us to enjoy our tea around the kitchen stove as it was a sunny but cold day.

I made a blackberry lemon cream cake, chocolate cheesecake,biscuits with rhubarb jam. Heather made the pretty heart cookies.

This gluten free crustless chocolate cheesecake is very easy to make and it is delicious.The recipe came from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures if you would like to have it click here.
I went with a pink theme so lots of pretty pink tulips.

We used my pretty pink and white china

I have been friends with some of these lovely ladies for 30 years. 
We enjoyed sitting around chatting and the afternoon went by so quickly. We will have to do this again soon!
 Well ,now another snowy windy day is predicted for us again tomorrow so I think I will dig out my sewing machine and work on some small projects.

Today, I am joining Sandi again at Rose Chintz Cottage for her lovely TeaTime Tuesday so all you tea lovers head on over if you haven't already.

Thank you for visiting,



Anonymous said...

How nice of you to host a lovely tea party for your friends! It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. And of course the presentation is a delight for the eyes:)

Happy Valentine's Day


Linda said...

Oh Carolyn it all looks so yummy. Looks like everyone had a great time. Happy Valentine's Day!

The Tablescaper said...


This looks like a lovely celebration of friends and sweet treats!

- The Tablescaper

La Table De Nana said...

Lovely lovely life!

Enjoy every single minute.

Suzann said...

Happy Valentine's Day

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a beautiful setting for friends getting together. Thanks for sharing.

Shirley said...

Dear Carolyn,
May you always have many more beautiful days with your long time friends. They are truly the friends made of gold.
Yours Sincerely,

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Carolyn that looks like so much fun and you did such a wonderful job with your beautiful set up! Lovely get together with your friends!~Hugs, Patti

Susan said...

Oh wow, Carolyn. Your friends are so lucky to be invited to one of your glorious tea celebrations. The pinks were breathtaking! Oh, that teapot---wowsers! Gor-ge-ous. Ohhhhh, everything was perfect except for one thing! I couldn't be there! HA! But I sure loved sharing through your dazzling photos. Take care and thanks for sharing. Susan p.s. I'm so JEALOUS you can make such luscious creations and still remain reed slender. Oh, TELL me your secret. Do you eat just a teensy weensy bit?

Olga said...

What a wonderful way to spend time with dear friends. Everything looks so beautiful! Your posts are always so pretty and inspiring.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely tea with us, Carolyn! The food looks divine and I'm sure it was enjoyed by all. I do love your pretty pinks. The teapot is so very sweet! Happy Valentines day.


Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn
Looks like we had the same idea to have friends over for tea. I must say you had some pretty decadent desserts at yours. :-)
The cheesecake looks yummy and I've already checked out the recipe - thanks for sharing it.
Happy Valentine's Day.

Sandy said...

I'm so grateful and honored you linked up with me. And this tea party! I expect Anne, Marilla, and Miss Stacy to walk in!


Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Such a beautiful tea party with such luscious treats for the "Eye and Tummy"... You have very lucky friends...and thank you so much for inviting us too... "Happy Valentine's Day to you,
Hugs, Donna

Victorian1885 said...

Good evening Carolyn
It looks like you had a wonderful time with your girlfriends. They must just love coming to your beautiful home! Have a great week!


Bella said...

Hi Carolyn,
Your tea look beautiful, how wonderful to have "old" friends to share it with! Love your pretty pink and white cup!!
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Valentines day with your sweetie :-)

Sandra said...

What a great way to spend Valentine's Day...surrounded by friends. Everything look so pretty as do all the ladies. Thanks for sharing your day.

Ravenhill Cottage

Stina said...

heb genoten van je post héél mooi zo lief dat rose en dat servies prachtig.

Fijne dag
liefs Stina

Tatiana said...

i do wish i could join you..

Rowan said...

Blackberry lemon cream cake sounds delicios and I really,really like the cup and saucer in the close up above your teapot. It makes me think of an English hedgerow in early summer. You have such pretty china.

Hélène Flont ✿Fine Art said...

Such a lovely and elegant arrangement to invite and receive your friends Carolyn.
C'est ravissant et charmant.

✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Liz@ said...

Just lovely! I enjoyed viewing the tabl- the flowers, china and desserts! Wht a lovely presentation for you and your friends!

Connie said...

What a wonderful party you had! Everything looked delicious and I just love your teapot!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

I lovely lady. I love your Tea Party for all your friends how sweet of you.I need to do one on my Tablescape one time.I hope you have a nice day. xxoo

Tina said...

Hi Carolyn
I invite you to come on my blog, have a parade of beautiful tea cups ... ... are their
a loan, ...then I return
Your post is beautiful ... the tea must have been wonderful ... oh! I wanted to participate too!!


Adrienne said...


Cindy said...

Oops! I'd better try again, I left before I did the word verification.
What a lovely tea, so sweet and special. How wonderful to have friends around from 30 years back. Everything is so beautiful, your home is perfect for a gathering such as that.
You must be working on your header, because it has disappeared from your blog.
Hugs, Cindy

Beverly said...

Carolyn, you and your friends are so blessed to be able to share these special times. You are surely a joy in their lives.

Southerncook said...

Oh how I would love to be a guest at your tea. Your afternoon tea with friends was I am quite sure so very appreciated. I had my girls dinner group to my house just last week. We call ourselves the YaYa's and we have all been very close friends for many years as well. Sharing with the growing of our own children and now with our grandchildren. It is so special to have such long time friends. I posted about my dinner on my blog too.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Yvonne said...

Carolyn, your tea was an absolute feast for the eyes. Everything was simply exquisite. Thanks for sharing such a lovely day with us.

Lynn said...

Carolyn, Every time I pull up your blog, I know I am in for a wonderful treat. No exception this time. The delicate pink and white china, the tulips, the white babys breath......breathtaking loveliness. What a lovely room to have a tea gathering. Just looking at these photos are so relaxing, what must it be like to be an actual guest in your home. You have such a gift. Blessings.

Georgianna said...

Oh, this is heaven, Carolyn!! Just a perfect afternoon tea in every way – food, decor, atmosphere and company. Thank you for sharing with us and I hope you had a wonderful, romantic Valentine's Day! – g

Judith said...

How exquisite...just when I was beginning to feel stymied /and stale .... you blew a fresh breeze across our spirits . Thank You Judith Elgin ON

Trets Welt said...

Schöön so ein Treffen und so ein Freundschaft.Wunderbar!Bussi.Lu.