Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tea for Margaret

I am participating in Tablescape Thursday sponsored by Susan at Between Naps On The Porch.  Please join in by visiting all the beautiful sites listed at:

I wanted to  participate in my favorite MEME around. We have been away from home for the last week and a half so today I have been doing laundry, going through mail and doing grocery shopping. No matter, I just had to find a way to participate, SO!!

Just in case you are wondering the my very first post was in the can before our trip.

I am preparing, in advance, a "Tea for Two" for my sweet friend Margaret.
Margaret is a dear neighbor who had knee replacement surgery two weeks ago.
 I might set up for her tea a little early. Yes, that is what I will do.  She won't be able come for tea right now but I will be ready for her.

You can get a sneak peek before she gets here.

This will be Margaret's first view.
I think she will love the vintage tablecloth. It is a favorite of mine.
The crochet napkins are a recent purchase (you can see them better in a different shot).

I had to scour the yard for a few late blooms. I placed them in this little gold sugar bowl. It is an odd piece but I think it works well for this little table. What do you think?

Perhaps we will have currant scones, lemon biscuits, clotted cream, jam and a little fruit. I will place the treats on this milk glass cake plate.  Does the cover make this a cloche?  Does that mean I can use it later for a Cloche Party?

I think she will love these vintage dessert plates. They have a beautiful gold border with flowers in the center.  I think the bouquet looks a little like my garden find.You will notice we have a gold theme.  That's because her friendship is GOLDEN!

Margaret likes green tea.  We will have green tea but perhaps she will like a cup of Earl Gray with pomegranate. Earlier this year, while touring Charleston Tea Plantation, we were told that the only difference in teas is the length of time the leaves are allowed to oxidize before drying. Green tea has no oxidization time.

The tea service is part of my Sunday BEST china.
I am using it because Margaret is the BEST!

We will be using beautiful sterling flatware with a 24 karat gold basket weave.
I think it goes will with the gold theme.

Now, I'll just wait for Margaret's arrival

Just in case you are wondering, Margaret is a real person. She will be coming for tea.
In the near future I hope!

Milk glass cake plate:  Hobby Lobby several years ago
Tea service:  Royal Gold by Royal Doulton (retired)
Silver flatware:  Golden Aegean Weave by Wallace
Dessert Plates:  Vintage Homer Laughlin
Odd sugar bowl:  Vintage pattern unknown
Tablecloth:  Vintage ebay purchase
Napkins:  Horchow a year or so ago

Thanks for visiting, Ya'll come back.

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Tablescape Thursday


GardenofDaisies said...

I love the golden tea you have planned for your friend!! Your table looks so lovely! I really like the lacy table cloth. And the floral plates are gorgeous!
Margaret is lucky to have such a sweet friend... You!

D said...

Hi, and thanks for stopping by my blog. Welcome to Tablescape Thursday. I think you did a wonderful job. Your menu sounds delicious, and your table is set with such pretty stuff. I'm sure Margaret will love it.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Welcome to TS.

WoW! what a classy settings? A lil touch of gold can be so elegant.

Job well done.

Greetings from Stockholm,

Jackie said...

Hi from the UK

I love your tea tablescape. To me tea time is the best time of the day. I love your plates they are beautiful and I am sure Margaret will feel very welcomed and it will boost her recovery to have such a treat. Everything is beautiful, thank you for sharing. Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Debbie said...

Hi there Miss Ginger. First post, first table are having a lot of firsts!!~ Who would have thought this? Well your first TB is so pretty. You have beautiful dishes and everything was just so perfect!!~ Can't wait to see your next week thrift fine. Oh and have fun with those Mice!

Carol at Serendipity said...


What a lovely tea setting. I am sure that Margaret will be delighted. You are doing very well with your blogging and your photographs are very good.

There is lots to learn but you are off to a wonderful start.


Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Welcome to blogging and I think your tea setting is beautiful! I think you are going to have a great time here in blogland! I have almost come up on my one year anniversary! It is so much fun!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Oh, so totally gorgoeus! Great blog and photos!! Welcome :)


Martha said...

Congratulations on your blog! It's terrific! And what a lovely tea table! Margaret should soon be able to come for tea! I'm adding your blog as a friend of Linderhof!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Absolutely beautiful! I know you and Margaret will definitely have a golden moment together! The tablecloth is lovely, the gold touches are so pretty, the sterling flatware is gorgeous! Great job!

Welcome to tablescaping, but I must warn you this is very addictive! LOL!

I enjoyed reading your profile, always glad to find someone "older than me" but I doubt that, as I just turned 70 last May!


Kathleen said...

Welcome to TTH! Your table is just beautiful. I am sure Margaret will love being treated so royally! That tablecloth is gorgeous!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Ginger, this table is just gorgeous! I love your tea service, and the dessert plate is beautiful. Great table linens, too! Margaret will feel very special!

From the Kitchen said...

I just saw your comment on Martha's blog and came over to welcome you. The tea table is lovely. It would be wonderful to join you for tea. Since I can't, I'm becoming a "follower" instead.


xinex said...

Good morning, Ginger. I am so happy you left me a comment cause I got to know you. I was reading your profile and we have so much in common including having 1 son and 2 daughters and living in the south and what we like to do at home. Yes, I was on RMS, still there but I haven't been there for years. Your table is so lovely, your friend will love it. Your china tea set is so pretty and that dessert plate is adorable. That table cloth is beautiful!...Christine

Miss Char said...

Well Miss Margaret is one lucky lady in spite of her recent surgery. Your table is beautiful and I'm just in love with the tablecloth. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Oh so pretty! I'm following now. I'm new too, please come see me if you have time.

Mary said...

Beautiful! Your plates and serving pieces are so pretty! Great reminder of how lovely gold and white are together.

Congratulations on your first post!


~SueSCharmingChippyCottageCreations~ said...

So pretty I love the gold tea set! You are doing a great job with your blogging it will be fun. Thank you for becomning a follower of my blogs and your sweet comments. My dishes are very special to me but I don't do tablescapes I love the more casual feel we never have the sit down dinners around the table it's always just a buffett style my son's are more comfortable when they can come for Thanksgiving dinner and grab a plate and sit in front of the TV or in the warmer months we go outside on the porches. But I love to view tablescapes!

Marydon said...

G'day Ginger ~ What a lovely southern tea setting, so warm & elegant. If you'd have let me know, I'd have had tea with you last week ... we were in Savannah ... you may read my writes from last Sunday forward with many more to come about this wonderful trip to our favorite southern cities.

My hubs is a semi-expert on the Civil War so we go south as often as his job allows.

You may send me your address, #, etc to @

Have a great weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Beautiful "scape" that tablecloth!!! You will just love get to meet the Nicest people!!!

Barbara said...

Everything is so lovely. Those linens are especially gorgeous. How wonderful to plan on a special visit with a friend. That teaset is so elegant.

Entertaining Women said...

Smiled when I recognized the lovely shape of the Royal Doulton China. I have my mama's set of Royal Doulton Harlow using the same blank...and her name was Margaret. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tea table design. Cherry Kay

Carolyn said...

Margaret is a going to be treated royally when she is well enough to come. It is all beautiful-love your china.


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Margaret is going to love this tea table you've set for her! I know I do. All your china is beautiful and I love your vintage linens! Gorgeous. Thanks for letting us get a sneak peek!

Debbie said...

Wow! Nothing like starting off with a winner! Welcome to Tablescape Thursday. I'm glad you stopped visiting and started posting. Your tea table is really lovely, especially those gorgeous desserts plates and the linens. I am in love with vintage linens!

I was busy today so am just returned to THE PORCH for some more visitation. Your table was a treat. I'm glad you joined, fellow Georgian!

Marlis said...

You are right, friendship is golden. I love the table. It's so very delicate and pretty. Margaret is lucky that you are friends.

Gillian Layne said...

I hope Margaret is feeling better soon! The basket-weave pattern on the flatware is so pretty. :)

Erica said...

Love your tea table......I just found your blog and I really enjoyed it. I'm now a follower. Have a great weekend!

kimberly said...

Everything is lovely but I am not surprised because I have known this fine Southern Woman for 48 years. She is my mom. not only will she show you outstanding decor ideas, but her pearls of wisdom about life and family will serve you well for a lifetime. Love ya Granny!!!

Alycia Nichols said...

What a sweet, thoughtful gesture on behalf of your ailing friend! I am sure Margaret will love every minute of it and appreciate the detailed thought applied. Your flatware is simply gorgeous!!!

Pam said...

What a pretty table. That tablecloth is gorgeous. And I do think the cover makes it a cloche.

newdaycoaching said...

Loved your dishes. Nice to find someone else who's been married to the same one for years. We'll celebrate our 50th next year!

Farah Muzaffar said...

Gorgeous Ginger..
china is very beautiful, and yes the napkins, love the table scape so elent and perfect.
Hope you would like to visit to my new post


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a lucky friend Margaret is to have you fix this beautiful tea for her. That tablecloth looks so pretty, and your china and the gold accents are lovely too. Love the way you tied in the elements of your tea table to your friendship. Well done. laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Ginger, I'm so excited that you told me to check out this post! Yes, we are kindred spirits!!! I love Royal Gold, and I have never tired of it. It sets a beautiful table, and I love to use it with different accent plates. I have a story about it that I won't relate here, but I am so glad I chose it. AND it is THRILLING that you have it, too!!! Just think, we could have an East Coast blogger party and throw in both sets and feed the masses! LOL!

Love you...


Sheila :-)

P.S. I adore that cloth, too. Yes, I think it is WONDERFUL. Major love here.

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