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August 22, 2012

Garden Tea Party

Tablescape ThursdayWith summer's end nearing I decided it was time for a garden party...most of my flowers are still blooming nicely and the temperatures are perfect- It's time!

(I also just realized that today is my 2 year anniversary with blogging! I've come a long way since then!)


Please join me

I set up my table on our patio...
A feminine summery table was my goal...

  Let's look at the details....
The tablecloth is by Vera (not Vera Wang)
I fell in love with the colors and the artistically designed flowers ....doesn't this just say summer!
 The flowers are a combination of my Limelight hydrangeas, some very large dahlias and sunflowers that my daughter brought home from the farmers market...

The candlesticks I chose are are cut glass
with a pair of candles I bought at Yellowstone
National Park in 1979...Yep 1979...I didn't really
need candles but I like the flair it gives a table!

We went out there on a delayed honeymoon and I couldn't afford much but I was intrigued with these dried flowers encased on the wax candles and have kept them ever since... I slipped a napkin ring holder around the base to jazz them up...

I used my green stemware to add to the profusion of color I wanted to on this table.

  My goose statues made an appearance too!   

The salad bowls helped punch up the color
a bit more  and I dressed up the napkins with two napkin rings like a pair of bracelets!

 I folded the napkins to showcase the pearl like beads...

I layered some my favorite pink German dessert glass plates on top of the floral china pattern.  I used my gold flatware to pick up on the gold edge of the china

Plain white dinner plates with a softly scalloped edge were my first layer...

These Spode salad plates help carry the summery look with their bouquets of flowers

 I softened their look with these pink glass dessert plates I've had for a long time.  

I waited for the late afternoon sun to 
cast it's glow....

It's 4 o'clock and the bell has rung...let's begin!

I glad you could join me for my garden tea party 
and I hope we can do it again!

Things I used:
Spode Meadowbrook China
German etched glass dessert plates (from a catalog purchase in the late 90's)
Salad bowls are by Maxcera , Group Floral
The plain white dishes say Palm Restaurant on the back, Home Goods purchase
Green Swirl Goblets glasses were called Roma, purchased from One Kings Lane
Gold flatware by Wallace called Euro Beads, purchased from Neiman Marcus
White napkins from Pier One Imports
Tablecloth from Macy's


I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for- Let's Dish
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Have a Cup of Mrs. Olson

37 comments:

  1. What a lovely table! I'm in love with your pretty tablecloth and your flowers. Your dishes look wonderful and those napkins look vintage! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  2. Beautiful! I love the Vera cloth. My mom had cloths and sheets by Vera. Always beautiful prints. Love the green glasses too. xo

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  3. This is the ultimate in femininity! I can just imagine being invited to sit down at this table on a sunshine-filled afternoon! You really did a good job of bringing the right balance of color. The table linen just has all the juicy colors of summer in it that can't be beat! I love how your china works so well with the floral design of the linen and pulls in the flowers from your garden. Those napkins are gorgeous!!!!! The trim on them is so cool! And to think...women used to sit for hours doing all of that by hand! As a person filled with sentimentality, I commend you for hanging onto those candles and candlesticks over the years!!!!

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  4. Your table is so beautiful Liz! I love the setting in the garden!Every detail is lovely.

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  5. Your table is beautiful. I love the Limelight Hydrangeas, the napkins, and the candles! Everything goes together so well and the late afternoon light is wonderful.

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  6. Liz, It looks wonderful- from the tablecloth to the candles that you have had all these years. It says Tea Party to me- it is just beautiful-xoDiana

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  7. Summer has stayed around just for your lovely table! All the colors and textures make this a perfect tablescape. Hugs, Linda

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  8. Happy second blogaversary! I celebrated mine last month. What a fun new world Blogland is!

    I love your bright and cheerful table square. It's the perfect foundation for all of your pretty dishes.

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  9. You've created a gorgeous table for your garden party. The colors are dreamy, feminine, and romantic; the proportions are perfect. I am in love with those napkins...wow! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  10. This is a very pretty and charming garden table. I love the colorful tablecloth and you picked the perfect table elements to go with it. Such a lovely setting!.....Christine

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  11. I just love your Vera tablecloth. I have a vintage pink one in my collection. Thanks for sharing your beautiful table. Jill

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  12. So glad I made it in time for your party.. I love this summery table.. Oh yeah I do. The topper and the plates and the bowl and those napkins, the glasses and the flowers.. all soo very romantic and pretty. xo marlis

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  13. What a darling table..everything goes together so beautifully! Wish I was there...Thanks for sharing your lovely table and the background I love!

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  14. Thank you for the invitation to your gorgeous tea party table. I can just imagine having tea in such beautiful dishes and details, plus the beautiful linen and of course, the 1979 candles! I love how all came together like for a magazine shot in the beautiful garden. I'd love to be there for tea! Come on over for my tea party too!
    FABBY

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  15. I love your mix of patterns and colors~ so bright and summery and perfect for a garden tea party!

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  16. Happy two year anniversary with blogging! I love your summery table, and the cloth is gorgeous!

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  17. I love it. My patio furniture is very similar and I have those pink rose bowls too! What fun we could have making girly tablescapes together.Ha

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  18. What a lovely table and what a lovely garden. Your table is so pretty and feminine - just right for a garden party. You have many beautiful and unique items.

    Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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  19. Beautiful table in the garden. Your garden flowers are still lovely. Happy blogaversary, love those napkins and how you display them in the pink bowls.

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  20. Oh I just adore your Vera tablecloth. The bowls are amazing too!

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  21. Late summer is the perfect time for a garden party! Your cloth is perfect for it. The details are lovely. Such pretty napkins!

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  22. Lovely tablescape ~

    Popped in from Jann's SYCT.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  23. Beautiful tablescape! Love the Vera tablecloth!

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  24. This is just such a pretty garden tea table! The dishes are lovley and I adore the linens! Visiting from Let's Dish!

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  25. The Vera tablecloth is terribly pretty as are your flowers. Love the entire tablescape. Visiting from Let's Dish, Olive

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  26. What a beautiful table! That tablecloth is very pretty and I love the salad bowls.

    Congrats on your 2 year blog anniversary!

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  27. Wonderful table, I just adore your napkins and the candles are a lovely keepsake. Thanks for visiting me yesterday, have a great weekend!

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  28. Liz,
    A beautiful tablescape from the tablecloth to the dishes to the flowers!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  29. Beautiful table scape and I love Vera tablecloth.
    Have a lovely day.
    ~Clara

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  30. Beautiful floral tablecloth! You balanced it nicely with your dishes, I think that is hard to do with a floral tablecloth and yours looks lovely.

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  31. Your table looks so lovely Liz, and the perfect spot for a tea. I think I'd just park there for the afternoon and enjoy the bird sounds.

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  32. What a perfectly lovely outdoor table! Love the soft pink of the bowls and the green in the stemware. Your layering is so beautiful! Would love to sit for a spot of tea here!

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  33. Beautiful table, Liz. The tablecloth is lovely.

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  34. A beautiful tea in a beautiful garden, Liz. Love the colors. My Limelight is just now starting to bloom. Can't wait! May have to have tea in my garden. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  35. Very beautiful and colorful tablescape. I adore your new linens and the dishes are perfect. I am so glad you are getting to enjoy your garden. Having a tea party outside is wonderful.

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  36. What a fabulous tablescape, I absolutely LOVE IT!! I want to come for tea!! XOXO ~Liz

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  37. So pretty, Liz! That cloth is perfect for a Garden Party! I have a few sets of Vera napkins, had them for years.
    Your dishes are beautiful, the whole table is!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

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