Thursday, August 29, 2013

Brunch and Tea With Friends

Hello, all!
Well, August is almost over, but I got the chance to fit in a special brunch with my girlfriends.


(The centerpieces in the picture above and below are different...I bought some beautiful carnations that I split and gave to each of my girlfriends as a parting gift. After the flowers were gone, I wanted to take more pictures, so I used my seashell bowl as the centerpiece.)
  My friends and me, ready to have brunch.
My plates were a Carlton Varney Design, called "Rosalynn."

 I used a variety of mismatched teacups and saucers.
This floral cup was a Royal Albert "Moss Rose" design, while the saucer was an England made "Crownford"
 My rose design cup and saucer came as a pair, but have no printing or stickers on the bottom.
 My newest find -  This 'Canada' teacup and saucer.
When I saw it, I had to have it, as it reminded me of my Canadian heritage. (My grandfather was born and raised in Montreal) 
 Another close-up view brings out the detailed artwork.
Maple leaves and the Canadian flag surround the outside of the cup. A touch of gold adds to beauty of the filigree handle and base.
 The saucer has a wavy edging and is decorated with more maple leaves.
Just a few maple leaves are also on the inside of the cup.
 Royal Albert: Canada
From Sea to Sea
The teapot I used is one I've had for many years. A small tag on the bottom says "Mugsroyale, Handcrafted in Japan"
 I offered 2 kinds of tea, both made by Lipton.
Black Pearl and White Peach Mango Tea.
 The menu included
 Fresh fruit salad
Zucchini bread (made and brought by my friend, P.) 
 Also on the menu: Mini Quiches
 Here's to good food, tea, and friendship!!

Ann
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” Spanish Proverb

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26 comments:

  1. Stopping by from Thursday Blog Hop. Carrie, www.amothersshadow.com

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  2. What a delightful tea. Everything looks so lovely and delicious. I'm sure you had a wonderful time entertaining your friends.

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Jocelyn. It was lots of fun! I haven't had a teatime with friends in a long time. The day turned out perfectly. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. What a lovely brunch--I enjoy special tea cups also. Yours are so pretty! It's so nice to have a special brunch with friends.
    I'm glad you stopped by my blog--so nice to meet you.
    Carol

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    1. Oh, so glad we connected, Carol! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  4. Oh how wonderful. Everything at your tea looks divine. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things hop xo

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    1. Hi, Katie! Thank YOU for hosting each week! It's so much fun to read all the creative and fun-filled posts that link-up there!

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  5. Your table looks so pretty. Love your teacups, especially the Moss Rose one. Your food looks fantastic too! How sweet of you to give flowers to your guests to take home.

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    1. Thanks, Beth! I love the look of the Moss Rose, too!! The flowers were kind of a last minute decision, but when I saw them at the supermarket, they just pulled me in and I decided to buy them for my friends.

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  6. Hi: I just love your table. Your tea cups are so pretty. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Blessings, Martha

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    1. We really did, Martha! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. You set and prepared a lovely brunch table. I live in Ontario and have never run across the RA Canada teacup, it really is nice.
    I enjoyed seeing yourself and friends, I don't always photograph my guests but think it adds to the post when people are included.

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    1. I had never seen a Canada teacup before either! That's also why I had to get it...I think it was a rare find. (I did get my friend's permission to post the photos of them, but I don't use names.)Have a great week!

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  8. Oh how fun, I love getting together with the girls. Your table looks so pretty and all the food looks yummy. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thank you for hosting your blog party, Marty, and for your kind words! May you have wonderful week ahead!

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  9. Ann:
    What a sweet table with friends. How lovely of you to prepare this wonderful food and table setting for them! Love all your china too!

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    1. Thanks, Bernideen! So glad you stopped by! It's always a blessing to hear from you.

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  10. Hi Ann,
    You have set a wonderful table for tea and friends. I have a Moss Rose teacup too and I am loving your RA Sea to Sea teacup! Very shortly our Canadian maple leaves will be changing into those colours on the cup. All the food looks good too and I'm sure a grand time was had by all. Thanks for joining me for Tea Time.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. It's hard to believe, isn't it!? September is here! It's kind a sad thing to know summer is leaving, yet the colors of fall are soon coming and I love the colors! Thanks for stopping by, friend!

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  11. Hello Ann,
    What a lovely get together with your friends! You all look so lovely. The table is set beautifully with your china and tea cups. The food looks delish also! Each tea cup is gorgeous, I really love the moss rose cup.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  12. Looks like a great time with friends! I love all the tea cups...Oh, and I have a Canadian background, too! My mom was a Canadian citizen until after she married my dad!

    Blessings, Joan

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  13. Hello Ann,

    Nice to meet you. What a happy and lovely tea time setting you have created. I love all your china. It is truly beautiful.

    Janet
    rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

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  14. Ann, everything looks so pretty. I love using mismatched teacups and saucers. I have no Canadian heritage, but I think it is especially wonderful for someone like you who does. Nothing better than to get together with friends, sip tea, and eat scones. YUM! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  15. Ann, I love that china pattern, and the table is so much more interesting with the beautiful mismatched tea cups. This looks like a wonderful time with your friends, and sending a flower from the centerpiece home with each guest is a great idea! laurie

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  16. Hello Ann, what a wonderful way to spend the day with friends! The brunch looks marvelous and your teacups are gorgeous - especially like your new find! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  17. Beautiful dishes! And what a hostess you are!

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