Monday, April 19, 2010

A Tea and Chocolate Break in the Arbor

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I have been working hard in the garden so I decided to take a little break. I took my little Whittard of Evelyn teapot for 2, took a sugar and cream server from my Cameo Florals set, took my laptop and i phone and just sat, had tea and chocolate and relaxed in the arbor.
I just got the paper lanterns I ordered from World Market. KathySue gave me the heads up on these. Thanks, KathySue, I love them! If you want to get lots of good decorating tips, you ought to visit her at http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/
For some time, I looked for an elongated narrow table to fit in b/w the arbor seats and I finally found this last year at Brylane Home. It was on clearance for $35 and I think the size is perfect. I thought about painting it black but I just left it as is.


I was playing WORDS remotely on my i phone with a friend. That Dove chocolate bar is so good and creamy. Yum! Do you like to eat chocolate with tea? I do! I like chocolates with coffee too.

I placed the teapot and servers in the cart that I bought from TJ Maxx. I thought it looked garden like.
Break's over! I put the teapot and accessories away and this is how the table is accessorized now.
A view from the other side of the gazebo. Ooops, I forgot to close one of the garage doors. Oh well, I know I was not done working in the garden yet. I was just taking a break.




I like the cart. TJ Maxx had 2 shapes, one rectangular and a square one. I debated but the rectangular one won. I thought I could use it on this table cause it would fit better. I like the scrolly pattern. I added 2 citronella candles to keep the bugs away.
The lanterns are battery operated but it was still too bright outside and you can't even see them lit so I just turned them off.
See the blue dragonfly peeking out from the cart?
I bought the birds from the dollar store.



See the buds coming out of the climbing jazmine? It's going to have lots of sweet smelling blooms soon and I can't wait.

Thaks for joining me for a little break and thanks to our gracious hostessess for another fun blogging day!

35 comments:

Just Breathe said...

What a great place to relax and blog at. Love the lanterns.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your little garden spot is so pretty -- I think I would want to sleep out there!

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, words almost fail me. This is so lovely! How blessed you are to have such a lovely home and groudns.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jane said...

Thank you for sharing your backyard tea. I really like the black iron pieces.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty setting!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love your metal furniture pieces! Your table and chairs set is gorgeous!

kim said...

Christine, what an awesome spot to chill with a cup of tea, my favorite chocolate and your lap top. I have got to get a lap top soon so I can move around. I love the table you bought and what a great price. I love the lattice work on it. Love all your charming vignettes.

Denise said...

Such a pretty setting Christine, I love those lanterns. We have a world market near us, I wonder if they have them in the store too? Your garden always looks beautiful.

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks like a wonderful spot for a break. I'd love to sit and relax with some tea...I have to pass on the chocolate for a bit until I lose a few pounds!!

I love the lanterns and I think your jasmine is going to be SO beautiful when it blooms. You have really worked hard on your gardens and it shows...yay!!

xoxo
Jane (left comment on Secret Garden post)

Kathysue said...

Hi C What a perfect place to sit for afternoon tea. The lanterns look really nice. I bet they really look great at night time. Thank you so much for the mention, you are such a sweetheart, Hugs Kathysue

GardenofDaisies said...

Your arbor looks like a lovely place to sit with a friend and chat and have tea. The little lanterns overhead add a nice little touch of whimsey.

Self Sagacity said...

You must enjoy homemaking a lot Christine! It's incredible what you've done to the garden. It is so romantic looking.

Rettabug said...

What an absolutely PERFECT place to enjoy a cup of tea, some chocolate & rest a bit, Christine! I adore both your rectangular table AND the little cart from TJMaxx. Wonderful purchases & I would have grabbed both if I'd seen them. I need something similar to the table for the front porch & will keep an eye out.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful world. :)

Kiki said...

Such a gorgeous post..full of charm and beuaty!
Kiki~

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Christine, your yard is just so pretty and the arbor is a perfect place to sit and relax. I can't believe how the vine has grown to cove it so well. The table you found for the center is really the perfect size. Your teascape is gorgeous and so is your lovely arrangement with the flowers and the birds. The candleholders are beautiful. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

You have created a wonderful spot to sit and relax. Your tea set is adorable. Thanks for your visit!

Sarah said...

Christine, your little garden spot looks to be the perfect spot for a relaxing cup of tea and a bite of chocolate. Your arbor is full and pretty. Thanks for sharing your tea with us today.
All this time I thought I was a follower but didn't see my name. So I've now joined. Sorry about that. :-)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Christine,
Your garden pictures are lovely!

Thanks so much for the visit and invitation to the ms. bloggers meeting!

Diann said...

Christine,

You have created a beautiful relaxing place to enjoy some alone time! A wonderful place to enjoy tea!

Once again, thank you so much for our prayers! It's reatly appreciated!

Have a terrific day!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, this looks so pretty. Love the lanterns, and that little metal cart is so cute. Yes, I like chocolate with anything! laurie

GrannySue said...

Oh what a terrific place for a break. That arbor, those benches, the table, everything is just perfect. You can't help but be refreshed by spending time out there.

sissie said...

Your garden is so lovely that I would never want to leave. All you need is a bed.

hugs
Sissie

PAT said...

This is beautiful. Christine.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, I enjoyed seeing this! It is all so beautiful! I would enjoy having my laptop out in that lovely setting! I sometimes take my laptop out on our lanai.

Katherine

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, Christine! What a wonderful place to break for Tea! I am in love with your little cart! So adorable with the wonderful teapot, sugar and creamer in it! I just love it! The cup! Yes, Chocolate! I love it in my Tea and Coffee. Yes, I love to eat it too! lol Your table is wonderful! I could stay on the computer more if I had a laptop and such a lovely place as this to break! You have inspired me! I saw a table, something like it yesterday, I almost bought it! Now I wish I did! Think I can get Terry to go back? lol The cart looks great with the flowers too, love dragonflies! The birds too, I have 10 of the blue birds, my daughter did not tell me they had the red ones! lol Love this, can't wait to see it in person, hide the cart! lol Thanks for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday, I had such a lovely time!

Dining Delight said...

What a lovely spot to enjoy a cup of tea and some chocolate (I love choc with tea or coffee too!). Your arbour is gorgeous and I like how you put that table in it. The little cart on top is perfect for your display. Those lanterns are fabulous! Hope you'll show us a pic of them at night!
DD

mbkatc230 said...

Christine, this is just beautiful. I don't think I'd ever leave this spot (except maybe for a quick dip in the pool!) Love the paper lanterns. And the jasmine is going to be amazing, ours is loaded with buds this year too and I can't wait for that heavenly scent. Thanks for sharing this lovely, peaceful spot with us. Hugs, Kat

Dolores said...

Good morning Christine, your spot is so pretty and inviting! The oblong table is perfect for the spot.
Jasmine smells heavenly..... I'm not sure I'd want to leave this area....
Thanks for sharing...

Queenie said...

Hey Christine,
Your yard looks beautiful....you have been working so hard...I know you are so proud of the results too...very worthy of a Chocolate and tea break that's for sure! (I love chocolate..i do believe it's one of my favorite things)
Hope you have a beautiful week...
Big Hugs,
Queenie

SILVIA said...

thanks for coming by Christine and you kind words..
what a lovely yard you have, enjoy!
Silvia.

Melissa Miller said...

Christine oh my goodness this is one stunning yard! A true garden oasis. Love the beautiful arbor. Amazing job on everything! :)

nannykim said...

I love those lanterns--they make it a happy and special little area. Your birds and tea with chocolate sounds great. One of my favorite treats is chocolate with coffee, but I haven't tried it with tea for some reason....just feels like it should go with coffee in my brain for some reason!

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

What a gorgeous little home office you set up under that arbor. Your yard is gorgeous.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hello Christine!
Has been a while since I stopped by your blog! I am so glad I did! I love your beautiful garden setting for tea! You showed how even in this busy and "techno" age of ours, stopping for a cup of tea and yummy chocolate is a must! Loved all your pretty garden decor! Everything looked beautiful, green and lush! Have a great rest of the week! Hugs!

Americana Lady @Americana By Candlelight said...

Christine, a serene place to spend some alone time, especially with dove chocolate! You commented about the polish pottery in my picture but the background ceramic canisters were Jim Shore. I have some of the plates too. I love the deep blue in them. Enjoy your yard this weekend. Joan

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