Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tea Time in the Gazebo

It's a shame not to take advantage of this beautiful weather that we have been having, 70's and sunny. So, I text my friend Debjani, to come over for an afternoon tea.
I set the table in the gazebo. The grass is just starting to grow around it.

Some almond cluster chocolates, various cookies, mini egg salad sandwiches and green grapes, arranged in a green with gold swirls tiered tray, completed the table. The tray is from Home Goods in Pensacola. I think I bought it for $12.99.

I used my green and white Bavarian Tirschenreuth tea set from Ebay, in a green bejeweled square tray that I bought from Z Galerie in Tampa about 2 years ago.

Doesn't my guest look lovely and happy? The table topper is sheer so you can see the iron table peeking through.
We bought this wrought iron patio set from Jimmy Pippen's estate. He was the pioneer of the antiques shop row in downtown Natchez. Sad to say, at a young age of 55, he was found dead in his garden, shears still in his hand.

I added a bird candle holder although I did not light it because it was really bright and sunny.

I love the finials on the teapot and sugar dish lids.

The cups and saucers are Noritake's Nippon Toki Hashi, another Ebay find. I had to outbid a lot of bidders on this set but I was determined to win. It came with a complete tea and dessert set for 6 but I only used the teacups and saucers this time. The napkins are colorful, to add some color on the table, shown here with a bunny napkin ring.

After a while, we started having company flying and hovering around us.

I think they were trying to get to the bird feeds that I have hanging around the gazebo but they were afraid to get too close to us. They should know by now that I would never hurt them. Why else would I feed them? And you know, those little creatures can really eat!

One moment please......a phone call!
You can see a view of the pool slide from here.

And here's another view from the other side, the arbor. The jasmines survived the winter.

I added the small jasmine plant my hubby gave me as part of his Valentine presents. The blooms smell wonderful.

We had a very relaxing afternoon just talking while sipping tea and eating. Can you tell?
I really should do more of this because it is good for the mind and well being.
I am linking with the following lovely ladies:

Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at
Lady Katherine for TeatimeTuesday at
Sandi for Teatime Tuesday at
Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at
Wanda Lee and Pam for Tuesday and Wed. Teatime in Blogland and Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at and

Thank you so much ladies, for hosting all these fun parties and I appreciate you all for coming over.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like an enjoyable afternoon.
It got up to 74 the last I heard today, but it was a gray, dreary day.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Oh Christine, I have not seen your gorgeous gazebo for sometime. Looks like a gorgeous day out there for tea and treats. What pretty bird shots too. XO

lvroftiques said...

Green girlfriend! I am GREEN!! 70 degree weather AND tea with a bestie?? Just not fair!! *winks* We have snow and the 20's. And yes Debjani looks like a very happy guest! Who wouldn't be?....Ok I'm at least getting myself some tea so I can join in a little bit lol! Vanna

Dolores said...

It's looking like a little springtime......your afternoon looks beautiful!!! As always, everything looks marvelous!

Blondie's Journal said...

It looks like you had a beautiful day and a table to match it. All of your tea things are so pretty and the sandwiches and sweets look so delicious! You are really is good for the soul!


mississippi artist said...

What fun! Your tea table looks georgeous as always. Don't you love living in the south-I could not stand cold weather all the time!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, such a pretty setting in your pretty gazebo. The weather has been wonderful here, too. 76 today, but change is coming the end of the week. Have a good one.

Sarah said...

Christine, looks like a perfect afternoon to enjoy a cup of tea with a good friend. ~ Sarah

BonjourRomance said...

What a beautiful tea table, and a lovely time with your friend.
WIshing you a good week,

bj said...

I WANT A GAZEBO....and some tiny egg salad sandwiches!:)))

Pat said...

Tea in the gazebo sounds wonderful and looks beautiful, Christine!

Beth said...

What a fun tea on a lovely day. Your Noritake tea cups are so delicately pretty. Your yard is beginning to show signs of spring! Looks great!
Blessings, Beth

Señorita said...

What a beautiful set up.. You take beautiful pictures!!

Kathleen said...

The tea service is lovely !I have those napkins too, I think HG?
We saw a lot of April's things in HG Sat. marked down. You would have bought it!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How nice to be outside and have great weather to enjoy! Your new tea set is very pretty Christine! We had a nice weekend in Philly, not quite that warm yet though:@)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, to have a tea outside must be wonderful! We are in the middle of another snow storm as I write this! I love your gazebo and the table looks very inviting. Wonderful treasures from eBay! I'm sure your friend and you enjoyed yourselves very much. Thank you for sharing with us.


Olive Cooper said...

Christine, just beautiful and the gazebo is so peaceful. I had coffee on my patio today and it was lovely too. Your tea set is gorgeous. ♥O

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That tea set is beautiful. What a beautiful place to enjoy tea. The bunny napkin holder is cute too!

Princesa Nadie said...

Meeting you has been a pleasure.
Thank you for your tea and your lovely images

Kat said...

What a lovely way to spend the afternoon with a friend! Such a beautiful setting, and your table is so pretty. We've had beautiful weather here too, I hope spring is finally here! Sad to say our jasmine didn't make it. It's been thriving for 7 years, but the ice really damaged it. I'm hoping that it will come back if I cut it way back, there is nothing that smells better when it's in bloom. Hope you have a wonderful week Christine. Kat


Oh Christine...I wish I was there, in your beautiful garden, having tea in the pretty gazebo with all your lovelies, along with your's perfect! I love your tea set, the finials on them make it so elegant. I just joined this party too, hope you come over. So nice meeting you dear Christine, I love all you do.

The Tablescaper said...


It's so encouraging to see you having tea in your gazebo. Spring is a bit further away for us here in NY but it's great to know that some parts of this country are warming up. Love that bunny napkin ring.

- The Tablescaper

Johanna said...

Hello Christine,
what a lovely gazebo you have. I can imagine how nice it is to have tea there. As always you made a charming table. This etagere is to die for.
Greetings, Johanna

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there Christine,

I love your pretty touches of Spring with this week's delightful outdoor teaparty! Everything is just picture perfect in that delightful gazebo with the yummy teaparty that your shared with your friend..,Fun!

Thanks for joining us once again for TTTT and also for my 72nd, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'..,

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Oh Christine, how I envy you! tea in the gazebo with friends! Just what I wanted at the mo! thanks for sharing and am sure you had great time! have a good week!

Amy said...

What a fun way to enjoy the afternoon tea and enjoy the great outdoor!

I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle on my blog. This month's theme is COOKIES! Would you please join us for the fun? I have some cool prizes waiting too.


♥ Miss Tea said...

you have a beautiful home, lovely view outdoor and perfect for tea time! i love the bunny for the napkin, the cake tray is gorgeous as well as the teapot and teacups, great company too! thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

The bunny napkins rings are just adorable, Christine. I want some!!

And I also want a friend nearby like you who would enjoy tea in the gazebo. Since I don't have a gazebo of my own, I need a friend WITH a gazebo. LOL

It all looks wonderful. I pretended to be a guest in my head.

Marianne said...

Good day, Christine,

What a wonderful tea party...nestled in the middle of winter you've created a breath of the warmth, color, and freshness of Spring. Enchanting!


Diann said...

Hi Christine!
Oh, how I envy you the fact that you can be outside and enjoy your tea! The only way I could do that right now is if I wanted ICED tea! LOL Your china set is very lovely and I adore the green tray!

Snap said...

How lovely that you could enjoy tea outside in the gazebo with your friend (and your feathered friends). Lucky girl!!!!

Terri said...

You two must have really enjoyed your tea! So beautiful to sit outside under your gazebo and sip tea. Your tea cups are lovely with the beautiful flowers, and your tea service also really beautiful.
Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your tea in your gazebo and garden are so lovely and inviting. The tea service is beautiful.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How lovely, Christine! I love the shot of the bird! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Christine: What a beautiful setting! I love your back yard. Your table is beautiful. It is so you. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home and tea with us. Blessings, Martha

DELiciousDesignz said...

I have just discovered all these wonderful new blogs on Tuesday Tea Time - I love all the wonderful tea parties that are being had around the world. I have a teapot collection which I try to blog each tuesday if you would like to stop over and say hi.

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