Tablescape Thursday ~ Mother and Daughter Tea

Happy Tablescape Thursday ~

This week I'm doing a Mother-Daughter Tea with a spring theme.
I also have a special announcement ~ A SUPER give-away!
(More information at the end of this post.)

I love this time of year when the early blooms are coming into their own ~ it's so convenient to step into the garden to snip some stems for an instant casual arrangement.

I'm using this Royal Winton Chintz pattern ~ it's not vintage (yet)
it's a reproduction, made in England in 1995.

Meyer lemon slices from one of my potted shrubs.

Of course we must have sugar and cream for those who like it in their tea.

The fragrance is heavenly!
(In fact, too heavily scented for a dining table, but they are perfect for the tea table.)

Antique sugar shaker ~ I'm not sure of it's age.

I always plant a few more bulbs in the flower garden each autumn, and this year I actually bought these inexpensive deep rose-colored, double blossom tulips from Walmart. I wasn't expecting much, but I must say I've been really impressed at their performance so far.
The crystal vase is Waterford, a wedding gift, many years ago.

The sterling flatware is circa 1925, an heirloom from one of my aunts~
Candlelight by Towle. The two glasses (which I've put into service as 'spooners') are French by La Rochere in the Perigord pattern.

I love it as much now as when I was 17 years old. :)

A peek at the detail of the china.

A shot of a very old framed print (1920's) of which I'm very fond.

A little silver plated "Tussie Mussie" filled with pansies from the garden.

A big thank you for our dear host of Tablescape Thursday, Susan
on her blog "Between Naps on the Porch". Please click the logo above to see Susan's amazing tablescapes, and all of this weeks' participants!
Special Announcement ~
Please check back in the next couple of days for details on my biggest give-away yet! I think you're going to love it, as you will be able to select your own prize from my hand-picked selection of quality gifts.
Thank you for stopping by to visit today!


  1. Wow! What a tablescape of beauty. Your table setting is simply beautiful.

  2. Just a beautiful tablesetting !!! I love tea parties and this would be lovely to attend. I love the cake stand and the chintz tea set is gorgeous....the color and the flowers are just so pretty!!

    Miss Bloomers

  3. I love your photos, the tablesetting looks so inviting and 'springlike'. . .it would be fun to be invited to your teaparty!

  4. pretty as a picture! ok, pictures...

    pinkie up!

  5. Everything is so pretty! I can't believe you have such beautiful flowers in your garden and that lemon is wonderful looking! You are very lucky.

    Love the china and silver set too!

    I love this setting.


  6. I love the chintz..what a pretty tea!

  7. Your tea set is just gorgeous, Mari! I SOOOO look forward to each and everyone of your posts, your pictures are breathtaking....always! I have never before seen a sugar shaker! That is quite a piece, I love it! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful table! XO, Pinky

  8. Every time I see you've posted something new I can't wait to see it-just love your style!

  9. Love all the pics. I wish I could sit & have tea with you.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  10. Simply lovely! I would love to join you for tea.

    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  11. Such a beautiful table setting, Mari. Gorgeous china!

  12. All The Pretty DishesApril 14, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Oh how I want your dishes! I think Chintz dishes are the prettiest things ever. It's all so artfully arranged. Really beautiful.

  13. Mari, The table is set for a lovely tea. Your flowers, which are just breathtaking, match your delicate china! And I love how you tucked a little pansy in with your lemons!
    Just want to know- what photo program do you use. I love the tussie mussie picture!
    All so lovely!

  14. This is so lovely. I love the bright blooms (on the actual flowers and the teapot and teacups). Nice touch adding a pansy (right?) to the orange slices.

  15. Everything is so so stunningly beautiful and splendid romantic too....

  16. Oh wow, you have used my favourite china! I only have one trio and one plate and they are vintage pieces. The cup is so crazed I can't use it any more and I have now put the plate on my wall so I don't damage it.

    This is just so beautiful! I love everything.

    Best wishes,

  17. Love it all...the chintz, the flatware, the flowers~ your photos are spectacular!

  18. Oh My, what a delightful table setting! It would make the plainest of food so special.

  19. I love it! That pattern is beautiful. I'm glad there's no chicken in these photos. I have a phobia. :)


  20. Pretty is as pretty does:)

    I love that pattern too..I must admit the fresh flowers and the vintage frame are the icing on the tea party..I kept trying to make out the words..grateful you showed us:)

    I have a few Mother items like this one and I treasure them too..
    I get it:)

  21. Very beautiful tea set!!!


  22. Love this tablescape, Mari. The chintz china is perfect for a spring time tea table. I still don't have flowers in my garden to bring into the house. Soon, I hope.

  23. Amazing photography! The tea set is just gorgeous! The slices of Meyer lemon are stunning in that crystal dish -- so elegant!

  24. the whole table is gorgeous! I love your Royal Winton chintz tea set!! My best friend has one piece of that- a pretty divided serving dish- And I have always admired it.

  25. such pretty dishes and flowers, great photography too.

  26. I must say, your photos are some of the best on the web. Clear crisp and colorful, well done. Your Chintz is so beautiful, I have a few vintage pieces and prize them, I love the chintz. A beautiful presentation.

  27. Hi Mari, This chintz tea set is absolutely gorgeously. And the flowers accomplish the colors of the teaset perfectly. I would love to see your Meyer lemon shrub. I have some different citrus plants and make mixed marmelade of their fruits. At this time they are still in the greenhouse. To have your own lemon is something very special, isn't it?
    Greetings, Johanna

  28. Oh your post is perfect. I'm doing a tea for Mother's Day in may and I need all the help I can get. I adore that cake plate! Everything is so beautiful and put together so well. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  29. I'm mad for your teapot. And the hyacinths. -- Jane F.

  30. This is just the most beautiful post ever...I say that all the time don't I ?
    I love all of your pretty!

  31. This is so beautiful! I love your chintz ware. The color of those flowers are just perfect too. Your photography is outstanding!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  32. I love that gorgeous antique sugar shaker. Gorgeous table setting Mari!

  33. I have an original set of Royal Winton... the reproduction is so beautiful.

    Beautiful tablescape!!!

  34. Just gorgeous! I love the chintz - vintage or not.Just a beautiful tablescape and tea.
    - The Tablescaper

  35. What a gorgeous tea party!!!! I love your teaset. Just amazing.

  36. So pretty. Love the chintz and the flowers. Just gorgeous!

  37. the chintz pattern and the gorgeous flowers! Always a delight visiting here. :-)

  38. Three words describe this post...
    "pure eye candy"...

  39. This is just too pretty for words! I love your collectin of chintz and the flowers are beautiful.

  40. Lovely and inspiring setting....and I love the up-close lemon slices with the silver fork--beautiful!

  41. This is exquisite -- you must be a professional photographer (with exquisite taste in dishes)! I love the way the dishes are in focus and the outdoors blurred -- but inviting. And the sentiment for Mother's Day is sweet. Thanks so much.

  42. That chintzware is heaven! My Mom was trying to collect that a few years ago. It was hard to come by. All your photos are so lovely!

  43. I do not have the words to express how beautiful I think this is. It is art. It is love.

  44. I am in love with that tea set!


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