Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Last Minute Tea...

Hi everyone! Are you ready when unexpected guests drop in? I can assure you, I am way more Lucy Ricardo than June Cleaver when it comes to that! I am trying, though.


The girls had some friends come by last week to play in the creek. We thought it would be fun to share an impromptu afternoon tea with them. I had already made raspberry iced tea. I whipped up some scones and got out my mom's homemade strawberry preserves. I took some "deli spiral" sandwiches out of the freezer to thaw and presto, tea was served! I just took a few quick photos before they devoured everything, including a whole gallon of iced tea!


I'm very proud of my scones, even if it's only my second time! These are Cream Scones from the old Watkins Cookbook.






I used a vintage tablecloth and the ticking napkins I made. I thought the girls would enjoy the snack plates! The pattern is Federal Glass "Homestead." I also put out the butter spreaders, and they loved using those.




The girls enjoyed their tea on the porch, even when the sheriff stopped by! (The same little 4-year-old sheriff from last week.) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

I'll be participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, so please go by there and visit as many lovely participants as you can. Have a great week!!

Anita





30 comments:

  1. And it looked wonderful Anita...I would not expect it otherwise from you...you know how to do it up. The reds are so pretty on your front porch.

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  2. "I'm lovin the tea on the porch"... I ESPECIALLY love the memory of Lucy in her kitchen(HUGE FAN)! and I ALWAYS love those tablecloths. It's wonderful how the vintage green handle and the green in the tablecloth seem to match perfectly! How refreshing it all looks... OH are you going to SHARE your recipe for those scones???
    Hugs, Donna

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  3. What a cute setting, beautiful tablecloth and I love the little luncheon plates!

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  4. Anita, I LOVE it!! I have about 125 sets of snack sets and many of them are this same Homestead pattern. I always call it Wheat when I'm entertaining so my friends will know what to look for if they ever see any at flea markets, yard sales or antique malls.
    One day, you and I will HAVE to meet! I get so excited when I visit your blog. So many things we share in common...our LOVE for the Lord, family, dishes, decorating, dishes, our home and did I say dishes?!
    You have an amazing eye for detail and I love your blog!
    Hugs,
    Susan

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  5. How fun! Everything looks so welcoming and refreshing which is quite the feat in this weather. Beautiful!

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  6. What a delightful setting and delectable menu...a lovely treat for the girls!

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  7. Great table! I recently attended a baby shower where the same sort of snack sets were used. It was lovely.
    Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. I agree that we should use what we have and try to make others feel comfortable.
    Your scones look yummy!

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  8. Wow, for pulling it together quick, this looks fabulous. The scones are mouthwatering. I can't believe the old recipe book, that is so great. You set such a lovely table. I really like the snack plates and your lovely ticking napkins. How fun for your guests.

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  9. How wonderful that you were able to come up with all of that so quickly. It looks amazingly inviting and pretty.

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  10. Those scones look really good and the table is so pretty. I bet the girls enjoyed their tea party.

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  11. The snack plates are adorable, Anita. What a pretty table!
    Blessings, Beth

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  12. Anita, what a fun treat for the girls...and a little boy too! The scones look yummy and so does the beverage. I too have some of those "wheat" snack trays...not 125 of them! Love everything! Joni

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  13. What a special thing for you to do for your kids and their friends. Don't you love those deli rolls??? They are awesome!!! Your table looks beautiful. I love those pops of red. You know how to do it right, my friend!

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  14. what a dareling tea the girls must have been in heaven .Love the lunchen set so ols fashoned.the scones look so tasty i love scones you did an awsome job :)

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  15. Sometimes I think young people enjoy things like this more than adults...It is a very pretty afternoon tea setting!!!

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  16. HELLO ANITA,

    WOW EVERYTHING LOOKS BEAUTIFUL AND YUMMY :)
    WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND THE SUMMER DAYS :)

    XOX~MARI

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  17. What a pretty tea! I can definitely relate to Lucy in the kitchen! My husband can't believe the chaos that I create!

    Donna

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  18. Hi Anita! Oh, what a sweet time you all must have had! Your scones looks yummy and what memories you've made!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  19. Anita you do not just set gorgeous tables, you set deliciously gorgeous tables! LOL! Those sconces and quiche look scrumptious, and the juice too! I love your tablecloth! Your little ones are so blessed! So sweet!

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  20. Anita, we are so much alike!! Thank you for your comments on my latest post. So I come over here and you're not only posting about scones (that I hope to perfect), but you have the very same Watkins Cookbook that I also have!! We are truly kindred spirits!!

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  21. I love that you put this together for your porch. It looks so special! I am very fond of vintage table cloths. I love that one with the red napkins and agains the red accent pillows on the porch. It's all very pretty!

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  22. Anita, what a fun table. I still haven't bought any ticking but you have inspired me! I love the way it looks on the table. I also am going to keep my eye out for some vintage cookbooks. My best friend has those snack plates. Between her, her sister and her mother, they have over 60. They always pool together for gatherings. I had never seen them before hers and I think they are wonderful. I bet your girls' friends think you are the most amazing mom around.

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  23. Oh Anita... This is so precious. Although my children are grown {and mostly gone} I love gathering them together for those sweet conversations over tea or coffee.
    What a wonderful mother you are ... they will always remember these moments.
    We treasure them all!
    Blessings always * Maria

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  24. Your tables are so pretty and I'm hungry now!!!

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  25. Hello there! Oh yes, we are still on vacation!! I don't know how much "vacation" it is. It is visiting family and friends so I am at the point of feeling a bit stretched thin and it is time to go home!!! I am driving home Saturday unless I decide to be nice and visit my SIL! Hopefully I will be home and blogging soon!!

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  26. HELLO ANITA,

    OHHH WOW I CAN'T HARDLY WAIT TO SEE YOUR NEW PINK MELMAC DISHES :) IM SOOO EXCITED :)

    XOX~MARI

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  27. Hi Anita!
    I thought of your last week while walking thru the Antique Mall here in town....a booth had your pink ruffled dishes for $3 each. I didn't get em cause I don't do a lot of pink, I told Mom .. I bet Anita would jump at em ;) She suggested I call ya, but I told her you where you are....she laughed....call her and TAKE them to her...any excuse to get to the Mountains :D
    I bet the girls were tickled..I know you had fun sharing it with them.

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  28. Anita, what a fun tea party for the girls...so cute the sheriff came to visit them...hope they shared some of the delicious treats with him! The scones look wonderful...thanks for the recipe. Have a great weekend!

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  29. Oh it is so lovely to see your beautifully set table and just last week I unpacked more of my moms' vast collections of vintage glass and found those exact snack sets!! Now I just have to invite a few friend in to fellowship over snacks and tea before selling the many items we just can't hold on to.Thank you for the blessing of inspiration <3 unfortunately we need to seriously downsize and sell many of the vast amounts of collectibles in order to pay for health care costs, but I will certainly enjoy a few sentimental moments along the way <3

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