Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Summertime Tea

Join me in the garden today for tea and macaroons. I am happy to be a guest blogger for Tea on Tuesday with Pam@Everyday Living and Mary@ Homeiswheretheboatis. Pam and Mary share teatimes on the third Tuesday of each month.  

  "If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden." Frances Hodgson Burnett.

It is cool in my shady garden. You can see the overhead canopy of trees reflecting in the mirror tray.

"God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures." Sir Frances Bacon

The vintage Chintz teapot was a Christmas gift from my kids. It was the neatest surprise.

This small Lenox basket vase holding tulips was a wedding gift, accented by a rose medallion plate, adding many colors.

The teacups were a surprise birthday gift three months later. China dishes make me feel special, and I enjoy using them even for everyday use. I decided I was not saving them for special occasions but would savor tea using them on ordinary days, be thankful for my children's gifts, and remember them.

"Summer afternoon, Summer afternoon; To me, those have always been the two most beautiful words in the 
English language." Henry James

I love how tulips drape naturally, and each flower has so much personality.

 " Friends are like flowers. They fill the world with beauty." Celeste Barnard

Macaroons are always a treat and perfect with a cup of tea savored in the garden. 
I'm always entertained and amazed by the birds. Sitting in the garden is a beautiful quiet time to reflect and count my blessings. Early mornings are especially pleasant to me.

The riser bought at a local gift shop elevated the teapot, and the gold trim matched the gold accents on the teapot and cups and saucers.

The gold mirrored tray is very versatile. I like it everywhere I use it. It usually resides on my coffee table. I bought it at Home Goods in Dallas, Texas.

The name of the vintage Chintz pattern is called " Summertime." An English Chintz pattern is an all-over, tightly grouped, multi-colored pattern, usually floral. My daughter found the pieces in an Etsy shop.
 Royal Winton Grimwades is an English brand of ceramics made in Grimwades Limited, a Stoke-on-Trent-based company founded in 1885. 

Take a closer look at the top of the teapot. The top of the lid is shaped like a strawberry. The summertime chintz pattern contains roses, daisies, violets, harebells, and other summer flowers. It was first introduced in 1932 and is still popular today.
 This teapot was made in the 60s.

The tablecloth is actually a sheet from the 1970s. I wish I had saved more sheets when patterns were so popular.

"Teatime is a chance to slow down, pull back, and appreciate our surroundings."  Letitia Baldridge

I have enjoyed sharing my tea table 
with you today. Please take the above quote to heart, slow down, and appreciate 
your surroundings. 🌸 Please join my creative friends below and leave them a comment so they will know you visited. 
Thank you, Pam and Mary, for inviting me to be your guest blogger today!

Pam~ Everyday Living

Mary~ Home is Where the Boat Is

Happy teatime! I have been deeply saddened by the passing of Phyllis Hoffman DePiano, editor-in-Chief of Hoffman Media which produces, TeaTime magazine, Victoria magazine, and Southern Lady magazine. She was a very talented and inspiring person and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.


Living thankfully,


  1. Bonnie, what a lovely summertime tea setting. The shot with the mirrored tray reflecting your canopy is gorgeous! Sweet and very thoughtful gifts from your kids. I love the chintz floral pattern. This makes such a pleasant and inviting scene. I'd love to join you. Early mornings are my favorite time of day, especially in summer. I was also saddened (and surprised)by Phyllis Hoffman DePiano'spassing. The Hoffman Media is unsurpassed quality.

  2. Good Morning Bonnie, I have Chintz teapot envy…swoon! What a wonderful and perfect gift for you from your family! I’ve always admired Chintz patterns in dishes and tea sets and I love the strawberry detail on the lid of your teapot. How appropriate the pattern name is ‘summertime’! Your Lenox basket is beautiful too…love the how blown open your tulips are. Love the reflection of the trees in your mirrored tray and I’m envious of all your shade and canopy of trees in this July heat! How smart to use a sheet as a tablecloth. I was saddened too, to read about the passing of Phyllis Hoffman DePiano, so young. Thank you so much for joining us for tea today. It’s always a treat to have a seat at your table. Happy Tuesday, stay cool. ♥

  3. Good morning, Bonnie. Your beautiful teatime has felt cooling this morning. I agree with Rita, the shot with the canopy of trees reflecting on the mirrored tray is gorgeous. I have teapot envy! The vintage teapot is exquisite and what a fabulous gift from your children. Macarons are a favorite treat and are always so good with a cup of tea or coffee. I would not have guessed the tablecloth is a sheet. I saved a floral sheet from the 70’s that I have used as a tablecloth. Your shaded garden is the perfect spot for tea and makes for a beautiful setting to slow down and enjoy each moment.

    It is a pleasure to have you as our guest today. Wishing you a lovely day!

  4. Bonnie, I'm taken with the beauty of your images, but honestly the words you share are what really resonates with me. Your children are dear to gift you such a special teapot, one that you cherish and want to use with thoughts of them. I could linger here forever.
    I think your idea of using the sheet as a table linen is excellent. Isn't it funny how trends come and go. I found myself buying checked sheets this past year. I have the prettiest sunny yellow check in a guest room and blue and white on my bed. They are happy linens!
    Stay cool, sweet friend!

  5. What a beautiful table, Bonnie. I love your Chintz-ware. The pot is especially pretty but it looks extra lovely with the macarons! And that one macaron is especially interesting and two tone. You always set a lovely table -- this is no exception.

  6. Oh Bonnie, this is beyond gorgeous! Your teapot is a show stopper! The view from above with the tree reflections on the mirrored tray is stunning! And those flowers, they are tulips? Soooo pretty! Of course the macarons are the perfect nibble for this floral tea party~ I agree, special things should be used and enjoyed, not hidden away, and your kids certainly know what you love. I enjoyed all the wonderful quotes you shared in this post and your garden setting is so lovely, I would love to sit there and linger over tea~

  7. I just found your Blog thanks to Mary and Home is where the boat is. I love it here. Not sure why blogger will not let me post with out going to anonymous!
    Well, I joined your blog so maybe that will change.

  8. I love the pretty Summertime pattern. The little strawberry on top of the teapot is adorable! What a gorgeous setting for a summertime tea.

  9. Ladies each week you outdo yourselves. I am so happy tablescapes and fresh flowers are in blogs today.
    Sorry to hear about Phyllis Hoffman DePiano. I love Southern Lady magazine and later Tea Time. Let's call her a real influencer.
    I saw a sign that said "Someone else would be happy to have what you have" Let us be thankful we own a home and our yards are full of flowers. And all this pretty china. A cup of tea in honor of Phyllis.

  10. Good morning, Bonnie! I have so enjoyed my visit to your gorgeous garden for tea this morning. Your entire setting is beautiful! The chintz teapot and tea cups are so pretty. Your children know you well and chose such a thoughtful gift that I know you treasure. The photo of the trees overhead reflecting on the mirrored tray is gorgeous! Wishing you a most wonderful day, sweet friend! Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  11. I have enjoyed my teatime with you in your gardens! Your Chintz is quite stunning. What sweet gifts from your children! I am swooning over your teapot. The tray is lovely as well, and I love the shot where the canopy of trees is reflected in the mirror.
    I always enjoy visiting you dear Bonnie!

  12. O Bonnie, what a lovely table setting.... just love the florid handle of the chintz teapot..what an endearing remembrance from your Children... Yes, Myrna, raising a
    cup of tea in tribute to Phyllis who gave us all such a note of graciousness. Heritage

  13. Bonnie, this is such a pretty table for tea that you have set out in your gorgeous garden. It all looks so peaceful. The chintz tea pot and tea cups are beautiful and what a special gift from your kids. I love your mirrored tray and the reflection from the tree canopy above is just so pretty. Those macaroons look delicious and I hope you enjoyed your morning tea!

  14. Hi Bonnie! How did I miss this beautiful post?? Your garden is always the prefect spot to relax. Your Royal Winton teapot and matching teacups are such a thoughtful gift!! I love that chintz pattern and it is lovely for Summer. The macarons are the perfect treat. Oh, and I love that mirrored tray that you found in Dallas.


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