Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Spring Tea Party

I am happy to be a guest blogger for Tea on Tuesday with Pam@Everydayliving and Mary @Homeiswheretheboatis
Tea on Tuesday takes place on the third Tuesday of each month.
At the end of this post you will find images and links to their beautiful posts.

"The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement." Arthur Gray

 My spring garden is bursting with blooms and signs of spring. The air is redolent with the fragrance of Confederate Jasmine and it is a gorgeous spring day. The birdsong is delightful. It is the kind of day you dream of during the dead of winter.
Join me for tea, relax and enjoy the beautiful day.

The morning sun is shining on the new growth on the trees and the contrast of shades of green is beautiful. I've gathered some comfortable pillows from my guest room for the chairs.

Join me for tea and some treats from my favorite store, Trader Joe's.

This brass tray borrowed from a friend unifies the tea set and brings out the gold in the china. Lomonosov china is hand decorated and embellished with 22 carat gold. It is made in Russia by the Imperial Lomonosov Porcelain Factory. 

I fell in love with this pattern after my daughter-in-law selected it for her wedding china. My daughter discovered this set at an estate sale recently and I am so glad I have a tea set myself now.

Trader Joe's has a good variety of scones, meringues, macaroons, and cheese straws which are perfect for teatime.

It is so nice to freeze them and pull them out when you need them.

I am passionate about blue and white and I love different patterns and textures. The  Spode Blue Italian Hexagonal vase holding the pink tulips has the iconic Blue Countryside design with an Imari Oriental floral border.  The tablecloth is a toile fabric. The toile fabric is actually a drapery panel I made years ago for my guest room. Sometimes you have to improvise! Toile fabric originated in France and in the late 18th century toile de Jouy was the official choice for clothing and interiors. The pattern depicts a scene usually a landscape that involves figures. 

The chinoiserie ginger jars are from China. Chinoiserie has definitive Chinese patterns like fish, Asian architecture and flowers. I've had these since the 80's. 

Spode's Blue Italian is one of the most important designs in British ceramic history and celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2016.

William Shakespeare

It has been fun to share tea from my garden with you.  

Recently, my garden club enjoyed tea together at a local shop called, The Kind Hearted Woman. I thought you would enjoy seeing the delicious food we shared.

Scones with a delicious mock Devonshire Cream and various tea sandwiches were served on tiered trays.

Lemon cakes, cake pops, and pizzelles were delicious! I wish I had all the recipes.

View Mary and Pam's posts below by clicking on the links below the pictures.

Thank you, Mary and Pam, for inviting me as a guest blogger today for Tea On Tuesday! I had a great time.

Living Thankfully, 


  1. Bonnie, tea time in a garden is my all time favorite spot for tea. Your beautiful spring garden is the perfect setting. I gasped when I saw your tea service. I fondly and vividly remember the first time I spied this gorgeous Russian pattern for sale at Mariage Freres tea salon in Paris. Each and every time I returned, I stood and admired it. I'm thrilled to know that you own a set. How thoughtful of your daughter-in-law. The blue and white of this setting also speaks to my heart. Your tea table setting is gorgeous. I have to agree about Trader Joe's. I often buy lowers and special treats at T J. Thanks for having us! What a delight!

  2. I also enjoyed seeing the tea time with your garden club. Delicious!

  3. Good Morning Bonnie, Your blue and white table in your garden is a beautiful spot to enjoy a cup of tea! I know the fragrance of your Confederate Jasmine is glorious. What a beautiful Lomonosov tea set and how wonderful your daughter found it for you. It’s so pretty paired with your collection of blue and white and on your toile…genius to use a drapery panel as a tablecloth! I so wish I had a Trader Joe’s nearby, the nearest one is an hour away. Your garden club tea looks delicious. Pam and I am so happy to have you join us for tea today. I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather this week after last week’s storms. Happy Tuesday ☕ 🌸 💙

  4. Good morning, Bonnie. Your beautiful garden is a lovely spot to enjoy tea and sweet treats. Like Sarah I gasped when I set my eyes on the stunning Lomonosov tea set, amazing beauty! What a fabulous find that your sweet daughter discovered for you. I love a table in blue and white, toile remains one of my most favorite fabrics. You know I have always admired your collection of blue and white. The garden club tea party looks delightful and thank you for sharing it.

    I have enjoyed my visit to your Southern garden this morning. It is always a joy to have you join Mary and me for Tea on Tuesdays! Blessings, my friend 💙🤍💙

  5. How beautiful is your garden setting Bonnie, it is bursting with Spring! Your Russian tea set is gorgeous, as is all of your blue and white china. I love the blue and white pattern mixes and the pop of deep pink from the flowers is eye catching and grabs you into the space like I am almost there! I'm sure you had a delightful time at the garden club tea, what fun!

  6. Bonnie, your tea setting in your garden is gorgeous! I adore toile, and the curtain panel makes a perfect tablecloth! The blue and white tea set is beautiful and pairs so wonderfully with the ginger jar and Spode Blue Italian vase. Wishing you a blessed day, sweet friend! Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  7. Oh Bonnie, you couldn't choose a tablecloth I would love more! It's divine -- and wonderful with your Spode. I have never seen that pattern -- it's lovely. Of course the sweets and treats look to die for. I haven't had a good scone in ages and a tea sandwich would hit the spot, too! Beautiful in every way.

  8. Hi Bonnie! You have the most gorgeous setting for teatime! Your blue and white pieces are just so stunning. How lucky that your daughter found the tea service for you at an estate sale. I’d love to enjoy your beautiful outdoors and sip some tea and have some TJ’s treats. Repurposing your drapery panel into a tablecloth was such a perfect idea. Thank you for sharing with us.

  9. Oh my ! Here I was thinking Pam lives next to heaven in God's country, then your Chinoiserie popped up.
    How beautiful

  10. Not sure what happened while I was writing but it froze up. I love the Russian tea set and the Chinoiserie.

  11. Bonnie what a pleasure to see your tea time setting even though I am a bit late to the party...It is Thursday but I still wanted to comment especially when I saw your beautiful Lomonosov tea set,...I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. How sweet of your daughter to find your set for you. I have always loved your garden and I saw the lovely jasmine background and can only imagine the fragrance it emits. I have several jasmine plants here in Florida...northern jasmine and night jasmine and they are all heavenly. Have a great and blessed day my friend.


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