Monday, June 7, 2010

Tea, Chocolate, and Roses



Welcome Tea Friends! I apologize for my absence, but it's been a whirlwind of activity here at the Lace and Ivy Cottage ever since we got back from my son's graduation in Dallas. I had four science fair projects due, our son came back for a short two week visit before he starts working back in Dallas, our other son came home after completing his first year at the university, and we're finally wrapping up the school year with the younger children. I haven't had an opportunity to wind down with a cup of tea in weeks! So, I'm so glad you stopped by today for a visit.

Let's step out to the sunroom on this sunny day in California and where I have tea set out for us.
I don't have any scones today, but I do have chocolate! What do you get when you add chocolate and roses to a simple cup of tea? Tranquili-tea!

Today's teacup is a thrift shop find. It's by Noritake.



The dessert plates and cake stand were a gift from a very thoughtful aunt.


This pretty tea pot was gifted to me by my cousin's MIL. She knew I loved tea, so she passed this on to me.



Before we end our visit, I'll leave you with an interesting piece of Tea Trivia:

What is the orange in Orange Pekoe? The Dutch royal family, the House of Orange, received this fine China tea from early Dutch traders. The name has nothing to do with the flavor or color of the tea, it was like stamping a seal of royal distinction on the exotic, new beverage.

Now you know!




Till next time,



I'm linking with our lovely tea hostesses at

Lady Katherine Tea Parlor

The Plumed Pen
Artful Affirmations
Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspiration
Martha's Favorites

19 comments:

Martha's Favorites said...

Wow! What a beautiful tea cup! I have never seen a tea pot in that shape, it is so beautiful. I just love that everyone has so many tea cups and we never have anything the same. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings, Martha

xinex said...

Beautiful tea setting as usual, Lorna. The flowers look so fragrant and the cake looks yummy! I am glad you finally got to relax but it must have been really exciting there with all those wonderful happenings!...Christine

xinex said...

Hi again, Lorna. The tablecloth is made by the Tradewinds Collection, not April Cornell. I just bought it from TJ Maxx.I shared the Chicken/shrimp toast recipe before. Check here if you want it. http://christineshomeandtraveladventures.blogspot.com/2009/03/shrimp-and-chicken-toast.html

Christine

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Tea and Chocolate & Roses....I'm sooo there, lol:) A beautiful tablescape you have set before us. The teacup is so lovely, and I adore that gorgeous rose Teapot!! Fabulous!

Happy Teacup Tuesday, warmest, Brenda

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Lorna,
What a lovely tea you have set out today! Chocolate, roses, and tea; what could be better? The teacup is lovely and so is the tea pot. I so enjoy these little trivia questions about tea! Thanks for sharing and for joining me for Tea Time. Have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Stella said...

Your teapot is such a wonderful and unusual shape. And of course chocolate is perfect with anything. Thanks for sharing. Stella

Hopeful Heart said...

Hi, I am joining in Teacup Tuesday for the first time, and I am loving getting a chance to see all the beautiful teacups.

I, too, am a homeschool mom. Hard work, yes, but, oh, such a joy.

Your photos are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings,
Patti (Of Days and Dreams)

Msartist said...

What a lovely setting and great tea cup find. Love the trivia learned something new~ Hope this finds you having a wonderful week. ~Theresa
My teas are held at my Sew Crafty blog~ Should you wish to pop in.

kate said...

hey lorna,
good to see you back, im been gone to and happy to be blogging again
love the cupcakes
kate

Beth said...

Lorna, Love both your tea post and your post about your son. Congratulations to him, and to you! So happy to see the fruits of your labor!!!

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Lorna! Oh my gosh.. You know? I never did know this, about orange pekoe! I have to admit, I always assumed it had to do with the make or flavor of some kind!! Very interesting!.. LOVE your beautiful tea pot, and the cupcake tray is absolutely adorable!! ~tina

Terri said...

That is a lovely shaped tea pot, and the fact that it was given to you because someone thought you would cherish it is wonderful.
Your Noritake cup is beautiful! What a fab thrift store find!
Thank you for joining in Tea Cup Tuesday today.
Hugs,
Terri

Lavender Cottage said...

Lovely tea you've set out. The chocolate cake looks decadent and a piece with the tea I'm drinking right now would be most welcome.

Sherry said...

Very nice. Love chocolate and your tea cup is lovely!
Have a great week.
Sherry

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your tea pot is gorgeous! Love the tea cup too. What an inviting display.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Diann @ the Thrifty Groov said...

Your tea looks wonderful. all your tea accessories are so pretty. but, I LOVE that teapot! It is gorgeous! What a wondeful gift you got!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Love all that you love!! I homeschool my 15 year old too!
Machelle

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