The Violet Tea Setting turns into a Table Top Vignette

After I did my pictures of my tea setting for all of the tea parties today, I sat back and relaxed and enjoyed my tea. Well, I should say Princess and I enjoyed a little tea party. She is totally into this concept of having a tea party every week. And I promised her we would once I got all my pictures taken.

As I was looking at this little tea setting, I thought to myself that I really didn't want to put everything away after I was done. Something about purple and all those pretty flowers just screamed Spring and Summer to me.

I looked over at a little side table we have in the living room. It only had a lamp and a little candle holder on since I took all the Easter decor down. So, what the heck. I used most of the pieces from my "tea party" setting to create a little vignette on my side table.

So, for Marty's weekly party, Table Top Tuesday, I would like to show you my little table top tea vignette.

Now, for the "Nifty and the Thrifty" I want to tell you about a few of the pieces here. I will be joining Linda for her weekly party, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

This pretty Violet Teapot was bought at a St. Vincent de Paul awhile ago. Now, I must admit, I paid more than I was happy with for it. But, I really did fall in love with it and I have a lot of teacups that have purple in them so, I just couldn't refuse. The teapot was $5.00.

The teacup and saucer was part of the large "lot" of about 20 pieces Troy bought for me at an Estate auction.

The two little purple glass votive holders came from Big Lots. They were $1.00 each. I think they are so pretty in the color purple! Oh, and I do have to mention that the vanilla votive candles were from Walmart after Christmas for a box of 6 for .25 cents! Needless to say, I took every box I could find. And what's even more amazing is they actually do have a wonderful vanilla scent to them whether they are just sitting there or are burning.

The pretty white napkins with purple and green were bought last year at an Estate sale. The set of 4 were $2.00 This painted hanging ball/tealight holder was a recent purchase at Big Lots for $2.00. And this faux (doesn't that sound so much better than fake?)Ivy stem was bought at a Salvation Army for.49 cents.

Now, for the last party of the day, I am joining Troy for Tuesday Trivia Tie-In And giving you a little bit of info regarding "Afternoon Tea vs High Tea".

Afternoon Tea
This is the one that comes to mind when people think of English tea ceremonies. It all began back in the mid 1800s, when the Duchess of Bedford started having a tray of tea with bread and butter served to her in the mid-afternoon. You see, in those days, lunch was served at noon but dinner was not eaten until 8 or even 9 o'clock at night. The Duchess found herself hungry during those long afternoon hours. It became a regular occurrence and as she began to invite other high-society ladies to join her, having Afternoon Tea became the 'in-thing' for the upper-class women. Along with tea, there would be small pastries with clotted cream or preserves, delicate sandwiches, and scones.

High Tea
Many people use the term "High Tea" to describe the event I've mentioned above, probably because it sounds more elite. But High Tea is a much different thing. It was served later (around six in the evening) and consisted of a full, dinner meal for the common people. Tea was still served, but there would also be meats, fish or eggs, cheese, bread and butter, and cake. It was more of a man's meal, than a ladies social diversion.


High Tea is often a misnomer. Most people refer to afternoon tea as high tea because they think it sounds regal and lofty, when in all actuality, high tea, or "meat tea" is dinner. High tea, in Britain, at any rate, tends to be on the heavier side. American hotels and tea rooms, on the other hand, continue to misunderstand and offer tidbits of fancy pastries and cakes on delicate china when they offer a "high tea."

Afternoon tea (because it was usually taken in the late afternoon) is also called "low tea" because it was usually taken in a sitting room or withdrawing room where low tables (like a coffee table) were placed near sofas or chairs generally in a large withdrawing room. There are three basic types of Afternoon, or Low Tea:

Cream Tea - Tea, scones, jam and cream

Light Tea - Tea, scones and sweets

Full Tea - Tea, savories, scones, sweets and dessert

In England, the traditional time for tea was four or five o'clock and no one stayed after seven o'clock. Most tea rooms today serve tea from three to five o'clock. The menu has also changed from tea, bread, butter and cakes, to include three particular courses served specifically in this order:

Savories - Tiny sandwiches or appetizers

Scones - Served with jam and Devonshire or clotted cream

Pastries - Cakes, cookies, shortbread and sweets

Source:Whats Cooking America

And in case you missed it, I wanted to read my Thank you post. You are all so wonderful!


  1. Well, I'm not a big tea drinker, though I do occasionally drink it, but all the accompaniments are right up my alley! Scones are almost always around- just like biscotti!
    xoxo Pattie

  2. Very interesting, and I love the violets for your tabletop setting! So sweet!

  3. Sweet tabletop setting for your violet tea.

  4. Beautiful purple vignette! I love tea time and tea things! Thanks for the tea info.


  5. Your tea service is so pretty I'm glad you decided to make a vignette out of it. I'm falling in love with all these violets I'm seeing in teacups and tea pots! I also love the info about the Tea...I used the term High Tea about my outing with the girls since that is what the Tea Room called it. Your info makes much more sense. It is good whatever it is called! :)

  6. I really enjoyed this blog entry. Also, so thankful to hear the court hearing went well! God is good! Do you mind if I use the information regarding the different types of Tea's you mentioned? Please let me know.

  7. Oh I would have splurged for that Tea Pot..and it is for a good cause, too! :)
    Love the tea cup too!

  8. Such a lovely vignette. I love the pretty purple and white, and how clever to use these pieces from your teascape. It looks so inviting. You really do have some wonderful thrifty finds and you have displayed them so beautifully. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  9. Diann, that tea pot for $5! And you thought that was too much? What a deal. Love the pretty cup and saucer - it looks so dainty. Pretty vignette. laurie

  10. Yeah well, call it what you will, the weekly tea parties that I get invited to, where I drink juice from a teacup and see my two favorite girls being all "Girly" are as "High Tea" as it gets.

    It was interesting to learn what everyone else considers "High Tea" though.

    Thanks for loyally linking up to Tueday Trivia Tie-in again this week.


  11. What a very pretty vinette! I think you got some great finds there!


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