A Victorian Tea Party ~ Edited with the food!!

Well, I had planned on having this post in sooner but, "best laid plans.." and all. After talking to my brothers last week and hearing their schedules for Mother's day, I realized they weren't going to be able to do a get together for Mother's Day. So, I decided to have a Victorian style tea to celebrate Mother's day. I go out all my pretties and started planning the menu. Then Saturday I get a call from one of my brothers saying they rearranged things and we are meeting at my other brothers' house for a BBQ on Mother's Day. Welcome to my world!

I dropped everything, made up some food to take to a BBQ and left my dining room table stacked with all my tea things, silver I polished, crystal cleaned etc. and we headed to the BBQ. And to think I had been putting off cleaning and polishing all that silver and finally I did it! LOL

When I got home and looked at all my stuff for the tea party. All the food things I bought to make, I got on the phone and called my parents and told them to come over tonight for tea and treats! Okay, so, it no longer was a Mother's Day event, it became a "Because I just cleaned a ton of items and by golly I am showing them off!" event!! LOL

So, the plan was a buffet style Victorian tea. A very popular way of hosting a tea back in the day. Another tea hostess favorite is to offer her guests the choice of several different teacups. Each guest can pick out his or her favorite.

I also went with offering both Sweet and Savory food options. The main priority for food at a Victorian Tea is that the food be able to be eaten with your fingers.

I have hosted Victorian teas in the past this is my first completely buffet style. all the others I set tables of four with complete tea pots of hot water with selections of tea. I decided today that I would offer one pot of freshly brewed tea along with iced tea.

This is my table without the food. Since my parents are coming over this evening for tea, I won't be able to post the pictures of all the food until either late tonight or tomorrow. Yup, this is one of those "Live from Diann's home" kind of posts. No post written last week! So, I hope you will check back to see the entire table finished with food! Oh, and I am actually going to do something I have never done before, I am going to edit this post to include the food after I have already posted! Whoa! I am living on the blogging edge today! LOL Be forewarned, this is going to end up being one big honkin' post!

I decided to go with blue as the color theme for today's tea. Silver, crystal and white just go so beautifully with blue!

Also, as a side note, with the exception of my teapot, creamer, sugar and tray everything else on this table was bought second hand. I have been slowly purchasing all these items over many years. I just want folks to know that setting a pretty and elaborate table with beautiful things does NOT have to cost a fortune. Let someone else pay an arm and a leg for it the first time around and then when they get bored with it or for whatever reason they decide to get rid of it, that's your chance to buy for a fraction of the original price! Hey, I sound like a thrift store commercial! LOL And remember, mixing and matching those "lonesome little pretty dishes" you found for a song makes the table all the more pretty and way more interesting (okay, that is MY personal opinion at least).

All right, on with the show!

The first thing I want to show you is this beautiful set of 10 white linen napkins I found at a Goodwill in Ohio. I got these about 4 years ago. I generally only use 2 or 4 at a time, so the one that had the price tag on it is still on it. LOL Now, this just goes to show you how much prices have increased at thrift stores. check out the price, and yes, this price was for the entire lot of 10 (they were all in one bag) and they all were brand new with the stickers on them!

Now a "proper" Victorian Tea should have a lace tablecloth over a solid one. Can you believe that I do not own a lace tablecloth! I have been searching high and low at thrift store, yard sales, flea markets and have not found one for an acceptable price yet! So, I just used a white linen tablecloth.

This will be for ice water.
This will be for iced tea.
This will be the "sweet side".
This is the "savory side".

The aluminum covered bowl betwen the two cold drinks being offered will be filled with ice cubes.

Now the teacups being used today...

Woohoo! My Victorian Tea was a wonderful success! My parents showed up and OMG! They looked just stunning! My mom was just beautiful dressed in a pretty floral flowing skirt, silk blouse, scarf and a pretty summer hat! My dad was so handsome in his sport coat and matching tie! I swear, when they walked up to the door they looked like they should be heading to the Kentucky Derby! They said that if I was going to all the trouble of preparing this tea, the least they could do is show up dressed for the occasion. Have I ever mentioned how much I love my parents? They are two of the most wonderful people in the world! I am so very blessed!

Okay, onto the food!

These were a new tea sandwich to me and they are yummy! It's cream cheese, crushed pineapple, walnuts then you make a blend of butter and cinnamon and spead the bread lightly with that and then fill with the pineapple mixture. And the others are cream cheese filled dates. These little suckers are SO addictive!!
I made three other sandwiches. A roasted chicken salad, ham salad and of course cucumber
A cheat, bought the croissants.
Mini cupcakes and key lime sponge cakes with coconut. Another cheat was buying the sponge cakes already made and then making my own filling.
I served fresh berries and grapes that I didn't sweeten because I made this cream sauce to be drizzled over them. This is the richest and BEST sauce! And simple! 1 cup of sour cream & 1/2 cup condensed sweetened milk! To die for!! And I made it up on the spot! LOL
Fresh brewed peach iced tea.
I had two jams for the croissants, Raspberry.
and peach.
Fresh sliced lemons for iced tea and wedges for hot tea.

These pretty aluminum bowls make great bowls for ice. They also are perfect of fresh shrimp on ice. A million wonderful uses. And they just look pretty.

The motivation behind having this Victoria Tea is Miss Cielo at House in the Roses. She is hosting a "Victoria Tea Party" today! You just have to stop and see all the amazing tea parties linking up today!

And, of course, tomorrow is all our favorite teas hosted by some amazing and lovely ladies!

Tuesday Tea For Two

Tea Time Tuesday

Tea Cup Tuesday

Tea Time Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesdays

I am also joining Marty for Table Top Tuesday

Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays (because believe me, I have been putting off polishing his much silver for a LONG time! But, it was well worth it and greatly appreciated!)

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

Tuesdays at the Table

Tasty Tuesday

And on Wednesday, I will join Woohoo Wednesdays over at Always Nesting.


  1. Diann! It's beautiful!! You are spoiling your family! Is the little Princess gong to be all fancied up?? I love this!
    xoxo Pattie

  2. Diann, your table is SO beautiful! It is so inviting. Wish I could join you :-)


  3. The blue, white and silver is just gorgeous! I can't wait to see more photos with food!

  4. It looks wonderful. The teacups on the napkins --- brilliant! I didn't know a lace tablecloth was required -- who knew. Who cares. It's just beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. Your brothers must be related to mine hehe.

  5. Diann, this is beautiful! I love all of those tea cups. of course, blue is a favorite color of mine. You have some of the most gorgeous tea cups I've ever seen. Your table is stunning. laurie

  6. Hope you have a wonderful time tonight visiting with your parents!

    Now, I'm off to make me a cup of tea! My cups aren't as pretty as yours though!


  7. Great napkins and such a good buy. Love the teal and white teacup with the fruit inside! The entire table is gorgeous. Great teascape!

  8. What a beautiful tea party table!! I think linen looks so elegant!! Good job!

  9. Now that is a tea table! Each of your pieces are so elegant. You've set a gorgeous table! ~ sarah

  10. Diann....all your wonderful thrifty treasures are in ALL their glory on your beautiful table. I LOVE that tablecloth! Your color scheme is simply beautiful. I can't wait to see the food :)


  11. Love it!!! Enjoy your tea!!
    Hugs, Lisa

  12. Hi Diann...

    Ohhh my goodness gracious!!! Diann, you have certainly outdone yourself with this fabulous tea party! Everything is sooo gorgeous and just perfect! What I would give to be a guest at your special tea party! Not only is your table fabulous but your menu is just "out of this world"!!! The cream cheese, pinapple, and walnut sandwiches sound divine!!! Ohhh...and I loved seeing the close-ups of those fabulous tea cups...I love the pretty turquoise cup with the fruit! Well dear lady, this was truly a treat...sooo much "eye candy"! Thank you so much for sharing your tea party with us!!! Wow...I just know that your family felt so special!!!

    Have a terrific Tuesday, dear friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  13. This is just so lovely and so sweet. I love that your parents came over all dressed up! I know if I were invited to such a lovely tea I would be so touched by the thoughtfulness of you the hostess! I'm so glad you shared this lovely tea party!

  14. Beautiful! I'm glad that you were able to use all your goodies and pretty things after all!
    Wow! I bet your parents really loved it! How nice of them to dress fancy too!

  15. This is the poshest and nicest tea party I have ever been to! You have the most DIVINE collection of tea cups and silver and linen...of everything!

    Can I come again next year!

    Best wishes,

  16. Hi Diann! Everything looks beautiful!.. and delicious too!! I will have to try the sauce to drizzle on fruits, so thank you for sharing the recipe. Believe it or not, I'm sure I better write the two ingredients down, or I'll be making it with evaporated milk instead!! 23rd photo down is of the same exact set of china I have! (Rosepoint)... Thank you for tea today! ~tina

  17. I'm back Diann to say OMGOODNESS!! You really pulled out the stops...what a gorgeous tea!!


  18. Diann,
    OMG!! I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your post!!
    I just loved it and I laughed when you said"those little suckers are addictive". It sounded like it could have cmoe right out of my mouth!! Everything is just beautiful and your sandwiches look and sound like they were to die for!!
    BUT>>>>>>> where is a picture of your sweet parents all dressed to the nines????? I REALLY wanted to see them!!!

  19. Oh my word Diann, this is just exquisite. Your serving pieces are all GORGEOUS. I love your table arrangement and then the food is just unreal. You really did go all out. What a wonderful tea. I am totally impressed. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  20. 'Morning Diann,
    What a delightful tea you have shared! Love your blue and crystal! The food looks wonderful and I'm drooling over those cream cheese-filled dates! I have never had those before and I must try them. Your mother must have felt like a queen munching on cucumber sandwiches. The sauce you made for the fruit sounds heavenly! Truly, you have set a very special tea! Thanks for sharing and for joining me for Tea Time. Have a wonderful day.


  21. I am so glad that when I arrived at your post today, you had added the food. Everything is so beautiful. Thanks for the pineapple cream cheese recipe. I am going to try it for my next get together.

  22. What a clever and creative tablescape. Well done!

  23. This is very pretty... just lovely, and I am sorry that I was unable to add any of the many “late” photographs sent after our party post was up and running. Our computer was erratically moving things around, and I feared losing the precious photographs and data already established, but today I have added an "Inlinks" in our post just in case people still want to participate. I have added you already... ;) A huge thank you, and I hope you could participate in our next party.... this summer! A surprise! ;)


  24. Hello there Diann,

    This is just so lovely! Thanks ever so much for joining me once again to celebrate especailly my 30th,'Tuesday Tea For Two'!.., I love, love love these fabulous pictures and the blue and white dishes!

    Hugs from Wanda Lee and Pamela,a.k.a./ Paper Butterly

  25. Just 'lil' ol' me again.., I forgot that as Pam's team member for our new,'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday';apparently I'm still signed in as her!..,Ooops!

    Cheers from Wanda Lee!

  26. I am gasping! How did you do this?! Getting your things together, preparing the food, making the arrangements, taking the pictures and placing them on your blog?! You are a Super Woman!
    It looks very inviting and wonderful to look at!
    Have a wonderful day!

  27. What a table setting you had me as I entered your blog, just swooning away and all the lovely teacups, tea sandwiches and mini cupcakes are the best! Thanks for having me~ Have a wonderful week!! ~Theresa
    MsartistSewCrafty drop on by for tea if you have time~ xo

  28. Oh My Goodness!!! I can hardly believe that you did all this work!
    Your table is set so well, all those blues and creams are gorgeous, your tea cups are gorgeous.
    Your food looks divine, and the fact that your parents came dressed to the nines is perfect!
    I am so glad that it worked out so well for you.
    What a happy memory you created.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  29. Yay Diann..a Mega-Fabulous post!! Very charming and full of Victoriam Flair!! Gorgeous post! yay..your parents soudn lovely and yes they sure are blessings! Wonderful photos...all dazzling!!Wow!!
    Have a wonderful night!

  30. Hi Diann, Your tea party looked amazing. My mouth is watering looking at all that yummy food. I hope you will share some pictures of your mom & dad. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful party with us.


  31. Every single detail is beautiful! I love it all! Ooh, I would have been in hog heaven at this tea party! Love it. Be blessed. Cindy

  32. It's all so pretty! What an amazing table you set!

  33. I remembered to come back to see the food! So worth it! Oh my! How wonderful it all looked. I love that your Mom and Dad dressed up, how fun!!! They must be great people and they have an exceptional daughter also! Love everything and that new sandwich sounds divine. I will have to make that sometime. The sauce for the fruit also! Loving this and so beautiful also!

  34. All girl this is all so YUMMY and beautiful looking I bet you and your family had a GREAT time...Pray all is well in your world...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  35. How delightful!!! Cool about your parents too!! I am gluten free so I could eat the olives, the sugar, the jam and the tea! ha!

    My tea is on my monkey business blog ;-0)

  36. OHMYWORD...this is one of the finest teas I've ever seen. Such beautiful cups, serving pieces...and the food...OMGosh..the food is magnificent. I am just in LOVE with every single thing you are doing here. Very, VERY well done, dear heart, and I know your parents were just thrilled to death.
    I love everything here...
    xo bj

  37. I love that your parents could partake in the tea party. They must have been very prod of you.
    It looks like a dream and I will be rying some of your recipes.

    Looking forward to you joining us next week.
    Pam, (really me this time)

  38. What a stunning table. Everything is beautiful. I am so glad you joined us this week. It would not have been the same without you. I can't wait to see what you will do for next week. Blessings to you, Martha

  39. Your table and food just took my breath away. I felt left out after seeing all that beauty and want to be right there eating a delicious finger sandwich and drinking tea from those beautiful cups! Thanks for linking this post to Woo Hoo! Wednesday. I'm glad you are happy to be this weeks featured Woo Hoo! :)

  40. I want to come to your Tea Party. You did so much work and the food looked great. Your parents are so cute coming dressed for tea. It was great to treat your Mother so special! Beautiful teacups, I would love to know the china company and pattern.

  41. I'll be right over! Looks beautiful & super yum!

  42. This is all just gorgeous and food so yummy looking! Wish I could be there!!


  43. wow this is truly a victorian tea party.. look at all the setting, chinaware, silverware, crystal and all.. even the damask tablecloth is pretty!.. and the food, my oh my.. scrumptious! am coming again to your party if there is any.. love it!

  44. Your Victorian Tea Party setup is absolutely beautiful! I love to look at all your dishes!

  45. WOW...what a beautiful tea party...luv all your dishes and those white napkins from GW are awesome...great deal you got there! Hope you hada FUN time at my PAR-TAY!


  46. That was lovely. So glad you shared with all of us, too.


Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)