My First Fall Tea

Fall is finally found us! The A/C has been off and the windows have been opened and closed in the evening because it gets just too cool at night. I love that! I have been able to wear my snuggly pj's and enjoy hot cups of tea in the evening. Life is good!

So, I thought I would celebrate this wonderful time of the year with my first "Autumn" tea for you.

Like many of you, Fall is my favorite time of the year. It is the beginning of the holidays that seem to just sneak right up on us before we know it. The colors are magestic and awe inspiring. To look at the Lord's palette of colors is just amazing!

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceramony known as afternoon tea ~ Henry James

I had to go and pluck another one of the little white pumpkin gourds from out compost bin. They are just so pretty and perfect. Isn't it amazing what grows from what we consider waste? Once again, our Creator gives us beauty in the most unexpected places.

As is normal for me, I offer up in this tea setting mix and unmatched thrifted items. This pretty gold and creamy white creamer was a recent find at a yard sale. Nobody wanted her beause there was no matching sugar bowl. And therefore, she was only 10 cents.

I placed the pretty creamer on this beautiful Olde English Countryside Johnson Bros. Ironstone saucer. The perfect little plate for a Fall tea.

Though I cannot flee from the world...I can prepare tea with water from a mountain stream and put my heart to rest ~ Ueda Akinari

I found this pretty little Bermuda Pottery ceramic leaf at a flea market for .25 cents. It works wonderful as a spoon or teabag rest.

The teacup and saucer I decided to use for this first of many Fall teas is one of my favorites. I love the old village scene on it and the beautiful shades of brown. I only have this one, but I keep an eye out for more. I would love to have a whole set of these.

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just a simple pottery candle holder for large candles. I got this some time ago for .50 cents at a thrift store. Sometimes, simple and plain is perfect.

The tea setting is on a thrifted bamboo matchstick tray with a pretty dollar store Fall dishtowel.

And you all know how I love to layer my linens. It just adds so much more beauty to the tray. I layered this lovely lace table runner over the dishcloth. And I added this pretty little embroidered hankie as a napkin. Both of these beautiful pieces were from the lovely Adrienne. I told you yesterday about her generous gift of vintage linens she sent me!

Where there is tea, there is hope ~ Sir Arthur Pinero

The teapot I am using is just a simple stoneware pot. But, it is one of my biggest teapots and sometimes I want a larger pot so I don't have to make more tea if I am spending some time all cuddled into a quilt with a good book.

In the 1200's, the Chinese began to brew tea leaves the way we currently do. For this, they cleaverly invented the teapot.

Tea may be taken plain, with milk, with honey, with sugar, or with lemon. But, never add lemon and milk at the same time. The lemon curdles the milk , which can ruin a nice cup of tea.

"To stir the tea in the pot counterclockwise will stir up trouble" ~ Tea-Drinkers Saying.

I hope you enjoyed my first Fall tea. I thought I would include a simple tea favorite treat recipe with you.


2 sticks of softened butter
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325. In a medium bowl, beat butter until creamy. In another bowl, mix flour, sugar and salt. Add dry mixture to creamed butter. Stir well, unitl consistency of dough. Press dough into an ungreased 9x9 pan. Use a fork to prick the dough all over, about 20 times. Bake for 25 minutes or until done. While shortbread is still warm, cut into squares.

Thank you for stopping by for tea with me today! Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Oh yay!!! What a super delightful post..such festive autumn fave time of year too..your photos and creations are dazzling! My mom has the johnson dinner plates since we were the saucer oh cool is that!Awesome and beautiful post..cheers!!

  2. Beautiful autumn table Diann! After the hot summer we had, it is now officially my favorite season!
    Happy Monday!

  3. Another great post. I love the way you take mismatched items and put them together to make a beautiful tablescape. Such inspiration!

    It has finally cooled down here too.

  4. This looks so warm and cozy! Love the colors and they layers of all the linens! I am glad to finally have a cool day now and then!!

  5. This is wonderful. I love all of the transferware and your white pumpkin. This greets fall perfectly.

  6. Fall is my favorite also-I love the feel, smells and colors of this time of the year. I like your arrangement-the ceramic leaf caught my eye

    tiramisu392 (at)

  7. Diann,
    This is so pretty!! What a lovely Fall Tea Vignette!!


  8. Diann I love the way you used the gold and white creamer with the Johnson Bros saucer. What a great idea for an orphan saucer. Everything looks so lovely.


  9. I love the mismatched coordination of it all, and the colors and the leaves on the table! It is a lovely time of year.
    Got a bit chilly last night so today I decided the fans have to come out of the windows. Now I can close windows at night.

    I have not posted much lately but do have another list of events coming up. It is on my newer blog

    and I found the BEST set of glasses I'll be using for a tea party next month.

  10. Hi Diann,
    I love the "Old English Countryside" pattern; perfect for Fall! The cream and gold go so well with the Johnson Bros. pattern and I like the way you have layered everything. A very pleasant and cozy Fall tea; thank you. I have added your link to my post and I wish you a wonderful evening.


  11. Beautiful! I love love love the fall colors! and you put everything together so perfectly. Anyone would be able to relax and enjoy their tea served like that!

  12. I'm so jealous of your tea (and tea weather!) we are in CA for a week and it is 100 degrees at the beach!! I'm dying over here, I could have in Louisiana for this crazy heat!

  13. Hello Diann,

    I love your autumn tea! The colors are great. Love the layered linens.

    ~ Tracy

  14. Oh my how lovely! Johnson Bros. makes me swoon!! Enjoy your fall and your tea!
    Hugs, Lisa

  15. How beautiful! I love the quotes~

  16. Hi: Everything is so beautiful. I just want to sit and visit for a while. Thank you for showing us such beauty. Blessings, Martha

  17. How georgeous! :) Lovely fall decorations! :) I definitely need to pull mine out! :)

  18. I do love your Heritage Hall tea cup and saucer. It is perfect for a fall tea time! So quaint. All your photos are so beautiful.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

  19. Diann,

    Your autumn tea tray is beautiful, I love all the elements you put together! That Johnson Brother transferware is so wonderful!! I just started collecting a few pieces last year...don't have many pieces yet but I sure do admire it! Thanks for sharing your lovely autumn tea with us! Have a great week!!

    Miss Bloomers

  20. This Autumn tea table is so warm and cozy looking. You put mis-matched items together so well! Thank-you for sharing tea with me, I love this season so much!

  21. Hello Diann :) An absolutely wonderful and perfect fall Tea for us ladies. Lovely tablescape!!

    Wishing you a wonderful Tea Tuesday!!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  22. I love your autumn warm and inviting. I love fall. Love the colors, scents, etc.

  23. I certainly enjoyed my Fall tea at your blog! I love it when you can find treasures and mix/match them together. So much fun too!
    Happy Tea!

  24. wow! such beautiful tablesetting.. fit for fall!

  25. Lovely Autumn tea! I love Johnson Bros anything!!!! Happy Tea Day!

  26. Diann,
    I love mixing patterns and you've set such a pretty, welcoming and fall table. I love the leaves scattered around.
    We used to have a set of Olde English Countryside that I used as our every day dishes. I love that pattern.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful tea...wish I could sit there with you!


  27. No AC? You lucky gal! I love that OLDE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE pattern...great colors! Also love that pretty 10 cent creamer!


  28. How lovely! Everything looks wonderful, your tea set is divine and adore the white pumpkin. A perfect fall tablescape!

  29. Hi Diann,
    thank you for sharing this wonderful tea party. I love the fall colors with all the yellows and reds in the trees.
    Thank you also for the receipe for shortbread.
    Greetings, Johanna

  30. What a lovely tea setting for fall! I started my fall decorating today, so this is just the post for me to read while I'm taking a break. I only wish I were a tea drinker. I actually fixed a cup of hot chocolate today! I love the white pumpkin.

  31. So pretty! I am a big fan of Johnson Brothers china, and this time is no exception. You got lots of incredible bargains and yielded such a pretty look!

  32. Good afternoon, Diann. Well, your first fall tea party is absolutely wonderful. You really did put together such a lovely setting. Fall is my favorite time of year and I'd love to do it up as well as you have.

    The Ironstone is just lovely. I try to collect it here and there, but rarely find it at an affordable price for myself. I really must go shopping up by you one of these days in the future. My husband and I will be taking a drive north come Sunday and Monday after our wedding reception this Saturday and plan on making little stops at stores here and there. Any suggestions?

    I hope you're having a lovely fall day. It's terrifically soggy down in lower Michigan today.


  33. love your post and your autumn arrival with pretties. the shortbread looks so simple, will make this. thanks for your advice re horses. my husband wants to handle this, but i agree with you. rose

  34. Diann
    As always, all very beautiful!
    It's springtime here ... I got the warmth and the flowers blooming now ...
    Tina (Sonhar e Realizar)

  35. How wonderful you have brought all your great finds together. I adore the gourd. The china is so wonderful for fall. I am in love with the leaf spoon rest! Such a fall tray full of lovely linens! Thanks for joining for Tea Time. I loved seeing how you used your treasures for Tea!

  36. Just perfect! I felt like I was there!

  37. wow, such lovely crockery, i love the golden rimmed tea set, its just perfect for having guests, its such a nice post, kept me engaged till the end, i loved all the pictures esp the ceramic leaf

  38. Wonderful Fall tea Diann. Love the way you mixed all of the pieces to bring it all together, and I also love your layered linens. Your photos of your tea are beautiful. I will be trying your shortbread recipe soon. Thanks for sharing it. laurie

  39. Your fall tea tablescape is very pretty. I really like your village scene teacup and the lovely linens. I've been wanting to make some lavender shortbread for tea one of these days.

    You really do find some wonderful bargains.


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