Let's Enjoy a High Tea Party!

Hi everyone!

This tea is actually from last year. I wanted to join Laura at Decor to Adore for her "High Tea Tablescape". I hope you enjoy this post and stop by to see the other beautiful tea settings!

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 pull 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 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 tomorrow 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 treats. 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 until tomorrow for tea, I won't be able to post the pictures of all the food until late 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 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

Mini cupcakes and key lime sponge cakes with coconut.
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.

I hope you enjoyed revisiting my tea. Have a wonderful day!


  1. Hello,
    you own an abundance of beautiful things for a tea party. Love the napkins. Blue and silver looks always very sophisticated as blue decorated china was the first ever. So the blue hues remind me to China and to Delft and much more. And I am enthrallend about all the delicious food. Whow, lot of work and everything looks yummy.
    Greetings, Johanna

  2. Move over Martha Stewart! Everything about this is beautiful, including your dear parents dressing for the occasion. That is such a lovely thing for parents to do. I love all the teacups. I'm all for mismatched cups, which come together because they are similar in colour. You have gorgeous things. And the food is to die for. I have a friend who has ginger marmalade and cream cheese sandwhiches every single day (she's 74).

    Lisa x

  3. So elegant! I hope you choose to post a photo of your parents. I cried when I read that part! You are blessed, my friend! I haven't had parents since I was seven but my in-laws are very much like your parents, I think!
    I need to use your recipes for my next tea party...my in-laws are coming!

  4. Very nice Diann! Where to start? Great buy on the napkins! Lovin' your cups, and the jam server is so neat. While I always have a relish tray I've never seen olives displayed so pretty before. Looks like you all had a great time:@)

  5. A lovely tea party. What great food!!!! And such lovely tea cups -- of course, I love anything blue and white!!!! What a great find on the napkins -- all of mine are vintage -- they are so much better than the new ones!

  6. What a wonderful Mother's Day celebration, Diann! Everything on the table is so pretty and the food is delish. And best of all, I know you got all these pieces at bargain prices and no one could ever tell cause every piece is just so gorgeous?...Christine

  7. I didn't get an invitation....:) But, boy- it would have been the party of the year! Looks beautiful and I bet it tasted great as well. You have an awesome collection and a true eye for lovely things.

  8. What a wonderful time you all had. All the photos are scrumptious. You sure made lemonade out of lemons.

  9. The food is beautiful as is the setting Diann.

  10. Beautiful cups...I would be happy to have tea (coffee!) at your gorgeous table. There is so much eye candy to take in...this is my favorite of all the tables you have done, Diann!

  11. This was a beautiful tea party. I loved the napkins and table cloth.
    You sure do know how to set a table.
    It was so thoughtful of your parents to get dressed up for the occasion.

  12. Beautiful tea cups. I love blue and white. What a fun occasion this must have been.

  13. Diann I remember this tea and how gorgeous it was! You once again set a beautiful table and made some fabulous food. You have the sweetest parents!

  14. Oh my goodness I am overcome with all of the loveliness! Your blue and white palette is just gorgeous!

    I adore how you have collected your china bit by bit. The napkins are spectacular!

    Your food is amazing! I loved how your parents arrived dressed for the event.

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you SO very much for linking up.

  15. Ack! Diann - beyond amazing. The tablesetting, the food (be still my heart) the whole thing!!! Your mother must have felt like a queen. I definitely would have. Fabulous job and my personal favorite! xoxo Nancy

  16. This is a delightful tea party, Diann! You sure know how to put a tea together, my friend. Thanks for sharing.


  17. Hi Diane...

    Well my dear friend, you have done it once again! You have managed to set the most exquisite Victorian tea table...and without costing a literal "arm and a leg"! You never fail to impress me, Diane...I stand in awe!!! I loved getting a peek at all of your pretties! Ohhh...and I do love the blue and white with the silver...color theme! So very rich and elegant! I loved all of your pretty teacups...the turquoise cup with the fruit took my eye! Simply gorgeous! Ohhh my...and what a feast you served! It all looked sooo good! I have already written down your recipe for the creamy fruit sauce...so quick and easy and it really does sound yummy! Thanks for sharing that with us...as well as your gorgeous tea table, my friend! I just know that you and your parents had a marvelous time! How awesome that they dressed for the occasion!!! I just love that!!!

    Love ya, sweet friend!

  18. WOW girl! You outdid yourself on this one! I love it, love it, love it! It is beautiful! The pics are great too. I recognize some of the dishes.

    Thank you for sharing with us. That was so sweet you hosting that for your parents. What a great idea too!


  19. This is amazing, love that the tea cups do not match. After seeing this think I may have to make a mismatched set for my next set! Beautifully done, the food all looks so wonderful.

  20. Breathtaking Diann, oh my goodness it all so lovely and looks so scrumptious!!! What a vision!! I adore your parents showing up dressed for the occassion too!! Lovely lovely lovely!!!

  21. Hi lovely lady I love your tea party sweet lady,
    with all the dresseds can I come !!!Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my Tablescapes so sweet. I'm one of your followers on your blog and love coming back to see your Blog.

  22. This is amazing! I am in awe of your menu! It is so cool your parents showed up "dressed for tea". Love that! And, I bet you have found all of that beautiful blue and white thrifting! Wow. Wonderful!

  23. Oh, Diane! So happy I did not miss this! So lovely! The silver, crystal! The to die for jam server! I want one so! Just love it! The dishes, tea cups! The food! You went all out! Just love it! Wish you would link to Tea Time Tuesday. I haven't been visiting much and miss it all so. With my daughter moving in and out and will be moving in again. I had sick grandchildren with strep throat, high fevers. Taking care of four little ones is touch. The 3 year old hits the keys when I try to visit. I have been up day and night with sick ones. Now I have a bad asthmatic attack with a lung trying to collapse and I go to major surgery Wed. My daddy is in a major open heart surgery at the moment. I got to go see him last night, but Doc would only let me do that, I can't go anymore, but if he gets out of ICU, I may make the trip the day before my surgery to see him. I love your blog, and when I am recovering I hope to visit more often. I will be having Tea Time Tuesday auto posting each week. Love the Tea you did for your parents! Just lovely!

  24. VERY enjoyable! My mouth is watering from looking and reading about your menu. OMGosh.... the little tea sandwiches...I must make those... I knew I should have bought walnuts yesterday. Darn. All your pretties....so lovely! I've become a follower of you...can't wait to peruse your blog. Hope you'll come visit and follow me...I'm still kinda new with this world, but oh do I love it.
    Have a wonderful weekend. Your new friend. xoso Sandy O

  25. AMAZING! Every detail is incredible. I love that you stuck to a blue and white theme. And the way you pressented your tea cups and napkins are so fetching!!!!
    You are right, I think you could be a spokeswoman for turning others trash in to treasures, because that is exactly what they have become!
    You really have outdone yourself with the food. Just Beautiful.
    The water and iced tea pitchers with the glasses set around them are such a pretty and fabulous idea!!!!
    Your table is set and worthy of your "Queen Mum"! I hope your day was a lovely as your table.

  26. Your tea table is so pretty!! My first official set of china was Blue Willow so I have always had a soft spot for blue and white china. I love seeing other people's pretties! My daughters are always surprised when they need something pretty or we have a party and I am able to pull something out of a cabinet or off a shelf that is just what they needed. I have been buying other peoples treasures for years! I love "instant" heirlooms!


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 :)