Monday, September 5, 2011

Alfresco Style Tea Time

Greetings Tea Time Friends and welcome to an outdoor tea time. Finally we are blessed with some cooler temps and it is a welcome change. I have been waiting to take tea outside all summer, so today please join me and take a seat on the comfy sofa and we will enjoy the cooler air over tea and Italian Lady Fingers from Italy.

For our tea I'd like to share one of my favorite teacups from England. It is Wedgwood and has the prettiest garden pattern of flowers on an ivory background.

Holding our precious brew is another favorite from the Tuscany Collection and designed in a very pretty soft yellow stoneware.

To carry our tea outdoors, I recently hand painted a distressed tray found at a flea market with a Tuscan country side scene done in a painting study from one of my favorite decorative books.

To serve our Lady Fingers, I have used this pretty red and white transfer ware plate with a Autumn scene of picking apples in the orchard. Around the plate is a design of acorns and leaves. Perfect little dish for Fall. The Lady Fingers are from Italy and low in sugar and calories. I get these at our Farmers Market called Sprouts. It is a tasty light cookie for tea and dunking.

Pretty little hankies make the nicest napkins and today I am adding a pretty one with yellow trim and flowers. Perfect for our cup and tea pot.

While enjoying tea on this cooler last of summer day, I love to be inspired by one of my favorite design books, Putting the Heart in your Home, by Jean Lemmon. It is filled with beautiful and inspiring pictures of home decor.

The weather is glorious and you can feel in the air that Autumn is on the way. The soft winds give way to the beginning of a new season soon to follow. Thank you for coming to tea today. I was so glad to have you meet me outdoors for a relaxing visit.
Please join our hostess, Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for the list of participants.

See you soon.


Julie Marie said...

Hello dear Celeste... tea at your lovely home is always such a wonderful experience... I love your pretty teacup and teapot... and the tray you painted Tuscany style is just gorgeous!... the Lady Fingers were delish, thank you so much!... so happy Autumn is arriving in Texas and things are cooling down for you... that book looks wonderful too... much love to you, xoxo Julie Marie

Susan said...

Celestina , you have some of the most beautiful tea settings. I love your pretty plate that you served the lady fingers.

Anonymous said...

A lovely teatime, Celestina - with just the right Tuscan touch to bring an air of elegance to the simple repast. I love ladyfingers - they were a favorite of my mom's - always think of her when I see them. Your teacup IS lovely - very pretty, indeed. Always so delightful to visit you - love your music selection, too!
Miss Kathy

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

Always such a joy to come and visit you for tea and thank you for showing us your delightful alfresco tea party.
Love the sweet cup with flowers, your Tuscany teapot and scene on the tray.
So glad to hear that the weather is cooling down a little, always nice to have a change in season.

Have a happy week

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Celestina Marie
Mmm, lady fingers to dunk, sounds perfect to me! The Tuscan theme to your tea is delightful and your painting on the tray, very nice.

Anna said...

Che meraviglia!!! Un abbraccio,Anna.

theromanticrose said...

Anch'io ho voglia d'autunno,stare seduta sul divano e una bella tazze di thè!Le tue tazze e i tuoi piatti sono molto belli!Rosetta

Cheryl said...

Your tray is beautiful!! What a lovely tea, I especially love a beautiful tea cup to drink nice strong tea out of! Loved it thank you!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Celestina,
I can feel the sunshine on my skin when reading your lovely tea post. You made everything so inviting and nice. Love the pretty cup, the charming tea pot and of course the ladyfingers. Your painting skills are outstanding, I love the Tuscany theme on that tray. Thank you for sharing this delightful tea time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Snap said...

So lovely! Your hand painted tea tray with the lovely Wedgewood tea cup ... gorgeous! Lady fingers and hankies for napkins ... wonderful!!! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Celestina,
What an inviting outdoors tea! The cup is so pretty and also the teapot. I love soft yellow. Love the tray too and the cookies are perfect! Thank you, sweet friend, for joining me for tea today and I hope your day is lovely in every way.


Tea & Chocolate Guy said...

I'm swooning over your wonderful Tuscan theme ... I'm counting the months to a visit to Hubby's parents birth place Italy .. and Tuscany is on the list of many areas to visit along with their home town of Calabria. Your tray is beautiful!! and your tea cup love the delicate colourful flowers flowing from the greenery. Wishing you a wonderful tea time..xo HHL

Ginny said...

Celestina, I am in ♥ with the tea tray!
Your outdoor tea looked so good! We feel Autumn in the air here. It went from 100 last Sat. to 56 yesterday, and today it is still cool. I cleaned out my free standing tea cupboard and am all ready for hot tea on a cool day!

Barb said...

Hi Celestina Marie, your tea pictures are so lovely. I love the delicate pattern and colors.

We are waiting for cooler weather in Florida but it will be a while. Still....tea is great any time, isn't it?

Happy Tea Time,

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste, I think I'll join you again for some tea. My goodness, have you noticed I always stop by around 3 or so. Too funny.

I love your tray. I love everything Italy so it's perfect. I'll take two lady fingers, please. ;)

I am moving my blog to my Red Scarf Diaries page. I hope you connect there.

Have a wonderful day, my dear.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Such a pretty tea cup and a lovely tea setting!! So tranquil and restful looking!!


Anonymous said...

As always so beautiful!!
I am having a Halloween Giveaway... Come on over!!

yvette said...

Ciao Celestina, Your wedgewood looks delicately divine and I love your hand crafted tray...your shop has some beautiful things in it. Un abbraccio e buona giornata! x

Unknown said...

gorgeous tea setting....thanks for visiting this week for tea. I so enjoyed it. Take care

Createology said...

Ahhh...lovely tea with beautiful surroundings. I feel so relaxed and special just sitting here sipping tea with you. Thank you for inviting me to join you. *_* Blissful weather we are having...

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I always love coming over to visit with you. I love the sweet cup with your flowers, and your Tuscany teapot on your tray sweet.You have some Beautiful photos. I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my one year Anniversary Tablescapes.
XXOO Diane

Cass @ That Old House said...

Such a pretty al fresco setting for tea!

I hope you enjoyed your book; I've always loved Jean LemMon's work -- she's my all-time favorite House Beautiful editor, although Stephen Drucker was good; don't much like the current one, the magazine looks so gray and grim now.

Anyway -- I learned a lot from Ms. LemMon! And you have a lovely blog. Best wishes, Cass

Eliza Freitas said...

Olá querida!!! Amei tudooo! Tudo muito charmoso e de bom gosto! Parabéns!

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

What a treat to come home to your tea! Lovely setting, all the way.
Have to join our hosts again but I'm glad for having stolen a few minutes at my laptop to visit you my dear friend. So glad it did finally cool down in the south!!!
Love to you,


1CardCreator said...

I so enjoyed having tea with you! I felt as if I were there. I never thought of using the beautiful handkerchiefs, my MIL left some lovely ones, I never had a clue as to what to do with them. Thanks for sharing.

Kerri said...

I love having tea with you, especially felt like I was right there sitting onthat pretty sofa! Have you all had cooler weather in Texas? I did notice a few mornings letting the dogs out and wasnt so humid or hot. It was then I got so exciited my cool weather will be here soon! Yaaayyy!! I love 50 degree weather with the sunshine -- the air so crisp! Love it :)

Happy Sunday my sweet friend!


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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..