Monday, June 24, 2013

Purple Lilac Tea

Hello everyone and happy Summer to you!  I hope you had a good weekend and are enjoying some beautiful days.  We spent a few days last week at our little farm cottage and the weather was in the low 70's and sunny.  My lilacs at the farm are the best I've seen there for many years, full of blooms from the top to the bottom.  I am very blessed to have at least 40 feet of these lovely old fashioned shrubs on the edge of our yard.

I am so glad you can come for tea!  I set the table with an assortment of sweet violet tea items.

The round teapot is marked  Formalities and the narrow one is stamped EWM.

This teacup is marked Lefton.

And this one is just marked Japan.

On the way to the farm I stopped at the bakery and bought a strawberry rhubarb  pie to share. I added whipped cream and a Johnny Jump Up for fun.

I have been enjoying my tea time outdoors.  I am so glad summer is here!

I will be cutting lots of bouquets this year for friends and family.

Thank you so much for visiting me and please come back soon!  I will be sharing this tea party with Terri at Artful Affirmations for her special Garden Tea Party and also these other lovely parties:  Tea Time Tuesday, A Return to Loveliness, Tea in the Garden, Teacup Tuesday, Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Garden Style Party, Share Your Cup Thursday, Home Sweet Home, Simple and Sweet Fridays, and Show and Tell Friday.


Antiques And Teacups said...

Aren't your violet patterned china gorgeous by your lilacs! Must have been a wonderfully scented tea! Heady aroma and beautiful surroundings! What a wonderful place for a garden tea...

Snap said...

Love the hat and I love purple. Wonderful garden tea scape with beautiful violet teacups and teapots -- love the shapes of the pots. Happy Tea Day!

Lavender Cottage said...

Your tea table setting is awesome with the lilacs blooming behind it.
Tying in some violet china and offering 2 lavender sun hats makes me want to come right over and join you.
I love strawberry rhubarb pie too.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Nancy,
What a beautiful spot for a "violet" garden tea party! Your lilacs are amazing and aren't you blessed to have so many! Beautiful teapots and teacups, and a yummy pie too. The scent of your lilacs would be delightful sitting there with a cuppa tea. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea with me.


Bernideen said...

I think that is the tallest lilac I have ever seen! Just incredible and what a glorious setting for Tea IN The garden! Just fabulous!!!

Beth said...

Your lilacs are stunning, and so large! Wow! Loved your tea setting too, Nancy. Very pretty teapot and teacups and the pie looks great. I've never had strawberry rhubarb pie but it sure sounds delish! I have both rhubarb and strawberries, maybe I'll make one.
Blessings, Beth

Sylvia said...

Beautiful! I love you lilacs.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Gorgeous! I'll be right over.

Terri said...

Oh my!Such a gorgeous garden tea! I love your lilac hedge. Lilacs are one of my absolute favorite flowers. Your hedge is glorious! What a setting! And your beautiful violet themed tea is romantic. Both tea pots are really lovely. Your tea cups thin and delicate. I think I would love to join you for rhubarb pie, especially in your lovely garden!
You did a beautiful job creating your tablescape.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: It looks so beautiful. Love all the violet colors. Just beautiful. Have a great weekend. Thanks for joining the party. Hugs, Martha

Stephanie said...

Wow, your lilacs are amazing! They are the perfect back-drop for your lovely garden tea :) I love the hat and everything looks beautiful and inviting. Thank you for such a lovely tea. And thank you for your delightful comment on my blog - you are always so kind.
Have a wonderful week!


Karen said...

Hi Nancy,
Your Tea in the Garden is so inviting! I love the cozy spot in the garden that you have chosen and the purple and mauve accents. It is just beautiful.
Thank you for sharing. I love it all!
Take care,

Maria A. said...

Lovely garden tea party! The theme colour, the setting, the china...
Thanks for sharing.

Clara said...

Wow! Your lilacs are gorgeous and your tea a delight. Thanks for sharing.

kitty said...

Hi dearest Nancy, I always love to visit your sweet teas at the farm cottage. How lucky you are to have so many lilacs!! I wish I lived nearby to be a recipient of one of those bouquets of lilacs!! How I miss their lovely smell.
Your violet tea pieces are so pretty and I love the two hats place at the chairs, ready to wear. Each person will surely enjoy their rhubarb pie, too.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Nancy,

Your tea party is simply gorgeous. So delicate and romantic surrounded by such beautiful blooms. The purple tea cups snd tea pots add the perfect touch. Thank you for visiting me.



Joy said...

Oh, those lilac bushes are just amazingly gorgeous! What a pretty setting for tea, and then to use all the violet-patterned pieces made it even prettier. I know you're enjoying it and I'm glad you shared it.

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

Your lilac tea is beautiful and the lilac bushes are stunning in full bloom. I am sure it smells wonderful at this time of year. I love the teapot on the stand too. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a lovely setting. Such a delightful way to enjoy tea.

Jocelyn @

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Nancy, happy summer to you too! Wow, you're a lucky girl to have lilacs blooming. Our barely had a week of blooms, (of course it rained all that week), and then they were over with. What do you think about the new repeat blooming cultivars. I'm not sure what to make of them, I mean, lilacs are so ephemeral and so spring, so if they were to repeat bloom in the fall that might just take the mystery out of it for me. Hmm...dilemma. But I love your violet and periwinkle cups. so perfect under the lilacs. I have to go buy some for Kerstin, my middle child. Violets are her favourite flower and the middle name of her daughter. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and I'll check in with you soon. Hugs :)

janice15 said...

Tea pots are just beautiful of course I love the Pansy one best I like the stand it's sits purple.. I do love violets though your lilacs look gorgeous Nice post with love Janice

KathyB. said...

Tea among the lilacs , a sweet place to have tea, and s very beautiful.

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi and all I can say it wow how beautiful that looks! You are so lucky to be able to sit outside like that and have tea. I saw it on sharing your cup!
Julie from

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Fabulous setting. What great chairs and the colors are so inviting with the flowers. Love that teapot on the pedestal stand.

Jann Olson said...

Oh your lilacs are gorgeous! Perfect backdrop for your lovely tea. Record hot here. My gardens are feeling the heat. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

I just love your lilac teas! I can live vicariously through seeing these beautiful shrubs - the teapot and teacups are gorgeous! Lovely setting. I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

Catherine said...

Dear Nancy, I found your site through Kitty...When I came onto your site and saw this post I immediately though 'Oh I have the exact teapot!'

I bought mine years ago at Sweezey's! My daughter picked it out...we've had many tea parties and beautiful memories.

You created a beautiful layout. I would love to join you for some tea! Have a blessed week and safe July 4th.

Blessings, Catherine

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Your lilacs are so beautiful! How I miss them here in Florida! I love your purple hats and violet tea sets. I have some violet tea sets also. Again...someday you must come to visit! Thank you for sharing the lilacs with us. I can almost smell them from here! (I wish).