Winter Warm Up ~ Teacups and Lace

 As we are now winding down from all of the holiday's festivities and pageantry, what better way to relax than to spend time with friends cosing up to a  brilliant fire with a soothing cup of hot tea. Come on and join me. As cold as it was today, in the low 30's, I decided to shoot this post on my back patio so to capture the natural light on the flowers, food, and teacups. I  gave the tablescape as girly a setting as possible by covering the tabletop with white lace and a vase of pink roses.


The silver plated teapot I picked up several years ago when Mr. Rosemary Lane and myself took a road trip through upstate New York. We spent our days in the beautiful wineries and in every antique shop we could find. This lovely teapot was sitting on the back of a shelf in a hardware/antique shop in downtown Albany.

The pink teacup was also another find in the same shop in Albany.

This next teacup set belonged to my my grandmother. My mother gave it to me when I started my collection about 10 years ago...it must be over 100 years old.

 I purchased the white and blue set below when my sister Kim and I were up at the Brimfield flea market and antique show in September of 2011.(Click here to see day 2 of our Brimfield trip.) It was for me a no-brainer as I adore the blue color and the daintiness of the gold on white pattern.

This beautiful floral teacup set with gold banding my hubby found while we were in an antique store in the Canadian town Niagara-on-the-Lake.

How about a slice of white chocolate cake with coconut and pecans? Perfect to enjoy with herbal tea served up in one of these beautiful teacups.

Thank you so much for stopping by and joining me for tea. Wishing you a fabulous first weekend of 2013!

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  1. Barbara,
    Wow I would be so honored to join you for tea! Everything is so beautiful! Your pictures capture the festive mood to a t!
    dee dee

  2. Good Evening Barbara,
    Happy New Year to you.
    Your teacups and saucers are beautiful and to own one which is a hundred years old....how wonderful.
    Yes please, I would love a slice of white chocolate cake with my cup of tea.
    Have a lovely day, Best Wishes Daphne

  3. Barbara, what a beautiful post! Your teacups are beautiful! I have some of my mother's cups that have been stored away. I plan to get them out and use them! Maybe my first use should be a tea party for one!

  4. Beautiful teacups....my favorite is your grandmother's!!!!! Happy New Year!

  5. Always love reading your posts. but today's post with the white chocolate cake with coconut sounded sooo good...Can you post the recipe for it?


  6. OMGosh- What a beautiful, beautiful post. The images and your teacups are just gorgeous. Beautiful!!!! xo Diana

  7. Barb, your tea cups are bring such wonderful memories to you! They are not only sweet and ladylike but a real connection to people and places you love. Now that's something that can warm your tummy and your heart!

  8. So glad to find someone else that loves teacups. Love, love, love to attend teas and see all the pretty silver, china, lace, and flowers. Makes one feels special and happy.

  9. Barbara, those are such pretty and delicate tea cups. I don't have any, but recently I was at a dinner where coffee was served in something similar and I was delighted at the feel of something so beautiful and fine. How special these must be to you! It's hard to pick a favorite. That's what would be such fun, choosing one according to your mood!!

  10. Just beautiful.

    Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  11. Looks like a lovely tea and such pretty tea cups . . . and I like your silver teapot!

  12. What gorgeous china and beside a beautiful fire. So special. Complete opposite here in Queensland Ausralia as we are experiencing heat wave conditions. I so love to visit. Take Care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  13. Beautiful teacups always remind me of my mother who had a lovely collection. When she died last year, I had to do a lot of things in a hurry, and Salvation Army was the recipient of most of her belongings including the cups. You can guess at how I have regretted letting them go.

  14. Oh my word, Barbara, how lovely!

    Oh I absolutely adore all things tea! I hope you get the chance to visit my blog - go to the tea file and share tea with me there, too.

    That cake looks so delish and your china - and how you acquired them- is neat reading!

    Be SURE to share this with all the Tea Tuesday linky parties, they will want to see this post!

  15. Just beautiful sentiment and beautiful photos. How nice to remember where each teacup was purchased and enjoy those memories. The cookies and cake make my mouth water and I am off for a cup of tea.

    I like your photos outside. I must try this.

  16. So pretty and elegant! I need some tea cups!

  17. Hi Barbara, terrific post with things that I love, too. Actually, you surprised me with one of my favorite places to visit. Niagara-on-the-Lake was a total surprise that we just happened to find while driving from Toronto to Niagara Falls. We had time to spare and saw a turn off for it and decided to take a chance. Be still my heart...it is fabulous and we ended up spending the night there. It really looked like a storybook town. I loved, loved, loved all their flower boxes on their fences and/or windows. Yes, I'd love to return in the summertime. Uh, whenever that is...we were at the falls on the 4th of July and it was cold! Love your posts. Thanks

  18. Hi Barbara. I am a little late for tea but the pictures and the cups and teapot are just beautiful. That cake looks pretty good too. Hope the new year is treating you well so far my good friend..Judy

  19. I would love to join you for tea. Your tea cups are stunning (as are your photos). Just beautiful. I would love for you to come and share this at my Winter Blues Wednesday party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  20. Your tea table is so pretty even if it is out on the cold patio. I love your beautiful china cups and the treats look delicious. I am visiting from WOW Us Wednesdays. Pamela

  21. Such a delightful post. Your collection of tea cups is lovely. I am sure you treasure them all. Especially your grandmother's. Please come by and visit me at rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

  22. I have a thing for tea cups!!! Everything looks beautiful...wish I could join you Barbara! XO, Aimee

  23. I am drooling over your magnificent teacups! Truly beautiful!!

  24. Those are some gorgeous teacups! Just exquisite! That cake looked amazing too! Thanks for sharing! =D

  25. What a wonderful teacup collection! I love them! I would love you to join the Thursday Tea Things and Talk meme at my place.

  26. Barbara,
    Dear one, you have an amazing collection of exquisite tea cups! The blue, white and gold has such a calming effect, perfect after the pace of Christmas! Thank you for sharing your creative gift with us!
    P.S. Visiting from Yvonne's!

  27. OOh lovely, can I come for tea?

  28. Soooo . . . beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Patti@OldThingsNew

  29. What a beautiful setting. I would love to join you for tea. Everything is so lovely.

  30. Barbara, what an absolutely gorgeous tea! Would love to join you on the porch. All of the teacups are precious, but the aqua stole my heart. Love it against the pink roses. And you know just what I like. I prefer white cake any day over chocolate. And coconut and pecans, YUM! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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