It's just too fun that Laura at Decor to Adore is having blog events in honor of the royal wedding! Today I'm joining her for the High Tea Tablescape, a truly Royal Event, complete with prizes. Really! She has posted some amazing photos on her blog of the royal residences, events, and lots of other fun trivia, also. Did you see the Royal Coach? Amazing!
This may not truly qualify for high tea, but I thought I would repost a few photos from an afternoon tea that my daughter and I had here at home last spring. Maybe we'll set an elegant table again, on April 29th, to celebrate the wedding!
However, for this historic event, I have only the common Blue Willow to present to you today. Oops -- sorry, Laura! I guess the teas we have here in Texas are a little more simplistic than the real deal. I hope you have as much fun seeing it, though.
Our table setting was inspired by this beautiful book, given to me awhile back by my friend Katy. It's a gorgeous compilation of the lovliest of tables, rustic and refined. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves an elegant table setting.
These lovely appliqued and embroidered napkins were a great estate sale find. Goblets from Dollar Tree, birdies from Pier One.
Pretty silver plate flatware was another high-dollar purchase, from my very favorite store -- the thrift store! Yes, I was lucky enough to find service for 12 (missing only one knife), and for 17 cents for each piece. I nearly fainted when I found it.
Yes, this is some fancy table, let me tell you! My sister gave me the pretty tea pot for Christmas years ago. I had been coveting it for awhile -- from Kroger! That's right, all of my high-falutin' dishes came from the grocery store. The silver plated tray was a flea market find in Canton, on First Monday one month, for $5. Wonder what the royals would think of that? Do you think they have ever been to Kroger? Well, if they come for tea, we won't tell them, will we?!!
I seem to recall that I was also recycling my Valentine's Day flowers for this tea. Pretty, aren't they? (And yes, also from the grocery store)
While I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's fine china today, I'm also hoping that in the future, you'll be inspired to create a lovely table setting on a budget! It doesn't take expensive dishes, flowers or food to put together a pretty table for your family to enjoy. Or even that much effort!
On March 9th Laura is having a Royal Wedding Wear Linky Party. I mean really, when would we evah have a chance here in the US to wear some crazy, elaborate hat or bring out our most hideous bridesmaid dresses -- all at the same party?!! You simply must read her post about it here, the prizes are fantastic and the categories are hilarious. I have never wanted to win the Perfectly Putrid prize as much as I do now! Thank you Laura, for making this Royal Event fun for we commoners, also.