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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Evening Tea on Dolce's and Gabbana's Patio

This summer the weather has been extremely hot with lots of humidity, making being outside next to impossible for me. Thus Dolce's and Gabbana's patio  area garden did not get done, perhaps some autumn bulbs will replace the weeds you see growing in what is suppose to be a flower bed.                                                                                  

We haven't spent much time with our furbabies on "their" patio, no worries ~ they have been with us on the back patio that is under construction, but has beautiful view of the garden. 

One evening last week ... after a super hot day (100 plus degrees) the evening was a wonderful cool one and we decided to take tea outside after  dinner. 

To add some colour and floral , I brought out one of our Orchids from the kitchen.

For our evening tea - I used a white teapot, placed our teacups on embroidered cotton place mats, of course  tea requires a sweet or two ~
Orchids are one of my all time favourite plants!! Though I'm not that great at keeping them flowering. 
Does anyone have any tips for growing Orchids indoors?

These teacups are  a memento from our trip to Victoria B.C. where we stayed at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and Mr.G experienced his first afternoon tea.  

The Empress Tea China was originally presented to King George V in 1914 upon the opening of the Booth factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
The china was first used by The Empress in 1939 for the Royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The pattern is now produced by Royal Doulton exclusively for The Fairmont Empress.


The tea is Casablanca, a sweet mint tea & bergamot produce by MARIAGE FRÈRES  in Paris. Perfect for a cool summer evening.

This is a teacup that I have yet to use for tea. I fell in love with it's double handles and delicateness and I love that it is footed. The bottom of the cup says:
Made Expressively For Bailey . Banks . Biddle co.
Philadelphia . PA .
and there is also a green marking that looks like a C over an A

The china is super delicate and quite translucent , here it's working well as a sugar bowl...

Dolce and Gabbana enjoying our company on "their" patio...

Thank you for stopping by for tea today ...
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  1. Hi Celia, I adore your gorgeous tea cups from the Fairmont Empress! Love those sweet pups too. Have a good week, Celia.

  2. Oh those teacups are gorgeous from FE! I'd love to have tea with you and with Dolce and Gabbana too..so cute!! Very pretty embroidered linen as well. Have a good week.

  3. The teacups are really beautiful, especially the Empress tea china, but Dolce and Gabbana steal the show as usual! :)

  4. Dearest Celia,

    What a lovely setting for an elegant after dinner tea!
    Your Fairmont Empress cups & saucers are very elegant and come with a special memory.
    The re-purposing of the thin 2-handled porcelain bouillon cup is very clever! Great idea.
    And of course your two furbabies look adorable!
    As for keeping orchids alive indoors, they should be fairly easy to handle. We let them soak in the kitchen sink, let's say every month or so, and than put them back in their spot. Does your planter have a drainage hole in the bottom?
    Orchids usually bloom for months at a time and are very rewarding.
    Sending you lots of love,

  5. oh my, that pic of d and g at the end is too cute! 'where's our tea please?'

    if the pretty little two handled cup is transluscent, then it is probably bone china. it bet it has an especially soft, smooth feel to it. gorgeous.

    i too love orchids. i kept mine blooming for over a year and then it just quit on me. never got it to bloom again, so i'm afraid i do not have tips to share on that one c.

  6. Your furbabies have the good life I tell ya!
    And I am loving this china especially as a sugar bowl...so delicate.
    Re: orchids. I hear they are easy to take care of but I always end up killing mine way too soon. I'm no help am I?
    Happy Monday!

  7. The patio looks lovely and cool. I recognized the china from the first photo...but then Victoria, BC is our closest big city! So nice to have a quiet, peaceful and cool (ish) place to after dinner tea. Looks like the furry ones enjoyed the company! Lovely!

  8. Looks like Dolce and Gabbanas enjoy evening tea on their patio! Love the Fairmont Empress cups and saucers. So elegant. Happy Tea Day!

  9. What a lovely teacups, Celia, and your furbabies are adorable! I like your pretty teapot too. There is just something about white that captivates me! I have never been to Victoria although had my son {he was there for a year} stayed there, we no doubt would have gotten there. Would love to visit the tea room. Thank you for coming by to have tea with me and have a beautiful day.


  10. Celia,

    I just noticed you changed for profile picture and it's just lovely.

    On to your blog post! May I come for tea?! It looks so yummy and your orchid is so robust and healthy looking.

    Your china is always so pretty to look at! Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy the start to a new week.


  11. This is just a lovely tea outside on your patio. I can so relate to the insane heat. my poor patio and yard is suffering from lack of my attention. Visiting from Sandi's party. Have a wonderful day!

  12. WOW - you do live the fabulous life!!! WONDERFUL!

  13. Hi Celia. I enjoyed your tea on the patio. Your teacups from The Empress Hotel are very pretty and the double handled one is extra special. Great idea to use it for sugar cubes. It sure has been a hot summer here too. Have a great week! Pamela

  14. Such a lovely tea on your patio. Your teacups are beautiful and your doggies so cute! Have a great week.

  15. Oh your little ones are sooooo adorable! My Emma and Betsy would love to visit them : )
    Your outdoor tea is lovely. Those tea cups are amazing! The design and coloring are fab!
    Also, your "sugar bowl" is just gorgeous! I can see why you fell in love with it.

  16. This all looks stunning! I would love to take my evening tea surrounded by such beauty. I'm happy to tell you that you are the winner of my Laduree cookbook 'The Sweet Recipes' giveaway! Please contact me at dolcedanielle@yahoo.com with your address :)


  17. Hello Celia, my dear friend and angel.
    Thank you so much for always been stopping by my blog and have such nice and kind words.
    Pity that I'm not feeling very comfortable now for blogging..... :(

    On another note, my friend I must tell you that this all is just sooooooo lovely and stunning!!!
    Such beautiful and elegant things.
    I would love to transport myself and have an evening tea with you and your lovelies.... sigh....

    Take care angel, many blessings your way
    Much love to you

  18. Beautiful setting - both the table and the patio.
    D & G are so darn adorable! I just want to squeal and talk baby talk to them!

  19. Bonjour, mon ami!! I hope you are doing well. Dolce and Gabbana are so
    ADORABLE! They have such a lovely patio, and your tea setting is exquisite!
    Lucky you to have a cool evening to enjoy your tea outside. Here, temps are a soaring 105-107 this week and the evenings aren't much cooler.
    I wish I had orchid tips for you but I don't do well with them either. I have attempted my best but decided I must replace them instead.
    Wishing you a most lovely week! xoxo, B

  20. How I love your tablescape, and the attention to detail that you give...that lovely blue table really is a beauty! And your BABIES....too adorable! we have had more humidity here than normal, and I hate it, it makes me feel rotten ~ so I can only imagine you! 100 plus humidity...mon dieu!
    xox I hope your fall is stunning to make up for it!
    i have some pictures of orchids from the Dior show, take a peek you will love them!

  21. Oh this all looks so lovely and I would have enjoyed everything served to a Tea;') Have a swet week~

  22. I think you're kidding yourself about Dolce and Gabbana 'enjoying our company on "their" patio...' I think the truth of that is more like, "Drop a cookie, drop a cookie, pleeeeze?" It IS what their faces are saying. Smile!! I do love the peace induced by your tea time.

  23. Love those teacups. We had tea there too. So special. What a great first tea for Mr. G. I have the teapot to match. In fact, right now it has pink and lavender roses in it as teapots were used as centerpieces for a breast cancer fundraiser we had yesterday.
    I love your linens too and how they are set off on the pretty color blue table.
    All the best, Ruthie from :http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com/

  24. Cute doggies!

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  25. Hi Celia,
    What a beautiful place to have tea. Your orchids and teacups are gorgeous! I love, love the aqua table & chairs. Everything looks so lovely! Have a wonderful week.
    P.S. your dogs are adorable!

  26. My flower beds are weeds. I planted flower seed but no chance. I used to have orchids for years but I was not lucky with having them reflower. Loved your tea party. Hugs.

  27. So glad you got a break in the weather to enjoy tea time on the patio - love your china pattern, as well as the blue chair and table! This heat and humidity has been horrible. You walk outside and you can barely breathe. Here's hoping that some much needed rain arrives and cools things down a bit. :)

  28. What beautiful china!! Come on over, there's a little somethin' for you!

  29. I think my Martini needs to meet Dolce and Gabbana! And I LOVE the color of the table and chairs.

  30. It has been a hot one here too! I always love your china.

  31. beautiful but mostly love those two fur babies....yep the heat has been crazy.


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