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Monday, January 21, 2013

Tea With Kate Spade

One of the goals for me this year is too spend more time with close friends and what better way than with sharing tea. The other evening Ms. L came by with her new black dresses and an evening of girl chat. The weather has been so unpredictable this season - one day it's sunshine filled with  double digits - the next a brrrr freezing one with temperatures plummeting into minus double digits. So what better way to warm up than with a fabulous garden inspired tea set by Kate Spade ( a wonderful gift from my sister and her hubby).

We sipped on some tea from Laduree...

The teacups bring back warm memories of afternoons spent in the gardens. And the saucers offer up an image of the warm sun ... with the yellow stripes.

How gorgeous is this silver tea strainer adorned with raised Angels. This was a priceless find at our dear friend Mariette's boutique last year. This photo really does not do this piece justice.

If you have not yet discovered  Mariette's Back to Basics Boutique I suggest you stop by for a bountiful selection of unique and wonderful items from a time when simplicity was truly appreciated. Mariette also has a wonderful blog by the same name Mariette's Back to Basics where she shares wonderful memories of her and her husband Pieter's adventures living in various places throughout the world; their breathe taking gardens and their feline furbabies.

With our tea we enjoyed some Amaretti cookies...

and we may or may not have enjoyed a  tiny sip of Anisette Liqueur - a product from the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. We had a great time chatting away ... there was just one missing piece....

Our friend Ms. J.  ... 
with a quick call and speaker function on the phone , Ms. J. joined us.

No matter how busy you get in life - remember to make time for your besties and it's always a good time to enjoy a cup of tea.

Sharing this post with:  Little red House for Mosaic Mondays ~Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea ~ Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea time Tuesday ~ Artful Affirmations and Martha's favorites for Teacup Tuesday  Table Top Tuesday ~  A Return to Loveliness Tuesday ~  between naps on the front porch Thursday My Simple Country Life for The Country Homemaker Hop ;Katherine of Katherine’s Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop; Kathy of A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday;Sheri at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet HomeCourtney of French Country Cottage for Feather Your Nest Friday;Alison of Stuff and Nonsense for Fridays UnfoldAt the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday; Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday. ~  What Inspires Me Friday


  1. You throw a delightful tea Celia, and I love the silver tea strainer.

  2. Dearest Celia,
    What a surprise to see the angels back! Love this post and it is meant for sharing quality time with friends; no doubt. That's where the angels come into play... Enjoy more of those special moments with your dearest friends. Stay warm and cozy!
    Hugs to you,

  3. Ah yes, wintertime in Canada, one never knows from one day to the next what we're going to get. Mild today on the Island and then it's going to turn cold again.
    A wonderful tea time with friends and your silver tea strainer is just beautiful! Hope you have many more lovely tea moments with friends, Celia. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.


  4. I agree, girl time is a must! Your tea set is just beautiful, and Laduree will be one of our first stops in Paris.
    Wishing you a beautiful week! xoxo, B

  5. Celia that tea set is gorgeous as is the beautiful silver tea strainer! Happy New Year to you! Spending time with friends is so important and special for all of us!
    best wishes always

  6. Your tea set is so pretty and the design is so different. You are absolutely right about making time to drink tea with friends....and of course the chatting!

  7. I saw Kate Spade and Tea and knew I had to drop by! So lovely to be with friends over a nice tea. This is a fun tea set and I love the silver tea strainer -- what a special find! Happy New Year!

  8. This would definitely help me through another cold day trapped on the farm! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Fabulous! Love your cute! And the tea strainer is wonderful! I love antique tea accoutrements! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea and have a great day!

  10. Lovely sentiments and tea party. I especially adore the cherub tea strainer! I will click over to see your friends boutique. I'm not certain how I found your lovely blog, but I am delighted to be here.
    Have a beautiful week!

  11. The teapot is adorable, and I love the silver tea strainer too, Celia. What a nice tea!

  12. What a lovely tea with friends! Your teapot is so pretty and so is the tea strainer!!

  13. You have prepared a lovely tea for your friend! The pot and cups are very pretty. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week ahead!

  14. I love getting together with friends and what more perfect way than to have invited Kate Spade and Laduree to the party too! Beautiful pieces and lovely that your missing friend was able to join via phone ;) ... it's been the same here lately weather-wise too ... we got up to 60F one day and now it's in the 20F's with windchills in the single digits! I'll be ready for spring ... and then those girly dates will be just perfect with iced tea! xoxo Thanks for stopping by today, Celia! ~S

    SANDY M Illustration

  15. Oh how inviting and quaint. I just know if I was in the neighborhood I could have dropped in and have been welcome. Love your tea cups. :)

  16. What a cute tea setting! And I love that silver strainer. Have a wonderful day!

  17. It would be fun to join Kate Spade for tea :)

    Celia, ALL of your tea cups are so unique and very pretty. The cookies are the perfect accompaniment as is a good friend. ..take time for tea.. I couldn't have said it better my self and I think I'll have some right now:)

    Hope your week is off to a good start!


  18. Love the teapot, plates and teacups! What a sweet design on them - so fresh and fun. It's nice to enjoy tea with friends. Pamela

  19. Very good advice. I love your tea-set. Deb

  20. Of course the Kate Spade tea set would be my favorite!! Hasn't the weather been awful? Makes me not want to leave the house.

  21. What a charming teapot!
    My great grandmother was from England , thus Tea time and the enjoyment of tea is hereditary in my case.
    We have a wonderful tea shop here that sells teas that are not only delicious but the scent is heavenly.
    I am bringing back, tins and tins of tea :)
    besitos to you and the gang ~

  22. Everytime you share your tea posts, my entire system slows down and I become so relaxed. I also go make tea! I love your tea posts - just LOVE them! I started this year out slowing down and being more deliberate in my choices and lifestyle - you help that! Thank you!!

  23. Dear Celia,
    Tea with friends is always the best way to spend time together. Love your teapot and matching cups! Your silver tea strainer with angels is gorgeous! Love it! Thanks for sharing your tea with us today! Wishing you a lovely day!

  24. What a delightful tea. And how sweet to include your friend.

    Jocelyn @

  25. Such a cute teaset, a wonderful gift! Tea with friends is the best!

  26. Great to hear about your lovely tea party! Sharing tea with a friend is priceless!
    Your Kate Spade tea set is indeed very nice! I can almost smell the tea too!
    All your images are beautiful!

  27. You are so right, tea always is better with your best friend. Everything looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Martha

  28. What a lovely tea set! Thanks so much for sharing your fun at MM. xoxo

  29. Stopping by to say hello! Wishing you a fabulous day. xoxo, B

  30. I am a hard-core Starbucks addict, but this tea set almost has me converted. Hugs, J

  31. Lauderee and Kate Spade? What a perfectly lovely afternoon!
    --Lee Ann

  32. lovely, I truly believe in your sentiment to. Its important to make time for your besties. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop! xo


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