Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 8: Under the Tea Table and Dreaming

Some days the only indulgences I can muster for myself are fresh-squeezed toothpaste and a mostly-clean set of underthings.  Today, I'll be lucky if I get those, because instead of spending my time on hygienic concerns, I have devoted myself to a much more meaningful endeavor:  Pinterest.  Pinboards may not seem important at glance, but WHAT IF Jane Austen came back from the grave and wanted a spot of tea?  How on earth would I set the table?  What color scheme would I go with?  Not to mention the issue of place cards . . . I mean, really, folks.  Pinterest is an invaluable resource in times of crisis.  So, assuming that Jane did call on my humble abode for some conversation and a cuppa, here is what I would want the moment to look like . . .

If I were to host an indoor tea,
I would want the intimacy and bookish charm of this setting.

However, this dreamy outdoor prospect would be lovely too.

But what if I wanted tea, upholstery, AND the great outdoors?

Or why not settle on the best of both worlds---an afternoon tea in the greenhouse.

I couldn't begin to entertain Miss Austen without at least a mention
of milk glass and toile.

Roses are radiant, and peonies are precious, but put them together and you have perfection . . . absolute feminine floral perfection.

One teapot on the table is never enough.  Why not place the fresh flowers in one as well?

Now that I have my flowers and locale picked, there is nothing left to do but decide on the menu and table settings.  I guess my toothbrush and laundry will have to wait:  I have a date with Pinterest. 


  1. This is such a fun post. I love all the table settings for hosting Jane Austen. I think she would be impressed with every one you featured. I can tell you are a fan of Jane Austen, just like me!

    1. I guess the question now is how to get Mr. Darcy to attend . . . :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Your patio has a "fine prospect, I grant you", but I think Jane prefers the upholstered chairs on the lawn. ~ Maureen

  3. Oh, we just love tea time. We have enjoyed this English tradition for some time now. It is very relaxing. My favorite table setting is the blue one. Don't know why, but I love the blue tea cups the best. The roses are so beautiful.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  4. I think I'm in love with your blog. Jane Austen with a nod to Dave Matthews Band? Awesome.
    I think I'd pick the bookish tea or the rustic table under the trees (must protect my rosebud complexion!).
    I even love your music selections!
    I'll be back...


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