Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tea Party minus the Politics

You may have noticed the needlework I was working on Sunday afternoon.

It's a teapot holder from a vintage pattern found here.

It's lined with a contrasting felt, and the layers are open in the middle, on the bottom half.

I thought it would make a cute hostess gift for a tea party that we were invited to.
Especially since our Bonny loves all things "tea".
You can't enter her country kitchen, without being offered a cup.
Friends often give her "tea" items as gifts.
(You may remember the wind chimes I made for her birthday)

This girl knows how to throw a tea party.
For embellishing her delicious scones: She has cute little tea themed spreaders for the butter, devonshire cream, lemon curd and the strawberry, and rose petal jams.

And this cute sign that claims "Will trade tea for gossip"

The girlies looked right at home in Bonny's old fashioned country kitchen in their vintage hats.

Bonny made little viola ice cubes for the water goblets.

The girls had brought their "fancy" dolls, and Bonny even provided doll tea cups for them as well.

There were fancy sugar cubes, with tongs...one lump or two?

And THREE kinds of tea!

This flowering one was called "Juliet's Kiss" and was a lovely Jasmine.

The cucumber sandwiches were a hit.....

and there were little chocolate ones, that had a salty sweetness to them.

The little stuffed tomatoes were yummy.

She made adorable little petit fours...

And pretty little puff pastry cups filled with fresh strawberries. The piece de resistance' were the little chocolate cups filled with bavarian creme, topped with fresh rasperries and a little chocolate filigree heart.

Bonny's kitchen has always been my favorite room in her home. I love the big old table in there, and the light that streams through the windows. She has an old vintage range. A few years ago, she and I did a re-do on all of her kitchen cabinets. They had been flat, birch ones, in need of re-finishing. We turned all of them into beadboard, using our router. We found reproduction hardware, and Bonny painted them out in white. We found a wallpaper that tied in her counter tops colors. It was a lot of fun.

She and I both have a love of vintage things and gardening. So for my birthday, she made me this planter with a thyme plant in it. Cute, huh?!

She spoiled us rotten. The girls had a blast, playing the old player piano, and running around outside with Toby.

He's such a sweet boy.

Bonny is one of the hardest working, giving persons, that I know. She has opened her home to friends and relatives who were between homes, for extended stays. Whether a person is there for a long while, or a few minutes: She is the living, breathing, definition of "Hospitality".

Unlike some people with welcome signs....she actually means it!


kate said...

How special. We do love our Bonny.

Melissa said...

The embroidered piece is so beautiful - but then I love embroidery. The tea party looks darling.

And you gave beautiful testimony to a beautiful friend and friendship.


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