Vintage Tea Time Tablescape

One of you mentioned having tea around my breakfast room table after I scooted the arm chairs in from other rooms.  That one comment totally inspired today’s tablescape.  Do you see how much you inspire me?

After prepping some keyed canning jars for a center collection, I brought in several fine china tea cups and saucers for enjoying our tea.

Tea Time Tablescape

You may notice the shelf on the wall has a collection of filled canning jars, as well as some various china pieces and dishware.

Canning Jar Decor

Shelves filled with canned food in jars reminds me of pantries back in the day – and many of you still today do your canning each year before winter.  Muscadine grape juice, strawberry fig preserves, or pear relish, anyone?

Canning Jar Decor

I kept the CHOCOLATE UNDERSTANDS sign to commemorate my self-proclaimed Chocolate Month.  See it resting on the side table?

Canning Jar Decor

On the shelf, HH’s grandmother’s Piggly Wiggly china from years ago combines with the lavender china that’s the same as my grandmother’s pattern.  (Lost Lavender China Lives tells that discovery story.)

For the place settings, there are several things combined, old and “new-ish”. The cereal bowl on top is the same pattern as the lavender china on the French Country Plate Shelf.  It’s Sheffield by Salem.

Place Setting

I used 80’s era green dinner plates over DIY Burlap Chargers.  Even though they’re not old, they have a vintage-y feel.  The salad plates are our everyday china (Mikasa Antique White).

Each place setting has a different piece of the bread and butter (or dessert) Botanic Garden Terrace set by Portmeirion.

Botanic Garden Terrace by Portmeirion

This first tea-cup set isn’t fine china.  It has no name, no signature.  I just like it.

Tea Cup and Saucer

This next set is from Norcrest Fine China, and PAM’s father bought it for her a long time ago because she loved it so much.  Aren’t the roses beautiful?

Tea Cup and Saucer

This set is PAM’s Meadow Breeze by Syracuse fine china that she’s passing down to Spunky Daughter.

Tea Cup and Saucer

SD is decorating her apartment now that “the brother” is out of the picture.  She’s adding her own taste to things.  I told her she could physically have her china when she’s out of school and settled and has a china cabinet to hold the china!

You’ll see pictures of her apartment updates as she pulls it all together.  She’s majoring in Interior Design in college.  (Why does that surprise me so much?)

This final cup and saucer is Botanic Garden by Portmeirion, which coordinates with the set of bread and butter plates.

Tea Cup and Saucer

The place settings are gathered around the keyed canning jars (you saw yesterday) resting on this home-tweaked French Flair Cutting Board.

French Flair Cutting Board

After taking tablescape pictures, I finally got around to filling the keyed jars.

Keyed Canning Jars

What’s CHOCOLATE MONTH without chocolate on the table?  Ha!

Tea Time Tablescape

Don’t we enjoy chocolate any time?  Which cup and saucer would be your choice as we sit down for tea?

Blessings~

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Comments

  1. says

    It’s a wonderful mix Kim, love the pastels and pretty patterns. But I really love your “pantry” shelves stocked with homemade jars of goodies and the whiteware. That really spells farmhouse kitchen!
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  2. teresa says

    This is a tough one for me and helps explain my own china addiction! I love them all, but especially the unnamed teacup set as it’s so unique and has a handpainted charm.
    I’m happy your daughter is accepting the china; it seems as if so many people no longer appreciate its worth aesthetically and functionally.

    • Sharron says

      Love fine china .. all of yours are pretty . Yesterday, I had some ladies over for “Table Talk”. I had set the table with my china that is about 51 years old.. the ladies just loved the table . They said it made them feel special.
      I served coffee and also hot tea..and of course I had CHOCOLATE 😊
      So, I enjoyed seeing your table set up..

      • says

        Of course your friends felt special. You took special care to set things nice for them! I love that you call it “table talk”. (I might have to borrow that term.) Coffee and chocolate is a favorite of many, mine included! Happy Wednesday. 🙂

    • says

      I understand completely, Teresa. I’ve always loved the dainty-ness of the no-name cup and saucer. You’re right, it does look hand-painted. It’s funny, SD loves anything vintage. Both of our kids would choose to live in the 1950’s. They love the clothing styles. Ha!