Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Special Friendships & Tea Time...

I have been excitedly awaiting this moment to share a special post with you...
I know you will enjoy meeting two of my dearest friends and taking a peek into the special few days we spent together whilst I was visiting in the Cape a few weeks ago...

Apart from catching up with the latest news in our two families, going for a lovely walk in the crisp winter sunshine, sipping far too much tea, admiring gorgeous vintage items and going fabric shopping, we enjoyed a very blessed time of fellowship which I will remember always...

 ...But now let me share my absolute favourite part of our visit with you ~ our delightful high tea!

 

Here are the three of us all dressed up in pretty dresses and ready for our tea party...  
On the left is Miss M who is my very dear penfriend, and her lovely sister, Miss J...  
Both are precious sisters in the Lord and whenever we get together there is much giggling and chatter! 

 Miss J and I posing...it reminds me of the cover picture of Sense & Sensibility...?

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We have a fun tradition that whenever we get together, we have a special tea party, as we all love pretty tea cups, tea and all things vintage, elegant and lovely...


 We spent Tuesday morning baking a few sweet treats, making little cucumber sandwiches and setting the table for our high tea later that day...of course we used the most elegant tea set and the daintiest of touches to decorate our tea table!  Smiles...

We then went upstairs to change into pretty party dresses and do our hair and make~up...


Miss J is gifted with an elegant hand...her unique style of calligraphy inspires me!  

 

Miss M creatively arranged different flavours of tea in gorgeous Royal Albert tea cups, and Miss J made the labels so that we would know what tea we were drinking...there were many amazing and delicious flavours to choose from!

"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage."

~ Catharine Douzel


 This stunning Royal Albert tea pot was a purely delightful addition to our tea table!
I love the elegant shape, and don't you think the gold edging gives the tea pot a very regal look...?
 
"A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards."

~ A.A. Milne

Cucumber sandwiches creatively arranged on a bed of spinach leaves...

Honey Scones that were oh, so scrumptious!

Sweet little flowers adorned the table...

 We spent a leisurely afternoon sipping tea, munching the delicious eats we had made and attempting to engage in 'old fashioned conversation'...smiles...we slipped back into our 'normal' ways soon enough, though!


...And so ended the most beautiful of tea times, although each of us admitted that it just wasn't quite the same without my sister, Nancy, who has always been a special addition to our gatherings in the past and was greatly missed...

We are praying that before long we will meet again, and we excitedly await that wonderful day and you can be certain there will be another fabulous high tea to celebrate!

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Wishing you all the most beautiful of Wednesdays, sweet friends!



20 comments:

Sarah said...

You all look so lovely, and such a beautiful tea too! The honey scones look like a delightful recipe. : )

Mari said...

What a precious time you must have had Kelly-Anne. Coming together with friends is such a blessing.

And the fun it must have been to have a high tea during your visit...dressing up so beautifully. Great memories indeed! :0)

mari

Emily Grobler said...

Oh do share that scone recipe if you may! xx

Shoregirl said...

Everything looks so lovely! Glad you had a fun time with friends!

Vicky Hunt said...

You girls are all just beautiful! What a nice way to spend the day...preparing treats and tea and then dressing up and having a real tea party! The teapot and cups are so lovely. I love the gold edging. Those scones look absolutley divine. I would enjoy one of those right now. I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit with your friends and hopefully soon you can get together with Nancy as well. I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but my sister's name is Nancy too. I only have one sister though and no brothers, so we are quite close. She lives next door to me...:) Have a delightful Wednesday my friend!

Hugs, Vicky

Debby Ray said...

Oh Kelley-Anne...I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall while you were having this delightful tea party! What fun...and you ladies all looked absolutely lovely! Those cucumber sandwiches look amazing too :) Have a blessed remainder of your week!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful young ladies you are. Your dresses are gorgeous and you're ready for tea and girlfriend fun! I'm so glad you got to have a nice visit! Sweet hugs, Diane

Alex said...

Such lovely photos! So very Jane Austen!Especially the way you are all wearing your shawls : )
I like the way you took a whole day to do this, including the preparation which is part of the fun. It really will stay in your mind as a sweet memory.
x

Heidi-Mari said...

Lovely! You all look so pretty and dressed up!

Margie said...

Beautiful! I feel like I've stepped into the pages of a Jane Austen novel!

Debbie Harris said...

Such a beautiful and elegant way of sharing fellowship with your dearest of friends, Kelly-Anne. Each one of you looks just lovely, I especially love your lace dress. I'm a lace girl. :)
That tea set is gorgeous, love the pretty little blue flowers on it, and those sandwiches look amazing.
I can just hear the three of you chatting in your "old fashioned conversation" with a few giggles through out. How fun.
You will remember this special time for years to come.

Bless you ~ Debbie

Mildred said...

I have been anxious to "meet" your dear friends. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos of your special tea party. The three of you are so beautiful and what a fabulous array of fine treats and a gorgeous tea service. You are blessed to have lovely sisters in Christ; isn't it fun to spend time together laughing and enjoying one another's company? No matter our age, it's always nice to dress up!

Paige said...

How delightful! :) It looks like you three girls had a great time. You all look elegant!

Mary Hutchins said...

You ladies looked so pretty for your tea party. What fun you had, I think that is fabulous! Good friends are a blessing.

Michelle makes and bakes said...

How very traditional and vintage, I love it!, it looks like you all enjoyed it and had fun!xx

Sheryl S. said...

What a gorgeous post. Thank you for sharing such a lovely girly get together, love your dresses and Miss J´s shawl - just a perfect black and white photo to cherish. I have always loved cucumber sandwiches which I remember from childhood and my friends here in Spain laugh at this idea and think I am being funny. The same when I mention egg and cress sandwiches. I am sure you will look forward to the next meeting with these good friends.

Linda Walker said...

Kelly-Anne,
It was a delight to meet your friends! What a lovely idea to dress up for high tea. Everything looks beautiful and the teacups and teapot you used are so pretty! I would love to have such a tea party, such fun! thank you for sharing!
xo
Linda

Stephanie said...

Oh Kelly-Anne, what a delightful high tea...your images are positively lovely :) And the three of you young ladies are not only beautiful, but oh-so-captivating!

What a precious time for you and your friends and the memories you made will stay with you for years to come.

Thank you for the enchantment, my friend. Much love!

CherylQuilts said...

Dearest, Kelly-Anne, what a precious time you all had...it's clear! And what fun to dress up and have high tea together with such beautiful china! Yes, these are memories that you will cherish for many, many years to come. And I know you look forward to your next time with these dear, sweet friends! Hugs!

Cheryl said...

Oh, what a wonderful post! Just so lovely! I know this must have been a wonderful day. The little cucumber sandwiches look so yummy! I wonder what all you put on them? And the honey scones? Are they hard to make? Thank you ever so much for sharing about your beautiful time together. :)