Monday, February 20, 2017

Puppy Love ♡

Hello precious friends!
I trust that you had a beautiful Valentine's Day ♡
I was sick all week, but I wasn't about to cancel a special tea party I had scheduled.
This Valentine's tea party was for my dear Stephenie and her little one,
but the Lord in His goodness made it possible for my dear husband's
schedule to change allowing him to join us.
Of all the tea parties I have hosted this was my husband's first and he loved it,
with the exception of the tea. 
My husband is Canadian, yet he has never acquired the taste for tea.
It was while living in Canada and spending much time visiting with the elderly
that I came to enjoy a good cup of tea.
Visiting these elderly ladies was how I came to learn
of tea parties and fine china.
Isn't it wonderful the way the Lord brings others into our lives
so that we can learn many beautiful things?

 I found these adorable dog dishes at Pier 1 Imports 
and although I really didn't need them
I just knew my grandsons would enjoy them .
It is a perfect set, complete with four plates and four matching drinking glasses.
Each plate is decorated with a different dog picture and is so adorable!
When my oldest daughter's three boys come for their next visit
I will host a tea party for them as well. 
I'm thankful my grandsons enjoy having tea with their Gamma.

I made heart ice cubes and served raspberry mint lemonade.

The color red was my prominent color in decorating ~

I usually decorate with soft colors and plenty of lace,

but for the boys I went with reds. 
That's partly why I purchased this adorable set.
My grandsons enjoy the finer things that grace the table  at a tea party,
but a tea party is usually on the feminine side, wouldn't you agree?
Though these dishes are adorned with hearts, 
they will get used a lot I'm quite sure. 

We played Valentine's Bingo ~

I prepared sandwiches made more for the guys.

BLT rounds ~ roast beef  with horseradish sauce ~ heart shaped grilled cheese ~

Potato fans made with mini potatoes ~

Of course we had to eat our veggies!

They always taste better with ranch dip, don't you think?

Many dainty desserts to choose from.
Strawberry tarts ~ mincemeat tarts ~ maid of honor tarts ~
strawberry french cream pastry puffs ~
chocolate covered strawberries ~ 
and of course, cherry scones served with clotted cream and lemon curd.
What would a tea party be without a scone?
A dear friend gifted me with some dried cherries from Michigan 
and oh are they ever delicious!

Gifts were shared around the table.
Stephenie gifted me with a beautiful lavender sachet that she made.
It found a special place rather quickly
and looks gorgeous hanging with many of my lace scarves.

This was the first use of Stephanie's tea cozy that I purchased
from her lovely etsy shop Rose Petal Blessings.
I LOVE the embellishments!
I was amazed at how warm my tea pot stayed
keeping the tea quite hot for a long time.


It was a lovely Valentine's tea party!
What were some of your memory making moments
this Valentine's Day?
Thank you for stopping by, I always enjoy your visits.


" Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God;
for it is pleasant; and praise is beautiful."
*Psalm 147:1*

~ Debbie ~


Anonymous said...

Good Morning! What a delightful tea party and perfect to share with your grandson and husband, along with Stephanie. I love the doggie plates! How nice to receive a sachet and tea cozy hand-made by Stephanie. We enjoyed visiting a new to us pizza eatery for Valentine's.
Have a nice week. xoxo

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a sweet party you had with hubby, daughter and grandson. The dishes are oh so cute too. The sachet and tea caddy are lovely also.

Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

Elizabethd said...

That was such a lovely tea party. We English do enjoy a formal tea party too!

Melanie said...

I think the doggie dishes are adorable and perfect your tea party this time! I'm so glad you were able to have your husband be a part of all this. The menu looks delicious. Stephanie's gift to you is so pretty. A very talented lady. Have a blessed day.

Stephanie said...

Good morning, sweet mother! Ah, just looking at your photos and reading your delightful words brought back the memories from Valentine's Day. You certainly know how to throw a tea party! Your decorations are always over-the-top-beautiful and your food....{{sigh}} It's always, always, always amazing! You have a gift for baking the most wonderful treats.

Thank you for inviting the little one and me over for tea and fellowship. Both of us had a splendid time and we appreciate the time, love, and care you pour into our lives.

Love and hugs to you!

Saleslady371 said...

Such a lovely setting, Debbie! You are one clever hostess and creative too. Everything is charming. I love the English Bulldog plate. Oh my! Your food looks tasty and I can't stop staring at those baked goodies. I like to include the men. When I started watching Downton Abbey a few years ago, I invited my husband into the living room and set up a table of tea and scones and cookies. He looks a bid odd at 6'4" sipping tea with me but he's game for everything and I cherish the memory even if he didn't continue with the series, that first evening was a blast.

Have a wonderful week,

Sylvia said...

Good Morning Debbie! What a lovely tea and your table is beautiful.
When my grandsons were young they didn't mind having Tea, I think they just wanted to eat! Now that they are teenagers, not so much.
Have a great day my friend!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

How nice that your grandsons enjoy coming to your house for tea! I love your puppy plates and the red theme is so pretty. You sound like me....sickness does not keep me from doing what I planned.

Karen said...

You set a beautiful table and the dishes with the dogs on them are really cute. I thought the heart-shaped ice was a nice touch too. I'm looking forward to spring pastels and flowers blooming now.

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness Debbie! This just melted my heart! What a wonderful tea party. I LOVE the plates! Everything looks so beautiful and adorned with GRACE! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Debby Ray said...

What a delightful Valentine's Day tea party! Your table was just beautifully decorated and those doggie dishes were perfect...what a great find! All of your goodies that you served made my mouth water and I just ate my lunch!! These are certainly sweet memories that you are making, especially for these grandsons of yours, ones they will always remember. Nothing special for me this year really...hubby was working away from home for his 5-day stretch but that was OK...I was (and still am) getting my house back in and a card had come the weekend before. I hope you are having an enjoyable Monday, my friend! Hugs! ♥

Esther Asbury said...

Everything looks so beautiful and yummy! Sounds like you are a great grandma to think of what the boys would like -- so wonderful that you take the time to include them in your tea parties!!

Teri said...

Good Afternoon ... Such a lovely Valentine's Day Tea Party for you all. So charming and your love shines through in all that you do. Hugs ♥ Teri

Joyful said...

Hello Debbie, what a beautiful table you've set for your Valentine's Tea. How wonderful that your husband was able to join you and your daughter and grandsons. I'm so happy you learned to love tea by visiting the elderly. I'm sure they appreciated having you visit. I love tea (and coffee). The sandwiches and desserts you've created made my mouth water. Good thing I had lunch already though ;-) God bless you and heal you quickly. xx

Cheryl said...

What a lovely, lovely display and such yummy looking treats! Dear friend, you pour so much love on the ones in your family and world! You are just such a shining example of the heart of our dear Lord. I love and appreciate you!

Dianna said...

What a lovely Valentine's Tea you served, Debbie. How thoughtful you were of the guys when it came to the decorations (love the doggie plates and matching glasses!) as well as the food. And all of those different desserts to choose from. We always have a tea when our granddaughters come. Do you make your own clotted cream? Thank you so much for sharing your tea with us.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, What amazing memories you are making with your dear ones! Loved the plates, they made me smile! You put on a super party...
Happy belated Valentines Day! Hope you're feeling better!
Hugs, Roxy

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I am so happy that you shared your most wonderful tea party, Debbie. Your table is so pretty and of course your new plates and glasses are just darling and perfect for boys and girls. Your menu sounded fabulous and I know Stephanie and your sweet grandson had a love-filled day with you and your hubby. I hope you're feeling much better by now. Before too long you'll be hosting another tea party. Thank you for sharing the joy with us. Love and blessings to you, sweet lady.

Kelly-Anne ♥ The Diary of a Country Girl said...

Dearest Debbie...

OH! How it blessed me to read of your special Valentine's tea party! All the beautiful touches you added to the table really made it extra special and oh my, such adorable puppy plates and glasses! I know your grandsons must have been delighted to have such fine china on the table! {{smiles}} You baked up such delicious looking treats and I know they were ever so tasty too!

Thank you ever so much for sharing your lovely occasion with us ~ you always brighten my day with what you share here!
I pray you are feeling better now and enjoying the last little bit of winter...

Hugs to you and much dear love!

Pom Pom said...

Wow! I want to come to a tea party at your cozy house, Debbie! We've been having tea parties, too.
I laughed when I read that you didn't really NEED the puppy dishes! Ha! I have too many dishes, too.
Lovely and warm! Thank you sharing your hospitality with all of us!

Marilyn Mathis said...

Your tea party sounded delightful. I know those precious doggy plates were a hit with your grandson. I would even love them! You are such a thoughtful, sweet person who radiates the love of God. Bless you. Hugs.

Rose L said...

Those dog dishes made me giggle.

Cheryl said...

Oh my... that is a lovely table with such whimsy and sweetness! Each photo shows picture perfect attention to detail. Well done!

Margie said...

What a wonderful Valentine tea party! I loved everything from the scrumptious food to the cute dog dishes. I celebrated V-Day with a tea social at work!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Debbie
What a lovely tea party. You created the perfect setting that the guys could enjoy too. Your doggie plates are adorable. Your menu sounds and looked so good!! Love the heart shaped ice cubes. The sachet Stephanie designed is so pretty and her tea cozy is beautiful. Love the fabric. She is such a talentt!!
Hope you're feeling better. Have a beautiful week filled with blessings. Love xo

baili said...

Happy valentine day dear friend!!!
everything is displaying the shine of true love so well through your photos

Ginny said...

Debbie, What a beautiful Valentine's tea! I wanted to have a tea for my granddaughters, however, with their busy schedules, and my not feeling well myself, I did not manage to have one. However, I am planning a Spring tea for them perhaps after Easter. Your table looked wonderful and I loved, loved, loved, the plates! The menu looked yummy and I believe it was. Great idea on the veggies! What was the potato dish you made? Now that is something I never came across.
I hope you are feeling better. These nasty viruses take so long to rid our bodies of, don't you think? I have not been well for going on two weeks now. Our family of siblings are plagued with horrible sinus problems. I knew I was in trouble after I had vertigo last week. Oh well, you have to just endure until it passes.
You are an amazing example of caring and love, especially when it comes to your family. What a blessing you are to them!!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Dear Debbie,

Oh my! Such a beautiful loving menu you put on! All the sweet little desserts, tarts, heart shaped sandwiches, and even heart shaped ice cubes - you thought of everything! And the darling little plates for the boys, so fun! Such a special delight it is to bless your loved ones in such a sweet way! I'm sorry to hear you weren't feeling well, I do hope you are doing better now! And how sweet that your husband was able to be there too! Hugs to you today dear friend, praying the Lord blesses you in a special way :)

September Violets said...

I'm sure all your guests LOVED the care you put to making this memorable Valentine's Day tea! What a beautiful table you prepared. The doggie plates & cups are adorable. Pier 1 had some great looking deer plates at Christmas that I was dying to buy, but I resisted. Tea was always the drink of choice with my British father. I think it kind of came as a surprise to me later in life that I realized my mom loved coffee just as much, but only made up the big coffee percolator when we came to visit ;)

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a lovely tea party! Wonderful that you thought of making it a little more guy-friendly with the doggy plates (so cute!), the red touches instead of pink, and the heartier sandwiches. The food looks so delicious!! I'm glad you were feeling well enough to host. And that your husband was able to be with you all.
What wonderful memories you are making, with so much love. xo Deborah

Linda Walker said...

What a beautiful Valentine's Day tea party! The dishes were perfect for the gentlemen in attendance! Everything looked pretty, delicious and festive! What a whole lot of love you put into all the details! I can see whey they like to have tea with their gamma! I would too!!!!Amazing my friend! xo

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Oh MY! Everything is so lovely...and what a fun time for everyone! Love the doggy plates, etc. What a fun thing to do! Thank you for sharing this with us...makes me want to go have a tea party too!! Blessings to you and yours today. This brought such a smile to my face!

janice15 said...

O good morning, Its been a while.. this tea party looks just wonderful... love the adorable plates I also love the bingo idea and well all of it.. so pretty thank you for sharing it... Happy weekend Saturday with love Janice

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

My Debbie, you went all out for your VD tea and to think you had guys to share it with! Everything looks delicious with super cute doggie plates to eat on. I think Pier 1 had dog dishes before Christmas too? Pretty sure that's where I bought our groomer a mug for a gift and filled it with chocolate.

Brenda said...

Hi Debbie,
I am so glad I was not invited to your tea party:-)
It was absolutely beautiful, and I would not have been able to resist anything on that table. You are a wonderful cook and craft person.
I have been trying to keep myself on a diet but am not having much success.
My digital weighing scales broke and I have not bought another one, yet my clothes are telling me that I have put on far too much weight. Ha ha!

Sheryl said...

Thank you for sharing with us these wonderful photos of your enchanting tea party. Each detail a delight to the eyes - even for the menfolk - love the Valentine bingo and gorgeous china. A beautiful display, I´m sure you all had a marvellous time.

Annesphamily said...

Hi Debbie, what a sweet tea party! You really entertain those you love beautifully. I need a tea party but the weekend I had hoped to have one is the same weekend our youngest graduates from college in Salina, Kansas. LOL! I guess I better show up there! I usually buy a Ky Derby hat each year and although it also falls ont he say he graduates I will save my hat for another occasion.
I am going back on your posts as I can. Busy week but have to visit some sweet blog friends.
Waiting patiently for Stephanie to send us our teacup/mug exchange info. I am so ready!
Blessings for a lovely weekend to you and yours.
Hugs, Anne

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