Monday, April 26, 2010

Spring Teapot, Pink Bunny and 4 chics

I'm joining Chari's Sunday Favorites today!
Hope you go check out everyone's favorite posts!  Thanks Chari for being such a gracious hostess!
Congratulations again on your blog birthday!! 

Spring officially started over a month ago, but in my garden spring really just 'sprung' this week.  I have enjoyed watching everything come to life. I finally have enough bloomers in my garden to make a bouquet of irises, roses and english daises!   

One of my sweet girlfriends and her husband saw this adorable teapot in Cracker Barrel and thought I needed it for my collection!  Thanks Tina and Don in honor of such a lovely gift I just had to set a little tea party table to celebrate!

The teapot's colors are perfect for my favorite flower petaled cake turned teapot stand, as well as the April Cornell placemats I purchased on my trip to Texas. 

I bought these knowing that my favorite dishes would match this pattern.  The placemats are reversible and plaid on the alternate side..I love that I can get two looks for the price of one!  

The napkins are in the plaid and I added another lime green napkin I've had for years as the color was a match.  I added the sweet little bunny napkin rings from Hobby Lobby.     

Layered favorites

The teacups are from Hobby Lobby (half-price) and actually have matching plates.  I used my little GW found rose petaled  soap dishes for a saucer and to perch the egg cups on.   


I bought this little topiary at JoAnn's Fabric on's perfect for a small spring/Easter centerpiece.

I found this pitcher at GW just last week for $4.98.  We used it for all the entries of my giveaway (see last post)  I love the shape and the flower motiff made it a perfect addition to my spring collection of dishes.   I use pitchers for flower vases, since they are heavier and the mouth is wider than most vases.   

This adorable bunny was given to me years ago. I just love her..she is so pretty and the colors in her outfit are soft and sweet.  I found the little candleholder/pedestal she is sitting on for $1.00 at a thrift store.    

I love her shoes......

and purse!

These little chicks were tossed in the bottom of my shopping bag in Texas ...without my knowledge and when I found them their little faces seem to say:
 Are you my Mother?? 

I guess I'm stuck with them since I took them across state lines!  In the meantime  I made them little nests in my egg cups until they are big enough to lay their own eggs!   

Hope you take time out of your busy schedule to make a cup of tea and enjoy spring..or better yet have a tea party of your own.   


I'll be linking with:
Lady Katherine's Tea Time Tuesday, Linda's  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , Marty's Tabletop Tuesday, Susan at BTNOP's Tablescape Thursday,  Cindy's  Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday and 
Beverly's Pink Saturday!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

And the Winner is.....

Mr. Bloomers did the honors and drew the lucky winner....  

out of my bargain G.W. find ( the price is still visible)

 The winner of my first giveaway is.... Suzanne at Midwestern Gone Idahoan!  

Sorry it's on its' side...I don't know how to fix it!  But wanted to keep it real..LOL...

Thanks to everyone for entering !!!

Congratulations to Suzanne
Please email me your mailng address to

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My Favorite Post-Pretty in Pink Baby Shower

This is one of my favorite posts from earlier this year...probably because the occasion was the birth of my best friend's baby girl...the best reason  for a celebration!

We are also celebrating Chari's Sunday Favorites Birthday..hard to believe it's already been a year!

Happy Blog B-D Chari!!! 

I just have to share my baby shower table.  My best friend had a precious baby girl and I've been looking forward to hosting her shower for months!  I played with crystal, china and silver until I was pleased with the arrangement.
(These photos are prior to food placement)   

I started with an antique lace tablecloth over a peachy pink undercloth.  I chose pink sweetheart roses for the flower vases.  I love how dainty they are mixed with a few lime green button mums from a grocery store bouquet.  I arranged three bouquets for less than $20.  

A friend of mine made these adorable  flowerpot "babies" to decorate her baby shower table and then passed them along to me.  Thanks Linda!  I think  they are the cutest...all I had to add was baby hats which the baby will be able to wear later this summer.    


Closer views

She used stryofoam balls on wooden dowels and covered the little heads with panty hose.  I love the sweet little faces she drew and the stick on eyes are fun.   One baby  is a red-head and the other is a blonde! 


I used voitive candles surronded by valentine heart candies in my mom's crystal stemware as


I also used ivory tapers on either side of the cake plate. 

Faux pearl bracelets served as candle rings on my grandmother's milk glass candlesticks as they needed a little something special.  

My mother-in-law's Westmoreland sterling silverware was perfect for this table.  

I used this tea set with sweet little  pink flowers to serve spiced tea to my guests.  

I ordered the Ribbon cake from a wonderful bakery called Raspberries 'n Creme.  They  make the most delicious cakes..this one has a layer of vanilla and  chocolate with a bavarian creme center sprinkled with strawberries.  They finish  the cake with pink whipped creme icing and fresh flowers. (let's not count these calories)

These adorable cookies were baked by Ruth's Sweet Justice, another specialty bakery.  Not only are they pretty they were good too!  She makes bottles, booties,  and baby buggies in the color of the baby's nursery bedding.


The silver trays for the cookies were from the Dollar Tree..I wanted silver on the side table and  used the trays in my three-tiered server.  I just added a big pink bow to dress up my plain black server.  

 I sent my hubby into the attic to find my antique baby buggy to put her presents in.

A view of the side table and the baby shower tree.  I decided to leave my Christmas tree up for a few weeks and just redecorate it for the baby shower.  I love Christmas trees and it made the dining room more festive.   It was the perfect spot to put the presents as guest arrived.

I took paper doilies and just made simple tussie mussies and used a diaper pin to accessorize them.  I found  pink gingham party favor boxes  at the Dollar Tree and filled them with valentine heart


I added a few pink and silver heart ornaments and all for less than $10.   Another sweet friend Tina gave me the pink and brown ribbon to make the topper bow. I'm debating on whether to leave it up and decorate it for Valentines, Madri Gras and St. Patty's Day.  Any opinions?  Is that crazy?  

The buffet table ... I served croissants filled with homemade chicken salad,  a  fruit and vegetable tray with dip (thanks Amber!)  We also had a herbed pasta salad and flavored teas.  The cake and cookies were accompained with assorted chocolate candies. 

Finally, the punch table was decorated with a cutwork lace tablecloth and my grandmother's milk glass punch bowl set.  I didn't have enough cups but thank goodness for Ebay, I was able to find another  set of cups and saucers to add to my collection.

Silk lilies of  the valley with little pink flowers and a bow complete the table along with a raspberry candle.  

The punch was a mixture of passion fruit juice, ginger ale,  fresh strawberries and raspberry sherbert...but it wasn't as sweet as.... 

Our precious little baby girl who arrived three weeks early and weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz and 18.5 inches long.   Early predictions are she is a redhead just like her beautiful mother!  

Thanks for visiting my table today and sharing our joyous occasion.  This week  I'm joining Tabletop Tuesday with Barb at Grits and Glamour ,  Tablescape Thursday at Susan's
 Between Naps on the Porch and Pink Saturday at Beverly's How Sweet the Sound.    Make sure you join in all the fun!