I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life that are the real ones after all. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Happy Victoria Day to all my Canadian friends and welcome everyone to my Victoria Day Tea!
We have been enjoying what we consider to be the first long weekend of the summer. Many of us have fired up our barbecues and many are visiting the gardening centers.
We are celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday today and for those of you who may not be aware, Canada is part of the British Commonwealth and therefore we have a close relationship with the UK and the Royal family. This is one of the reasons why the royals visit our country so frequently.
Queen Victoria, who was our reigning Queen Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother, was a much beloved queen and the third Monday of every May is set aside to honour her memory. It is also a day to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth whose birthday is actually on April 21.
Queen Elizabeth - Courtesy of the Internet
For Your Interest~ Queen Elizabeth became the longest living British monarch in 2007 and, if she is still reigning on September 9 2015, she will surpass her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, as the longest reigning British monarch.
Queen Victoria - courtesy of the Internet
Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901 and she was instrumental in bringing to her fellow countrymen and the world so many lovely fashions and mannerisms. The period is beloved for its attention to high morals, modesty and proper decorum, as inspired by the Queen and her husband, Prince Albert. I know many of you love Victoriana and the history of that era.
For my tea today I thought it fitting to share china which was made in England. Victoria's beloved husband, Prince Albert, also has an honourable mention as my beautiful Royal Albert china bears his name.
English bone china has always been admired for its beauty, its translucency and pearly white quality.
I am using a new champagne damask tablecloth called Spring Blossoms. It has a daffodil and tulip pattern, perfect for this time of year. Although I prefer anything with lace on it, I thought this one would be nice for a change.
Royal Albert Lavender Rose
Royal Albert Old Country Roses
Royal Albert Tea Rose
"May your life always be like a teapot...overflowing to warm the soul." ~ Irish Blessing
Royal Albert Old Country Roses
China basket holding the spoons
Love the creamer!
Made from scratch Blueberry Oatmeal muffins
Cake, strawberries, and cream
Cuppa tea, anyone?
"Serenity is a solitary cup of tea; pleasure is sharing it with another." ~ Victoria magazine
Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.
A simple cup of tea brings a little loveliness into one's day, don't you think? Especially when it is sipped from a pretty teacup.
I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today!
This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and I welcome anything tea related you would like to share.
Do you have a favourite teacup or teapot, coffee cup or coffee pot? How about a chocolate pot? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too! We enjoy seeing your collections as well; creamers, tea spoons, tablescapes, etc. A trip to a Tea Shop is always fun and if you have a tea time recipe you would like to share, we would love that too.
If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: Hot Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Lemonade, Iced Tea or iced coffee, or Punch in a lovely bowl.
Have a beautiful day everyone and God bless you!
I am joining the following parties as well~
A Return to Loveliness
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi