Hello and welcome to The Tea and Roses Blog Hop! I am honored to be hosting this hop and to have eleven talented blogging friends joining in the fun! If you are coming over from Pam’s beautiful blog, Everyday Living, or if you just happened to stop by today, welcome! This week is full of excitement, starting today with the tea party hop, a $75 Amazon Gift Card giveaway and a Spring Tea Party link up coming up this weekend. You can find all the details at the end of this post. For now, let’s get this tea party started!
It’s tea time! I have a very special guest joining me for tea, Heir Ludwig Van Beethoven! When I decided to set up a tea party in the music room, I thought it would be very rude not to invite him, especially since I am having the party in his territory! If you would like to join me in enjoying a little of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 20 in G 0p. 49 during this special tea party, simply press play on the audio file below to listen as you read.
For this special tea party I moved the drop leaf table from the kitchen breakfast nook into the music room. Our home is an eclectic mix of styles, but the music room is where I keep my most shabby chic, Victorian, and brocante antiques and vintage treasures. With all the windows and so much natural light, I thought it would be a perfect spot for a tea party. I had never considered using a small dining table in the music room, but I really like it!
At first Beethoven didn’t seemed too thrilled about the tea party, but when he saw that a light brunch of fresh, organic strawberries dusted with raw, organic coconut sugar and French herb roasted potatoes was on the menu, he “changed his tune,” (or at least I imagined he did!)
*A random bit of music history: Beethoven loved potatoes!
In honor of my special guest I used antique sheet music as place mats, and also for Beethoven’s amusement and perusal. Beethoven’s deafness is a well known fact, but most people cannot comprehend that he could still perfectly “hear” music in his head just by looking at sheet music, or composing it himself. What a genius!
Because Beethoven was known to have outrageous mood swings, I figured a low sugar dessert might be better than anything that might spike his blood pressure or sugar levels, especially after having starchy potatoes. I am also on a very limited diet, but strawberries topped with a little organic coconut sugar are a delicious and nutritious alternative to petit fours or cookies at a tea party. The beautiful lidded floral porcelain trinket box from Victorian Trading Co. adds a touch of vintage sweetness to the table when filled with just a little extra coconut sugar for the strawberries.
Roasted red potatoes sauteed in olive oil, garlic, and onions and seasoned with herbes de Provence are one of my favorite brunch choices. A tasty decaf, organic rose leaf herbal tea accompanies the potatoes nicely.
I am so glad that Beethoven is joining me today. I have felt for quite some time that it was time for us to reconnect. Even though I see Beethoven daily in the music room (staring at me unnervingly me as I give my piano students lessons on HIS music), it has been a while since he and I really spent any quality time together.
You see, several years ago I had to take a break from our lifelong musical relationship. During my college years, I was forced to sing, play, analyze, memorize, theorize and any other kind of “ize” classical music to the point that sadly, I just didn’t want to listen to it anymore!
Lately I have been missing my old solace and friend, “classical music,” so this hop was the perfect time for a classical tea for Beethoven and me! Even when I was teaching music full time, I rarely found the time to just sit and listen and savor the melodious masterpieces. The Tea and Roses Blog Hop however inspired me to do just that. Today I am sipping some delicious rose herbal tea and enjoying some of Beethoven’s music as I visit all of the other beautiful blogs on the tour.
I was a little late pulling this post together and things didn’t turn out exactly how I imagined, but I am so glad they didn’t! I had planned to cover the table with an ivory vintage lace tablecloth, but I could not find one anywhere that I liked or that would fit. Since time was running out, (with less than 24 hours to go) I made a DIY no sew vintage-style tablecloth with pom pom trim at the last minute and I just love it!
I found this beautiful vintage looking material at Jo-Ann Fabric yesterday and there was just barely enough left on the ream to cover the top of my table. I decided to add some adorable pink pom-pom trim to give it more length and extra vintage charm, and it turned out even better than I expected.
The tablcloth could not be more perfect for a vintage style tea and roses tea party!
This impromptu tablecloth was a quick “no-sew” project, and now I know how easily and inexpensively I can whip up a tablecloth for any special occasion using clearance fabric, cute trim, and hot glue!
I am a vintage dishes hoarder, but I didn’t realize until planning for this tea party that I don’t really have many matching sets. I like to mix and match pieces, and I never pass up vintage dishes with rose patterns when I am out junkin’. For the hop I simply gathered up several pieces from my stash and they just all harmoniously blended together on the table cloth to form a very vintage-style tea and roses tablescape.
My gorgeous gold flatware was my one big splurge for the tea and roses blog hop… (shh…it’s only $3.99 plastic utensils from the party section at Home Goods!)
As I was setting the table I realized I didn’t have any cloth napkins that would really be springy, so I ended up cutting an old celery green dish towel in half and simply folding up each half like a napkin. I really love having just a touch a green on the table!
Of course a “tea and roses” themed tea party wouldn’t be be complete without some pretty roses! When I started working on this post I had a bouquet of mixed flowers and pink roses, but I didn’t come up with a table cloth in time to set up and photograph my tablescape before they started fading.
When I ran to Jo-Ann Fabric at the last minute to get the material for my tablecloth, I also stopped by Aldi on the way home and found these gorgeous roses for super cheap!
This is the first post where I have used used my brand new, “real blogger” camera for some of the pictures I have shared here today. I haven’t really had a chance to learn how to use it yet, but I really love how this picture turned out highlighting all the details of the beautiful roses.
I wanted to add some roses to brighten up the piano too, so I just picked up a little faux bouquet of bright miniature roses when I was at Joann Fabric and put them in an small ironstone pitcher on a stack of antique music books.
It wouldn’t be a classical tea party without some classical reading material too! In addition to listening to classical music again, I recently rediscovered my love of reading. I have been picking up lovely editions of classic novels for my collection and I plan to read several this summer.
The fragrance of a bouquet of fresh roses, the beautiful sounds of classical music playing softly, and getting lost in a good book is my cup of tea!
I have really enjoyed myself today sharing this time with Beethoven and all of you! I can only hope my special guest had a nice time…(but you just never know with Beethoven!) I guess he just isn’t as excited about tea and roses as I am!
Speaking of tea and roses, I am ready to check out Stacey’s “Texas Tea” party at Poofing The Pillows! I know it will be amazing along with all of the other beautiful blogs on this tea party tour. After entering the $75 Amazon gift card giveaway at the end of this post, be sure to head right on over to Stacey’s blog and then Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs. Olson to finish today’s tours. The hop continues tomorrow as well, and I can’t wait! You can find links to all the blogs on the schedule below and you can always catch up on any hop posts in case you missed them.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The fun doesn’t stop at the end of the hop! Please join us for a fun Spring Tea Party Link-Up on Saturday and Sunday!
And now is your chance to win a $75 Amazon Gift card! The giveaway starts today, May 22nd, and ends May 27th at the conclusion of the link party. The winner will be announced Tuesday, May, 29th! Good luck!
I hope you have enjoyed spending some time with Beethoven and me for a classical tea party today! Thanks for visiting, come back again soon!
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