Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Christmas Tea For My Precious Friends

WELCOME to my Christmas Tea!!! I had this today for my friends that live locally & now I am going to invite all of you to join us. I also thought I would ask Ceilo & all the girls(click on sidebar to see who else is playing today) at Share Your Cottage Monday to join us.
Here is the dinning room set with all of the yummy food. The lights shinning in my china cabinet & behind my vintage stained glass panels.
Another look at the table. I used my Saint Nicholas china from Fitz & Floyd. I don't get to use them very often so I thought this would be the perfect time to do so (otherwise my choice would have been crystal plates). The item closest to you was a bowl of shrimp for shrimp cocktails.
Here are some of the yummy desserts... a bowl of fresh fruit, a tray of fudge, chocolate covered cherries, & brownies. And then homemade gingerbread boys & Mexican Wedding cookies. Next a strawberry cake, a bowl of nuts & a plate of brie cheese. The BIG treat for me were those beautiful white iced snowflake sugar cookies made by my friend Lisa. She knows those are my favorite & she brought a tray of them for me. THANK YOU LISA! Below is another shot showing you the sandwiches which were chicken salad (bread cut in the shape of a snowflake) ham salad, egg salad & cucumber/cream cheese. I don't think anyone went home hungry.
And below is a view of the Tea Cart my sweet Daddy bought for Mother when they were in Germany. It is not one of my favorite pieces but, it sure came in handy today. I know the large silver electric pot is not very feminine but, I can tell you it kept the hot spiced cider pipping hot & it was TASTY! You can see my vintage sterling tipping pot there on the cart at the left back side... NO ONE wanted tea. And the coffee pot never had a drop used. My cedar chest (under the window) had all the tea cups & mugs lined up ready for use. Sorry I didn't take a close up shot of my china. It is DARN cute!
Being the typical bloggers we are... when it was time to eat everyone RAN to find their camera before we destroyed the table. Here Tiffany, McKayla, Daniel, & JoAnn watch Susan photographing the table.
Plates full & busy eating are Lisa, Joanna, & McKayla.
And JoAnn, Tiffany & Daniele with their goodies. After taking this photo I started filling my plate & the doorbell rang so, I hurried to let Pat in & told her to fix a plate & join us. We no more got sat down & started eating & Carolyn came in & I told her to fix a plate... DOG GONE IT... I didn't get any photos of sweet Carolyn & Pat because then we were all eating & talking so much & it never popped into my head that you missed the photo call. I AM SOOOOOOOO SORRY MY DEARS!
Well, we all had such a good time being together & having a chance to visit & celebrate our friendship this beautiful Christmas season. For those who were not able to join us, we missed you. Special THANKS to my elves (JoAnn & Susan) who came early to help with all the prep work!!!!! My sweet friends you are all such a blessing to me! Friends are the best gifts of this season. So for the friends here & out there in Blogland, I want to THANK YOU for your love & support all year long.



Charlene, I was so sad to have missed the party today. It all looks so lovely ~ and yummy! Just so sweet of you to have hosted the gathering. Wishing you and your family a merry and blessed Christmas! ~ Angela

Julie said...

What a beautiful party, Charlene! I would imagine that you are just about the best hostess around! Wish I could have been there!

I sure hope this Christmas week is beautiful, warm and cozy for you and your family--enjoy every moment!

The French Bear said...

Char, I wish I was there!!!!! OMY what a beautiful spread! Love those dishes, you should use them all the time!!! Hehe hee I love Christmas..... I just wish I wasn't so far away!!!
Margaret B

Jamie said...

It looks so lovely!!! What a fun time you all had! Friends are the best gift:) Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas Sweetie!! Love, Jamie

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Looks wonderful...

craftymarta said...

Charlene, by the looks of it you are certainly living a blessed life. I called that an amazing way to show friends you care. Noel looks beautiful!. I never tought of naming my dolls, I like the idea. I have started a blog, maybe you can help me spread the word. It's called "For the love of junk". Check it out and tell me how can I improve. Many of you have amazing blogs, so its a little intimidating. Have a blessed Christmas, Blessings, Marta.

Tara said...

Wow! What a wonderful blog! I'll be back to visit--enjoy your holiday!

kimmcl said...

What a delightful gathering of friends. Wish I was there - it all looks so good!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

How much fun!!! The food looks so good! I wasn't even hungry until I started looking at all that! I bet it was yummy!!!

Me....bunny said...

Those snowflake sugar cookies have my name written all over them...everything looks delish and you did it up just right Charlene.
Everyone looks happy and content. I'm sure you were the hostess with the mostest.


twinkleshabbystar said...

Charlene, what a LOVELY Christmas tea you hosted!!! If I lived locally I would have loved to attended! hee! hee! Your spread of food looked delish, and it's always a treat to pull out the GOOD china! Your pattern is beautiful! So fun to see photos of you ladies enjoying yourself! I appreciate you stopping by to visit me. Christmas Blessings! ~*XO*~ Jenn

Andrea said...

Oh, I would have loved to be there!
We share many of the same interests...for instance, magazines, bling, glitter, decorating, gentle moments shared with friends over tea. I love your blog and would like to invite you to visit my blog and check out my home and my 5 fur angels. I too, am married to my best friend for 36 years. I am so inspired by all of you fellow bloggers and appreciate the women that I have already met.

Merry, merry Christmas

Miss Sandy said...


Your home is so charming and the tea table was set to perfection! If I were there I would have wanted to cozy up in one of those red checked chairs, love those!

It has been so fun getting to know you and meeting your friends through your blog. I really hope we get to do the class here so we can meet in person.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

HI Charlene...been mega-mega busy but wanted to stop by & wish you & your family a wonderful Christmas. Hope to see you soon!

TiffanyJane said...

Charlene....I almost missed this post :) Good to see more pictures, your house looks Fabulous!
Had such a nice time....thanks so much again!
Tiff :)

Diana said...

Your table looks wonderful as well has your home, Charlene. You have certainly "decked the halls"! It truly is a blessing to have so many special friends. So glad you had a great time.

Barbara said...

Charlenne, It all looks so yummy! I love that china cabinet!

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