Monday, December 8, 2014

Tea by the Christmas Tree

Welcome Sweet Friends to

"Tea by the Christmas Tree!"

This year we had to move the location of our Christmas tree.   It is now in front of the window.

Usually it sat where guests would see it as they walked in the front door.

But after purchasing this china cabinet and positioning it here we had to make the change.

A perfect place to store my Royal Albert China.
By the way, all of the teapots were found when thrifting.

Teapots in a living room you say.  Aren't I naughty?

So now the Christmas tree sits by the the window and near the grand piano.

The photo of my dear father is surrounded by pink angels.  My father loved Christmas and his excitement and enthusiasm made every Christmas morning so very special for our family! The memories remain close to my heart.

The teacup was a lucky find for $3.00 at "More than Antiques" in Lynden Washington.
Hubby actually spotted it.

It is  pale mint green in colour, with a border of what could be gold snowflakes but is likely flowers. In the center of the cup and saucer is a beautiful pink rose.

The rosy teapot was just $4.99 at Salvation Army.

I can't understand how anyone could part with such pretties.  Perhaps they are better than I am at de-cluttering?

Today is my daughter, Rachel's, twenty-first Birthday.  We celebrated last night since she has an exam tonight as well as two on Wednesday. I hope you like her choice of Tuxedo Birthday Cake.

December Birthdays always make life a little more challenging.  Please forgive me dear friends if I am a little late to respond to your lovely comments this month.  Hubby's birthday is this Saturday and soooo..... a shopping I must go!

Thank you for joining me today for 
"Tea by the Christmas Tree!"

I am looking forward to participating in Sandi's 
"Old Fashioned Christmas Tea " next week.

Rose Chintz Cottage

I hope that you will also  join me today
at these beautiful blogspots:

Bernideen's ~
Friends Sharing Tea
Beverly ~
Pink Saturday
Martha ~ 
Tea on Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Teacup Tuesday


  1. Hi Karen,
    What a pretty tree. It looks very Victorian! Happy Birthday to your daughter and to your hubby! We have one birthday this month but mine is coming up on New Years'. I always disliked having a birthday so close to Christmas although I was supposed to be born on Christmas Day. When I was late coming, my mother took matters into her own hands and I arrived a few minutes after midnight New Years Day. The things our moms did in those days, eh?

    Love your teapot and the teacup is lovely. Those do look like snowflakes circling the rim. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Looking forward to your post next week.


  2. A beautiful tree, a beautiful china cabinet, and the most pretty china inside. Love all the roses. Very pretty tea cup and tea pot for your tea today. Birthday wishes for your daughter and hubby. Loved all about your post.

  3. Your tree is pretty and I spotted teacups hanging from it right away. You've created a special place to have tea and cake by the tree.

  4. Your tree is so beautiful, Karen, and I do love your new china cabinet for all your pretties. Your hubby sure spotted a lovely teacup and oh my, the teapot is fabulous, too. Happy Birthday to your daughter and to your hubby, also.

  5. I can't think of a better place to have tea than beside the Christmas tree! I love that rosy teapot.

  6. Your tree is beautifully decorated, Karen. I love the pearls, the teacups, and all the pink. You are a great and lucky thrifter - to find an OCR teapot at a thrift store - I'm jealous! Wow! Merry Christmas, Karen.

  7. Oh what a pretty posting and that tree is simply lovely. I love your new "old" china which reminds me of one my Mother In Law had. I also love everything else and that little cabinet looks so cute by the front door!

  8. That is a beautiful teacup and your husband has a good & quick eye, especially for beauty & good deals. Everything looks so festive at your place.

  9. Your home looks so beautiful! Love the tree, the tea cups, the teapot! Perfect! Have a great time celebrating! Hugs, Martha

  10. Just beautiful! I love your pretty teacup tree and all your wonderful china! The tuxedo cake looks wonderful...perfect for a special birthday! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  11. So Victorian ....The vintage decor is so enchanting and displays your china beautifully... Hubby sure has a good eye for pretty teacups... Love the soft colours. Sending Birthday wishes ...Thanks for sharing..hugs

  12. Your home and tree are just lovely, with such a Victorian feel to everything. That hutch is beautiful for storing all your treasures. The cake looks delicious! Happy birthday to your daughter and husband. My husband's birthday is this month too. The teacups are just gorgeous on your tree!
    Thanks for sharing all this beauty Karen.

  13. Absolutely romantic! Your tree is just gorgeous with so many delicious tea cups. Your tea time is fairy and your home is such beautiful!

  14. Hello Dear Karen! Your home looks a real Christmas treat today : ) Everything, and I do mean Everything...looks incredible. Your tree is gorgeous, and your tea settings very romantic. What a lovely home to celebrate love, family and friends in!
    Your tea cup is beautiful in mint and rose! I love it very much!
    Hugs and Happy Holidays,

  15. So cozy but lovely and elegant. Love your china and all the pretty rose colors in your decorating!

  16. Your cabinet definitely deserves to be in that spot. Now you can see your tree lights outside! Your cup is delightful! Happy Christmas Birthdays! and birthday preparations.

  17. What a lovely spot for tea. And what a nice memory of your father!