Friday, August 18, 2017

Summertime Tablescape Challenge

Happy Friday, My Lovelies!  For those of you expecting a Literary Friday post, I hope you aren't disappointed.  I'll be back on schedule next week; but for today, I put my books down and got creative in our dining room.

Catherine at Katherine's Corner is hosting a Summertime Tablescape Challenge.  Thanks for hosting, Katherine!  I thought it would be fun to participate, to celebrate the end of the summer with my youngest daughter before she heads back to college at the end of the month.

Ah, the best laid plans....I had planned a nice party outside on our patio, but Mother Nature refused to cooperate.  We've had so much rain lately, and I waited as late as I could. Unfortunately I had to bring the party indoors.  *sadface*

Well, what are you waiting for?  Let's get this afternoon tea party started!


We're having tea, madeleines, petit fours, and cheese straws.  Then we'll retire to the family room to watch a summertime Hallmark Channel movie.

Grab your plate and fill it with teatime goodies.  Don't be shy!  

Don't forget your tea!

Today I'm serving Tea Forté's Garden Harvest.  A friend gave me a box a while back and we enjoyed it so much I've been ordering it online.  Peach is my favorite!

I had a very small window of opportunity to take photos.  We had a break in the clouds, but sadly it didn't last very long.

The only thing new on the table is this lovely table runner from Williams-Sonoma.

Since we couldn't enjoy the patio and our roses, I brought one inside!

We drink hot tea year round in our home everyday.  Do you?


Darcy dining chairs, napkins, blue vase:  Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic
Table runner:  Williams-Sonoma
Teapot, plates, cups and saucers, teabag plate, flower pot:  MacKenzie-Childs
Mosaic server, candlestick:  Mosaicwares

This batch is browned a bit more.  Shelley likes her madeleines topped with powdered sugar.  I like mine plain.
All items above:  MacKenzie-Childs

Madeleines are easy to bake and perfect for a summertime tea with their adorable shell shape.  Please find my favorite Madeleine recipe below.  

This is an original work of art, and one of my lucky readers will win it.  It was drawn with Derwent "Inktense" watercolor pencils on high quality, 8" X 10" watercolor paper, ready for framing.  You can enter for a chance to win it by leaving a comment below, answering the following question: What's your favorite way to spend a stormy summer afternoon?  One winner will be drawn at random one week from today.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

This is a link party, and I hope you'll visit Katherine's sweet blog friends and enjoy all the pretty tablescapes in the challenge.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

New from MacKenzie-Childs

Happy Thursday, My Lovelies!  The weekend is almost here.  Do you have any fun plans? Are you traveling to view Monday's eclipse?

There will be no Literary Friday post tomorrow, but never fear...Literary Friday will return next week, and I'll post a bonus review Monday.

Please join me tomorrow instead for a Summertime Tablescape Challenge. 

Here's a preview:

My tablescape is actually in our dining room, not here in the breakfast room, but this is still a hint of what is to come.  ;P

Have you seen the brand new coffee pot from MacKenzie-Childs?  I love me some coffee, so I must needs this lovely addition to the majolica line.

I do love this pot!  My Christmas Wish List is growing by the day...

I also love this pretty deviled egg plate.  We Southerners love our deviled eggs!

I also love this dish towel.  I draw ribbons and bows like these all the time.  These are holiday bows, and they are part of the holiday line, but I think they're fun for anytime at all not just Christmas.

I'm giving away this book.  Have you entered yet?  Here's the link!

Please come back tomorrow for the fun Summertime Tablescape Link Party.  There might be a giveaway involved (or more)!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill