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Summertime Tablescape Challenge

Friday, August 18, 2017

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.  


  1. Sounds like a dreamy afternoon, peach tea, madelines, petit fours, cheese straws and a Hallmark movie! All your MKC pretties are so lovely and perfect for a girly tea party! Your artistic recipe is fantastic!

  2. A beautiful table - I love your taste in china, linen, and of course roses. May I come over for your next tea please?

  3. A beautiful summer tea table! I love your collection of MacKenzie-Childs.

  4. Oh how pretty!!! I would love to join you for tea! Your table is so inviting! I am crazy about your Mackenzie Childs collection! My Christmas list is growing too!

    Happy Friday!
    Rebeca from Lincluden Cottage Life! ;)

  5. I like to spend time reading and drinking coffee in a pretty mug on a stormy summer day.

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  6. Oh I do LOVE a tea party! And that whole set of dishware is awesome! I love your dining room chairs and your chandelier but especially those lampshades!! Sorry it rained on your party, but I sure enjoyed it anyway. It was lovely.
    :) gwingal

  7. ps. I followed you on Pinterest, IG and G+

  8. a lovely setting my friend. Thank you so much for being part of the summer tablescape blog tour xo

  9. This is a terrific way to spend a rainy afternoon or any afternoon for that matter. RJ, your table setting is exquisite and the Madeleine's are right up my ally, with or without powder sugar. I swoon over the butterfly teapot with the bamboo handle each and every time you feature it. Why didn't I buy that piece???? Love the broken china mosaic cake stands too. Did you make those? Would love to add one to my cupboards. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing all this beauty! I love a rainy afternoon. I'd either be reading or stitching, and there would be a cup of hot tea in the mix.

  10. It was supposed to rain most of the day here, but when I decided to take a nap, the sun came out (I slept anyway!)

  11. A lovely way to spend time with Shelley before she leaves for school. Love your pretty MC pretties, especially the teapot. Your dining room is lovely, have I told you how I much I love the chairs and covers? I don't drink tea often, I'm a cofffe girl but I do like it on a cold winter day but I do love my iced tea. Probably on the same day of these storms I was switching out china collections. If it is really stormy with a lot of fireworks I usually enjoy reading.
    Have a wonderful weekend.......

  12. I'm a fan of hot tea also, especially Earl Grey. You chose a lovely tiered stand to serve your desserts from and they look delicious. Looks like I'm going to take a trip to Williams Sonoma in hopes of finding a runner like yours. Beautiful work!

  13. Hi Ricki!
    So pretty! I would love a tea party of petit fours and a Hallmark movie. That's my kind of afternoon! Yes, I drink hot tea all year round. Hot coffee too! I am really enjoying your blog! Thank You!

  14. Beautiful decorated table and lovely food with tea. Love your MC pieces.Just beautiful and a good way to spend time with your daughter before she goes back to school.

  15. Rikki Jill, your tea party is beyond charming. I absolutely LOVE the mosaic server. What a fabulous piece! Peach tea is a favorite of mine. Love the aroma. xo

  16. This is just lovely -- charming and so pretty!

    I'm copying your madeleine recipe. I'm not too gung ho on the one I've been using and looking to give this one a try!


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