Sunday, March 22, 2009

Welcome Spring...Virtual Tea Party 2009

Happy Spring!


this past Saturday, March 21, i was able to participate in my sis, Mary Ann's,
~Vintage Tea Room's Virtual Tea Party 2009 ~



i was baking + cooking up a storm early that morning but alas...

please forgive me...as my Spring Tea Party is a wee-bit late...



if i were to wake up in the City of Love...this is what i'd imagine my Paris Spring Breakfast to look+taste like (of course, i'd like to add more like pan de chocolat, croissants, Ladurée baked goodies like their famous macaroons)...


but first i'd have to get a much bigger table...hee-hee...



i don't have too much of a tea cup collection like some of you or my sis, Mary Ann, but my other sis, Bobbie of Bee Line Sweets Co. (website coming soon) + i went shopping and she found a pair of gorgeous cake plates+cake knives (see below pic)


i mean, how pretty is that?! and the price was just right for a mere $2.99...

wow..wish there was a set with tea cups/saucers and the works...now i'll be on the HUNT for this type of pattern...reminds me of Rachel Ashwell...i just love the robin's egg blue, pink + sage colours and the design is really quite pretty!

i just gathered what i had...

added a few flowers to each teacup to keep it sweet + baked my lil' heart out


by the way, i found this adorable white-washed set of table+2 chairs on my last antiquing adventure with my sis, Mary Ann...at a HUGE antique mall up North called ANGELICA's. it's a drop-leaf old farmtable and the chairs have nice spindle+arch design...sorta reminds me of scandanavian furniture...the best part of this is the price...only $72 bucks for the set...wow...i was floored and i bought it for my lil' munchkins' library/study table but when my lil' ones aren't using it...

i like to use if for my lil' photo shoots...lil' tea parties...you know what i mean?!










i made mini banana cakes, blueberry muffins, eggrolls, crabcakes, cinnamon streusal cake and mini waffle fluffernutter and nutella sandwiches all served with chamomile tea, strawberries, blueberries, mints + chocolates...mmm


my mom + pop came over a little later and took half of this cake...the cinnamony aroma drowned out the eggroll/crabcake smell (whew!) and just filled the house with warm cinnamon+carmel scent and everyone was in heaven!


eggrolls are quite messy to cook but the crunchy taste makes up for it and they are absolutely delectable-esp. with Chinatown's sweet+sour sauce...mmmm...the crabcakes were just ok...got it from Sam's Club...bet if it were homemade, it would have been a bit more tastier and crunchier!





i made the eiffel tower and altered cake box last year for Jaime Compton's Marie Antoinette Cake Box Swap...wow...how time flies...

i just though it would go perfectly with my Paris Spring Breakfast theme...



the waffle sandwiches were scrumptious! (i made fluffernutter and nutella waffle heart sandwiches) the lil' ones loved them too! i think my fav would have to be the fluffernutter ones...

(remember when your mom or grandma would make 'fluffernutter' sandwiches???)
yummo!

it's fluffy marshmellow spread+creamy (or crunchy, your choice) peanut butter on bread...but this time, i made heart mini waffles...it simply melts in your mouth!







shioban adored this cinnamon streusal cake...

she loves that carmely, cinnamony taste...and so do i








aren't peonies just the prettiest lil' flowers?






crunchy eggrolls and crabcakes...something different for a Parisian Springtime Breakfast, huh?





they also love mini banana cakes

yummy fluffernutter + nutella mini heart waffle sandwiches...perfect

for lil' hands...




chamomile tea was the choice of the day...

perfect to welcome SPRING!





pretty flowers always perk up things, don't they?



it was truly a sweet teatime and we all enjoyed it...

sending lovely thank you wishes to my sis, Mary Ann, for hosting such a sweet

Springtime Virtual Tea Party...

to see who else is welcoming Spring with delicious teatime, go and check out the
Vintage Tea Room over at flickr and grap a cuppa tea and dream on...
merci beaucoup!

bonne nuit

xoxo jo ;)

8 comments:

Dionne said...

Oh my GOSH! This is soooo soooo beautiful. I wanna come to a REAL tea party of yours so I can taste all those yummy looking treats! Man, they look lovely! The waffles are adorable, and the presentation looks like something out of Martha Stewart - even better!

firstborn said...

ooooooooooh emmmmmmmmmmmmmmm loon!!!!!!!!!

thanks for sharing you pretTEA tea time!!!!! you went outta control with the photo-editing, you know that right, lol?!!!!!

& that's angela's attic where you got that charming vintage table set, 'member?!!!!!!!

hee hee...sorry ta bust yo chops, lol!!!!! but i lub ya forever & ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxo reya

Miss Eve said...

Such a delicious images! Now I have to make some tea and get some cake from somewhere...You really made my appetite. Thanks for this gorgeous post, love: Evi

Dionne said...

By the way, just wanted to leave you a link to check out when you have a chance - http://www.glamour.com/sex-love-life/blogs/smitten/2009/03/whats-your-favorite-dessert.html

Gracie said...

Wow! What an absolute feast! You truly know how to bake and cook. Those pictures are amazing! I wish I was more like this when I prepare.

Well done Jo! So so beautiful!!

Labour of Love said...

bonjour,sweet Dionne, Reya, Evi and Gracie!!! thank you so very much for always stopping by and sending such love my way...i absolutely adore TEA PARTIES and wish you all were here enjoying some sweet tea, yummy treats and delightful company with each other...

Dionne-a sweet CONGRATULATIONS to you!!! your piece in Glamour was absolutely GORGEOUS...love cheesecakes and can't wait to try it out...plus your story was simply precious!

Reya-love participating in your creative endeavors!!! it's all worth the sweat+long hours, right?! oopsie...i mean ANGELA'ssssss...will fix it soon...i'm such a narbo, huh?! lol!

Evi-welcome!!! thank you so much for your sweet comment and for visiting me...please come by again...now i'm off to see your part of the world...

Gracie-yesssss...i simply LOVE to cook+bake...sometimes i wonder if i would've been better at an amish settlement...baking bread, pies, cookies, cakes, making huge suppers...maybe in my next lifetime...ps...what are you talking about, sweetie?! your tea parties, your sweet galparties are absolutely DIVINE..you go all out with candles, luscious fabric, delectable treats...and you all dress up in simply delicious outfits...amazingly BEAUTIFUL! wish i could attend such a sweet affair! hope you're enjoying the beauty this weekend has to offer!

merci beaucoup, sweet ladies!!! xoxo jo ;)

Pamela said...

What a gorgeous blog!! I found you via Dionne's blog, and look forward to spending more time looking around! :)

Labour of Love said...

thank you so much, Pamela...it's kindred spirits like you, Dionne and the rest of the other special hearts that make this world a prettier, a sweeter + a more loveable place to live in...just visited your world...WOW! really loving your style+creativity...your signature pieces are AMAZING and the shamrock pops are the sweetest!!! thanks for stopping by and so looking forward to seeing more of the beauty you share through your exciting adventures! xoxo jo ;)