Honey Bee Tea

Switching gears from last week’s casual and blindingly colorful post


The deck is set for a ladies tea in lavender and white, starting with a full length round lavender tablecloth from LinenTablecloth.com.



The inspiration for this tablescape came from these cool Mary Lake-Thompson flour sack towels I found at Home Finishings in Lee’s Summit, MO. I’ve often used towels as napkins, and these were perfect!


White lacy chargers from Michaels, lavender embossed lace dinner plates by Matceramica, and Pier 1 “Doily” salad plate are joined by “Royal Danish” sterling silver.


Each guest has a lovely take home favor of tea in a lavender organza bag with a an Austrian crystal-tipped silver spoon attached.



Austere white teacups and saucers are from Old Time Pottery. A decorated sugar cube and a splash of color from a lemon slice dress it up a bit.





A silver beaded edge 4-tier server filled with a variety of sweets and savories is the primary part of the centerpiece.


Plump, luscious blueberries in a lacy white jardiniere from Hobby Lobby. (Seems I like to use this jardiniere for blueberries. You can also see it used this way in “Blue & White Family Picnic“!)



To mimic the design of the napkins, a small pot of lavender sits atop a delicate lacy white doily. Honestly…when else are you going to use a doily???



The tea/bar cart from our dining room made its way out onto the deck. A cherry wood tea caddy from Bombay Company holds a variety of teabags on the lower shelf.



I stacked silver cake plateaus to display more sweets on the tea cart. Brownies on bottom, petit fours on top with another tiny pot of lavender.




Almost on cue, a tiny butterfly took a rest on top of the white teapot! Rock sugar stirrers are presented in a cream soup cup from Nell Hills. The bee skep honey pot is from Home Goods.







The conversation area is set up to encourage mingling while nibbling and sipping. The coffee table is topped with a vintage white cotton lace-edged runner. Another silver 4-tier dessert tower serves up desserts. It’s not often that I use paper napkins, but for this occasion I wrapped white doily-like paper cocktails napkins around lavender ones for a peekaboo effect.




The shabby chic side table between the settee and arm chairs is set up with crystal sherry service and a few more sweets served up on a silver pedestal.

Other teatime tablescapes on this site include:
Tea Roses
Coming Up Roses
Hello, Dahlia!
Tee Mit Hans Dresden

Other posts on this site using towels as napkins include:
Popsicle Party
Black & White Barnyard Breakfast

Most Egg-cellent Fall Breakfast
Grill It Up!
Italian Honeysuckle
Picnic Ants

Other lavender posts on this site include:
Clematis & Hyacinth – A Purple & Grey Tablescape
Purple & Pastel
Pink & Purple Chocolate Christmas
Luscious Layers of Lavender

Want to see some great tablescapes by talent from all around the world? Join me for Susan’s Tablescape Thursday!






20 thoughts on “Honey Bee Tea

  1. Yay! I’m thrilled to see your comments back on! This lavender feast is so delicate and frilly and girly! The fun towel napkins are perfect, too. I think I gained ten pounds just looking at the gorgeous food! Your guests are so blessed to receive the tea and spoon. What a wonderful parting gift! 🙂


  2. I would have shown up in the white gloves and hat and string of pearls! This is such a beautiful and ever so charming Tea! The food and delectable desserts are a feast for the eyes! And talk about feast for the eyes, your deck is so beautiful…how great it must be to sit out there and enjoy your gorgeous yard. I spy a pretty container of flowers in a clay pot with the Sherry set…did you create that? Love the inspiration towel!!!…Have a great day Alycia!


  3. How sophisticated and fabulous Alycia! Such delicate place settings and such decadent nibbles! That is unbelievable that a tiny butterfly landed on your teapot, so timely~ you’ve simply thought of everything including such an elegant favor. I wish I was on your guest list!


  4. Yum!! I will be right over! But let me change first! This looks too pretty for what I am wearing now! What a gorgeous setting. Love Love Love the flour sack towels that were your inspirations! The lacey chargers and silverware are perfect compliments to each other!!


  5. I’m so glad I buzzed by to see your tea table designed for special guests. What an honor it would be to join you on your deck with such delicate place settings. How cute is it that the tiny butterfly stopped a bit on the teapot. It must have been the aroma of all your sweets that drew him in. Your deck is great for the guests to relax in the chairs around the coffee table and taste more of your treats. Great job!


  6. Yea! Your comments are back….Love your sweet Honey Bee Tea party. The lace is so pretty, whether it’s the plates, fabric or paper. I want some of those decadent goodies. A beautiful setup for guests. i wish i was one of them…


  7. Dear Alycia, I tried to leave a comment and I can’t get into WordPress. I have an account but I’m not able to leave comment. Wanted you to know why. I have to set time aside to figure that one out so I can continue to comment!
    Here is the comment, if there is anyway you can put it up I hope you will, such a pretty post I’m sorry I can’t leave this…..

    Alycia, This has to be one of my favorites of your table settings, it is so ladylike and feminine. I love lavender everything. Gorgeous tablecloth and flour sack towels. Lavender tea is calming and I tasted it for the first time and fell in love while in Seattle. I love your great take home gift.
    Dear friend hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.


  8. Oh Alycia, I want to come to your tea party on your deck!!!! You have thought of everything to make your guests feel special and loved. The flour sack towels are perfect as napkins, and your tiered tray brimming with wonderful food is so enticing. What a darling take home gift you’ve bagged up for your friends. You’re the best hostess!!


  9. I am not ready to let summer go, so this table is perfect. How wonderful that a butterfly decided to join you too!
    Everything is perfection. The lacy chargers and the lavender plates – drool! Then add to the bounty of delicious treats in the perfect setting and I am there!


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