Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Blue Willow Teapots

These napkin rings were the inspiration for today's tablescape. I first encountered them at our breakfast setting at the wonderful inn where Joel & I spent our tenth anniversary, Abingdon Manor. I very highly recommend them for dinner and/or an overnight stay if you are traveling along I-95. Besides the inn's beauty and the delicious food, I fell in love with the charm of these Blue Willow teapot napkin rings.
I found some of them on ebay and, upon receiving them, decided that a Blue Willow tea for one was in order. I thought this corner of the living room would make a cozy spot for tea.


I added one of my favorite pillows (a gift from my sister) to the wing-backed chair. I thought it was appropriate to the theme.



Of course, the Blue Willow teapot lamp was perfect for lighting. I also added a bud vase of Emily roses.




One of my favorite things to do when I have a rare cup of tea to myself is to peruse books about tea. These are some of my favorites.




You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. --C. S. Lewis


With a stack of books at the ready, I prepared the tea tray with a pot of Harney & Sons Chocolate Mint.

I added a teacup and saucer, teaspoon, and butter knife.

The final touch was a salad plate topped with a white linen hem-stitched napkin tucked into a Blue Willow teapot ring!
Enjoy lots of table-setting inspiration at Susan's Tablescape Thursday.

16 comments:

podso said...

The little teacup napkin rings are certainly worth pursuing as you did ... and I love your blue willow teaset!

Mimi said...

The little teapot napkin rings are adorable...love you tea service.

Rita May said...

Love the cute teapot napkin rings. I'll need to find those!
Cheers!
Rita

Kate Dickerson said...

Love the scalloped sugar spoon! And that gorgeous pillow is a great addition to the shot, too. Thanks for sharing!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Celly, I love the little tea pot napkin rings and the pretty blue tea table you set. You have a darling place to have a cozy tea. I love the painting of the lovely bride. You have an extensive library of tea related books. I would love to peruse them sitting in your blue chair sipping vanilla tea!
Yvonne

craftyles said...

I love those napkin rings. Also love blue and white. Your tea setting is just perfect!

shannon i olson said...

those are fun napkin rings! a nice quiet tea with a good book....perfect.

niartist said...

Oh how I adore blue and white anything - but this is really a gorgeous collection! And simply divine with a good book, I must say! :) Just a reminder - my Friday Vignette's post is tomorrow, and I'd love it if you'd link up! Even pictures from this post - the vignettes are great! :) Hope you join in! :) Artie

Things That Inspire said...

There is nothing more civilized than afternoon tea! My daughter was asking me why I never get dessert after a meal, and I told her that I prefer to save a sweet treat for mid afternoon when i can really appreciate it!

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Hi. Thanks for visiting. Blue and white china is so beautiful! Did you notice I have your profile verse on my blog? That verse is my blog motto . . . as I am now one of the older women :)
~ Julie

Entertaining Women said...

Perfection! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is really pretty! I like it a lot! I have a few of those nice tea books! I also have the little tea pot napkin rings, but haven't used them yet, you have inspired me!

Katherine

Debbie said...

I would love to have some teapot napkin rings like that. Blue Willow is one of the prettiest patterns ever, and your collection of things is lovely, right down to that teapot lamp!

And I love that C.S. Lewis quote you added. Perfect!

Sailing Simply said...

That mint chocolate tea sounds divine! Your tea set is so pretty too. I love blue and white. You've such a pretty overall setting right down to the adorable napkin rings!

Anita said...

Celly, I just love your Blue Willow--one of my favorites! I love the little napkin rings. I bet you do enjoy looking through the books too! I do not have any books specifically about tea, but I will look for some, because it's a new thing for me. Lovely and cozy setting!! Thanks for stopping by!

The Tablescaper said...

Love Love Love those napkin rings! I think I'd like to be anywhere they are.

- The Tablescaper