We're all familiar with the traditional English tea.
But do you ever think of the teas of France? My inspiration comes from an article in the September '93 issue of Victoria Magazine.
As I learned, a French tea is likely to include savories as well as sweets, and the beverage is often taken in bowls as is a latte or morning chocolate.
A complete table with linens will be set even in small wayside cafes.
Most of us in the states make tea a party-like event rather than a daily ritual.
So next time you plan a tea, maybe French style would be a fun way to go.
I got these latte bowls a few years ago from Dean and Delucca. They seem cumbersome for anything but breakfast in the summer, but when the chilly weather sets in, it's a great feeling to cradle a steaming bowl in your hands.
My teapot is heavy American porcelain, and the teacup is old cafe ware by Mayer named Oakland. It's the only one I have of my bits and pieces. It's perfect for the new season with it's acorns and oak leaves.
I also use this vintage Portuguese majolica tile as a trivet this time of year. The thistle pattern is one of my favorite motifs. And the color is so yummy!
And my centerpiece includes a vintage transferware bowl of a few lemons that I am in the process of drying. I began in the spring, and they are not yet as hard as they need to be, even in this desert air! When they are finished they will be hard and brown.
I enjoy any chance to get out my French monogram table linens. They are a nice contrast to the smooth silk Quaker Lace tablecloth underneath everything. I love the subtle touch of red.
My creamer and sugar is Royal Albert English bone china. I wish I had some fall colored Limoges to go with it!
I'm joining Kathy at A Delightsome Life for Victoria-A Return to Loveliness, Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday, and Martha's Favorites and Terri's Artful Affirmations for Teacup Tuesday, and Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday!
Thanks so much for stopping by for tea! Ciao! for now!