~Written and edited by Veronica Clark ~

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Ladies Spring Tea ~Linda's Vintage Table

Good morning dear ones! Welcome to all the new faces on my followers list as well as those of you subscribed via feed burner, face book and e-mail. It is great to have you along on my inspirational ride through blogging and I hope you are all having a good week!

There has been so much wonderful inspiration to share in recently, that I almost forget to post on my own blog!

I recently attended a ladies morning organised by the local church in our community and my dear friend Linda invited me to share the morning with her and some other guests. Each hostess was responsible for the decoration of their own table and my oh my...what a feast it was! And, as you might imagine, being a blogger, I was superbly snap happy! I will be sharing a few more of the wonderful tables, in the coming weeks, but I am starting with Linda's gorgeous vintage table. The inspiration for the table scape came from her daughter who attended a varsity hostel reunion.

Come take a look...

allow me to translate the invite...

Spring Tea

Women with spirit, passion, hope and humour.
(the Afrikaans word "woema" is a slang word and means "women with get up and go spirit!!")

Linda used an old green enamel treasured coffee pot
for her centre piece and the arrangement was stunning.
Note how the colour of the rosebuds are shown off to perfection against the green enamel tone... Some of the blooms Linda picked on a walk, the green ones and the coned shaped yellow ones are indigenous and grows wild here.
The round rose covered tablet case on the book contained the sweetener tablets!

There were pearls of wisdom being offered all round and some of them also landed on the table...

The Tablecloth belonged to Linda's mother-in -law.

The attention to detail was astonishing...
The pincushion is just to dear for words  and was a gift.

I just love the way the blue and green teapot's lid picks up the colour of the enamel.

Gorgeous, isn't it?

And hiding inside was the final treat for the morning,,,,Shortbread biscuits and chocolates, yes inside the teapot!

What a surprise!

The functional crockery was supplied to each hostess who added her own distinctive detail to her table. Hence the white canteen cups, but who would have noted with all the wonderful intricate little details that Linda added...

Lace, ribbon and a bead add to the vintage feel...

A bouquet for Spring if ever you saw one...

The roses looks almost fragile nestled into the delicate white and of course the pearls rounds it off beautifully.

I have to mention that Linda has a fine eye for detail, is a consummate hostess and is a multi talented lady!

She also paints and her home and garden is a delight.

Watch out for both in a future post.

And, here's me eyeing up the billowy meringues....

We started with a quiche and salad.

And, how do you like the table cloth? Gorgeous...

How many of you have a similar one tucked away in the back of the closet?

Time to haul it out and parade it's intricate pattern and beauty...

See, what I mean? Details to delight!

An enamel tea pot with the locally brewed rooibos tea.

The little milk jug was borrowed from her daughter's varsity room.

And, finally, let me introduce you to the lovely lady herself. Linda and her daughter Anli.

And, of course we all had to admire the doilies belonging to Linda's mom and mom-in-law!
What a blast from the past. I am sure I own a few myself... I need to find them!

It was such a fun morning with a wonderful speaker filled with humour and fellowship.

A huge big kiss and thank you hug to Linda for a stunning morning.

I hope you enjoyed your visit .

I will be linking Linda's Vintage Table to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch with Susan here ,who hosts us all each week.

Feather your Nest Friday at French Country Cottage here

Vintage Inspiration Friday with Debra at On Common Ground here

Freshman Friday with Erin at home Savvy here

Debbie Doo's Newby Party here

Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life here

Please join us for loads of inspiration.

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  1. Wow! That is all so beautiful-what a joy to be able to attend. Linda does have an amazing eye for detail.

    Take care,

  2. Oh wow what a beautiful feast that was. the stunning table setting the flowers and all the matching colours. Gorgeous.The food looked and sounded delicious too. It gave me great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I would have loved to be there. Our church did this once and it was fantastic. That tablescape is just stunning. Thanks for sharing it!!

  4. How beautiful...love the arrangements, and oh how I love meringues!!

  5. Beautiful table filled with charming personal touches. I use antique doilies often. Sometimes when I'm mixing patterns the top plates doesn't 'sit' well on the service plate. I place about a 9" doily between the two plates, and it stays in place nicely. Thank you for sharing your lovely day. Cherry Kay

  6. What a lovely tea. I love the centerpiece and the flowers are so pretty! The food looks delicious too. The decor is so feminine, love it!

  7. Oh, V, life was so much nicer then wasn't it? Love everything about this. I know you had a wonderful time. xx's

  8. Such thoughtful detail! A work of art!

  9. That must have been a lovely afternoon. The table is beautiful - the roses in the enamel pot are perfection!

  10. A spring tea! What a lovely idea! This table setting really took me on a trip down memory lane! I'm looking forward to seeing Linda's home and garden. Have a lovely weekend. x Sharon

  11. Gorgeous tea! Everything looks so beautiful here.
    Stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  12. What a lovely tablescape and the food looks so inviting! The colors are perfect. I adore the pearls and her tablecloth is gorgeous.
    I am your newest follower too! Thanks for visiting and I hope you follow me as well.

    Enjoy your week-end.


  13. Gorgeous, what a fun morning. It seems no matter what part of the world we women live in we all love and adore the same girlie vintage things


  14. Hi Veronica! I enjoyed this post, and am still LUSTING over that gold peal necklace every time I click over :)

  15. Love, love, love it all! Everything looks so well thought out! Absolutely lovely. Found you via Common Ground. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/voice-studio.html

  16. That a beautiful celebration! Everything looks fabulous!!! I LOVE that yellow enamel pot! It reminds me of a pot at my Grandmother's home when I was young(er)! ;-)

  17. Dear Veronica, Thank you for coming by HomeHaven and sharing with me a comment. I appreciate this.

    I enjoyed The Victorian Trading Company Tea Room. It was so refreshing to my soul.

    I've been a Christian for a long time.....but even Christians need refreshed. I hope you are doing well. Any questions you'd like to ask me, you know where to find me. I welcome your questions. God bless and may you have a wonderful day,

  18. Sp very lovely. The food looks fabulous too. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  19. The tables and the food look absolutely wonderful.

    visiting from Debbiedoos

  20. The green's..how I love those green colors. The centerpiece is adorable! Your friend did a fantastic job!

  21. Oh my, so much wonderful eye candy. I love all the fabulous flowers, books and accessories used on all the tables. Everything is so beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  22. So lovely, what an amazing tablescape! thanks so much for linking up to VIF, xo

  23. Veronica. What a surprise! Sorry for now only looking at your blog. The photographs you took look stunning. Thank you again for sharing the morning with me. Looking forward to see what you do after visiting the Rustenburg garden today. Love Linda x