I usually have guests for lunch but this week I decided to have an afternoon tea -- in the breakfast room on my new table. The maiden voyage of the table at Linderhof.
And not only the new table, but a new tea cloth and new French teacups, saucers and cake plates.
The silver tea set is Plymouth and I've had it "forever" -- not a family treasure but one piece is engraved with an "MS" and although I probably paid too much for it (especially for an engraved piece) -- I just had to have it.
No sugar and cream for my guests take their tea straight.
A lavender and violet centerpiece as well -- a Victorian piece with purple flowers both on and in. Flowers from my garden -- all the ones with shades of violet and lavender.
The violets are the tea set. French, handpainted with violets so each cup, saucer and cake plate are just a wee bit different.
The lavender is the lavender wand or bottle for guests to take home AND the teacake which is lavender and pear (the recipe from Friend Mary on a favorite food board).
Alas, we didn't have lavender tea. Instead I poured a French pear tea that a dear friend had gifted me with. It really was the perfect tea to sip with the lavender pear teacake.
The hot August afternoon passed all too quickly with good food and good friends in the breakfast room at Linderhof.
Please join Susan at Between Naps On the Porch to see how others have set their tables. It is Tablescape Thursday after all! One of my favorite days of the week!