Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Afternoon Tea for Two

Every afternoon at half past three I stop for a cup of tea and often a nosh. It gives me strength to last the rest of the afternoon. Sometimes, I ask a friend to join me.

And since the temperatures and humidity is soaring, the breakfast room is the place of choice to have a cup of tea.
Special company -- a special friend -- means that we get our real china cups and our silver teapot. The cups and saucers and plates are my Spode Famille Rose. A pattern in pink that goes well with the lace tablecloth and the pink sweet peas.
And not just a nosh but a cake --
A French chocolate cake with chocolate sour cream frosting. And the best thing to eat the cake with? Mrs. Boland's forks.

After cups and cups of tea and a nice piece of chocolate cake and much visiting, alas, the afternoon is winding down and my friend has to go her way.

It's Tuesday and time for a lot of parties -- join Marty at A Stroll Through Life for Tabletop Tuesday, It's Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites, It's Tea Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor and It's Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen


Pondside said...

Please add a little hot water to the pot and cut me a sliver of that cake (from the edge please) and I'll be right over!

Sandra said...

Lovely tea party and dishes...the cake looks delicious and I love the birds on the table too.

Martha's Favorites said...

What a lovely tea party! I love the tea cup you choose. You always have amazing tea parties. Thank you so much sharing with us. Looking forward to next week. Blessings, Martha

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Oh, am I having a major chocolate craving right now! Very beautiful setting and tablecloth too.

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, I always love that pattern and the Quaker Lace cloth is perfect. A lovely way to spend the afternoon
xoxo Pattie

Unknown said...

The cake looks wonderful!

I had tea yesterday mid-morning... what a great way to take a break.

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hi :) Oh my, that chocolate looks delicious! I'm a chocoholic you know, lol :) Wonderful tea party for 2!

Happy Teacup Tuesday!
Warmest, Brenda

Pellie / Penny said...

Your China is just lovely and your tea table looks so inviting. But alas, I an dieting at the moment and that cake looks much too decedent for me, ( especially since i couldn't pass up the chocolate covered strawberries a few blogs back) so I wont be staying to long.
Thank you for sharing.

Decor To Adore said...

You are so crafty and clever! Such a wonderful collection. Love the cake.

Princesa Nadie said...

Also I stop for a cup of tea every afternoon,but I do it at four o´clock,I can´t pass with out it
Would you like a cup of tea with me today?

Appleshoe said...

Lovely tea you've set up. I like your lace a lot. My poor HusBear would stain or shred anything nice like that so often we go without a table cloth. And your cake... yumm. Take care.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh, this looks so pretty. I love all of your china and the cake looks soooooooooo good. You always set the prettiest table. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Mary Bergfeld said...

The table looks lovely and the cake sounds divine. I'll be there in five :-).

Unknown said...

That chocolate cake looks devine! Your table is simple and favorite combination :)


Terri said...

What a lovely and delicious tea you have offered your friends! It looks so inviting.
I have been wanting a real silver tea pot. I am keeping an eye out for one. Yours is really a lovely shape. Do you think tea from it taste any different than a china a pot?
Your cake sounds so decadent and tasty. What a treat!

Snap said...

Chocolate cake and tea ... and the silver tea pot, too! Wow! How special does that make me feel!!! Thank you. Have a lovely week.

Barbara said...

This looks so lovely. And that cake!

Beth said...

Martha, I love your silver teapot and the cake looks fabulous! You have very nice china and I always like the way you photograph your tea parties.
Blessings, Beth

bj said...

OOO, Martha...I DO love your style..Now, I must google NOSH....?
XO bj

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Oh, I'll take a piece of that delicious cake (or maybe 2!) The lace tablecloth is just dreamy as well. Thanks for sharing!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

It all looks so perfect. Count me in! Connie

parTea lady said...

What a lovely tea for two table. The chocolate cake looks delicious too.