Une Petite French Tea Party (Pour Moi)

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Welcome everyone to the Spring Tea Party Blog Hop! I am so excited to be hosting this fun hop and to join 23 of my blogging friends in sharing all kinds of beautiful ideas related to spring tea parties and Mother’s Day inspiration! You will the find links to all of the other beautiful blogs via the thumbnails at the end of my post.  Today I am sharing how I put together vignettes for “Une Petite French Tea Party (Pour Moi)”  (A little French Tea Party For Me) which was inspired by my new vintage dishes and some French style vintage finds. Of course the party isn’t really just “for me,” because I am so excited to share all my treasures and “tea time” with you!  Let’s get this spring tea party started!

 

The inspiration for my tea party vignettes started with this gorgeous 30+ piece set of vintage dishes that I lucked into at a church rummage sale for only $5.00 back in March. I also found a beautiful Florentine trinket box and two old French porcelain figurines (marked “Occupied Japan”) at a local consignment shop. A couple of new spring magazines have provided lots of beautiful inspiration too.

 

 

Say “Bonjour” to Monsieur and Mademoiselle Bleu! I am sure they will be appearing in many of my future blog posts.

 

 

Most of the dishes are unmarked on the bottom, and only a few are marked “USA.” After sharing them on Instagram I found out from some friends that the pattern is “Mildred” by Mt. Clemens Pottery.

 

 

 

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When researching the dishes on Pinterest I found a couple of beautiful images that I thought would be appropriate to include in today’s post.  I just love the pattern so much!

 

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Next week I will be joining sweet Chloe Crabtree and a group of blogging friends for a Spring tablescape hop and I will be using these dishes in my design. Instead of setting up a spring tea party tablescape with the same dishes, I simply created a petite French tea party vignette on the vintage green cabinet in the dining room. I also decorated the shelves on the faux mantel and mirrored buffet above the cabinet. *Update: Check out my “Spring-To Summer Tablescape” featuring these lovely dishes here.

 

 

 

 

I gathered up everything I needed to create a little French tea party just for me. Although I didn’t include the small Florentine trinket box I shared above, I did style up my favorite vintage Florentine tray with French flair.

 

 

What’s a petite French tea party without a cup of tea and some sweet treats? After breaking my lap top and rushing around at the last minute to get a new one (the day before the hop!) I chose to brew an herbal “stress free” calming rose tea.

 

While these pretty pink macarons are gluten free, they do have dairy and egg and way more sugar than I can handle, but I am still enjoying them as eye candy. It seems as if it is taking every last bit of Mademoiselle Bleu’s willpower to resist diving into the macarons!

 

My treat is a gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and refined sugar free carrot cake cupcake, with allergy friendly vanilla frosting. You might be skeptical, but I assure you it is so delicious! Even though my husband doesn’t have food allergies, he still loves these cupcakes too. (*Simple Mills brand vanilla cake mix “doctored up” with carrots, all-spice, and walnuts. We use applesauce and Ener-g Egg Replacer as an egg substitute. The icing is also Simple Mills brand. I will put affiliate links at the end of this post. If you need an allergy friendly treat to serve at your tea parties, I highly recommend Simple Mills products. They also make fabulous snack crackers. Not sponsored, just my honest opinion.)

 

While shopping for the lap top I picked up an inexpensive bouquet of five pink and ivory roses for the spring tea party. I made a couple of small bouquets using faux succulents and herbs mixed in with the roses. Oh, I must mention that the pretty French paper napkins are from Dollar Tree. I almost always include at least one find from Dollar Tree in my posts.

 

 

 

The ivory part of the roses is almost yellow, and I think the colors just match so beautifully with my dishes.

 

 

 

 

 

Today at my little tea party I had an opportunity to play around with a few more of my Frenchy vintage treasures that I haven’t shared on the blog yet. A while back I found a set of three little Baroque cameo style pictures in pretty gold frames (for 25 cents each!) at a yard sale.  I thought they would be fun to add to my tea party vignettes.

 

I can never pass up any vintage dishes or artwork with these types of images.

 

I also found a set of unique vintage coasters. I just love them!

 

I created a pretty spring “nest” to display two of the coasters along with my dishes.

 

This tea tin filled with colorful faux flowers was one of my first yard sale purchases for my first home when I was 19. Since that was all the way back in 1994, I guess it is a vintage tin! I remember paying a quarter for it. I have had it on display every spring and summer since then.

 

It always amazes me how vintage treasures just seem to come together somehow.

 

 

Now that I have played around with these dishes for the first time, I am really excited to use them in a full tablescape. I hope you will stop back by next Tuesday for the Spring Tablescape Blog Hop  to see what I come up with.

 

I am just crazy about all of these bright, spring colors and flowers mixed with little vintage French style treasures! Just for inspiration, here are some more beautiful tea cups in colors and patterns that I love.

 

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Oh, and how cute is this little tea cup filled with mini roses? I spotted it right next to the check out line at Wal-Mart  this morning when I had to run out and buy my new lap top. Somehow finding this perfect last minute treasure just put my mind at ease and I knew that I would get this post finished in plenty of time and everything would work out. And it did!

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoyed my little personal vintage French inspired tea party, but it’s always more fun sharing beautiful ideas with friends! Now it’s time to finally sip on a relaxing cup of tea and to visit all of the gorgeous blogs on the Spring Tea Party Blog Hop. Next up is Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. I can’t wait to be inspired by her beautiful Mother’s Day table. Don’t forget to visit all the other beautiful posts via the thumbnails below. I know you will enjoy them all!

Thanks for visiting today!

Amber

 

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