Teatime, Party and Giveaway!


I’ve had tea on my mind in anticipation of a Mad Tea Party at A Fanciful Twist. I’ve been working like mad ;) to join the fun this Saturday!

In celebration of all things tea, Mad or otherwise, I’m sharing a little teatime fun with a giveaway that includes some tea party books from tea party week with The Novel Bakers.


These books are full of whimsy and inspiration for teatime treats and hosting your own tea party! I pulled together some highlights and recipes from these three books~ you can click on the links for the complete recipe or post. For more inspiration, you can visit my fellow Novel Bakers through their links at the bottom of the original post, or pop over for a cuppa via The Novel Bakers Vintage Tea Party Week board on Pinterest.

The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree

The Vintage Tea Party Book, A Complete Guide to Hosting your Perfect Party by Angel Adoree

Expect glamour, roses, rabbits, headscarves, foxes, teapots, crows, parlour games, cake stands, hair and make-up tips and, not forgetting, humongous amounts of magical tea party food that is fit for the Queen of England, and easy enough for you to make!


Mini Flower Tartlets, easy and fun to make! Make the flower tart shells in advance, store in an airtight container and serve with an assortment of sweet or savory fillings at teatime.

A Vintage Tea Party and Mini Flower Tartlets

My flower tartlets are blooming with lemon curd and blueberries, chocolate-hazelnut spread with strawberries, and a favorite combination of goat cheese and fig preserves and chopped walnuts.


Open Face Cucumber Sandwiches

Make these open face cucumbers sandwiches in any shape and garnish with parsley, sweet basil leaves, or edible flowers.


The Vintage Tea Party Year takes you on twelve months of parties, celebrations and teatime treats as well as introducing more games and craft projects for your chosen theme.

The Vintage Tea Party Year

See the New Year in with vintage style, make Valentine’s Day extra special, give every child their dream tea party, find inspiration for weddings and baby showers, be the talk of the town with your own summer street party and wrap up for winter with a vintage-inspired Christmas.


“Rose” Beef Bites are a pretty way to serve a roast beef canapé for a party!


This is my favorite kind of bite or appetizer since you can mix your horseradish cream and roll the beef into a small rosettes in advance. Assemble at teatime and serve.


How about little British fun with a Victoria Sponge Union Jack Cake?


The Vintage Sweets Book: A Complete Guide to Vintage Sweets and Cocktail Party Treats


Angel Adoree cordially invites you to a time when life was sweeter, more sophisticated and simpler. Each chapter is filled with delightful retro sweet recipes and tempting cocktails as well as craft projects to help bring the magic to life.

vintage sweets4

Shake up a Parma Violet Cocktail



Or whip up batch of Rum Raisin Fudge


In celebration of teatime and tea parties, I’m giving away a copy of The Vintage Tea Party Book/ Sweets / or Year, along with a pretty tea cup and a tin of Earl Grey tea to three winners!


For a chance to win and enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite kind of tea or tea party treat.

Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry. Subscribe by email or follow on Facebook and let me know by comment.


For a third chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook or Pinterest.  Leave an additional comment for a third entry telling me so.

 (The FB sharing button is at the bottom of this post and the Pin/Save button pops up on the upper left corner of each photo).


A winner will be chosen August 3rd.

This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. and is sponsored by me and in no way endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Pinterest.



“All there is left to do is to eat, drink, love, laugh, and be armed and prepared in the kitchen, so that you can thoroughly enjoy your tea party and hold onto the memory of it forever.”  ~ Angel Adoree


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  289 comments for “Teatime, Party and Giveaway!

  1. Rosemary
    July 18, 2016 at 6:08 am

    I seldom post- but SO enjoy reading your posts every day.
    My favorite tea is ‘Elan’- a Turkish apple tea that my daughter-in-law sends me from Turkey.

    • Rosemary Stamm
      July 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Good Morning, love your blog with all your special treats.
      One of my favorite tea..earl gray black tea with a bit of bergamots
      Lavender essence. Which two of my special friends share with me
      At tea time.
      Thank you for your special give away.
      Have a peaceful week.
      Hugs for your two sweet pups.
      Rosemary from Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

  2. Peggy
    July 18, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Tea Parties, delightful and fun. My daughter and I enjoy one in the summer on the deck on a pretty day with gardens surrounding us. It is just a fun thing to do with family and friends. My friend is a great Tea Party Hostess, she is always making special treats. During the winter months we will visit our local tea house for a Tea Party. Nice giveaway!!!!

  3. Shirley
    July 18, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Lovely photos . Wish I could enter your giveaway but alas I live in England. My daughters friend has her own tea blending company( Birdhouse). They have lovely flavours & the leaves are so pretty – some have edible flowers in them. I shall content myself with a nice pot of Peace Gardens.

  4. Patricia
    July 18, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Oh my goodness your photographs are such a feast for the eyes! My favorite tea if from David’s Tea and It’s called Forever Nuts. It combines flavors of almond, apple and cinnamon and it steeps hot pink! Add in some coconut milk, sweeten to taste and it’s a wonderful iced drink concoction that looks as pretty as it tastes! Perfect for any girl gathering. I intend to make those mini flower tartlets- too cute to resist.

  5. Sherlie Magaret
    July 18, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Small shortbread cookies would be my favorite tea time treat.

  6. Beverly Ozburn
    July 18, 2016 at 6:31 am

    This is a beautiful post! My grandmother and I used to have tea parties and now I party with my granddaughters. We like a mixture of simple breakfast tea and green tea.

  7. Patricia
    July 18, 2016 at 6:39 am

    you’ve inspired me to create a tea time pintrest page too

  8. July 18, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I love your tea set and the beautiful way you set your table! So very elegant

  9. July 18, 2016 at 6:42 am

    I enjoyed this fun post and a glimpse at those darling books. I love cucumber sandwiches and petit fours.

  10. July 18, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I would love to win! My favorite tea is Earl Grey and I love cucumber sandwiches!

  11. July 18, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I subscribe by email.

  12. July 18, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I shared this post.

  13. July 18, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I’m forwarding today’s lovely exploration of all things tea. My friend loves her tea breaks and I’m hoping this post will brighten her day as your weekly posts always brighten mine. Thank you for sharing your creative talents with wannabees like myself.

  14. July 18, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I love the post. I am inspired to have an Hawaiian tea. I have a favorite tea called passion fruit Mango. I will build the party around this.

  15. Kathy Milliken
    July 18, 2016 at 7:00 am

    I love this! Photographs are beautiful. I loved tea parties as a child, it was water and crackers with my stuffed animals and dolls! Now I love hot matte latte! I also liked your fb page! Thanks

  16. Cindy Smith
    July 18, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Love, love, love tea parties! Just did one on Friday. My favorite tea is an organic black currant tea. P.S. going to be looking for the books in case I don’t win. The recipes look wonderful.

  17. July 18, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Having received one of your gorgeous giveaways recently, I will exclude myself from this one, but I just have to say how beautifully put together all your photographs, foods, and other accessories are for this post. Angel Adoree would be lucky to have you as her publicist! One of your readers is about to become a lucky winner.

  18. Michelle
    July 18, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Good morning! Love tea! My favorite tea is Cranberry blood orange rooibos, whole leaf tea. A very pleasant afternoon tea. The tea party books look like a must have! Have a great day!☕️😎🌴

  19. Cindy Smith
    July 18, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Also shared on facebook

  20. Ellen Stillabower
    July 18, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Beautiful, beautiful table..my favorite tea(s) are Red Raspberry and Organic Chai…it’s hard to name my favorite treat but I would have to pick a pecan tassie I have eaten..I have attended an annual tea party at a Catholic Church and they have raised a tremendous amount of money for charities. Their Tea Party is very authentic and they use donated china cups & tea pots and plates….All foods are handmade by the ladies and served on tiered cake plates and platters..it is absolutely a tea party delight..you have given us some beautiful ideas..I’m a subscriber here and on Facebook…sorry for the longness of this post. 🍮🍬☕️🌻❤️🌹

  21. Ellen Stillabower
    July 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I have shared this to Facebook…have a wonderful day!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  22. Lynn Schantz
    July 18, 2016 at 7:20 am

    For all of you tea lovers, there is a magazine called Tea Time. I subscribed to this magazine a few years ago. Lots of beautiful tea sets, must try recipes and 7-9 teas that have been reviewed and recommended? I love green tea especially when my raspberries are on, as I make raspberry green iced tea.

    • July 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      I love Southern Lady who introduced me to Tea Time. Really beautiful magazines.

  23. Holly Keenan
    July 18, 2016 at 7:23 am

    A favorite tea is an organic pomegranate that is delicious hit or iced. Love your site!

  24. July 18, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I will be having a tea party in my garden in a couple weeks and love browsing your blog for ideas! My favorite tea is almond tea and I love anything with lemon curd.

  25. July 18, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I’ve been a long time subscriber. Love your blog!

  26. July 18, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I shared on Pinterest this morning.

  27. Rhonda
    July 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I am in for the ‘Rose’ Beef bites. What a delightful blog post to start my day!

  28. Jean
    July 18, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Favorite tea, can’t name just one as it varies with the season. Thanks for this beautiful post.

  29. Jean
    July 18, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Subscribe to your blog. Love the pictures of the dogs on the boat.

  30. July 18, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Oh my goodness, Mary!!! I am coveting that GORGEOUS chintz teapot & creamer/sugar set so badly, I may have to go to Confession later!! What a delightfully delicious display!!
    We’re on the same wavelength this week, as I just posted a few photos of my “Tea Party Picnic” preparations for my quilt guild. They are nothing as spectacular as yours though. You’ve given me several new ideas to incorporate before TOMORROW!!!

    (p.s. My favorite tea is Lady Grey)

  31. July 18, 2016 at 8:03 am

    You know I’ve been a long time subscriber of your beautiful blog!

  32. July 18, 2016 at 8:05 am

    A lovely tea party is just the right tonic for the madness in our world these days Mary- You have created a magical place to dream with your tables of blooms, mini tartlettes and array of fabulous treats! The books look enchanting, and your presentations and displays would tempt any Alice! I’m looking forward to the tea party fun next Saturday, I won’t be participating, but just dropping by for tea- It’s wonderful to hear from the Novel Bakers again :)

  33. mary
    July 18, 2016 at 8:08 am

    My favorite tea sandwich is chicken salad on raisin bread.

  34. July 18, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Oh! What a lovely give-away! I just love tea parties outdoors. My favorite- Yorkshire Tea with scones, lemon curd, raspberry jam, and lots of clotted cream with fresh sliced strawberries. Did you know there are clear signs that drinking tea is good for your health.Three to five cups a day reduce blood pressure, diabetes and stroke risks. Let’s all have a cup today!

  35. Karen Hilllier
    July 18, 2016 at 8:11 am

    My favorite tea treat is the traditional scones with clotted creme and strawberry jam. My favorite place for team is the Dorchester Hotel in London.

  36. July 18, 2016 at 8:12 am

    One of my favorite teas is Blueberry Crumb cake which I purchased at a nearby tea parlor in Carlisle Pa. Camellia’s Sin Tea Parlor. Wonderful way to spend an afternoon enjoying high tea. Food is out of this world!!! One of my favorite little “tea dessert” is Key Lime Mousse Bites. Quick and easy to make and place in premade little phyllo cups. Sharing this on FB.

  37. Susie
    July 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

    LOVE your blue & white teapot! My favorite tea time treat is scones. Pumpkin scones in the fall and winter and orange scones in spring and summer. I am ready to try new treats!
    Another wonderful post, Mary. Your blog is always a pleasure to read–wonderful ideas and great presentations. Your spirit shines through. Thank you!

  38. Betty Savage
    July 18, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I love tea parties. I especially love cucumber sandwiches!

  39. July 18, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Thanks for this opportunity to share and possibly win! My favorite tea time treat is simple cheesecake bites (cut very small for one-bite portions) with blueberry on top. The tiny size and huge flavor make me smile every time. Can’t wait to see the book.Thanks

  40. Bonnie
    July 18, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I am on a committee for our town’s susquecentenial and we are hosting a Victorian tea. I would love to win the book to glean more ideas. My personal favorite tea is Earl Grey and I love pomegranate and orange scones. Love your tea entries! I shared this on Pinterest as well and am a subscriber! Thanks!

  41. keshakeke
    July 18, 2016 at 8:21 am

    My daughter and I love tea parties. We collect tea party vintage cups and saucers! Our favorite tea party food is chicken salad tea sandwiches as well as petit fours! Your post is beautiful!

  42. July 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

    What a beautiful post! I love tea parties and this book certainly sounds like it has lots of great suggestions! Thank you for sharing. Lynn

  43. keshakeke
    July 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I follow via email and FB

  44. Leslie
    July 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Thank you for your lovely topic this morning! This is something near and dear to my heart. I am not a coffee drinker (don’t hate me), but I do love my tea. Orange Pekoe & Twinings English Breakfast are among my favorite. I also enjoy scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserves…YUM!

    Some of my favorite memories that I hold dear to my heart were shared over a cup of tea. Many years ago my sister was staying with me while house hunting for a move from Texas to NJ. We would both end up in my kitchen at 2am neither of us being able to sleep. Tea and conversation would follow for the rest of the week at the same time. Last year we were on vacation in Nantucket to celebrate her son’s wedding, needless to say, the first one up put the kettle on and had everything ready for when the other arrived. We would plan our day and all the places we wanted to go. Now, each morning a text will go out “…are you ready for tea and chat?” This is how we both start our day. We attended The Mansion in May event a couple years ago in NJ followed by lunch at a cute tea room. We are always on the look-out for a wonderful tea room. We meet for lunch dates often and the first thing ordered is Iced Tea with lemon. Is there anything better than sharing special moments with a sister over a wonderful cup of tea? It’s more than just tea; it’s the ritual, the fragrance, the relaxing, the secrets to be told and memories to be made. :)

  45. keshakeke
    July 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I shared on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118993615133403512/

  46. Sarah
    July 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Your posts just make my day. My favorite tea treat is a scone.

  47. Beth Gilreath
    July 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Tea parties are the one of the best luxuries of life. I love to see all your Fitz and Floyd items and transfer ware, they’re something I always try to pin, I’m so looking forward to trying the mini flower tartlets.

  48. July 18, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I love mint tea!

  49. Dorothy
    July 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I throughly enjoy your post and can’t wait to open it. I like watching how your potting shed changes and your beautiful table scales and your adorable puppies. I used to have small tea parties with my granddaughter (usually juice and crackers) but I now live 2 1/2 hours away. I miss them so. One of my favorite teas is just plain Lipton but sometimes I enjoy a raspberry tea. Thanks so much for a chance to win a book which I shall share with my granddaughter.

  50. Cheryl
    July 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Hi Mary, Thank you for a great giveaway! As tea is my drink of choice, I absolutely loved your post today…and a tea party with the Novel Balers…what could be better. So, in keeping with your giveaway rules, I must tell you that my favorite kind of tea is currently “Tower of London” from Harney & Sons. It is my morning tea and I have been drinking it for quite a while now.

  51. July 18, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Ooh Mary, you should write your own book and include your own beautiful photos! I loved the first photo with the teapot and cups reflected in the silver teapot! Hmmmm…there are so many teas that I love, that I can’t choose and too many treats, but I do love a yummy scone. I must make those rose beef bites soon! Aren’t they adorable??!! I want to come to a tea party at your house!

  52. July 18, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I’m already a subscriber by email! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  53. Cheryl
    July 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Just liked, commented & shared on Facebook!

  54. LouAnn
    July 18, 2016 at 8:55 am

    My favorite tea is lemon ginger!

  55. Kate Hoffman
    July 18, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I often have scones with my tea. Love your blog!

  56. Kate Hoffman
    July 18, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I also subscribe by eMail!

  57. July 18, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I follow on Facebook

  58. July 18, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I shared on Facebook

  59. mary
    July 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

    oops, I enjoy your emails so much!

  60. donna
    July 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Oh I love this post!! I adore the idea of pausing in your day to take tea and refreshments! A lovely cup of tea with lemon and either shortbread or scones ( or both! ) We are lucky to have a small British shop close by that serves high tea.

  61. donna
    July 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I also subscribe to your email!!

  62. Barbara
    July 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

    The books are so lovely, they’re a treat even without recipes. I love all kinds of spiced black teas; my favorite is probably cinnamon clove tea. I’m a lover of all tiny teatime finger foods – anything small and pretty somehow becomes more delicious

  63. Barbara
    July 18, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I follow you on Facebook.

  64. Barbara
    July 18, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I shared your giveaway post on Facebook.

  65. Alyson
    July 18, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I love petit fours for a special Tea! Here in the South, we can find reasons to host Teas for any reason – bridal shower, baby shower, girlfriend time together!

  66. Terri Day
    July 18, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Love this post. Really, all of your posts are wonderful Thanks for such a special give-away.

  67. Debbie Magee
    July 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

    My favorite tea I discovered over ten years ago while visiting my son who was studying in London. We went to high tea at Kensington Palace (where Princess Diana lived) in Queen Victoria’s gorgeous Orangerie. Everything was fabulous, but the orange tea made from the orange trees all around us was wonderful. I wanted to purchase some to take home but the supply is limited to having enough to serve there. I’ve tried other orange teas, but nothing is quite as good.

  68. July 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Beautiful pictures!! Everything looks amazing. 😀

  69. July 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I love the Mad Tea Parties each year! Everyone is so creative and the accoutrements so pretty! Love your lavender pot and cups. My favorite tea is Ceylon. Like love in a cup <3 My favorite go with would be lemon and lavender scones. Yum!
    I bought Angel's The Victorian Tea Party Book a couple of years ago and love it! Hope I win another one!

  70. Lindylu
    July 18, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I love giving tea parties. I love all things lemon curd. I make small cranberry scones and serve with tiny pots of delicious, tart homemade lemon curd and small tea sandwiches with water cress and cream cheese or cucumber sandwiches. Oh such fun. I shared this fun page on Facebook and Pinterest. Throwing a tea party is such fun because it doesn’t happen much these days and ladies feel so special, it seems, when they are invited and enjoy one! So up my alley!

    • Lindylu
      July 18, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Also love all your posts and pictures. You sense of decorating the shed and outdoor dining are my vision, only they are executed by you instead of me. So I am living vicariously through you. Thank you.

    • Lindylu
      July 18, 2016 at 9:38 am

      And one more thing: I collect antique beautiful tea cups and pots. I love my collection and use them for tea parites. Granddaughters love tea party birthdays and I have beautiful things to make a lovely setting. Too fun!

  71. Kathleen Pietrandoni
    July 18, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Hi ! I started drinking tea when I was a child — my Dad enjoyed his tea so I would drink with him ! Great memories! English breakfast tea is my choice and scones makes me happy ! Love your stories and your pictures ! Takes me away for a few minutes– Thank-you

  72. Denise Lewis
    July 18, 2016 at 9:38 am

    My favorite team is Earl Gray and Irish Breakfast

    • Denise Lewis
      July 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Tea not team☺ I shared this

  73. Peggy Kuppers
    July 18, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Thanks for such a beautiful post on a Monday morning. I love Constant Comment tea – an old favorite. This caused me to remember my English tea pot which is stored away in a top cabinet. I need to get it out and enjoy it!

  74. Danielle Giamundo
    July 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I enjoy your website so much! The time and thought that goes into your posts is incredible! I had to respond to your Tea giveaway today because tea time was always such a special part of my day with my mom. When she got married, she had a teacup shower. And when I got married, she gave me all of her tea cups and then some more that she bought at estate sales. Everyone of them is different. When I have dinner parties, my friends love choosing their own cup! And since my children were very young, they took part in our after dinner tea ritual. My favorite tea is Earl Gray, but really, I love them all. My favorite thing to eat with tea is any kind of butter cookie. Thanks for your generosity and inspiration!

  75. July 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

    My favorite tea is Blackberry Sage.

  76. Sue Hartzell
    July 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

    What lovely pictures and recipes! My favorite tea is caramel vanilla from a local tea shop. As for favorite tea party food, I can’t choose. I’m a sucker for anything pretty and fancy. I am an email subscriber as well.

  77. Sue Hartzell
    July 18, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I pinned the link to the floral tartlets to my Pinterest board Recipes-party foods.

  78. Joy B
    July 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I think cucumber sandwiches and scones with lemon curd are my very favorite tea party treats. I’m having a tea party for my Goddaughter soon and plan to use the flower tartlet recipe. So cute! And I’d love to be one of your winners.

  79. July 18, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I once tried a Rose champagne tea that was lovely and enjoy it now as a special treat . I brag about your blog to others telling them to look for post`s about Chloe and Grace. Also posted on facebook and pintrest.

  80. Diana
    July 18, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Love your creative posts and your beautiful photography! My favorite tea is Lemon Lift with a tasty blueberry scone to go on the side.

  81. Diana
    July 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I am a longtime subscriber too.

  82. Taylor Closet
    July 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I love green tea, following on facebook—-username taylorclosetgsu

  83. Janet
    July 18, 2016 at 10:15 am

    You inspire me like no other blogger ! Your post always transport me from day job to a magical place. My friend and I are planning a Witches Tea party for Halloween this year ! No creepy food but some beautiful tea treats.

  84. July 18, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Hi there…I just found your blog and love it! I love a good old English style afternoon tea….I have followed your blog, and followed you on Facebook and Pinterest as well…please enter me if it’s not too late!

  85. Kimberly R
    July 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

    My favorite tea is Earl Grey and I really do enjoy tea parties even though I haven’t been to many I love the scones and tea cakes.

  86. July 18, 2016 at 10:45 am

    As always, your post is wonderful. The best way to start the day. Growing up in a small town in Mass, tea has always part of our life, we drink several cups every day with the addition of many glasses of ice tea in the summer. We love Boston Brown Bread with cream cheese and honey and Water Crest sandwiches, made with thin sliced white bread, with the crust trimmed. We always drank Constant Comet Tea.

  87. Martha Franks
    July 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I love tea parties! My favorite tea is Constant Comment. I found and made a recipe for Constant Comment cupcakes. Wonderful!

  88. Ronda Jenkins
    July 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

    What a lovely email to wake up to! It is so nice to wander through your beautiful pictures and put yourself in a magical world at the moment, especially since our country is in such turmoil. I love the way these books combine the recipe’s along with the whimsy. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent of tabletops, potting sheds, and flowers. I so enjoy your emails!

  89. Martha Franks
    July 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Follow you on facebook and email

  90. Martha Franks
    July 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

    shared on facebook

  91. Cheryl
    July 18, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I don’t know who you share your tea parties and all of the goodies with but if it’s your neighbors, I think I need to move much closer!

  92. Ronda Jenkins
    July 18, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I shared on Facebook and joined you on Pinterest. I also am on your email list. I think scones would be my favorite at a tea party! :)

  93. July 18, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I always enjoy Earl Grey tea. I have a recipe for Earl Grey chocolate truffles that are wonderful at a tea party. Also make curried turkey salad stuffed gougeres.

  94. Yolie
    July 18, 2016 at 10:58 am

    My soul just had replenishing drink of water. You are such an artist and have blessed so many of us by sharing your talents.

    I love tea cozies! I have a large collection of them in different sizes, in all kinds of patterns. The one on my breakfast table right now is from Cornwall and has a knitted seagull on top. It sits on very festive, dark periwinkle blue and white scalloped waves. Darling! I change them according to my moods and of course, the seasons.

    I drink Barry’s Irish tea most mornings and right now I’m into Tasha Tudor’s Tea in the afternoons. It comes in an adorable tin.

  95. July 18, 2016 at 10:59 am

    What a lovely post and give-away! Your pretty photos always make my morning delightful! I love to have tea parties with my 3 yr old granddaughter and keep a supply of lavender sugar cookie hearts on hand to go with our favorite Moroccan Mint tea! Shared/Liked on Facebook and pinned!

  96. Betty
    July 18, 2016 at 11:12 am

    You just outdo yourself with each post! If I happen to be somewhat “down” – reading your post just makes me feel better. The selection of teas that are available now – makes it difficult to choose which to buy. I am partial to peach tea for hot tea. Keep up the good work . . . you are much appreciated!

  97. July 18, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Starting the day with your blog posts is uplifting and inspirational ~ a pretty and positive read in the mornings. I so appreciate your creativity and energy. A lover of things savory ~ mini quiches star on our tea table. I keep a variety in the freezer, ready to be heated and served when are grandpeeps are in town. Zucchini quiche. Leek quiche. Quiche Lorraine and on and on. In addition to comments here, I have linked this to Facebook. Party on!

  98. Karin Leacox
    July 18, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Oh my, what a hard decision. Currently I love a Chinese tea of Japanese-style Sencha with cherry and rose flavors from Shady Gables Tea Room in Versailles, Mo. I love lemon curd on almost anything.

  99. Susan K.
    July 18, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I would love to add one of these books to my collection! My favorite tea is Pumpkin Cream from Culinary Teas.

  100. Susan K.
    July 18, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I subscribe by email.

  101. July 18, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Mary, I’m so happy you shared all of this. Those books are gems. I’ve given them as gifts to several friends and have Sweets on my shelf. I’d love to add another to my bookshelf. My favorite teas are Marco Polo from Mariage Fréres in Paris and English Caramel that is blended here in Austin at the Steeping Room. I also drink the Ahmad teas, with the Evening Tea my go to before bedtime. I had intended to have a Mad Tea Party here, but it will need to wait till next year. I will certainly be at your Mad Tea Table though. I look forward to the fun. It’s always a wonderful party.

  102. July 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Follower ~ yes, Mam! Would follower you to the ends of the earth. ‘-)

  103. Wendy
    July 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

    My current favorite tea is Harney & Sons Imperial Earl Gray. :-)

  104. Wendy
    July 18, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I am also an email follower and just pinned this post to Pinterest! Thanks so much for the give-away.

  105. Cindy skarin
    July 18, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I like just a strong black tea with cream scones and lemon curd!

  106. Kathy Harris
    July 18, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I love tea parties and after watching Downton Abbey I really got the bug.
    My favorite is English Breakfast Tea with Cranberry Orange scones. I found a segmented scone pan at a tag sale so my scones come out perfect now….they were kinda lopsided before. I love your idea of a tea party theme too 💕❤️

  107. Chloe Garden
    July 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I always look forward to receiving the emails that link to your blog. Tea time can be so much fun. I like lemon tartlets with a raspberry on top and mini-frittatas best, but I’m willing to try almost anything. Thank you for having a giveaway. Books like these are such a treat to read even if you never make one of the recipes.

  108. Susan Stoeckl
    July 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I love Coconut Mango by Stash Tea – dessert in a teacup!

  109. July 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Favorite Tea: Pepermint
    Favorite Tea Food: Homemade Tea Cakes

  110. franniemeshorer
    July 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Tea Parties make the very best sweet memories for children (and us ‘big kidz’ too!) I have always created a fanciful ‘theme’ tea party for all of my little ‘grrandz’. When we lived in Annapolis, Maryland, I also presented theme tea parties that i called: “Yesteryear’s Children” .. because I own all of the original American Girls dolls and all of their clothing, furniture and accessories .. and I collect antique dolls for my grandgurlz … (o.k.! o.k.! i really began collecting them for ME!) … And I would set the table in the ‘era’ of the doll and and we would all play games as if we were a child in early American history and I would teach them about being a child from their grand to great, great, great grandmother’s lives. We ‘step-backed’ in time to celebrate a fanciful birthday, valentine, christmas (and all other holidays and seasons). I honestly have to admit I was not so much ‘born with the cooker-girl gene’, so I relied on ‘bakeries’. I have been blessed to have TWO ‘grammie eras’. My eldest granddaughter is now approaching 30 and my youngest three little grande-fairies are 6, 7 and 9 .. AND .. I would now love to LEARN to create grammie-baked goodies for their tea parties and would adore having the Tea Party books to guide me. My absolute all time favorite ‘tea party delicacy’ is your FAIRIE CAKE … (which was easy for me because I simply had to BUY an angel food cake, and all the yummy fancifuls to decorate it with and commence creating a beautiful and delicious ‘magical’ cake). I have always shouted from the rooftops your wonderful “Home Is Where the Boat Is” to EVERYONE I know and meet! I’ve posted this one via e-mails, on Facebook and my Pinterest account.
    Mary, your posts have been a delight to my life. XOXO, Frannie

  111. Jen Young
    July 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    We are big tea drinkers at our house. My favorite tea is English Breakfast (either Bromley’s or Twinings) with Darjeeling being a close second. I often drink chamomile in the evenings or when I’m not feeling my best.

  112. Jen Young
    July 18, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I follow you through feedly & never miss a post!

  113. Debra
    July 18, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    What darling tea party ideas and the blue teapot is just lovely. My favorite tea is an Earl Gray and I like to serve ribbon sandwiches and cherry tarts. Always looking for new recipes and find them lots of times on your blog as I am an email subscriber. I will be pinning to one of my boards.

  114. Linda
    July 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Though I consider myself a coffee drinker, I do often drink tea and especially love serving it when entertaining. I don’t have a favorite, black, green and herbal teas. During the summer we drink a lot of sun tea, it’s so refreshing. I have never had canned or bottled tea. I’ve had a lot of Chinese teas after my daughter visited China and because my neighbor’s daughter-in-law is Chinese; I’ve received all kinds of teas, goodness, who knows exactly what the were!
    I love all the trappings of drinking tea, the table decor and setting, using my mother’s old China tea cups, and the snacks. We’ve had the pleasure of having tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC, Canada. They walk you through the tea ceremony and serve wonderful tea and snacks.
    The books in your give-away look wonderful and as always, your photography is to swoon over. Thanks for both.

  115. Teri Post
    July 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Love your glorious pictures, postings and pups! My favorite tea would have to be served with lemon and I love goat cheese with figs pairings in tiny bites.

  116. Mary
    July 18, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    The first tea that came to mind is ‘Valentine’ by Harney & Sons, the favorite iced tea is ‘Raspberry Royale’ by Constant Comment. My favorite tea time treat… hard to pin down, but I would say that slightly sweet cheese scones are at the top of the list.
    Thank you for sharing these great recipes and the fun of planning for a tea party.

  117. Debbie Joens
    July 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I thoroughly enjoy your blog! In fact, it’s really the only one I follow. Thank you for your generous giveaway and keeping this delightful tradition alive. My granddaughter just turned 2 and received her fourth tea set! She loves playing tea party already. She’s a girl after my own heart!
    My favorite tea has to be a Raspberry Rooibos and I love scones with clotted crème and raspberry preserves and lemon curd.
    I shared your post on Facebook and subscribe via email!

  118. Debra
    July 18, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Love, Love, Love your posts! So I just traipsed off and procured some tea books online thanks to your inspiration. My favorite tea lately has been an almond rooibos with a little cream. Thanks for the ever-inspiring posts…..I can’t wait to see where they will take me……….

  119. Diana
    July 18, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    My favorite tea for a tea party is Amads Black Currant.

  120. kathleen bloomquist
    July 18, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    My favorite tea is the rose blossom tea I enjoyed at the old Marshall Field’s Walnut Room on special occasions when I was a child. That tea and the tiny frosted cakes we always had with it made those occasions very memorable and made me feel very grown up. Lately, I have enjoyed Earl Grey and little lemon cookies.
    Your photos are beautiful and your table settings just lovely. Now, I want to move to a flower filled lake house in North Carolina!!!

  121. Barbara Bradham
    July 18, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I love to read your posts everyday. I am posting, pinning and pining for your special treats that you are giving away. My favorite tea is English Breakfast. The strong tea helped me kick coffee, so now I am a tea only person. Thanks for this offer and please keep up the beautiful posts. You help so many of us escape for a couple of minutes everyday into your wonderfully imaginative world.

  122. Sue
    July 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Be still my heart…I so enjoy your tea party posts, thank you Mary. Currently I am favoring Vanilla tea, and I enjoy all the beautiful tea sandwiches! And all the little sweets, especially lemon curd filled. I will share on Facebook and attempt to share on Pinterest too. I especially enjoyed your post of tea at the Empress and was so happily inspired to find myself there as a result. Thank you Mary for a chance to win this lovely give away!

  123. July 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    A tart would be my favorite treat, especially if it was a lemon raspberry!

    I follow by email
    I shared on Pinterest .https://www.pinterest.com/pin/261842165814802724/
    Thank you :~)

  124. katwell321
    July 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    What a lovely tea party set up! My favorite tea is blueberry green tea & I love it with scones

  125. jae
    July 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Hi, I am a subscriber. My favorite tea is from England and impossible to get here, but I also enjoy both Lady Grey tea and the Taylors Reserve Afternoon Darjeeling, especially with a shortbread cookie. Thanks for the giveaway and the wonderful pictures. Looking forward to seeing the mad hatters party!

  126. July 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Wonderful, fun post! I do love my tea and can’t resist a good cucumber sandwich! Right now my favorite tea is by Harney and Sons called Chinese Flower (green tea with flowers and lemon) … nice iced, too! I’m a subscriber and follow on FB!

  127. Carolyn
    July 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    My favorite tea is Liptons very strong. I do enjoy Constant Comment. Enjoy your blog every day by email and thank you so much for all you do for your readers.

  128. Linda E.
    July 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks, Mary, for the delightful blog on tea parties! My favorite tea is orange ginger. I subscribe to your blog, and enjoy it so very much! :)

  129. Nancy grossnickle
    July 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I love tea parties! I love constant comment and any fruity tea along with scones and lemon curd. Love how you decorate your potting shed and I always like to tell friends about your blog. I subscribe by email and friends on Facebook. Would love to win any of them. Can’t wait to see all the parties, Nancy g

  130. R. Dickinson
    July 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Love those flower tartlets! My favorite tea is Yerba Mate! Not dainty, but helps me focus!

  131. Linda K.
    July 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I think this may be my favorite post ever. I love going to tea but we don’t have a good tea house in Atlanta. My favorite place in London is the Savoy for tea. I love Oolong tea and black currant. My daughter drinks Spice Market and when I am there I love it. It is hard to choose between cucumber sandwiches and scones (any kind). I subscribe to you by e-mail and facebook. Thank you for all these wonderful suggestions.

  132. July 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Wow, these are gorgeous books and of course your goodies and tables are always just as gorgeous and detailed. Those roast beef crostini are so simple and yet so elegant. I had some mint tea the other day that was absolutely delicious (when I added sugar of course!) Thanks for the giveaway.

  133. July 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I posted it on Pinterest too!

  134. July 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I have all three books, so I don’t want to be included in the giveaway. I love them: They are great! My favorite tea is Steven Smith’s Lord Bergamot. It is excellent! I also like Twining’s Irish Breakfast, Taylor’s of Harrogate’s Scottish Breakfast Tea, and we start our mornings with PG Tips (a true builder’s tea, LOL) everyday!

    I’m looking forward to the Mad Tea Party Saturday!


  135. July 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I love Tulsi Green Tea!! My favorite tea treat is a lemon blueberry scone (yum!). Thanks so much for this lovely giveaway.

  136. Sue Bingeman
    July 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    English Breakfast and Darjeeling are two of my favorite types of tea! Scones with jam and butter make a perfect tea party dish in my book.

  137. Amy S
    July 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Oh I adore everything tea! Who could pick a favorite.For summer I’ve been enjoying raspberry with those tiny little butter cream tea cookies.

  138. Stephanie Lane
    July 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    My favorite tea is English Breakfast.

  139. July 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Oh my word – what a lovely lovely post!!!!! I have been hosting tea parties most of my adult life and have them whenever the time and energy stars align! ♥ I have collected tea and tea party books for years and do NOT have these and they look amazing. Oh please please please add me to this generous and AWESOME giveaway!

    My favorite savory at a tea party is cucumber sandwiches and my favorite sweet is about all of them but I most look forward to a good scone with clotted cream (esp imported real) and a good jam – currant is my very favorite…..or a scone with lemon curd – yum yum. I have had lavender jelly with them before too – which is a palate sensation to be sure.

    Thank you! Have a tea-lightful day! ♥

  140. Carol Thompson
    July 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    My favorite tea is ginger with or without a scone. My favorite tea party memory is sharing a cup of hot tea with my sister in the early morning at our rented ‘Blue Moon’ beach cottage before everyone else was up. We’d sit outside together in the morning sea breeze thanking God for that special time in time.

    I shared your beautiful post on Pinterest.

  141. Denise
    July 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I love throwing tea parties and going to tea parties, my favorite tea is earl gray. I love shortbread cookies and make them in little heart shapes to have with my tea.

  142. Christi
    July 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you for your blog, it’s inspiring and I love all the color that lights my computer screen each time. I enjoy chocolate chip and pecan/cranberry scones with clotted cream. Any kind of Earl Gray is my favorite tea.

  143. Linda L
    July 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I also love scones and clotted cream. My favorite scones are peach. Thanks for a lovely post. I’m definitely making the beef roses. I’m a friend on Facebook and a subscriber.

  144. July 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    My goodness! You have been working! Delightful posts and so many ideas. I love the Novel Bakers and had thought recently that it was time for them to delight us again.
    I am a long time follower. My favorite tea is Chai Spice and any flavor of scones please me very much.
    This post has given me so many ideas to do with my grandchildren that they would love. Just not enough hours in the day. The book sounds great. Can’t wait for the novel bakers.
    Love your quilt.

  145. Doris
    July 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I always enjoy your beautiful pictures of food and table settings. I believe for my tea party, I would serve scones with either clotted cream or lemon curd. Mmmmmm, yummy!

  146. July 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    First, let me say the photos are just beautiful and made my day so much better. My favorite tea is rooibos and tiramisu or amaretto cookies. My first memories of tea was my grandmother drinking green tea back in the 40’s. She had a wonderful mysterious walk in pantry. I follow you daily by email and love every one of them. My birthday is next month (hint) and I would love a book about tea parties and a tea cup.
    If we don’t win, we are still going to love you Mary.

  147. July 18, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    My favorite tea party fare is anything with lemon curd!

  148. July 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Love Constant Comment-decaf-or Market Spice tea. Both are similar. Love a good tea book and really enjoy your blog! Thanks

  149. July 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Faithful subscriber!

  150. CherylK
    July 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Republic of Tea Ginger Peach is my teatime standard! Following on Facebook! Thanks

  151. Elizabeth H.
    July 18, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Hello, what a beautiful set of giveaways! Thank you! My favorite tea is Ginger Peach from Panera!
    Ohhh, it’s heavenly delicious!

  152. gardenthymewithdiana.com
    July 18, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    A summer tea thyme garden party. Finger sandwiches, peach sangria and
    butter cookies.

  153. Elizabeth H.
    July 18, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I have commented and liked you in Facebook as well. Yes, my favorite is Republic of Tea and it is Ginger Peach I always get me a cup whenever I visit Panera! Ohhh, it’s heavenly delicious!

  154. July 18, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I think the world would be a much more civilized place if everyone stopped in the afternoon and invited their friends to tea! My favorite tea would be Earl Grey with Lavender.

    Oh, by the way, I subscribe to your blog to come to my email address.

  155. Jan M.
    July 18, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Actually, your patchwork tea sandwiches are my favorite. They never fail to elicit “oohs and aahs” from everyone! Jasmine tea is my choice, but it has to be a loose tea and not bagged.

  156. July 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Oh my…love a great tea party!….and you always have the best!…Great tables, fantastic food!….My favorite tea?….Green tea please!….and love any type of fruit tarts…like those wonderful flower tartlets!

  157. July 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Happy Follower!!!!!

  158. July 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Pinning away!!!

  159. Karin Leacox
    July 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Shared to FB

  160. Marie
    July 18, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I have a collection of assorted teas and I always choose at least two different ones to make a custom mix. So, my favorite is a combination of a green tea with a spiced tea. I definitely need to look for those books for my library.

  161. Judy Harris
    July 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    What a great giveaway! I pinned on my Things That Make Me Smile board. Judy OKLA

  162. July 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I love those roast beef roses! I’ll be making some of those for sure, and pinned them to my Pinterest board for Appetizers.

  163. July 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I follow you on Bloglovin.

  164. Judy Harris
    July 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I subscribe to your wonderful blog. It is one of my favorites! I always enjoy the adventures of Chloe and Gracie! So precious. I really appreciate how you list where you purchased items. Always such beautifully done settings!

  165. July 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I like a nice cuppa hot tea on a cool day. I enjoy chamomile most of the time but I also enjoy some of the fruit flavor teas and green tea with mint.

  166. Laura
    July 18, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Jasmine tea is my favorite. I love all the wonderful pictures on your blog!

  167. Judy Harris
    July 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Tea parties steal my 💓! I prefer a good English breakfast or afternoon tea, nothing fancy. Small shape cut cucumber sandwiches are always yummy. One of my favorite things to make are the little lemon curd tarts! The last time I made them I topped them with Swedish Ligonberry Preserves that I find at TJ Maxx. Soooo good!

  168. Laura
    July 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I subscribe to your blog by email and I also follow you on facebook.

  169. Laura
    July 18, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I shared your giveaway on pinterest.

  170. Marie in AZ
    July 18, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Hi, Mary! Earl Grey is my absolute favorite tea, but I am a tea drinker from way back…I love tisanes, too! I simply adore all the little tea treats you featured here, and your microwave lemon curd recipe is one of my favorites. I’ll have to try these mini-tarts…they’re so cheerful looking, aren’t they? And those roast beef roses are just too too clever! They look delicious….thanks for the lover-ly post, your photos are beautiful…as always.

  171. Marilyn
    July 18, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    My favorite tea is any that is decaffeinated. I love dunking an Oreo in my tea. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  172. Marilyn
    July 18, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I shared on Facebook under my Facebook name Marion M Collins.

  173. Ellen K
    July 18, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Love your tea time pictures and recipes – which I pinned! I really enjoy lavender earl grey tea and serve it to my book club when we gather at my home each year for a Christmas tea! Always appreciate new ideas – Thank you.

  174. July 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    This is the first time I’ve seen roast beef roses Mary-very, very cool:@)

  175. Karenann
    July 18, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you for such a lovely giveaway opportunity! Right now my favorite tea is Chia French Vanilla. But I’m always changing it up as tea is my most favorite drink! Thanks again!

  176. Karenann
    July 18, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I also follow on Facebook!

  177. Karenann
    July 18, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    And I shared on Pinterest!

  178. Jillian Y
    July 18, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I wish I have your teas and tea set! The look very lovely. I love green tea and pu’erh tea myself. I followed you on Facebook!

  179. Paula
    July 18, 2016 at 8:44 pm


    Love this “Tea Party” after all it is the Queens 90th birthday !!
    I am now enjoying peach tea !! and I think scones are delightful at any tea party !!

    see you on FB :) for a spot of tea !
    Thank you such a wonderful give away !


  180. Marty Koons
    July 18, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    My favorite tea is by Good Earth – Sweet & Spicy and I love cookies or brownies to go with it!

  181. Marty Koons
    July 18, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I also subscribe by email.

  182. Patti Kachmar
    July 18, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Your tea party is beautiful! All the aunts and cousins in our family have a yearly tea party and I’ll have to try some of your great ideas. My favorite tea is blue berry with a scented geranium and honey,

  183. Cindy
    July 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I pinned it Pinterest.

  184. July 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Have those books and I love them…

  185. vicky
    July 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

    My favorite tea is Earl Grey and I love cucumber sandwiches!

  186. Cindy
    July 19, 2016 at 7:50 am

    For my granddaughter’s 11th birthday she went for a mani/pedi with her Aunt and came home to my dining room transformed into a Paris teaparty. We all had the best time at her pre teen party.

  187. Ann
    July 19, 2016 at 10:32 am

    My favorite tea party treat would be blueberry scones!

  188. July 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

    My husband and I always head for a tea room when we’re in a new place! My favorite is Earl Grey tea and benedictine on pumpernickel! So glad I found your blog – it is fantastic!

  189. July 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    My favorite tea is chamomile! I grow it every summer, have my now 12 yr old granddaughter over to pick the flowers, and we enjoy teatime with sweets together! Sometimes we make cream puffs too! German chamomile self-seeds well, pretty aggressive, you might think it’s perennial, which Roman chamomile is! I so enjoy your tablescapes.

  190. sandyinohio
    July 19, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I also posted your info on my FB page!

  191. Ronda Sue
    July 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    LOVE THIS BLOG! :) Shared and liked on Facebook. My favorite tea is Sakura Alure from Teavana.

  192. Ann Butler
    July 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    My favorite would be mini chocolate tarts :) for a Tea Party.

  193. Ann Butler
    July 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I subscribe by email.

  194. Ann Butler
    July 19, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I shared on Pinterest!

  195. Joan
    July 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Fruit-flavored teas, and, a soft cheese, like Havarti, on a buttery-type cracker are my favorites.

  196. Joan
    July 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I am an avid subscriber and also look forward to your posts.

  197. Kathleen Ayo
    July 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing the lovely photos of your tea party! My favorite teas are chamomile and green tea. I love cucumber sandwiches, and the “rose” beef looks delicious!

  198. Trenda
    July 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Mary!
    I love the charm and whimsy of an afternoon tea party and know all your guests will be delighted at your tea party, even if it’s only vicariously, viewing your blog!
    My favorite tea is Bigelow’s Lemon Lift Tea.
    I follow your blog via email and I “shared” your cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches on Pinterest. Bon appetit!🌺

  199. July 19, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Favorite Tea..there are two: Creme de Earl Grey and Courtship Tea: a special tea blend that I found on Cape Cod…with ginger…so very good.
    Favorite way to have a Tea: I did one for a wedding shower many years ago before tea became popular and all the ladies loved it,
    I would be so blessed to be one of the winners as I used to collect tea books; again many years ago so a new one would be most welcomed!
    Bless you for doing this giveaway….

  200. Holly Lawrence
    July 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I just love your blogs!! And your tea party ideas are a great inspiration! My favorite tea right now is Tower of London by Harney & sons , here in NY. My sweets choice would be a scone of any kind! ! Looking forward to your next inspiration!

  201. Kathi Layfield
    July 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Oh, I love a good tea party ~~ such a special treat! My favorite tea is Lady Grey and I love anything made with LadyFingers! I enjoy each and every post you make both here and on facebook. I have a small collection of teapots and teacups (limited only because of space). I would love to win one of the awesome books, teacup and a tin of tea. Thank you for another beautiful post….

  202. July 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    just found you and what a delightful find it was. Subscribed to your blog and pined you. My favorite tea lady gray with ginger scones is a lovely treat even in this 100 degree weather with 90% humidity. Thank you for all the lovely’s you have posted.

  203. Marty
    July 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I drink tea all day, every day, but for Tea-with-a-capital-T, it has to be Earl Grey with just a bit of cream.

  204. July 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Earl Gray is my favorite. I have it in many different brands. I feature your blog on my bloglist as well as following you in several different ways!

  205. Cynthia Randall
    July 20, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I have loved reading through the comments. I belong to a tea society in our little town in Maine. We take turns hosting and my favorite tea to host is a Bee Tea every spring. While almost all of the food is somehow bee or honey themed, my guests would rebel if I did not serve cucumber sandwiches. Oolong tea with honey is also a must as well as cornbread with honey baked in a honeycomb-shaped cast iron pan. It is always great fun.

  206. Alicia
    July 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Fun Giveaway! My favorite teas are: Earl Grey and Paris by Harney & Sons! My favorite tea party always includes my long time friend from high school. I subscribed to your blog & love it!

  207. Carolyn
    July 21, 2016 at 4:30 am

    I haven’t ever been to a tea party. But one day I hope to!

  208. Carolyn
    July 21, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Just liked you on Facebook! Should have done that a couple of years ago!

  209. July 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I just enjoy looking at the beautiful pictures and lovely flowers. Your posts always brighten my day! Thanks so much!

  210. Lanita Anderson
    July 21, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity! I loved seeing all the pictures of your tea party…. My favorite tea is Orange Jasmine greet tea. I’ve always liked drinking tea, but really grew to love it when we were stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Their jasmine tea was my absolute favorite – hot or cold!

  211. Lanita Anderson
    July 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I just shared your great giveaway on Pinterest! And I’m already a subscriber….. Thanks again for the giveaway opportunity!

  212. Cynthia Hayhurst
    July 21, 2016 at 10:29 am

    My favorite tea goodie is anything with cream cheese. I just tasted a Greek Yogurt whipped cream cheese this week, which I can’t wait to try between layers of banana nut bread!
    I’m already a subscriber to your blog. Your photographs are always stunning. I’ve never been picked for a give away, but I keep trying.

  213. July 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I love Earl Grey tea and my favorite tea time treat is a lemon tart. I am a subscriber to your blog and you inspire me often! Thank you!

  214. Virginia
    July 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    So happy to view this post as I am in the process of planning a Tea Party for the ladies of my church in September. I have my Tea Time magazines at my side ready to search for tasty treats. Last year I hosted a Tea for a dear friend’s 90th birthday and I used your recipe for mini flower tarts filled with lemon curd. It has to be my favorite treat and the orange spice tea from Teavana is my favorite tea. I would be thrilled to be the winner of one of your books. Thanks for your creative ideas.

  215. Virginia
    July 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I am also a subscriber by email. Thanks again.

  216. July 21, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Oh!!! So want to win this! Thank you for the chance. I love black tea. Not very daring I know!

  217. July 21, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I follow you Mary! on Facebook and blogging.

  218. July 21, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I shared two of your posts on Facebook tonight, including this one! Gorgeous wreath!

  219. Henrietta
    July 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I love tea and tea parties. They just make me happy! My favorite tea is “Night of the Iguana” Chocolate Chai tea and I bought it at Camille’s – a quaint tea house that I visit sometimes in Abingdon, Va. I also love a raspberry tea that she sells. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve met a tea that I don’t like. lol – I absolutely love your blog and you have inspired me to purchase many sets of dishes. I love your wreath, too. I’m going to buy the teapot – LOVE it. Keep up the great work, Mary. I truly enjoy all that you post. God Bless.

  220. m'lin
    July 21, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    What a wonderful give-a-way. Just love having tea parties..used to have them with my Nieces! Love chicken Waldorf salad on fruit breads! Thank you!

  221. m'lin
    July 21, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I follow you on facebook. Thanks

  222. m'lin
    July 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Shared on facebook. Thanks

  223. Maryann
    July 21, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Love tea parties with the grandkids! We make your watermelon cup cakes!

  224. Rachael Elizabeth
    July 22, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Chai and shortbread cookies! I came here via pinterest, what a great blog! Liked you on Facebook! :D

  225. Julie Waldron
    July 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

    My favorite kind of tea is Peppermint.

  226. July 23, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Follower on FB Julie Waldron

  227. July 23, 2016 at 9:29 am
  228. Mel
    July 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I just love your blog and enjoy all the ideas you bring us. I don’t have a favorite tea, there are too many delicious ones to have a favorite. My friends and I threw an English tea party for the last episode of Downton Abbey. Lovely meal followed with watching the finale. It gave us a chance to try new recipes and techniques.

  229. Ruth
    July 23, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, but I will try any tea at least once! 😀
    Love your pics of Lake Norman! Glad it filled back up this year.

  230. July 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Your beautiful blog never fails to inspire me!
    My first favorite tea was Darjeeling–also known as “the Champaigne of Tea”!
    I’m a lover of all black teas because I learned to drink hot tea w milk in So America many years ago, British style.
    I’m also a lover of my own iced tea which I call “sugar n spice semi/sweet iced tea served w a wedge of fresh lime.

  231. Cynthia
    July 26, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I enjoy Earl Grey and scotch shortbread cookies.

  232. Cynthia
    July 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I also subscribe by email.

  233. cheryl liberty
    July 28, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    red rose is my daily tea of choice. and of course for non caffeine afternoons, cranberry hibiscus. Love the look of the book! Cheryl

  234. July 28, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I love just black tea, drink it every day. Oolong is the perfect beverage after Chinese cuisine, and for an occasional afternoon treat, Earl Grey is my choice.

  235. rattlebridge farm -- foodie friday
    July 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    So pretty and fanciful, Mary. Like stepping into a storybook world.

  236. Lindylu
    August 2, 2016 at 6:15 am

    I love a tea party. Cranberry scones with lemon curd so delicious. I also love water cress sandwiches. Tea parties are so fun and sweet. Thanks for the chance to win the tea party book. Enjoy your beautiful posts and fun ideas!

  237. Lindylu
    August 2, 2016 at 6:16 am

    This is my entry for a third chance to win the fun book. Thanks so much. Keep up the beautiful pictures, posts and ideas!

  238. Donna H Howell
    August 2, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I love and follow your blog. My favorite tea is Raspberry and my favorite tea sandwich is cucumber with cream cheese.

  239. Donna H Howell
    August 2, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I Subscribe by email and follow you on facebook and pinterest. I love your blog and your photos are amazing.

  240. Jane Greene
    August 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Love your photos! Mandatory to have tea while reading your blog :) My favorite part of taking tea is the leisurely time I get to spend with my friends over a multitude of beautiful and delicious goodies, crisp lace tablecloths, sparkling silver and a hot pot of tea. Tea parties are right up there on my list (with a massage) for instant relaxation and inner peace.

  241. amweeks
    August 2, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I love Irish Breakfast tea. And in honor of my Irish/Italian heritage I like to pair that tea with pizzelles!

  242. amweeks
    August 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I’m one of your Facebook fans! (Annmarie Dipasqua Weeks)

  243. Meghan
    August 2, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I love herbal teas!

  244. August 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I love everything about “afternoon tea”! I love the china, the pretty table setting, I love that people treat it as a special and revered occasion! It’s hard to choose a favorite, but after thinking about I would have to say my favorite tea would be a flavored black tea such as Paris. My favorite treat would have to be cake, preferably Victoria Sponge!

  245. krissy daniels
    August 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Passion tea for a sweeet tea party! thank you for the chance!

  246. Lisa B.
    August 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    My favorite is Blue Lady. When friends tell me they don’t like tea I serve them Blue Lady and they are instantly in love with it!

  247. serena
    August 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    My favorite tea sandwich has chopped strawberries and mandarine oranges. I’m new to this hobbie. It started with a BBC North & South girl’s night. We scoured the internet and found “tea” foods which we each made one. Went to estate sales to find teacups. We’ll be planning a pride and prejudice girl’s night soon. :)

  248. August 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I love Milanos with my tea

  249. Claire
    August 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I love peppermint or black tea with m&m cookies!

  250. birdhousebooks
    August 2, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    What a beautiful post – loved the photos! I like English Breakfast Tea, and my favorite tea time treat is petit fours. glindathegood@bellsouth.net

  251. August 2, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I love any kind of tea! Shortbread cookies are a favorite! Such cute ldeas here! Always love to see what you are up to.

  252. Angelica Dimeo
    August 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I love Sweet Dreams tea and Earl Grey each is very tasty and relaxing

    • Angelica Dimeo
      August 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      I liked on facebook Angelica Cassandra Dimeo

      • Angelica Dimeo
        August 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        I shared on Pinterest

  253. Lisa Vanhook
    August 2, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Followed, faved, pinned, shared and everything in between…:)

  254. Jackie
    August 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I enjoy having peppermint tea in the evening.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  255. Jackie
    August 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I am an email subscriber.

  256. Jackie
    August 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    shared on pinterest

  257. gricelda
    August 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Omg how beautiful, can’t get enough. Shortbread cookies is my favorite tea time treat.

  258. gricelda
    August 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Following on FB!

  259. gricelda
    August 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Saved in Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/66287425745110893/

  260. August 2, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I have been following your blog via my email for over 2 years, and I am always in awe of how talented you are! I have always wondered where you store all of the hundreds of gorgeous items you showcase on your different themed blogs! You have the most beautiful items! I love that you also show different gardening and nature books! I think one of my favorite tea items is Trifle. I always Pin almost all of your delicious recipes and tablescape ideas! I also follow you on PINTEREST! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and talents with us! I love your blog!!

  261. August 2, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I am following you on Pinterest and “Pinned” your giveaway on my “Teatime and China” Board! Thank you for the chance to win all of the tea goodies!

  262. August 2, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I am following you on FB now, and left you a comment today on your FB page and “LIKED” your page. I love your blogs and ideas! I’ve been receiving your emails for your blog for the past 2 or 3 years, but didn’t think of following you on FB. Thank you for the chance to win your Tea-time goodies!

  263. vmorgan456
    August 2, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Looks so elegant -I’m so glad tea time is coming back!

    thanks for the giveaway

  264. Leah Shumack
    August 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I like unsweet black tea with a little lemon!

  265. Leah Shumack
    August 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm
  266. August 2, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I like Chai tea the best.

  267. August 2, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    My favorite tea is Earl Grey & my favorite tea party treat.is shortbread cookies!

  268. August 2, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I am an email subscriber – Angelasaver

  269. Katie Bellamy
    August 2, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I’m a big fan of Earl Grey tea.

  270. August 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I shared on Pinterest – http://pin.it/iY4XMye

  271. Pamela F
    August 2, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I love to do back-to-school tea parties, with tea-size sandwiches and petit fours.

  272. Pamela F
    August 2, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I like and follow you on Facebook!

  273. Laurie Nykaza
    August 2, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    My favorite tea is Earl Grey with the sandwiches you made would be amazing .

  274. Laurie Nykaza
    August 2, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I like and follow you on Facebook

  275. Laurie Nykaza
    August 2, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I do get your email too

  276. Laurie Nykaza
    August 3, 2016 at 12:14 am
  277. Kirsten
    August 3, 2016 at 12:39 am

    My favourite tea is chai with blueberry cheesecake scones! I just discovered your site and am falling in love with it.

  278. Leela
    August 3, 2016 at 1:03 am

    I love raspberry iced tea and camomile.

  279. January 23, 2017 at 5:53 am

    English Breakfast tea, scones, homemade clotted cream served with fresh raspberry jam.

  280. Lori Nelson
    September 14, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I make miniature beef Wellington, open-face, in homemade puff pastry cups. I sous vide the beef tenderloin before searing it in a screaming hot pan. It’s amazing.

  281. Renee Leslie Davidson
    July 2, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    I love this article… I’ve been looking for ideas for creating a nice Tea for family and friends.
    My step-mother used to take my young daughter and I along with all the other women and young ladies in our family to the Ritz Carlton in D.C. annually for High Tea to celebrate everyone’s Spring birthdays. SInce we moved to SC, I’ve been looking for a good little tea house to take my (now grown) daughter to, to relive some of those memories. I love many different teas, but my current favorites are a Pomegranate White Tea and Orange Spice. I’m heading over to Facebook now, and have already shared this on PInterest..

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