Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Tea for the Queen

I so enjoyed the Queen's Jubilee events. My equally-Anglophile friend Carol has been watching too, and last week she and I had a Jubilee tea! I had ordered some Jubilee tea plates from Cath Kidston and got out the silver and some pretty table linens.


It was a bit of a pink and white theme, which worked with the plates. Easy carnations and baby's breath made for a queenly floral piece!

The food was abundant! 

I made Marie's Classic Fruit Scones from her "Best of British Baking" cookbook.


And, I made her Battenberg cake! It was my first time doing it and while it sank a bit in the middle...


...It went together like a dream and looked so pretty when it was cut! I got it a tiny bit off kilter but for a first time doing this, I felt good about it and will definitely do it again!


The rest of the menu included cucumber, egg salad and ham/dijon sandwiches; chocolates; deviled eggs, lemon tartlets and shortbread. In addition to the Cath Kidston plates and mom's silver, I used some Depression glass tumblers and the plates on the tiers were vintage Hall "Crocus" and Taylor, Smith & T "Tulip."

 

Carol and I both wore hats! And we posed for pix by my Queen's Royal Standard flag that my friend Maryanne sent along! You can see it draped behind the table.

 

And for better or worse, there we are. Rick crashed our party, which was a good thing because it wasn't a blurry selfie!


It felt good to be able to pull together a mini-party after two weeks of having life disrupted by the PICC line and antibiotics!

So, here's to the queen -- and I to resuming a bit of normalcy!

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58 comments:

Susan Kane said...

That is outstanding! You did it up right, girl.

Linda Sue said...

That is the most perfect party for the Queen, our only Queen.Love the plates and flag. Your cake is fabulous all of it is!! LOVE! Let's go to London soon!

Iris Flavia said...

Now this sounds like fun times :-)
Great pic of you two!

gigi-hawaii said...

Gorgeous tea party!!! I just love it. Enough food for 4 people. The tiers look very nice. It is so English. Gigi hawaii

Linda P said...

So glad that you and your friend enjoyed your Platinum Jubilee tea party in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. I like all the references to her in the decorations and food including the cake you chose! Best of all you were well enough and I hope your health continues to improve over the coming days.

Valerie-Jael said...

It all looks good, glad ou had fun together at yur royal party! Hugs, Valerie

It's me said...

Mmmmmmmm…I wish I could eat a yammie scone with you…!….you look nice with your hat ! Love Ria and Leaf πŸ€πŸ’—πŸΎπŸ€

Victoria Zigler said...

Sounds like a lovely tea.

Prims By The Water said...

How fun! Your teas tablescape is perfect! I too am watching the Jubilee...just a bit at a time as I taped it all. I so love all of the British traditions. This may be the last jubilee for the queen so it makes it even more special and bittersweet. Janice

Rita C at Panoply said...

Fabulous!! I love the Cath Kids on plates and your cake, all of it really. Cheers to having a sense of normalcy again!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie,

Your tea party looks fun, yummy food and the cake looks delicious.
Take care, enjoy your day!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Oh I LOVE those wonderful plates, so much fun. That cake is truly amazing!!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I just love that you made an event out of this! I think theme parties are so much fun to do, and you've inspired me to think of something to do for later this summer. The Battenberg cake is impressive, and all of the food looks scrumptious! Glad you are getting back to normal, Jeanie!

Joanne Huffman said...

So much fun!

L said...

It’s wonderful, you certainly did the Queen proud! I hope you feel better soon,

Marilyn Miller said...

What a lovely tea party to honor the Queen. You did it up just right and I love every little thing about it. Those plates just made the right statement. I have made a Battenberg cake once and not sure I would do it again. Yours looks just wonderful. So glad you could enjoy tea time fit for a Queen.

Anvilcloud said...

You made it into an occasion. πŸŽ‚πŸŽ€

Pat said...

What a wonderful party celebrating the Queens 70 years of service
You had a wonderful table of goodies. Congratulations on a perfect table of yummies.
Love the plates…. Good to hear you are feeling better😍.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What fun! You cake looks so pretty!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

You know I've never had scones but always wanted to try them. Yours look luscious. What a party of great food!

La Table De Nana said...

Great battenberg!Nice to have a friend to share .

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

What fun! I'm glad you have a friend who loves the Queen as much as you do and could celebrate in great style befitting the Queen.

thepaintedapron.com said...

How much fun Jeanie! And the food, WOW, over the top fabulous, you really captured the feel of a fancy royal tea! The cake looks amazing!
Jenna

Little Wandering Wren said...

It's exciting to think of you celebrating in such afternoon tea British style across the globe. We have just had our long-awaited post covid family reunion in the UK we went to Windsor last week and joined in all the celebrations.
Have a lovely week
Wren x

Mary Rose's said...

Truly a tea fit for a queen!
You really produced such a lovely thing: the savory and the sweet, *that cake!*,the flowers, the place settings, everything. Brava! And a friend to share it with made it all perfect. Thanks for showing this to your blog friends. XOXO

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

This all looks so amazing! What a fun way to honor the queen. That Battenburg cake makes me think of the GBBO! Well done, Jeanie!!!

DUTA said...

The pink cake looks very promising!

anno said...

Wow, Jeanie -- this is all so lovely. Nice to see everything (and you) in the pink again!

My name is Erika. said...

That looks like so much fun Jeanie. And those plates are amazing. They make me want to order a set myself. I bet those sold out fast though. And your meal looks perfect for tea. A friend and I are going to a Harry Potter themed high tea in August, and your post has made me very excited for this. Thanks for putting a big smile on my face today. Hugs-Erika

shoreacres said...

I love the flowers! And I've never heard of a Battenburg cake -- only Battenburg lace. Is there some connection between the two? Maybe they both come from a certain location?

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

A feast for for a Queen. I love the plates. The cake looks so cool with the colors. The food looks amazing. How special to have a tea party in honor the Queen's Jubilee. So nice to gather with friends once again.

Rita said...

Oh, what fun! :)

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, what a perfect tea fit for a Queen. Love the Cath Kidston plates and the food looks fabulous. I am so happy you could share with your friend and that you are feeling better!

Mae Travels said...

That is a totally impressive tea table! I am especially overawed by the Battenberg cake, which of course I know about only from the Great British Baking Show. The china and silver are also beautiful and very in keeping with the theme. Like my mother before me, I have never had silver tableware at all. You look as if you had a marvelous celebration.


best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Looks great!! You will have to share the recipes 😊

Pamela said...

What fun! I love it!

ashok said...

Looks to be fun

Sherry's Pickings said...

such cute crockery jeanie! and i love the look of your battenburg cake and scones etc. what fun you must have had. Wasn't the queen a corker when she was young? just gorgeous.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

A Beautiful Fun Party!
The cake looks delicious, and interesting to make. Did you make the pretty hats?

R's Rue said...

Looks like a fun time. Glad you enjoyed.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You certainly know how to put on a spread fit for a queen, Jeanie. I love the plates and the various elements needed to have a perfect high tea. This was brilliant.

Carola Bartz said...

This is so appropriate for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! Such a feast you were having! The Battenberg cake looks fabulous (I wonder whether it has anything to do with the Mountbatten family, since Battenberg is the German princely family that the Mountbattens originated from) - it also looks like a ton of work to put it together. You did a fabulous job, Jeanie, and your friend Carol and you look like you were enjoying yourself. Such a lovely picture. Your mother's silver is beautiful and I do like the corgi on the queenly plates.

Fundy Blue said...

Wonderful post, Jeanie! The decorations were lovely, and the spread of goodies to enjoy look scrumptious. The little corgi on the plate is darling.

I've only had a "high tea" two or three times in my life, all when I visited Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. Relatives on both sides of my family, including both grandmothers, always had photos of the Royal Family displayed in their homes. We were all loyal to the Queen. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Royal Family to this day. I'm glad you celebrated with style and had fun!

Have a lovely weekend!

Bill said...

Looks like lots of fun. Well done, the Queen would have approved. :)

Steve Reed said...

Wow, you really went all out! You put us to shame and we LIVE here. LOL! (I put out two Union Jack flags that we have and that was the extent of our decorating.)

I love those Cath Kidston plates.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

What fun, what fun! Makes me want to move up near you!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a lovely tea, Jeanie! The plates are wonderful, and everything looks delicious, especially the cake. Love the hats, too! Watched some of the Jubilee. Loved the golden carriage and little Prince Louie. The Queen was crowned the year my parent's got married. They would have loved seeing the jubilee. Glad you are feeling better! x K

Sandra Cox said...

What fun! You went all out.

Pam said...

Wow, looks like a great tea party.

Anca said...

Aww, I love this post!!! You've had the flag and the crockery and all the rest. It's just amazing. xx

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely post and photographs.
It all looks and sounds perfect.
I feel sure Her Majesty would have approved.

All the best Jan

Bonnie said...

How fun, Jeanie! I love your tea party. It would have been great to be involved in something like this.
I am so glad you enjoyed it and posted about it.
Your table and food look great.

William Kendall said...

Sounds like you had fun.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh you know I LOVE this post Jeanie! What a fun party. I adore those Cath Kidston plates. What fun!

Sarah said...

Jeanie, your tea looks fit for a queen. What fun! Love the darling plate and all the special touches. I'd love a slice of that pretty cake. In fact all the goodies are calling my name. You went all out. Queen Elizabeth would be proud to join you for tea.

Anonymous said...

What fun having a Queens Tea. Everything looks delish and so festive. That cake is outstanding! Love the plates too. I really enjoyed watching all the coverage of the Jubilee. The Queen has certainly lived an amazing life. God Bless the Queen! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh goodness, I missed this - how lovely! What an amazing spread of food and how prettily presented. I hope you all three enjoyed it - three, since RIck gatecrashed - don't blame him - I would have done too if I'd been in Michigan.

Marie Rayner said...

Oh, you look so pretty here Jeanie, and what a beautiful spread! You did her Majesty a real honor! I think your cake turned out very well! Scones also!
wasn't the Jubilee wonderful! xoxo

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