A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

"A joyful heart is good medicine." ~ Proverbs 17:22

Monday, 13 February 2012

Valentines Day Tea Time Tuesday

"Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, Love, thou art every day my Valentine." ~ Thomas Hood



"Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile."


A warm welcome my dear friends. Today's tea is in celebration of Valentines Day so do come in and make yourselves at home. The table is set and the tea is just about ready.


Romance is in the air. Can you feel it? With Sweethearts Day upon us, one can find hearts and flowers, cards filled with sweet sentiments, and chocolate everywhere, maybe even some sweet little love birds.




"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it." ~ The Bible - The Song of Solomon


Valentines Day and roses just seem to go together. Aren't my red roses gorgeous?



The world is a rose; smell it and pass it on to your friends.~ Persian Proverb 


Today I have my tea table set with an assortment of china patterns. As much as I adore soft pastels, I decided to do a mainly red and white theme today. 



I have chosen a red table cloth with a lace one over it.




I am using my Burleigh Victorian Chintz teacups with mismatched Skye McGhie saucers, Victorian Chintz tea plates, and my Gracie China Valentines teacup. 



                     





The hearts teacup is serving as a plate stand for my melt in your mouth cookies.



I'm using my Cream Lace teapot today. This pattern is by Skye McGhie which you've seen before. I think this teapot is so romantic with its Fleur de lis and lacy edged rim.



The creamer is also Cream Lace.




Sugar cubes are in a heart shaped candy dish to add a bit of whimsy.



Hershey's Kisses fill the tiered stand.... Hmm, I see there are a few missing!


...and heart shaped cookies are ready to munch.





"Tea is a time in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another." ~ Charles Dickens


I have baked a Chocolate Torte for our tea today. Layers of rich chocolate fudge cake, whipped cream, and cherries; a delight to the eyes as well as the taste buds!



Cake, cream, and fruit; a delectable combination. Yum!
Bake a chocolate cake in a tube pan and split it into three layers when cooled. Fill between each layer with whipped topping and cherry pie filling. Makes a lovely dessert.



"The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly and to feel close." ~ Carol and Malcolm Cohen  



Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.








A Valentine card for you....



"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." ~ George MacDonald





I hope you are showered with lovely sentiments, flowers, chocolates, and Love this Valentines Day. And remember to treat your sweetie like a king!



Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot or mug you would like to share? I would love to see it! If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: hot apple cider, hot chocolate, iced tea or iced coffee. No alcoholic beverages please. The Tea Time Tuesday button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Simply Sweet and L.A.C.E.
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Table Top Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Party Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Home Sweet Home
Teacup Thursday


Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

46 comments:

Antiques And Teacups said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I love your John 3:16 quote...the ultimate expression of love! Your heart china is wonderful and goes so well with your rose chintz! Thanks for hosting! I am so looking forward to visiting everyone's post!
Ruth

Snap said...

Lovely post, Sandi. Your chintz is always a hit! Love the heart teacup. The torte!!! YUMMY. My mouth is watering! Happy Valentine's Day!

Johanna said...

Dear Sandi,
thank you for the Valentines greetings on this post. I wish you also a wonderful valentines day. Your mixed pattern table looks so bright and festive. The colors go so well with the heartshaped cookies. And the tea pot is too cute. I hope you enjoy a wonderful day on valentines day.
Best greetings, Johanna

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Sandi
I have been looking forward to sharing this special tea with you. I knew your table would have fancy china and dessert to drool over. It's lovely as usual and you've put a lot of work in to making us all feel welcome.
Thank you for hosting and I wish you a delightful Valentine's Day.
Hugs,
Judith

Mom Walds Place said...

What fun your Valentine Tea Party looks like. Thank you for sharing how simple your cake is. It looks scrumptious.

The John 3:16 Valentine is so great, that I have to share it. Thank YOU!

Jann Olson said...

A precious Valentines tea indeed! I love all of your sweet dishes. Have a happy Valentines.
Hugs,
Jann

Beth said...

Hi Sandi! I just love your setting today. The red tablecloth, the lace one over it, the lovely cream lace teapot, the gorgeous cake - it looks just beautiful! I really like your chintz tea cups too! Happy Valentine's Day, Sandi!
Blessings and hugs, Beth

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Hi Sandi,

Happy Valentine's Day! The torte looks delicious, and your table setting looks so lovely!

Thank you for hosting!

XO
~Wendy

Shel said...

Happy Valentine's Day too. What a refreshing post...and thanks for always being the most gracious hostess.
Shel

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Sandi,
Happy Valentines Day! Thank you for hosting. I love your teapot with the red heart. Your cake looks delicious and pretty. Pat

Diann said...

Oh Sandi! What a pretty Valentine's Day tea you have shared with us today! Everything looks so beautiful. And all the treats are making me drool! Thank you for hosting and I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, what a pretty Valentine table! The chocolate cherry torte looks so yummy! Happy Valentine's Day to you Sandi! Hugs, Pamela

J'ai tout simplement said...

Muito bonita a decoração de sua mesa bem romântica e delicada!

Charlotte said...

Sandi, EVERYTHING looks so lovely today! Your red and white table setting is perfect for Valentine's Day. I like the white plates in between the red ones...very pretty. Your dessert looks yummy, would like to have a piece! The teacup with the babies inside is so darling.

Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for inviting me to the tea pary!

Charlotte

Elizabeth said...

Happy Valentines Day ! Everything looks so beautiful! Hope you visit me for my Valentine Tea!

Carolyn said...

Hi Sandi,
Your table looks lovely with all the Valentine touches.
I would love a piece of your chocolate cherry torte right about now!

Thank you for hosting again.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Carolyn

kitty said...

Sandi, I loved your post!! The teapot is beautiful & I adore the red teacups. All your treats look especially yummy!! Happy Valentine's Day to you & thank you for hosting. xoxo

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Sandi,
I love your Valentine tea! The set is perfect - love the red and white combination. The torte looks dangerously delicious! I adore the John 3:16 Valentine - perfect. Thank you for hosting and for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

Sylvia said...

Sandi,
this is fantastic! I love your tea cups and the treats look delicious!Thank you for being such a generous host!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!Love is in the air, indeed!

Sherry said...

What a awesome looking torte! Your tea is lovely! I like all of the mixed china. Your cookies look good too. I made cookies but they didn't last for the post, everybody ate them! Lol
Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Sherry

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello Sandi, and a Happy Valentines Day to you! I would love to attend your tea. Everything is so pretty. Love that teapot, and the cake looks devine!!
thanks for such a pretty post today.

Hugs,
Debbie

Cottage and Broome said...

Sandy, loved your beautiful victorian chintz tea cups, have not seen that pattern before but will now be on the look out. Thanks for hosting this week, Laura

EllenaElizabeth said...

LOVE the Burleigh Victorian Chintz setting. We don't really do Valentine's Day in Australia. Maybe the younger ones do but not those of us who have been married for yonks! LOL

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

What a truly beautiful tea! The setting is so lovely. Your teapot is gorgeous as are the sweet teacups; I love the way you mixed and stacked them. Of course your food looks delicious. I would love to join a tea such as yours.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Hi Sandi! Your post is beautiful. I love your cream ware teapot, Victorian Chintz, and the pretty hart teapot and mugs. Oh..and the chocolate torte looks yummy.
Happy Valentines Day.
Hugs~Clara

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Your tea table looks so lovely and perfect for a Valentine's tea.
Your chocolate/cherry torte is amazing and looks delicious.
Have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Sandi: Love the way your have shared your dishes today. Everything looks like it is ready for a sweet Valentine Tea. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. Always a pleasure to visit your place. Hugs, Martha

Linda said...

Yummy post, Sandi!
Hope you and your Love have the sweetest day!
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

chateau chic said...

What a lovely tea party you have set. I'd like to come knocking at your door to join you for tea. Such pretty dishes and yummy treats. Happy Valentine's Day!
I'm glad to be your newest follower, Mary Alice

FABBY'S LIVING said...

HAPPY VALENTINE'S to you! Gorgeous post, everything about it and all the lovelies too. Now, for the yumminess...wish I was there, having tea with all those goodies! Love,
FABBY

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Dear Sandi, What a beautiful tea party. Thank you for hosting this fun party.
Happy Valentines Day to you and your loved ones.
Nancy

Your Craft Book said...

I just had an English High Tea at my house this Sunday it was great fun. So I really loved your blog, thanks for sharing, Maureen.

Jeff Hardy said...

nice post. Now you can use this business 2 business list to promote table linen import & export business.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Sandi,

Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for hosting our beautiful party today. Your tea table is stunning all decorated in red/white with gorgeous heart china and yummy treats.

Lily-Rose Cottage said...

What a beautiful and romantic tea!
Sandi, your torte looks amazing!
Everythng is so pretty - the flowers, the food and the chintz - just perfect!
The John 3:16 heart is wonderful.
It's so like you to give honour to our King of Love!
May He bless you beautifully on this Valentine's Day, dear friend.
Thanks so much for linking up and for your kind words - I treasure them, Sandi!
You are loved :-)
hugs and blessings...Trish

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

**deep sigh** such gorgeous photos here for your Valentines Tea - I am so honored to participate on my FAVORITE holiday at a FAVORITE blog. White teapots are certainly lovely, it is something I would like to purchase sooner than later. I love your delightful sweets too. Take care.

♥ Miss Tea said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I adore your tea table, beautiful teacups and teapot, love the hearts everywhere! the heart cookies and choc cake look so delicious! you have a beautiful lace table cover, i adore the birds and the lovely valentine card! All so beautiful and perfect for valentine!
Thank you for sharing and hosting! God Bless you!

Love,
Susan

Ann said...

Beautiful post, Sandi! The chocolate cake makes my mouth water. I bet it tastes beyond scrumptious. Red roses are perfect for this day(my hubby bought me some). The picture of the sweet winged babies in a teacup are just too cute! And the verse card that spells out VALENTINE is so cool(in fact I think I may borrow it for my facebook page). thanks for sharing. Happy Valentines Day!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi, Sandi!! Beautiful Valentine's post!! Happy Happy Valentine's Day, sweet friend!

Tanya@takesix said...

Your table is beautiful! I was encouraged by your banner that said 35 days til spring!! Yippee!!!

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Sandi
Happy St´Valentine´s day
Love

Maria Andrade said...

Oh, Sandi, you're hosting such a lovely Valentine's tea!
Your heart-shaped dishes are so sweet and all the goodies, heart-shaped cookies and cake must be delicious!
The heart cups are also a fantastic choice to celebrate today.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Hugs

MaryE said...

Sandi...this post is exquisitely lovely! thank you so much for all the beautiful eye candy. Your blog makes me soooo happy! hugs from Mary in Virginia

Kathryn Ross said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Sandi! Such a lovely setting you've shared with us today. Everything is perfection - and that cake! I have steered clear of such decadence lately, as the sugar just is too much for me. But - I can still imagine . . .

Joy!
Kathy

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Dear Sandi,
What a lovely red and white teascape for tea time. Hope your Valentine's Day was special. I just love all you have set the table with and the lace table cloth with red showing through is so pretty.
Oh my goodness your torte looks so yummo good!!

Thank you for sharing such a warm and lovely tea filled with great quotes to pause and think about. I also love your new header. Simply divine as only you can do my friend.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.
Blessings to you with love,
Celestina Marie

Terri said...

Sandi, your table set for Valentine's Day is truly romantic! I love the way you have set it all out. Your china is beautiful as usual. The three tiered bird tray is so gorgeous!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart felt post.
Hugs,
Terri

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