Last weekend, the girls and I had the pleasure — and it was definitely a pleasure — of attending Tea at a friend’s house. This wasn’t just any Tea; it was a special Tea celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Jubilee. In case you didn’t know, earlier in the year Elizabeth became the longest-reigning British monarch ever, at 65 years and counting.
As we reached my friend’s door, this sweet wreath — with a photo of Elizabeth as a girl and one of her beloved corgis – greeted us. Come on in!
An Elizabeth II Tea
We made our nametags. I loved the framed portraits of the Queen that were all over the place. Actually, I loved all the details! I hope you’ll enjoy them, too.
Now, it’s into the dining room. Check out the gorgeous spread here! All the items were tagged with royal-themed descriptions. And the guests were all playing along by wearing beautiful clothes and even hats.
Let’s look a little closer at some of the goodies. How about a Princess Charlotte teapot cookie?
This display was gorgeous! There are a lot of things to look at here, but I particularly loved the fairy cakes on the middle tier. There were three types, and each had frosting roses unique to the people they represented: Princess Diana, William & Catherine, and the Queen.
In the library, there was a collection of beautiful vintage hats to try on. Quite a few guests were finding some that really suited them!
Throughout the house, there were displays of royal memorabilia. It was the next-best thing to being in England.
Check this out: the hostess’s daughter (actually, she was co-hostess) made this mini teapot and tea cups/saucers from beads! The teapot is maybe an inch and a half tall. I was sure that the set was something she had purchased. It was so detailed and really nicely done.
The Queen, everywhere! Where else on this side of the Atlantic are you going to find that?
My friend has an absolutely gorgeous, park-like backyard, and it had royal touches as well. For instance, there were royal magazines here to browse through, as well as a book on Queen Mary’s dollhouse.
All too soon, it was time to go. But what a lovely time it had been — a little vicarious trip over to Jolly Old England! Thanks to my friend and her daughter for hosting such a delightful escape for us, and now for all of you as well. I’m glad you could all take part too.