Thursday, December 12, 2019

Afternoon Tea French Style

Come in from the cold and rain 
and join me for a cup of tea.

A tea tray awaits as the twinkle of 
Christmas tree lights sets a cozy mood.

You might spot a reindeer or two or three
resting among vintage bottlebrush trees.

Mirage Freres ~ Esprit de Noel
A thoughtful early Christmas gift from 
a friend who recently visited Paris.
A favorite MacKenzie-Childs "High Tea" stack is the perfect
choice for steeping this festive, spicy black tea.

Our petite teacups were part of my summer treat to myself
when I discovered the beautiful shop, Finzeas of Beachant, 
in the charming hillcountry town of Boerne, Texas.  

I think they are perfect with these special petal pink napkins.
I say "special" because these linens were a wedding gift
some 44+ years ago, and are cherished as such.
Do you have cherished wedding gifts that you still use?

The reindeer demitasse spoons were found last December
in Kansas City at, The French Market.
By Sabre, Paris

A vintage silver scuttle offers petit hearts to sweeten our tea.
Belle de Sucre, another uniquely French product.

The little reindeer cookies are a lemon flavored shortbread 
cookie from our local La Madeleine Bakery.
Look closely at how the clever baker took a gingerbreadman
cookie cutter and turned it upside down to create the head of a deer.

The photos reflect our dreary low light day,
but I sincerely hope you have enjoyed my virtual
French teatime by the twinkle of Christmas lights.

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Mariage et Frères for Christmas..I bet it is so special.
    I enjoyed your Tea post on IG..but here the photos are even better.Sweet sweet like you.

  2. Oh Sarah, this is enchante! Every detail is wonderful! I just love your stacked tea pot and cups! I need more space in my house - how dare I say that! And those reindeer spoons - fabulous! Glad you are having a wonderful December, and that honey is home and can enjoy tea with you!

  3. Everything is so beautiful. I love the three-tiered teapot!

  4. Dearest Sarah,
    That is a perfect setting for a special French touch tea on a dark and dreary day.
    Yesterday when I drove to Atlanta for shopping (food) it was clear and sunny and now it is cold and dark... rain coming soon I guess.

  5. This is so beautiful Sarah!! I love the MC tea pot stack!! Love, Lynn @quakerhillfarm

  6. Adorable little cups and saucers! I like the pine cone base on your tree!

  7. How delightful Sarah! So many pretties! Oh how I wish I could sit and sip with you and munch on an adorable reindeer {so clever!} cookie! Your tea cups are so special, and guess what, I have those same napkins in white!!

  8. Thank you for inviting me in to enjoy your beautiful teatime. Those petal pink napkins are gorgeous, and of course the MC high tea stack is presented so beautifully. I love the demitasse reindeer and the cookies look delicious. Wishing you a most joyous Christmas season!

  9. Sarah, I’d love to join for a cup of tea French style! I *deerly* love the shortbread cookies, your beautiful silver scuttle, petal pink napkins and petite MKC teacups! The weather may be dreary outside but your setting is oh so cozy. ♥

  10. Absolutely lovely, Sarah! I should like to be at this table this very moment! So festive. Big smiles.

  11. Lovely tea setting Sarah. Wish I could join you, oh the fun it would be! I adore this pattern and especially the "stack" and the new finds. The reindeer and bottle brush tree makes such a festive tray. The Mirage Freres ~ Esprit de Noel sure makes the dreary days brighter! We have the dark and dreary today, so I want to set up a tea treat. Can't believe how fast Christmas is approaching!

  12. Ooh la la, how I’d love to join you for your Christmas tea, Sarah. The tea from Paris sounds wonderful, and your tea stack is fabulous. You make the prettiest settings. 🎄❤️🎄

  13. Sarah, your Christmas tea is lovely. Love the tea stack, how special that is. Your pieces are so pretty. A cozy tea on a dreary day brightens our souls. How clever the beer used the gingerbread cutout for the reindeer head. I bet they are quite yummy. A beautiful setting to enjoy a special cup of tea.

  14. How smart of the baker, love it. I love bottle brush trees and use them in my Christmas decorating.

    Have a great weekend


  15. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Such a unique setting, with your unique and creative touches. So enjoy when your emails come. Great details everywhere. Have always loved La Madeline bakeries. Thank you, Marion

  16. Every little detail is a collectible in my eyes, Sarah!

  17. Oh, Sarah - I love your beautiful pink linen and lace wedding gift. That is so special!

    I so enjoy seeing you share your MC things. It always makes me smile.

    Those reindeer cookies upside down gingerbread men? How are people so clever! Seriously - never in a trillion winters would I EVER think of doing that. Amazing.

    And I ADORE your sweet "sucre," specially made sugars for teatime is a weakness for sure-
    heart shaped and pink ones especially nice.

    I hope you are enjoying all the season has to offer.

    Big big hugs. ♥

  18. Oh what a sweet tea party. Love the teapot! I'm having a card party tomorrow so I must remember to take pictures.

  19. Hi Sarah, that stacking teapot is just so much fun! Love all your accessories and yummies! Hope you're having a great Christmas season!

  20. I love, love, love your cookies! Shortbread with a chocolate icing looks and sound tasty! Merry Christmas!

  21. Everything looks very beautiful and festive, Sarah! I hope your husband is feeling well. I am trying to catch up on holiday baking this week.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Yeat!

  22. Sarah,
    I love everything about your afternoon tea.That tea pot and those cookies are great. I also like the pine cone based for the tree.
    Congratulations, you are being featured on Over The Moon Linky party. I hope you stop by.

  23. Sarah, I’d love to join for a cup of tea French style! So glad you had a wonderful Christmas!


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