Tuesday, September 25, 2012

HUNT HIGH TEA For "Tea In The Garden"



Many years ago, I collected a set of English Crownford Hunt Dishes.  I often used them at Thanksgiving and for my last "Tea In The Garden" for this season - I thought this would be wonderful.
Of course, this is just a table "setting" as I had to go to work today. (Oh, the life of the working woman) I have been dreaming of the foods I might serve for such a time!





I am sure you already know that a "High Tea" is an evening meal with multiple courses and a big pot of tea.  The table is set for six.




Little Stuffed Cornish Hens would be perfect don't you think?  Or a Turkey Roulade with Apple Stuffing....Baked Apples, Stuffed Tomatoes, Corn Pudding.....whew!  Then I dreamed of Boston Brown Bread you bake in the cans and Pumpkin Pie.  But, alas...I ran out of time for actual cooking and baking so our imagination with just have to suffice.





Recently, at a mega antique mall, I found the center topper on this table and it was a great price.  It is from Austria.  It has the wonderful hunt print on it and I figured it was probably from the 1960's.



I had measured the top of the picnic table and bought 2 5/8 yards of lovely red plaid medium heavy fabric which I narrow hemmed last night.  













I have two different hunt teapots so one can sit at each end of the table.  The red glass vase is also a recent thrift store find.

















Mr and Mrs. Fox thought it was a lovely day 
it "get out of the closet" and have tea!






I hope you will join me below and link along with our blog party....please link your "Tea In the Garden" or something about tea!



I also hope you can join me beginning next week when "Friends Sharing Tea" resumes for the fall and winter months and moves indoors!  Today was my 40th Tea In The Garden. 

 I am glad I listened to the weather man because I did this photo shoot a day early.....rain is coming.  In fact, it started raining several hours after these pictures were taken and is supposed to rain through tomorrow.

I am linking this post to blogging friends: Kathy at A Delightsome Life and Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage- please visit their lovely blogs!
Also linking: Antiques and Teacups and Fishtail Cottage Garden Party and My Romantic Home and The Charm of Home and Homespun Happenings





28 comments:

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Oh Bernideen, I want to live next door to you so I could come over and enjoy your lovely tea settings while you work!! You always do such amazing teas and this one is so creative! Love the teapots, dishes, and tablecloths on the picnic table. Your two guests are so cute! Thank you for hosting and have a great week!
Nancy

Terra said...

This is a marvelous Hunt High Tea, and I would like to join Mr. and Mrs. Fox at the feast. You did a great design job with the red tablecloth and place settings.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bernideen, I think this is my favourite Tea in the Garden! It is totally charming with Mr. & Mrs. Fox having tea! I love the Hunt set and your floral arrangement with the pine cones is lovely. The red plaid is wonderful and the red-rimmed cake stand is beautiful. A lovely tea! Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea as well. Happy Autumn, my friend!

Blessings,
Sandi

Lavender Cottage said...

After hunting with the hounds and sitting atop my jet black horse, riding over to this tea would be the perfect end to the day.
Stuffed Cornish hens and anything else we can imagine would be delicious Bernideen. Gosh, it's like the pretend teas we have with the grands. :-)
I really like the china, table covering and other prices you used for this tea.
Judith

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a special and fun Fall tea.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Marilyn said...

Magnificent setting! Mr. and Mrs. Fox are so dashing. All your menu suggestions make me want to have a meal at your table! Hope we do get that rain that's predicted.♥♫

Beth said...

Hi Bernideen, Your tablescape is so colorful and beautiful. I love Mr. and Mrs. Fox too. Gorgeous tea!

relevanttealeaf said...

What a FABULOUS high tea to conclude your Tea in the Garden series. It's my very favorite! I love the china, the linens, Mr. & Mrs. Fox... absolutely everything! Thanks for all the work required for the photo shoots, to provide us with lovely tablescapes to see.

Antiques And Teacups said...

I just love your china! And you have put together such a fabulous vignette! Your foxes are adorable!!! I'm just sitting here grinning and enjoying it all. Brilliant Bernideen!
Ruth

Susan said...

Forty tea parties! Whew, you are a busy, but it sure looks like Mr. & Mrs. Fox enjoyed the last day outside. Can't wait to see your indoor teas:-D

Zaa said...

Hey Bernideen ... What a delightful teatime in the garden... especially with such wonderful guests. Mr and Mrs Fox are truly senational and I'm sure the teatime talk of the party ( ha Ha).. the lovely plaid tablecloth lends such a cheery atmosphere to the " High Tea" celebrations..It's so very inviting...Thank You for sharing tis "Happy" Autumn tea....Bright Blessings

Karen said...

Oh, Bernideen, I LOVE this.
The theme is so different and unexpected. And so perfect for the Fall. Love it.

Carolyn said...

Beautiful post! Food would just have got in the way of all your beautiful china etc.

Thank you for hosting,
Carolyn

Marilyn said...

How lovely to have one more tea in the garden. Your table is beautiful. I love also that you did this on a picnic table, it just goes to show you can dress up even a picnic table for tea.

Joy said...

What a beautiful tablescape you created!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Bernideen! As soon as I opened your blog and saw those foxes in their hunting pinks I was laughing so hard! I LOVE them and they are the perfect guests for your hunt table!! I have never seen that china before but it is so interesting. I'll have to explore it more. And your menu choices are tempting. I'll take the cornish game hens but can you also throw in some of the stuffing, and definitely brown bread and pumpkin pie! We used to have the brown bread in the can from the grocery store. I wonder if that is still available? So much inspiration at your blog! I hope to join one of your tea parties soon. Linda

Johanna said...

Oh Bernideen, today you have topped yourself with this tea setting. I love the vibrand red of the plaid with the hunting topper. That is so perfect to your pretty china. All details are really stunning. And Mr. and Mrs. Fox are to cutest addition, I can imagine. I am so sorry that I haven't any post for today. May be I can fix something in the next days or at least for the next Friends sharing tea. Thank you for sharing this marvellous tea table. Have a great weekend.
Best greetings, Johanna

Angela McRae said...

Now this is one of the most amazing, creative things you've ever shown--love it! In my area fox hunting is quite popular, and I know some folks who would absolutely adore this!

Steph said...

Gorgeous! I have long wishe for one of these cups and saucers! Love the table setting.

Darlene said...

Your fall high tea is so wonderful. It could be on a cover on Victoria Magazine. take care, DArlene

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen,
thats me again. Sorry, I was totally confused yesterday. I thought this post is the Open House Party and I had already joinded your Tea in the Garden Party. So I joined in to the party, late but not too late. Thank you for hosting this great event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Julie and Becky said...

Beautiful! I love it, and thank you for pointing out what constitutes a "high tea" - it's one of my pet peeves.

Your hunt theme is so wonderful!

Julie

[email protected] upon a rose haven said...

Love,love your tea party! Everything is so beautiful and so special!
XO
~Wendy

Jean said...

Mr and Mrs Fox and the Hunt High Tea are just adorable! I have a friend who would be simply wild to duplicate it!

Tammy said...

This is so cute! Love the centerpiece! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend! :)

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

I love the plaids and hunting dishes! My son Chase is a hunter and his name means "chase." Would be fun to give him some china like that!

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Oh, Bernideen, where has this post been all my life!!! As a bit of an anglophile, I just find this absolutely perfect...this has to be one of the best Autumn tablescapes I have ever seen! I wish I had been a follower sooner! Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

Parsimonious Perfection said...

I forgot to mention, yes, game hens would be divine! I love them, there is even a recipe for stuffed hens on my food blog...again, this is so beautiful, every aspect.