Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A ROSE GARDEN TEA PARTY WITH PETER RABBIT

CANDLELIGHT AND ROSES








 Spring is here with it all of its glorious flowers. Jim and I love roses, so naturally we have them all around our home. We have a red rose topiary, we have old fashion roses, and we have climbing roses. The climbing roses are growing like topiaries to the top of the fence, trained to trailing the length of the fence and fall into beautiful swags.

So while having our morning coffee on the portico we noticed the roses were at their peak. We decide to have a little fun. I wanted to set a tablescape with my Wedgewood Peter Rabbit tea set. So with tablecloth, china, and crystal in hand Jim helped me pull my fantasy tea party together.

I needed a way to hang my sweet little chandelier over my table so Jim went to Lowe's and found a post, for of all things, hanging plants . It worked like a charm. With a few wires, my chandelier was hanging in the roses and over the bistro table, candles ready to lite and camera ready for my photo shoot.
So with imaginations at play, here is the story for my Rose Garden Peter Rabbit Tea Party........



please click on photos to enlarge

characters:
Iris - Fairy
Martha - Rabbit





A ROSE GARDEN TEA PARTY




 GARDEN ROSES



















Iris slid out of bed. It was Saturday, no school. Mother's garden roses were in full bloom and it was a beautiful April morning




Iris slowly sliding from her sweet bed







Iris wondered if Martha was in her mother's garden this morning. Martha visited different gardens in the neighborhood each day. Iris looked out of her bedroom window and there was Martha in the verbena! Of course, Martha loved verbena.


MARTHA IN THE VERBENA





There was not a single rabbit in the neighborhood who was not kin to Martha.
Iris knew she must set a trap if she wanted to see Martha this morning. Martha has one weakness; Mother's biscuits. So Iris would set a trap that Martha could not resist -- morning tea; with Mother's biscuits and dandelion tea.
Iris got to work. She got out her Mother's best china and tablecloth. Mother made the biscuits and tea while she set up the table under the big, drooping roses.


 HERE IS WHERE WE'LL HAVE OUR TEA PARY, WITH CANDLES FOR THE CHANDELIER UNDER THE ROSES 





DANDELIONS FOR THE TEA

TABLECLOTH FOR THE TABLE




WEDGWOOD PETER RABBIT













TEAPOT - STEMWARE - JAMS - CHOCOLATE




EASTER DECORATED COOKIES



 The smell of the fresh biscuits wafted through the garden. Iris knew Martha could not resist. Now all she had to do was wait.

 MOTHER'S FAMOUS BISCUITS










The garden gate creaked. Then the rusty hinges creaked and the gate swung open.




GARDEN GATE





 In a twinkling Martha hopped into the chair opposite Iris.











She looked very beautiful for a very old bunny. But something was different about Martha this morning. Her ears twitched. She had on a new hat! Iris had seen this hat before! It was Mother's! Martha has stolen her garden hat. Martha's eyes twinkled. The hat looked so cunning on Martha's furry head, between those big ears.






They had a glorious tea party, but it ended to soon. Iris sat on mother's cast iron bench to watch Martha eat the last morsel of her biscuit.Suddenly, Martha  jumped on the bench next to Iris. She was still munching the last morsel of mother's biscuit, eating every crumb. Iris knew Martha was saying thank you for the tea and biscuits.





Then Martha was gone. The last time Iris saw her was in Mother's pansies and Johnny jump-ups. She loved to nibble on them. Iris would never forget morning tea with Martha!




MARTHA IN THE PANSIES AND JOHNNY JUMP-UPS




What a fun way to spend a spring morning. I think Iris and Martha had a great tea party. It was a way for me to enjoy the roses.........


a few more pics from the photos I made














Wedgwood Peter Rabbit 

Laura Ashley fabric for tablecloth and topper (ribbons and lace)





LINKING HERE:

Debbiedoo's


Mosaic Monday @ Cute Little Red House


Masterpiece Monday @ boogieboard cottage


Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru LIfe


The Plumed Pen @ Tuesday Tea for Two


Simple Pleasures


Silken Purse


Outdoor Wednesday @ A southern Daydreamer


Three or More Tuesday


Coastal Charm


Take a Look Tuesday


Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style


Whassup Par-Tay @ Element Interiors


Artful Affirmation


Faded Charm Cottage


Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here


Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage


Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch


Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground


French Inspiration @ French Cupboard


Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home


Cottage Garden Party


Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage


Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound


Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie


Seasonal Sundays @ Tablescaper












43 comments:

  1. Everything looks so pretty, especially the flowers. Love spring:)

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  2. Oh Emily everything is just precious!! I wanted to join Iris and Martha so badly! *winks* What a lovely backdrop for their tea party. What type of rose is that may I ask? It's forming the most wonderful bowers! Does it smell as enchanting as it looks? Lucky you two being able to sneak right into those seats *winks* Any biscuits left? Vanna

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  3. Oh my gosh you are killing me! This was so beautiful...I wish I was there to hang out with the gals for the tea party. Thanks for joining my newbie party and for sharing.

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  4. Adorable post! I'm your newest follower.

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  5. What a beautiful post and you really put a lot of heart into it. I loved it.

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  6. What a wonderful little tea party! And, I love that shot of the single dandelion!
    xo,
    Sena

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  7. Emily, this is so cute. Those roses are amazing! Love the way they swag across the fence. In my mind I can hear your voice telling this sweet story. I've a Peter Rabbit tea set in miniature that I need to use for a tea party. I've intended to this spring, but just haven't gotten it pulled together. You are inspiring me, my friend. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing this darling story and tea time. ~ Sarah

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  8. Your roses are beautiful! I love how everything is blooming already!

    I'm visiting from Debbiedoo's party and am your newest follower.

    I hope you'll come visit my new blog too.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  9. First of all your rose garden is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous.
    Loved your cute lil story of the tea party adventures of Iris and Martha, so cute and creative.
    That was a lot of work.........and every pic is absolutely gorgeous and marvelous to look at.
    So enjoyed my visit.
    Blessings for a Lovely Easter!
    Nellie

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  10. Oh what a nice cyber tea party. Certainly enjoyed the chat. Cute Easter bunny!
    Joyce M

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  11. I can almost smell the roses... and such a lovely tea. Beautiful pics!
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  12. This post brought a smile to my face. Love te flora, fauna and fun.

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  13. Hi Emily,
    This post transported me to a fairy tale, so beautiful, love your roses and everything.
    Have a great day!
    XXX Ido

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  14. I'm just over the moon with your post. Miss Potter's Peter is very, very special at our house. My daughter's nursery was done in that. My husband brought her a set of that Wedgwood that he bought on a business trip to Scotland.
    When she was 14, he died, and we went to live in England. I took her up to the Cumbria to see Hilltop Farm. I'm sending this post to her. She will really enjoy it.
    I just love what your clever husband did with the chandelier.
    I'm sure you will be having a wonderful Easter.

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  15. Iris and Martha are so lucky to have you set up a Peter Rabbit tea for them! I love the P.R. dishes. I have the pot, but a little different shape than yours. I would love to find a tea cup and saucers too!
    Thank you so much for joining in Tea Cup Tuesday!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  16. Hi Emily, this is such a beautiful post... loved the tea party and your gorgeous roses... they are stunning!!! I could almost smell them.. drop in and say hello anytime.. Happy Easter..

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  17. HI Emily!
    This is absolutely gorgeous. Stunning.
    Love the images and photography. Your
    garden is breathtaking!
    xx
    Alison

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  18. Hi Emily,
    I love your tea party among the beautiful roses!

    Thank you for visiting me earlier.

    Carolyn

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  19. Gorgeous roses!! and I love the red pillows on the black bench-beautiful garden!!

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  20. How sweet...love the little guests, so cute. That is a beautiful rose, it looks a great deal like my Climbing Pinkie. Beautiful. All very, very lovely.

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  21. Thanks for stopping by Emily, and for such a beautiful comment... I feel humbled!!! I'm so glad that you liked my creations. I love working with natural gemstones... when I'm creating them it brings so much happiness!! I love this post, it is so romantic and beckons the reader... it was sweet of your husband to hang that beautiful chandelier, it goes perfectly with everything.. loved the Wedgwood Peter Rabbit plates and teapot, the delicate tablecloth, the gorgeous roses... Happy Easter!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  22. Oh, I love you already! 1st, you left such a sweet comment on my little blog--thank you! Second, I LOVED your entire garden/Peter Rabbit post! The roses, the chandelier, the table setting and your story telling were all superb! and then third, I saw your pic to the right and you were in my beloved Roma!!!! We live between Naples and Rome--just under two hours from Rome! It's tough sometimes with the little ones, but it's still a blessing! I look forward to reading all of your older posts and I'm a new follower now!
    many blessings to you/Happy Easter,
    Lana

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  23. HEAVENS!
    What a gala event!
    I would not know what to wear...
    Very lovely indeed.
    xCarolg

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  24. So precious, Emily! The dinnerware is adorable. the chandy looks magnificent surrounded by all those pretty roses, and I'm sure a good time was had by your guests! Happy Easter! :-) Sue

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  25. What an absolutely delightfully sweet post! I feel like I have just put down the most charming little book come to life! I want to send this to my sister so she can show her girls..they will love this. Very very sweet.....what a lovely little tea party they had! The roses are sooo beautiful..must have been so fragrant. I really enjoyed this..thanks for sharing your creative and beautiful post with us.
    Happy Easter!!

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  26. Scrolling down I saw your sidebar. Grandson? I scrolled back up. Naaaah. Right? Wonderful roses and I'm so happy to have a few knock out petals. I love the dandelion photo. So "opposite" the others and wonderful because of the others. Very nice poetic post. Awesome roses and chandelier. Coming by way of Brambleberry's link. Thanks, Jenn

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  27. Very, very sweet ... what a fun teaparty! ... the setting, the flowers, and the guest ... all perfect!
    thank you for sharing at Voila!
    xo
    Jill

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  28. Your tea is beautiful! Your roses are even more beautiful! It looks like you draped them all across the fence just for this post. They are so pretty. Your little table is enchanting. Have a lovely Easter! Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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  29. Truly enchanting.. I love it. every word, every picture and I am entranced. your roses are beautiful. Happy Easter!

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  30. What a gorgeous gorgeous tea party and garden! Your flowers are so beautiful and your setting is absolutely charming! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  31. Thanks for sharing this fabulous tea party. I enjoyed meeting all the other guests. I especially enjoyed meeting Iris.
    I am a new follower. Ginger:)

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  32. Such a gorgeous party with charming guests. I LOVE this beautiful post. Your roses are so pretty and I just enjoyed every thing about this party.
    Happy Easter

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  33. Your pinks are great. Enjoy this blessed weekend.

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  34. Hi Emily, Your roses are gorgeous! I love the climbing ones on the fence. Thank you for sharing your sweet tea party at Open House this week. Take care and have a wonderful Easter.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  35. Magical..Thank you for sharing ~ HPS & Happy Easter~

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  36. I enjoyed looking thru your fun post with gorgeous pink roses! I love it!
    Hope you had a nice Easter.
    FABBY

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  37. Such a beautiful setting, so full of romance and intrigue. Hope you're enjoying your Easter. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  39. Ok, trying again... :)

    This is so very beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful tea party at Mosaic Monday!

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  40. What a delightful post! Your garden looks beautiful, and Iris and Martha are so cute! What a pretty tea party that had! Thank you for linking this to Favorite Things. I almost didn't get to see this post, because I was SO hung up on looking at your wonderful hutch with the wonderful Quimperware and Quimper tiles set into the hutch! I love it! laurie

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  41. Welcome to Pink Saturday, Emily. I am so glad you joined us, and I hope you will continue.

    I adore this post. It is absolute perfection - the photos, the story, the characters.♥♥♥

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  42. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs and wishes for a lovely day ahead. Katherine

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  43. Your blog is amazing dude” i love to visit it everyday. very nice layout and content “ 

    Logo Design

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