Teatime Tete-a-Tete

I first noticed the scarf Stephanie was wearing.  “Oh!  That looks like something I would wear!”  I blurted out.  “I don’t know you, I’m Kathryn Ross.  You must be new.”

Since moving into our new church facility – and doubling the seating capacity – we’ve seen so many new faces!

Not at all put off by such an unorthodox introduction, Stephanie introduced herself and we chatted scarves for a bit.  Conversation turned to pet passions and peeves and within moments we both knew we had a great deal to say to each other.  A teatime was the only option I could think of.  A date was set and we each prepared for a grand visit and teatime tete-a-tete.

I made fresh Yorkshire Pudding (Visit my Pinterest Gluten Free Recipe Board for that) . . .

Substituting cranberries for the raisins this time . . .

And, my Healthy Cookies (ditto) . . .

And, Herbed Goat Cheese with Rice Crackers with my Chicken Salad that seems to always please (Pinterest again) . . .

Grape Clusters full of fruity goodness . . .

And, for a little decadence – Ferrero’s Hazelnut Eggs and Coconut Chocolate M&M’s – Too True!

Stephanie arrived bringing fresh flowers from her garden!  Lovely!

This is a Star Magnolia!  I’d never seen one before and was struck by its beauty – petals flinging out like fireworks!

Originally from Japan, the shrub sized tree was introduced to North America in the 1860’s.  It is unique in that it blossoms with flowers in late winter/early spring before it produces leaves.  Well, being as our tea date was on the first day of spring, I’d say this was the perfect flower to grace our table, complimented by bright yellow daffodils trumpeting the season!

What I learned about Stephanie when we met was that she is a former blogger, only lately setting aside her two blogs at the end of 2011 after a number of years posting Bible study devotional writings.  You can still visit Stephanie and her devotional archives HERE – though she is currently not actively blogging at all.

So, of course, she was not at all surprised when I told her that I needed to take pictures of the table for a tea post.  She knew the routine, and proceeded to take her own pictures, too.  We were so into framing shots at all angles, that I accidentally got her in the background of one of them!

My tea basket was chock full of a number of leaf tea blends to choose from.  My guest thought the Rooibos Carmel Apple sounded delish, while I opted for my Jane Austen blend from Steep Show Teas.

I used the thrift shop Lenox Butterfly Meadow teapot I featured in THIS POST some time ago.

It was a happy spring pink and looked lovely with this floral creamer and sugar find.  Would you believe I paid a total of $10 for the three pieces?  True story!

The tea set was flanked by taper candles nestled in a treasure from my grandmother dating to the 1940’s – these delicate rose candle-holders with a stylish sleeve that wraps around the candle halfway.

I love how they match so nicely with the 3-D roses on the creamer and sugar!

My white Ironstone hexagon plates go with everything.  All that was left was to choose the teacup and saucer.  Stephanie surveyed my tea cabinet and chose this lovely lusterware rose pattern that belonged to my mother.

I thought I’d actually drink from the generously fluted edges of the Lily of the Valley cup I recently featured in honor of my mom’s birthday HERE.

A lovely teatime was had by both.  And, it wasn’t to be over until I opened the sweet hostess gift Stephanie brought me along with the flowers.  The Scripture card was a Word that I really needed to hear:

And, in the teal tissue paper wrapping was this sweet little beaded scarf she had hand made for me!  Doesn’t it look great on my grandmother’s antique lamp in my office?

Copper was curious . . .

As a thank you, I was excited to design a collage art postcard.  I started work on it that very evening . . .

And, finished it the next day.  So much fun to make – more of a blessing to give!

Hope Stephanie is blessed in the receiving.  Next teatime tete-a-tete will be at her place – and I hear she has a grand garden . . .

Teatime Tete-a-Tete this week with:

  Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily Rose Cottage

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Oh I wish I could express in words how this blessed me and spoke to me…you grabbed me from the beginning with, “hi I don’t know you yet!”…oh Lord the Body of Christ needs more of us to do just that and then allow Him to join us together in a nice time of tea for celebrating the Body of Christ….so convicted here!!

    Thanks so much for sharing

  2. Such a sweet post Kathryn. Your new friendship is kindling such a sweet incense of blessing to the Lord.

    Jocelyn @

  3. Hi Kathy,
    Isn’t it lovely meeting a new friend? It sounds to me like the two of you hit it right off. You set a lovely tea for Stephanie and she in return gifted you with a glorious bouquet and stunning scarf! Thank you for sharing your lovely tea time with us and have a delightful week, my friend.


  4. Oh my, what a lot of fun you had! I’m beginning to think I need to have a tea party with friends sometime soon! I’m not certain it will be as grand as yours was — but I think I hear some scone recipes calling my name!

  5. Looks like a wonderful teatime! I make Yorkshire pud/clafouti/Dutch baby with soy milk as I can’t have the dairy and love the various ways it can be changed. Adapting fav recipes can be a challenge!

  6. What a nice tea, Miss Kathy! I adore your tea basket filled with all sorts of good teas, as well as your delightful whimsical cream and sugar set!
    Blessings, Beth

  7. A lovely tea and a lovely table. There is nothing like conversation over a cup of tea! And your food looks really really good!

  8. Kathryn, you treated your guest royally. Everything looks lovely with many teas to choose from and your homemade treats.
    Your card is awesome and I look forward to you sharing your visit for tea at Stephanie’s.

  9. Such beautiful tea things you have! It’s so wonderful to make a new friend to share tea with, she sounds very sweet. Thoughtful too, bringing the flowers and beautiful handmade scarf. Maybe she’ll start blogging again too, one day. It sounds like the two of you have much in common, it’ll be fun getting to know each other!
    Have a joyous spring!

  10. Looks like your Teatime Tete-a-Tete was a big success! I’m going to your house for tea!!! Love the cards you made. Happy Tea Day!

  11. entirely inspiring! TY ~ enjoyed every minute and moment of beauty…

  12. Hello Kathy, I am so glad your church is growing – what a wonderful way to meet and to make a friend – a true Kindred Spirit! Your tea setting is just lovely – your food looks amazing too! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness and thank you for checking in on me!
    God Bless,

  13. Hi Kathryn,
    really a sweet tea time with lots of delicious treats. I think Stephanie enjoyed it very much. All looks so nice. Thank you for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  14. Greetings Kathryn .. OMG ..What a lovely display of pictures you had for us today .. and such happy real life ramblings …I love this teatime chatter, and you are so good at it ( ha Ha)… I’m particularly fond of the Lily of valley cup..It has such a vintage charm… Old cards always fill me with wonderment ..Like who picked them and who , did they get sent to and what was written inside… So very pretty…. What a delightful teatime….Thank You ..Hugs

  15. Hi Kathryn, What a wonderful tea time with a new friend. It is such a blessing to meet someone and find you have so much in common. Your table setting and all your pretties are divine. I love the scarf Stephanie made for you and her garden bouquet is beautiful. I have never seen that type of magnoilia either. Love the thank you card you designed for her. She will be blessed. Looking forward to partII when you go to her home for tea.
    Thank you for sharing. Blessing to you.
    Hugs from Texas, Celestina Marie
    p.s. thank you for entering my giveaway. Good Luck!

  16. How wonderful to be brought together by the heavens. Sounds like the beginning of a fabulous new friendship… and what better way to celebrate the blessing of a new friend than with tea. Your setting was beautiful .. looking forward to seeing the tea in your new friend’s garden.

    What a lovely card… your are wonderfully talented … xo Blessings, C. (HHL)

  17. Just like you to make everything so special. I love your quote about Prayer. Also your collage card is so pretty!!! I love it and you are quite talented. Thanks for sharing.

  18. How lovely, Kathy, when we just click with someone!! And, your table looks so lovely – the decor, china, food and most of all the friendship in Christ! I think it must’ve been one of those wonderful moments orchestrated by God.
    Can I use your picture of the “Prayer” sign with a link back to you? I just love that!
    Hugs and blessings!

  19. Ah, I enjoyed your preparations and details. SOunds like you had a lovely time. The table looked so nice and that Magnolia was amazing…thanks for sharing! Wow! You made a fabulous thank you card….you go, girl! 🙂

  20. Kathy your tea with Stephanie sounds wonderful!
    You sure know how to make your guest feel special.
    The food looks so fabulous!
    You prepared everything beautifully and I’m sure she felt very honoured!
    Her gifts to you are lovely, too!
    How blessed you both are to be attending the same church.
    Your new friendship is sure to be a blessing!
    Thanks for linking up.
    love.. Trish

  21. Hi Kathy,
    I love your post.It’s nice to meet and make new friends. I’m happy for you. The Tea Party looks wonderful. the Magnolia is beautiful.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

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