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Monday 26 January 2015

Tea Time Tuesday's 5th Anniversary Party

Tea is a time in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another. ~ Charles Dickens

Hello everyone and welcome to Tea Time Tuesday's 5th Anniversary Party! I am delighted you could join me today!

It is on this date five years ago that I started my tea party and I sometimes find it hard to believe that we have been partying for five years. Some of you beautiful ladies have been with me from the very beginning and I want to especially thank you for your encouragement and support. You know who you are!

An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. ~ Unknown

During that time, I have met so many of you lovely tea friends and I treasure the friendships we have made. I have learned so much from all of you and I look forward to meeting with you every week over a cup of tea to share the things we love; like teacups and teapots. Who knows, perhaps we will still be meeting once a week for tea five years from now.

Please have a seat and join me as I share with you my favourite tea things.

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." ~ Henry James

With x-number of teapots and x-number of teacups, it was difficult to choose just one of each. As a matter of fact, my favourite "tea" pot isn't a teapot at all, it's a coffee pot. But I will share with you my favourite teapots too.

You knew I couldn't do a favourite things tea without sharing one piece of Rose Chintz, am I right? It is my signature pattern after all.

Who can resist this pretty pattern of full-bloomed roses, rose buds, and pale blue forget-me-nots on a creamy white background!  

It is charming, feminine, and just makes me happy to look at it. It is a pattern which seems to give a romantic nod to by-gone days when manners were still in fashion.

This vintage Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz coffee pot once belonged to my Auntie P and it holds so many lovely memories that I just had to share it with you. 

Whenever we visited Auntie she would always set a big tray with this coffee pot filled with coffee and a plate of sandwiches. I look at this pretty coffee pot and I think of her and remember so many wonderful visits. 

Many of you who have been following my parties for any length of time also know, the pattern Rose Chintz reminds me of my childhood and our visits to my auntie's home in New Brunswick. For as long as I can remember, she always set her table with this pretty china and now the majority of it is here in my home for she has kindly passed it on to me.

This "tea'' pot happens to be one of my favourites. Royal Albert makes an elegant teapot and this Old Country Roses is no exception. A pure white background is adorned with gorgeous red, deep pink, and golden yellow roses. I love how the blooms cascade down the front of the pot as well as on the spout.

It holds about six to eight cups of tea and perfect for company. It was a birthday present from my family.

This Royal Albert Lavender Rose is also a favourite and holds about six cups of tea. I had started this pretty pattern for my mother when I first got married and when she down-sized she gave it all to me. I love the dainty pink roses with hints of lavender in the roses and leaves. 

My favourite teacup was a tough one to choose because I have several favourites. However, if a teacup can entice you to dream then all the better. Indeed, this darling Royal Albert Summer teacup does just that. 

It is made in the Gainsborough shape with a pretty handle and footed base. With its whisper pink trim and thatch-roofed cottage, it whisks me away to an English countryside. You probably cannot make them out but there is a young girl and a few geese in the yard.

This is the back of the cup. The saucer is deep and bowl-shaped so if one happens to spill their tea the saucer will catch it easily. 

This teacup is England at its charming best!

Oh to live in an English cottage with a gaggle of geese outside your door and a flock of yearlings in your meadow. ~ Unknown

These other two are favourites as well and I have brought them out for your pleasure. They are both Aynsley and both beautiful in their own way.

This one is especially elegant with its corset shape and rich turquoise colour adorned with a gold leaf design inside the cup. I love how the sunlight shines through it.

This sweet pattern is also an Aynsley and it is called Rosedale. It is an embossed crocus shape sprinkled with pink roses. 
I am always attracted to a cottagey look it seems. The handle has a wonderful flat thumb rest. It's a lovely footed teacup which is thought to be one of the patterns that Princess Diana chose when she married the Prince of Wales.

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~ George Gissing

Please help yourself to egg salad sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and pound cake sandwiched with chocolate. 

I baked cinnamon rolls for my hubby and we will also enjoy some today with our tea.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

These Cinnamon Rolls are so easy to make. Simply make up your favourite tea biscuit recipe making sure to sift your dry ingredients. 
Roll out into a rectangle and spread butter evenly all over the rectangle right to the edges. Sprinkle about a cup of brown sugar mixed with cinnamon all over the buttered rectangle. Roll up and cut into one half inch slices and place each one into a greased muffin tin. Bake at 450 degrees for about ten to eleven minutes. Delicious! If you wish you may drizzle icing over them.

Tea is a hug in a cup. ~ Patrick Jane of The Mentalist

Believe it or not, next week we will be into the month of February and Valentines Day is on the horizon. I will be hosting a Valentines Day Tea the week of February 9th and I do hope you will plan for that too.

Thank you for visiting today. I always enjoy your company and I cannot wait to see your favourite tea wares! It may be a teapot, coffee pot, chocolate pot, teacup or coffee mug. Please link up below and I will come visit you. 

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. You have shared a beautiful post with so many pretty things to look at. I can imagine it would be hard to pick just one favorite. I love all the different tea cups; and the food looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing such a lovely tea.

    1. Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for your visit and have a beautiful day!

  2. Hi Sandi - Congratulations on 5 years of your tea-parties. I have enjoyed them so much. My favorite of your favorites is the Rose Chintz pattern. So gorgeous and it makes me yearn for Spring. Your treats look delicious today. Chocolate-centered pound cake....oh my goodness! I'm in the midst of packing up my dining-room cabinet so I will not be joining today but I did want to drop by. Have a fun day. Deb

  3. Good morning, dearest Sandi, and congratulations on 5 years of tea parties :) I remember when I first started blogging you were one of the first blogs I followed - you are beautiful and an inspiration to many :)

    Lovely post, my dear. May you have many, many more years of delightful parties. Hugs to you!

  4. Happy 5th Anniversary Sandi! Your tea posts are always so lovely to look at. And this one is no exception! Beautiful tulips and how nice that you got your Auntie's Rose Chintz, especially that coffee pot, what nice memories to have and to hold.
    Thank you so much for hosting all these years and have a wonderful day!

  5. Happy anniversary! Your posts are so lovely! Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  6. Happy Anniversary and many more! I knew your Rose Chintz would make an appearance on favorite day. The RA Summer teacup took my breath away. I'm a sucker for a cottage! Beautiful post. Beautiful party. Happy Tea Day and thanks so much for hosting.

  7. Congratulations Sandi on five years of hosting, and thank you so much for your hospitality. Of course, we knew that the beautiful Rose Chintz would be here! OCR is another beauty, and that teapot has just such a lovely shape. I am loving the RA Lavendar Rose and Summer cups, especially the Summer with that cozy cottage on front. Those two may be on my wish list now!! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's favorites too. Oh, and yummy-looking treats today.
    Here's to many more tea parties! xo Deborah

  8. Sandi: Congratulations on celebrating your 5th Tea Party anniversary. I have enjoyed every one of them and look forward to 5 more wonderful years. As you know Uncle Doug and I enjoy a daily afternoon tea together. It has become a ritual. Thanks and keep on letting us enjoy your blogs...Auntie P

  9. Congratulations dear Sandi on five years of hosting your lovely tea party. I was hoping your Rose Chintz would make an appearance. I sooo love it,too. Isn't it wonderful how the memories of your sweet Aunt are conjured up by using her lovely set? Maybe one day, someone will remember us that way. Your RA Summer teacup just makes me swoon whenever I see it. Oh,how I love the sweet cottage scene.
    I'd love to help myself to an egg salad sandwich and some of your yummy baked goods.
    I've been waiting to share my special tea kettle for your party. Thank you for being our hostess and for your lovely quotes and beautiful friendship.

  10. Good Morning Sandi,
    I have been looking so forward to seeing what your favourite tea things would be. Once again your blog is stunning! I absolutely love the Johnson Brother's Rose Chintz and have started to collect it too after seeing all of your beautiful pieces. I do not have a coffee pot and would love one. I do have the timeless Old Country Roses and really just started to collect some pieces. Your Lavender Rose is such a beauty too! And I do love your favourite teacups! I so admire your posts each week and thank you for giving me joy today! Happy Blogging Anniversary Dear Sandi! Karen

  11. Congratulations Sandi! 5 years of beauty and joy! Love all your lovely hotos and heart warming quotes. Here's to 5 least, my dear friend! Thanks for hosting, and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  12. Happy 5 year bloggaversary, dear lady!

    It's been a wonderful five years, always a pleasure to visit your lovely parties - and extra fun when I have been able to join in the fun.

    You have set a wonderful tea respite, delicious and beautiful,

    May you continue to host many more years of a truly favorite link party. Thank you so much, God bless you and your family with good health and happiness. Hugs,. ♥

  13. Sandi, Happy 5th Anniversary of Tea Time Tuesday! Thank you so much for all you do to prepare and host this meme each week. I don't always participate but I always visit to see what you are sharing. I love your turquoise teacup and that beautiful coffee pot. Blessings to you. Hugs. Pam

  14. Happy 5th Anniversary Sandi, where has the time gone? I knew Lavender Rose would appear somewhere in your post and love the other teapots that are your favourites too. I don't have many to choose from so it was easy to feature Lavender Rose from RA.
    Here's to another 5 years of gathering for tea each week at Rose Chintz Cottage. Thank you for being a gracious host and for your friendship during this time.

  15. Congratulations on the 5th anniversary of Tea Time Tuesday, dear Sandi! It's been a pleasure to follow your tea posts and to take part in some of these wonderful events! Thanks for hosting in such a regular basis and for sharing so many beauties and goodies like those of today. I love them all, but today's favourite of mine is the exquisite turquoise Aynsley cup. And the cinnamon rolls look delicious!
    I hope there will be another 5 years of Tea Time Tuesday!
    All the best to you, dear friend

  16. I marvel at the beautiful china cups and tea sets you own. My sister has all of my mother's and that is good because she has the spot to display them so they can be enjoyed.

  17. Your teapots and china are so beautiful. Well done on 5 years of Tea Time Tuesday.

  18. So happy to celebrate another anniversary with you! Congratulations on five years of hosting the party! You have brought so much pleasure and enjoyment to fellow tea loving bloggers over the years. Thanks so much!

  19. Happy 5th Anniversary, Sandi! Thank you for hosting so many fun tea parties during the first half of 2010. Here's to another 5 years of Tea Time Tuesdays!

    I love the pretty teawares that you shared today. Every time I see the rose chintz pattern, I think of you!

  20. Everything is so lovely. Congrats on bringing beauty into our homes for 5 years! Hugs, Diane

  21. Sandi, I am so glad that you started your tea party. Thanks for hosting all of these years. We have had a lot of beautiful tea with you!

  22. Congratulations on five years, Sandi! I think this post is especially beautiful, and I enjoyed it very much! Blessings and Best Wishes, Bess

  23. Happy Anniversary, Sandi! What a beautiful celebration with all the pretty tea things and yummy food...Christine

  24. What a lovely collection. 5 Years, imagine that! I shared a tea cup from my favorite company today with rosebuds. I know you love rosebuds!

  25. My dearest Sandi! Congratulations on your 5th anniversary hosting Teatime Tuesday! I think I've been linking in for about three and a half years of that and your blog and all the dear tea ladies I've met through our weekly teatimes have been a constant inspiration to me. I started blogging during a very difficult transition in my life. Participating in teatime over the years has been a welcome escape and much needed respite. I learned to slow down and not feel guilty for drawing aside for a cuppa and treat. Building my tea collection with great joy opened the door for me to create speaking programs ministering the pleasures of teatime to many local ladies' groups. Our kindred tastes in china--the cottage teacup would be my favorite, too--and Old Country Roses and Lavender Rose are the patterns I keep a keen eye for when antiquing or thrifting. And, how glorious when you post about dear Anne Shirley. Kindred spirits, all!
    Blessings, milady!

  26. Hi Sandi! Congrats on your 5th anniversary of Tea Time Tuesday! I've really enjoyed your tea parties (both before and after getting a blog of my own) so thank you so much for hosting the party and giving us fun parties to plan for! Your favorites are gorgeous! I think my favorites were the Rose Chintz pot and the Summer teacup (I really like the cottage patterns :) Did I ever tell you that I have Winter and Spring?

  27. Congratulations on your blogiversary, and I have so enjoyed getting to know a kindred spirit in the Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz department! (And so many others, but especially that one!) Hope I'll be reading your lovely and inspiring posts for many, many years to come!

  28. Happy anniversary! (: I would love to join the party but I've got too much going on this week. Your tea things are very pretty!

  29. Happy anniversary to you! What a joy to visit and see all these tea related treasures. Hope your week will be beautiful and you will visit me soon. I have enjoyed this little visit today.

  30. Happy Anniversary! I am very happy that I can enjoy your Tea Time Parties!

  31. Happy Anniversary! I am very happy that I can enjoy your Tea Time Parties!

  32. Congratulations Sandi on your 5 years blogging! I have enjoyed visiting and joining you in the past.Love all your teacups, it is hard having just one favorite when you love them all!

  33. I am not at all surprised that you chose the Rose Chintz first but realize your couldn;t ignore all your other beauties. I had trouble choosing myself. Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary.

  34. Hi Sandy, Congratulations on five years of hosing Tea Time Tuesdays. The beautiful photos of your lovely teapots and teacups, combined with delectable tea time foods should be bound and put in a book. I'm sure all of us who read your blog would line up to purchase a copy. Thanks for the beauty and inspiration you bring into our world on a weekly basis.
    God bless,

  35. Happy Anniversary! Your blog is the first tea blog I found and have been happily visiting ever since. It is so fun seeing everyone's favorites and like many of them have said, it would be so hard to choose!

    1. Thank you Victorian Girl! I am so happy you enjoy your visits. I know I enjoy having you stop by. Have a beautiful day.

  36. Hello Sandi,

    Just wanted to stop by to wish you a Happy Anniversary on your five years of blogging. You have always been such an inspiration to me since I started blogging. I never miss your beautiful Tea Time party. You are one of my very favorites and I an happy to say that I have enjoyed it very much.


  37. Congratulations, Sandi, on 5 years of Tea Time Blogging! Your tea menu looks divine and I especially enjoy seeing the Lavender Rose pattern which is also the one I have! I was thinking a couple of weeks ago that I must do another tea setting using my formal china.

  38. Congratulations on your 5th blogging Anniversary. It's always a joy to link up or just to visit. Angels to you!

  39. Congrats lovely lady and hope we are lucky enough to join, learn and get inspired by the most wonderful tea party! Cannot thank you enough and I'm so excited to be joining you in the festivity even if I'm sooo late!

  40. Your tea party and dishes are stunning!

  41. Hi Sandi: Happy 5 years! I think I have been with you since the beginning. I am running late, spent the morning at the doctor's. Would not miss your party for the world. Blessings, Martha

  42. I've been out of the tea-time loop and did not know you were hosting this wonderful anniversary party, so I am pleasantly surprised and excited about the coming months and hopefully years of celebrating tea-time & friendship via your blog. Thank-you Sandi for your inspiring and encouraging blog .

    I especially love your Aynesley teacups, but as usual, everything is lovely. ( the blue teacup is my favorite ! )

  43. I always love stopping by and seeing your lovely pictures! Happy Anniversary!!! Thank you for sharing the beauty here and for making this such a welcoming, warm, loving place. I always leave your blog inspired and peace-filled. :) God bless you!

  44. Happy Anniversary, sweet Sandi! Your coffee pot and teapot are both precious, as are your pretty teacups and saucers. Yes, I identify the pattern on the coffee pot with you for its soft, pastel colours, dainty design, and cheery charm! I wish I could have joined in today's celebrations, but didn't manage to get a post off in time. Never mind, I've been enjoying all the others!

    Wishing you a warm and cozy weekend - stay safe!


  45. What a beautiful post celebrating your party anniversary! Thank you so much for sharing all your lovely teapots, teacups, yummy looking treats and beautiful flowers throughout the year. Your tea party is a special gift to us every week. May you be blessed for all your effort. I love your Rose Chintz set. My daughter and I stayed at a B&B in Savannah Georgia and that was their china.
    Praying you have a wonderful new year hosting, my dear friend.
    Nancy .

  46. Congratulations on your five years Sandi. That's a lovely achievement. I've enjoyed the past times I've joined the party and really enjoyed sharing tea cups with everyone. Much love, happiness and tea for at least another five years. I'll try to make more time for tea cup Tuesdays.

  47. Dear Sandi
    Congratulations on five years of Tea Time Tuesday!
    I'm in heaven each time I take part in your tea parties.
    The Rose Chintz tea pot is charming and yes it is the right one for this post!
    The Summer tea cup is delightful, with the storybook thatched cottage - I think I see the Windsor Castle tower in the background too. I would love to find such a cup - I'll have a search!

    Sorry I'm late but work keeps me too busy these days! At least I made it!

    Here's to many more years of sharing Tea Time Tuesdays with you - thank you!

  48. Congrats Sandi! I'm so happy for you. I was so wanting to join your anniversary tea, but didn't get it together. Love, love your Rose Chintz, of course and I've never seen an ugly teacup or pot on your sweet blog! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  49. Greetings Sandi!
    I hope I'm not too late to wish you Happy Tea Party Anniversary! (I have been away from blogland for a bit with a nasty tooth infection following a root canal but am getting back on deck slowly but surely!)
    I enjoy seeing your lovely teapots and especially your coffee pot knowing it holds such nice memories, so fitting. Now, I have a new fave teacup - that 'Summer' cup is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Oh, my stars! I LOVE IT!!!! I will have to search out that pattern. Your tea treats look sooo yummy. Have a great day!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  50. Happy 5th Sandi...That's amazing that you've been doing this for 5 years now. And I like that you started the post with a tulip...makes me think of spring. Hugs and wishes for a great year of blogging, posting, reflecting and fun.

  51. Sandi,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Happy 5th Blog Anniversary!!
    Things sure have changed since we first started blogging, haven't they?

  52. That is the easiest cinnamon roll recipe ever! Beautiful, beautiful tea pots - love Royal Albert Old Country Roses. I have two complete dish sets, one for each of us, that I adore!


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