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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and makes everything more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale


Dear friends, one of the most fun times I think I ever had putting a post together was this Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. Some of you may remember it when I was hosting my weekly tea parties. Anyway, I thought t'is the season for whimsy and having a little fun so I decided to share it again today.

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love." ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie {1845-1916}


I took my inspiration for today's tea from a favourite piece of Christmas music, The Nutcracker Suite. Most of us are familiar with the story of Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy who introduces Clara to the Land of Sweets. A little fantasy is fun for a change, don't you think? Especially at this time year! Are you feeling a little nostalgic?


The Nutcracker Ballet was first performed on December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is one of the most famous ballets to be performed this time of the year. I have never had the pleasure of seeing a live performance but I would love to.


"Would you like an adventure now or would you like your tea first?" ~ Peter Pan

My table is sitting in front of the Christmas tree which I think lends a magical feel to our tea today. So please make yourself at home as we indulge in some spicy Christmas tea and lots of goodies. 



My Sugar Plum fairy is dancing about in her lovely white tutu while the Nutcracker looks on.


"She balanced on one toe on the floor and spun around in a tutu that looked as though it had been fashioned from clouds and snowflakes. " ~ The Nutcracker


The Gingerbread house plays "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." When you ring the door bell  the gum drops on the roof light up and keep time with the music. It's a child's delight!


This green Staffordshire teacup trio is a set I found at an antique shop and it is made in England and represents the charm of the country so well.

I think they look lovely paired with the creamy white.




                          



My other teacup is Cream Lace made by Skye McGhee. It has such a sweet saucer.



At Christmas-time, I really enjoy the holiday teas such as this Stash Holiday Chai.


The teapot is also Cream Lace by Skye McGhee.



My Land of Sweets consists of a fruit cake I made
for the holidays.




There are also some mincemeat tarts, melt-in-your-mouth Swedish Butter Balls, and Snowballs. 



I hope you're not watching your waistline!


There are gum drops and candy canes and chocolate of course.



"Tykes on sleds and shouts of glee, icy-window filigree, sugarplums and candle glow, part of Christmas long ago." ~ Jo Geis








Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.


"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder 



Thank you for visiting today. I hope you have enjoyed yourself. 

"Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, And love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, To live with Thee there." ~
From the Christmas carol "Away in  a Manger" - John T. McFarland, {1851-1913} John R. Murray, {1841-1905}


Merry Christmas! 

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ http://www.antiquesandteacups.info/
 Friends Sharing Tea ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
 Share Your Cup Thursday~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
 Home Sweet Home~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

14 comments :

  1. Your post is very pretty, and captures the dance theme in every aspect. I have tickets to see a local production of the Nutcracker Ballet in a few days. That is a family tradition and we have seen it many times. It is a great ballet to take children to see. Maybe there is a production nearby for you to see.

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  2. what a pretty vignette with the fairy
    love the green transferware cup and saucer
    the tarts and other goodies look so good and perfect with a cup hot tea

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  3. What a pretty and fun fairy post. Lovely tea sets. And I love that verse from Away in the Manger, it's one of my favourites. I was about three or four or five when my mom first taught me to sing that precious song.

    Wishing you a beautiful evening, Sandi!
    Brenda xox

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  4. Love, Love Love all your photo's of the fairy! That fruit cake looks delicious!
    Love the teapot.
    Merry Christmas

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  5. I can see that you did have a wonderful time putting that post together. It is stunning with that cute little fairy starring centerstage.
    I hope you have a great weekend. xo Diana

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  6. This is the perfect time to Love it again and so delightful!

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  7. Thank you for sharing this magical post with us again, dear Sandi! There is something so special about how you arranged and displayed all those delightful pieces for us to enjoy. It's so fun for us to play, isn't it?
    Happy weekend, my friend! xx

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  8. A beautiful setting for the Sugarplum Fairy. I loves those green dishes. Your fruit cake looks delicious. I wish I could taste it. Merry Christmas Sandi to you and your family.

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  9. That looks so delightful! I wish I could shrink myself down to the size of your little ballerina fairy and dance in that lovely land of sugarplums and gumdrops with her. Such fun! Oh to be a child again! But we can be in our hearts and enjoy this magical time in our imaginations. Thank you for sharing this with us today. I love it!

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  10. What a delightful tea. Thank you for sharing again, Sandi. I've always wanted to attend the Nutcracker ballet, but I keep missing it. I would also love to add a Nutckracker teapot to my holiday collection (not that I really need any more teapots...)

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  11. Oh my goodness Sandi! I love your Sugar Plum Fairy Tea! How magical and beautiful. I wish you and your precious family a very Merry Christmas dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  12. I'm so glad I scrolled back to see this post I missed. I remember it from before, so cute and whimsical! I love it! Just magic, Sandi. xo

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