A Flower-Filled Alfresco Tea

By Angie Brown

May and June are ideal for hosting a tea in your own garden on a sun-dappled afternoon. Choose teacups and plates that depict cheery flowers and vibrant leaves. Bring the green of the lawn to the table by using color-coordinating place mats or linens. Mixing and matching your casual dinnerware with just a few new pieces produces a fresh look. Playful floral china, a beautiful centerpiece with yellow blossoms, and delightful sunshine on a warm spring day make the setting for this tea party enchanting.

The glimmer of a backyard pool can be reflected in the blue blossoms on the dinnerware or even in your flower arrangement. Gather a bouquet of bright blooms from your backyard for the table, or ask your florist to fashion a centerpiece with seasonal clippings. Mix and match green chargers and linens for a pop of color that will pair splendidly with the lush outdoor atmosphere.

Bloom-Teapots

This cheery, colorful Gien Jacinthe tea set is the perfect china for a floral alfresco tea party. Add creative, garden-inspired details, such as a floral napkin holder, or give your guests a box of seedlings or a small potted plant as a thoughtful take-home gift. A flowering tea is also a delightful touch, or you can simply serve your favorite blend in a floral teapot.

Make the most of the gorgeous weather by spending time outdoors, enjoying your garden and a cup of tea.

From TeaTime May/June 2011

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