Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Toast to Tea Party Tuesday and Friends!!

Happy Tea Party Tuesday!
One of my favorite things to do while sipping TEA is
to flip through the STACK of Art History 
books I have on my shelves.  

I LOVE to meander through the pages with
Sophia Rose and teach her about a time gone by
and expose her to different worlds and the emotions they evoke. 

She, like her Mama, prefers Botticelli to Raphael and 
Tintoretto to Titan.

And of course Michelangelo is always welcome for Tea!

I was recently shopping around and came across a greeting card that donned this picture and something about it just called to me....


I bought the card and became intent on learning more
about the painting....the "behind the scenes" as I call it. 

Here is what I discovered about this painting:

by Richard Jack
 Painted on the eve of the First World War this picture is an 
evocation of a dinner held a century earlier, 
during which a toast is proposed to the young and beautiful hostess. 
A group is assembled in the dining room of a well appointed house, 
around a table laden with crystal. Secure in their prosperity, 
they are also saluting their good fortune. 
It is a depiction of a confident, and comfortable England.

Sophia and I had a great time dreaming up what 
we thought was going on in this picture. 

We named the young lady at the head of the table Rose (see her hair) and our final thoughts settled upon her family congratulating her for completing her studies as a Lawyer.  

(As of late I keep telling my child she is DESTINED to be a lawyer with 
her quick wit, attention to detail and pursuit of what is FAIR :)  

What are YOU toasting this fine week??


It is National Friendship Week so this toast goes out
to all of my dear friends who have enriched my life tremendously! 
A great way to toast a new or old friendship is at 
TEA TIME, of course!

Whether you drink tea or champagne in your tea cup this week just take the time to raise your cup and toast 
something you are grateful for in life!

The cupcakes above were created using a yummy chocolate cake 
and frosting recipe from 
I then cut out a champagne glass using an exacto 
knife from white fondant and 
painted it lightly with edible gold luster paint. 
After adding some pearls to the glass,
I sprayed it with a gold luster spray. 

I will be showing more cupcakes on this theme later this week!

I am excited to see what YOU are bringing for TEA!

I will be toasting good friends and tea with:


 Mouth Watering Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Mondays, Mingle Monday, Made it on Monday Sumo's Sweet Stuff Made by You Mondays Making the World Cuter Mondays Motivate Me Monday Joy of Desserts Dittle Dattle Amaze Me Monday Jam Hands Recipe Share MondayTUESDAY Delicious Dishes Cupcake Tuesday Let's Do Brunch Tempt my Tummy Tuesday Mandi's Tasty Tuesday Topsy Turvy Tuesday  Handmade Tuesday  Tasty Tuesday Tip Me Tuesday  Time Out Tuesday  Get Your Craft On WEDNESDAY Whatever Goes Wednesday Wow Us Wednesday Look What I Made Wednesday What I Whipped Up Wednesday Let's Do Brunch Whatever You Want Wednesday Wow Me Wednesday THURSDAY Sweet Treats Thursday Sweets This Week  Thursday Show Your Stuff House of Hepworths Brambleberry Cottage FRIDAY: Tidy Mom Inspiration Friday Feathered Nest Friday Sweet Tooth Friday Show and Tell Friday It's a Hodgepodge Friday Weekend Wrap Up Flaunt it Friday  Sassy Sites Friday Fun  Fridays Unfolded Food on Fridays Friday Flair Foodie FridayWEEKEND The Girl Creative  This Chick Cooks  Sundae Scoop


Unknown said...

What a lovely tea. The cupcakes are fabulous, you are so creative, Trish.

I'm doing the champagne for sure this week ... as I pop that cork, you will be toasted, sweet lady.

Have a beautiful week ~

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh gosh, what a lovely tea, Trisha!! And I love your cupcakes! Thank you so much for your sweet comments~You are so kind!!


Barbara F. said...

Happy Friendship Week to you, dear Trish! Adorable cupcakes, we really have to figure out how to ship them to NY!! :) xo,

Unknown said...

Love you and your always "learning" mind!

Micupoftea said...

Trisha~How wonderful that you share a love for art, friendship, higher education and food with your daughter!
Hats off to dear friends~

Mary said...

I'll take some champagne in my tea cup! Love your creative & delightful cupcakes :-)

MsFoxsSweets said...

Happy Friendship week! I am toasting to all of the wonderful people I have met through bloggerville since I started this journey in March. Your cupcake is beautiful and so is your post. I love all the new knowledge you share each week :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Trisha,
What a wonderful post and Happy Friendship Week to you, my friend! You always have such an entertaining post for us; thank you.
I wanted you to know that I have received my very first issue of Tea Time magazine and how I love it! Thank you again for your very generous giveaway. My tea party will be going up at 3:00. Hope to see you then. Have a delightful day.


Kitty said...

Trisha, Happy Friendship Week to YOU!!! Thank you for hosting your inspirational blog for us!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Lovely tea Trisha, at our luncheon we toasted to friendship and I raise a teacup to you for the same!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Another thing we have in common. :-) I love art history too (minored in Art History and in Art). Wishing you a wonderful Friendship Week, my dear blog friend. This is another lovely post, as always. Great champagne decorations on your cupcakes. Love the gold bubbles. A virtual toast to you and your family. Blessings.

xinex said...

Happy Friendship week, Trish! The painting is gorgeous. I wish I could own something similar since I know they weill never sell that and we can never afford it....Christine

The Charm of Home said...

Your teacup is lovely. Fun idea dreaming up what a painting is about! Thanks for having us!

Paula said...

Well, As friendships go, you are my BEST! I honestly and wholeheartedly believe that God had something special in mind when he put us together! Nothing will ever change that! As for my tea cup, I will be putting Peach Vodka with Peach Fresca in it and toast to the most amazing friendship God ever created! MY SISTER!
Love you,

Two Minute Takes said...

A special toast to you on this day of Friendship. You have enriched the lives of all who have met you, IRL or not with your giving heart, wonderful prose and beautiful photographs. Thank you.
I love that you find such intrigue in a card and that you share and wonder together with your Sophie and then that you in turn share with all of us.

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

The sstory behind the print is wonderful. I love your toasting cupcakes. How fun!

♥ Miss Tea said...

what a gorgeous painting! and yes the lady at the end of the table looks so beautiful! thank u for sharing the history behind the painting, your cupcake with champagne on it are just adorable and look sooo yummylicious! always enjoy myself visiting your blog and reading your post, a toast to you and everyone else and Happy Tea time tuesday!

x susan

Concetta said...

Thank you so much for hosting - have a wonderful week!

Carolyn said...

Hi Trish,
I am just in the mood for a lovely cupcake to go with my tea!

Thank you for hosting,


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love the picture of the Victoria tea, so fun. Great tea and the champagne is a super idea. The cupcakes are wonderful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Living a Pretty Good Life said...

New follower here, thanks for hosting. Lovely.

Kathryn said...

Lovely post and cupcakes! Please link your delicious cupcakes up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday. Thanks!

Karin Şen Cankan said...

The painting is lovely.

Love all of it.

Thank you for sharing.

Karin Şen Cankan

Darcy's Cupcake Creations said...

Your champagne cupcakes look good, glad to have been the inspiration behind them. Thank you too for linking back to my flickr page.
Darcy's Cupcake Creations xxx

Ali said...

Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back tomorrow :)

The Tablescaper said...

Great post. Neat painting and the inspiration you drew from it. Love the cupcakes.

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Kathy said...

I love this! Love art history books! We could so get along! You are so creative.
My daughter showed me this creative cupcake and I immediately thought of you!
Hope you're having a great day - thank you for sharing this post with A Return to Loveliness -
I will be dedicating this week's A Return to Loveliness to Design Gives Back - Hope you join in too!

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