Tablescape Thursday - A Breakfast Tea Tray

I did not have much of a chance to do a tablescape with any of my nice china this week. I did put together a quick simple breakfast tray. Actually it took a lot of trial and error to get it to where I liked it OK.

Forgive the grainy photos. These were taken on my night off work around 2am.

The tablecloth is a vintage one I got on ebay. It's about the size of a cardtable which I guess is typical for these pretty floral tablecloths. So I turned it diagonal on my table.

This one is just a simple setting for tea and a light breakfast. I have an assortment of teabags on the tray. I used to be a chai only drinker, but I'm trying more herbal tea blends lately. Better for my nerves I'm sure. My mom used to get herbal teas when I was little. She always got a box of Chamomile for me. I wonder if there was some ulterior motive? lol

The blue rimmed plate is one I got recently at the Habitat for Humanity store. The pink one is a Fiesta Ware dish I got years ago at an antique store. The cup is about the only thing I have left from that set of dishes I had years ago. I think it might be a Corning set of stoneware. I was in a pansy phase and everything had to be pansies haha. Of course with 4 kids, and using them everyday, eventually they were all broken or lost or something. I have 4 cups left, and this is the only one with no chips! The clear cutglass stemware is one of my Wexfords. I started collecting it when my Mom say that I had a few pieces I think Chris' grandmother gave me and said I should collect something and this was an inexpensive and pretty thing to start with. My Mom was something else. She sure loved to collect things, but they were always beautiful and well cared for. It never looked like clutter. That's a gene I wish I'd inherited!

The teapot is from Pier One and is actually the beginning of my teapot collection. I have always loved teapots. I never really wanted to start collecting them before, because my old house was just too small. I knew someday I would have a home where I would have a china cabinet and tons of shelves for lots of teapots and dishes.... well, I'm still working on those shelves, but the collection has begun! It was marked a ridiculously low price of $10, but I didn't have the spare cash the day I first saw it. When I went back, it was on sale for $8!! I was so excited. I just love the colors and shape. The sugar bowl is from a set I have the creamer also. I got them in one of those big sets you get at Christmas with cocoa and mugs, etc. This one had 2 cups and the creamer and sugarbowl all in this same pattern. The cups have both been broken, sadly, but I use the creamer and sugarbowl on a daily basis and so far so good!
The juicer I got on a trip to England a few years ago. I knew how expensive they were in antique stores, so when I saw one in a gift shop there very inexpensive, I snatched it up. I love how it and the cut glass plate beneath it catch the light and add a little sparkle. I wish I had a juice decanter. I've seen a few at antique stores, but I don't want them that bad. I'm hoping Goodwill or HfH will come through for me soon. The green juice glass which I thought went so nicely with the tablecloth is one of a set my husband's grandmother gave me. I'd love to actually use them more often, but my kids don't have a great track record with fragile items...
Of course I had to put Claude and Mona, the Target Birds on the table. (I got the names from what my MIL used to call her neighbors - it wasn't their names, but it sure fit them perfectly).

I wish I could have everyone over for tea. I'd scrounge enough teacups and chairs for all! Thanks for coming by! Make sure you head over to Between Naps on the Porch and say hi to Susan and follow the links to other wonderful tablescapes today. That's where I'm headed!


  1. Gosh, I'm loving this breakfast tray and I really enjoyed the stories about each piece.

    I also had four little ones at home and have NO dishes left to tell the story.


    Aunt May's Cottage

  2. Oh I really like your breakfast tea tray! What fun, it sounds like you shop around like me and add this and that to your stash :0)

  3. What a gorgeous breakfast tray. Love the story about each piece and I too think it is fun to find different things in different places and mix and match them. Just beautifully done. BTW we're having a "Cloche Party" on June 19th. Click the button on my sidebar to find out all the details. I really hope you will join in the fun. Hugs, Marty

  4. I love the tea pot and sure I will be over for tea and I will even bring my own chair:)

  5. Thanks everyone for the great comments. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who likes to "play house" hehe. It's a lot of fun, even if my kids think I'm weird :-)

  6. ummm, your breakfast tray looks so inviting and pretty.
    Thanks for having me over for tea! Come see my Mother's Day Brunch setting, when you can!
    xo bj

  7. Mmm, what a pretty breakfast tray! :)

  8. HI Patty! Oh, I love breakfast trays and this one is so pretty! You know what? I saw that tea pot today at Pier One and thought about buying one, but thought I'd save Mr. Precious a little money! :)
    Love the olden tablecloths. They're so expensive now!
    Can't believe you were doing this at 2 am! You're a trooper!
    Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in to see me,
    Shelia :)

  9. What a nice cozy little spot for tea and breakfast, I love the table cloth! :O)

  10. Love your tray ! I love Habitat for Humanity...I find good deals myself . I am trying to collect more teapots but they are hard to find....
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  11. I loved reading about your collections and your mother -- thanks for sharing tea with us today! Your scape is beautiful and at 2 a.m.! I'm impressed!

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