Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Thrifty Thursday and a Tablescape

Welcome one, welcome all to Thrifty Thursday here in Bloggeritaville. It's also Tablescape Thursday so it has to be a party! Grab yourself a Thrifty Thursday button and let's get started!For those that don't know, Thrifty Thursday is a show and tell of sorts. It is time for you to showcase your thrifty find. It can be an old find or a new one. It might be something that you found at a thrift store, a consignment store, flea market, garage/yard sale, antique store. It's it was a thrifty find, then it meets the requirements. I am not picky, It can be a great pair of boots & a killer vintage dress, jewelry, home decor, even fishing lures. It is your thrifty find. Tell me about it. Where did you find it? What is it? What do you plan to do with it or how do you plan to use it in your home? Do you want to sell it? Thrifty Thursday's are about the thrill of the hunt...and the treasure you found. show and tell!
My Thrifty Thursday find this week is a $10.00 find that I snagged at a garage sale. I had been eyeing the antique ceiling tin tiles. I got lucky when I came across this one, that had been handmade into a great mirror.

It would be an easy process to duplicate. A frame was for the tile to be adhered to.

Here is a look at the back, where a basic mirror was placed and glued to secure. Hinges were screwed into the corners for hanging purposes.

And there you have it, my $10.00 Thrifty Thursday find!

Now, onto a tablescape....Tablescape Thursday is hosted by the lovely Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.

The following Tablescape Thursday is a throw back to an article that I wrote for Kids Life Magazine. This is not the article in it's entirety, but this portion was perfect for a tablescape Thursday, and it brought back many memories.
My six-year-old daughter and I got a real treat when we went to Magnolia and Ivy Tearoom, located in the village at San Destin.

This unique tearoom is owned by the sister duo, Kay Snipes and Terri Eager. Both sisters are certified in tea etiquette and teach classes to children and professionals alike. When we stepped inside the doors of Magnolia and Ivy, we immediately channeled our “royal” selves and deemed ourselves Queen and Princess for the day.
Tables were set for full service tea!

There are old-fashioned hats and stoles everywhere throughout the tearoom to try on to aide in your teatime experience. After my daughter and I finally picked out our favorite hats and put on our gloves and stoles, we ordered tea.

I got autumn apple tea. Our server, Chesed, was very helpful and suggested the pink princess tea for my daughter. We also had lunch. The tea and the food were incredible! On gorgeous china plate was a multitude of delights, such as a cucumber sandwich (cucumber/dill packages), an almond lemon square, a chocolate and coconut encrusted truffle, Irish potato and parsley soup, three cheese and vegetable quiche, fresh fruit, a carrot raisin muffin, and an orange poppy seed scone to make our teatime experience complete.

It was one of the most memorable meals I have had.

My daughter and I both agreed that this was the highlight of our trip. This is necessary experience for any queen, be it the domestic variety or the royal one! Be certain to take your little princess, or royal mum for a truly delightful experience.

I think it is important to moms and daughters to have time together. It forms those bonds and opens up the lines of communication. Sister Sledge and I are already looking forward to a future lunch at a local tearoom very soon. Reservations have been made and we are already trying to decided what we will order! Good times, with my favorite girlfriend!

The tearoom look can easily be duplicated on a thrifty budget. Shop thrift stores for mismatched tea cups and saucers. The mismatched cups and plates only add to the cottage tearoom charm. Make tea time, anytime by just shopping at the right places and keeping your eyes open for great tablescape finds. Good Luck!
Thank you for dropping by my blog for Thrifty Thursday and to those that popped in from Susan's Tablescape Thursday. I love new friends! Join me for next week's Thrifty Thursday!

Be sure to link and comment as well! Thanks Y'all!


tardevil said...

She is precious all dressed up! Looks like a fun place! Love that mirror! What a great find!

Keetha said...

Oooo-Oooo-Oooo!! I LOVE that tea shop!!!! How fun. I'm coming down there JUST so we can go!!!

We had a lovely restaurant in Bluffton, The Rittenhouse, whose interior decor is very reminiscent of your tea shop. It was my favorite place to have lunch or to host a ladies' event.

once in a blue moon... said...

very cute day!

Shelia said...

There is nothing like a lovely tea and especially with a little sweetie as you have! The table is beautiful and you both look adorable!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Sue said...

What a wonderful post...your daughter is adorable all dressed up like a little lady..what a fun place to enjoy your little girl....I have a little girl I love to do thing with also....she's 33!!

xinex said...

What a lovely experience for 2 lovely maidens!...Christine

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I like the tearoom idea. You got lots of cool pictures. I messed up my perma link this week so I hope you can find me and stop by to see my tablescape. Good luck.

Jenny G said...

Oh Leigh! I absolutely love this tea time you had with your daughter! I would love to do one with my V, where in town is there somewhere? I had looked last year around mother's day to find one to take my mom to, but didn't have any luck!

Leigh said...

Thanks Tardevil. I love that mirror too.

Keetha- Second? You must hit refresh a bit faster!!! I was trying my hardest to get it posted. You make me laugh! I dare you to come down! We would sooooooo go there and eat and play dress up and take silly pictures. To much fun! The food was incredible!!!

Once in a blue Moon- Thank you so much for stopping by! So sweet!

Hi Shelia, Thank you. The staff was wonderful and treated us so well. My daughter had a blast playing dress up.

Sue, where does time go? I wrote that piece when my daughter was 6, she is 11 now, going on 21....but we still enjoy fun times. And you know what, I still love to be with my mom. I see her weekly and we will go for lunch and do something together. I cherish those times. And I am 38!

Xinex- Thanks!

Kathy, you better beleive I will be by! I wouldn't miss YOU! Hugs!

Hey sweet Jenny G!!! The two that I know about are:
(I am going with my friend Joy to this one soon)
Chocolate Biscuit Tea Room
335 Main St
Trussville AL 35173
Phone: 205-655-0119

and the one near us that I have reservations for:

Miss Rosemarie's Special Teas
5299 Valleydale Road Suite 121 Birmingham, AL 35242 - 205.980.8335 -

You should certainly do it. I know your little girl will love it. You should make it a (at least) annual lunch at the tearoom with her. I can just your daughter dressed up sipping tea(or lemonade) out of a china cup. Precious! Take lots of pics! Hey! I have missed you, Jenny!

Kirby3131 said...

That tea room looks like a place my best friend and I would really enjoy. What a great memory.

I love the tile mirror! I would have totally paid $10 for it. As soon as I saw it I wondered how it was made and then you showed me - bless you!

I went a different way with my thrifty thursday - I'll show my collection next week. :)

Candy said...

Looks like you two had a fun time. Love the thrift store tea room idea. Hope you come by and see my rock party table.
Blessings, Candy

xinex said...

Hi again, Leigh! Thanks for coming by. I bought the plates from and the pattern name is Abigail...Christine

Martha said...

What a lovely tea -- and such great pictures.

Jenny G said...

Thanks for all the info Leigh! I will definately be making a date for us soon!

Yes, I have been bad about getting to my blog and others lately, but I am back! Thank you, it's nice to be missed!!!

Chandy said...

Wonderful memories to have! And such awesome pictures! That mirror is so cool!

Bama Belle said...

What a fantastic tea room! That is always so much fun! Thanks for sharing!!!

Wanda said...

I LOVE tea partys, what a special day with your darling daughter.Thanks for sharing.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh fun! When our "grandgirls" get just a little older....We'll have to do teaparties - can't wait!
See ya!

JudyBug said...

Love this post. It looks like you had a wonderful time!


carolinajewel said...

Love your photos of the tea room! Looks like you had a ball! I wish I had something I could post easily for Thrifty Thurs. but I have to be at work in a few minutes - and the work computer has anti-blog and webmail blockers. :( I will prepare something for next Thursday though! :D Jewel

ann said...

That tile is a real steal and the tearoom is so special.You and your d will have memories of this forever...Ann

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Hey Leigh! I enjoyed this post soooo very much. The pictures were great and I loved seeing your precious daughter all dolled up. That table setting was just so fun to see.

You are so right about the mother/daughter bonding. I don't regret a minute a gave up to spend talking with my daughters as they were growing up. They are now grown and we all have the best bond and still talk and talk and talk and...

Loved your post (and your thrifty find!)

Janie's World said...

Going to a tea house always makes you feel so feminine and special - especially when you get to dress up. Women are always girls at heart! Loved it!!!

Wanda said...

Hi Leigh, jusst a quick note to answer your question about my roses on my header. The bush is in my back yard and it is call Eden rose, I think it is one of the best of the old fashioned type roses. It is a stong grower and bloom almost non stop.
P.S Love the hat.

LdyDy said...

What a fun day...and tea tablescape! This brought me fond memories of taking my 2 daughters as little girls to tea and wearing the fun hats and boas...Great memories for sure! Huggy Hugs!

jennifer said...

NEXT WEEK! I will play along next week because I am just not prepared today.

I love the pics of you and your daughter. Looks like a lovely day.

And the ceiling tile? FABULOUS!

Keetha said...

Girl Friend, your little ole Mr. Linky sent me 30 visitors today and I thank ye very much!!!

Sheryl said...

I'm so happy I found your blog! I decided to participate in your Thrifty Thursday. I love thrift store finds!


Cass said...

What a wonderful experience for your daughter .. and for you! I'm glad you are planning on doing it again, at another place. What fun!

I love that tea shop look. When we took our girls to England, we breakfasted most mornings in a tiny tea shop down the street from our hotel; it was so much fun, and just as you would picture it would be!

PS Just found out about your Thrift Thursdays -- I'll be back. I love "recycled" things!

Andy Porter said...

very cute blog. Hope you don't mind that I linked up. I'm kind of new to the blogging community, so I'll try and figure out how to get your button on my blog:)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I looovvveee tea rooms. I've always wanted to have one (then quickly realize how much tea I would have to serve to make a go of it, lol!). The one you're at looks fabulous. I love the little arrangement of food...and love the addition of a little bowl of soup (good one! I'll file that away in my tea room Rolodex :-)

"J" said...

The tea room is soooooooooooooooo cool!!!! You are such a WONDERFUL mom!!!!! I just love it and I love your family and all your stories!!!!! Yall should have your own family TV show!!!! =) The world of TV needs some GOOD back in it!!!!!!! =)

It' an Evolution said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and was reading along...I almost fell off my chair when I read that you called your daughter "Sister Sledge" I call my 8 year old daughter the same thing. Funny enough the first time she really asked my why I called her that I couldn't answer but when we got into the car "we are family" came on the radio immediately. Strange but true...what a hoot.
Love your blog.