Thursday, June 19, 2014

Anniversary Tea Party

We drove up to the family farm to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. I incorporated cotton elements into our table decor, since cotton is the traditional second wedding anniversary gift. For dinner, we had herb-encrusted sirloin tip arm roast, sweet creamed corn, garlic mashed potatoes, and cheesy Red Lobster style rolls. For dessert, we had strawberry sorbet topped with chocolate-covered strawberries. We also had an unbirthday cake and white chocolate blueberry scones with lemon curd. To drink, we had Bentley's Mad Hatter Tea Party Tea. We went a little over the top, you see ...

I love this old barn with the cow weathervane at the top! We got married outside in the cove on this farm. We have so many wonderful memories here. It is a very beautiful and serene place.


It turned out to be picture-perfect. Mr. Sew Southern bought me rows of flowers with roots for our first wedding anniversary. So we dined among them for our second. Flowers with roots keep coming back year after year. Hopefully, we'll be coming back year after year to dine here.

I found this white rabbit at the local thrift for $3! I fell in love at first sight, so she joined us for tea. She is decorated in her finest tea-party attire, holding onto a wooden spool of cotton thread.

This gold resin "S" was used as part of our wedding decor. I also included some playing cards and a looking glass to complete the look. Mr. Sew Southern is very lucky and is always finding 4-leaf clovers, so one was placed on the looking glass. I used dollies and a crocheted table runner in keeping with the "cotton" theme.

We borrowed some silver from my mother-in-law. These are the white chocolate blueberry scones with lemon curd. They were delightful. I loved how the silver shined in the fading evening sunlight!

The Gold-encrusted Noritake Chocolate Pot (c. 1906) served as the centerpiece, holding raw cotton that was harvested last fall. We scattered vintage wooden spools of cotton thread down the center of the table. Everything sat atop a vintage crocheted table runner that I found in a local junk store. 

We used crystal salt and pepper shakers, iced tea glasses, and sorbet glasses that I found at box sales. The glass dinner plates were found at Dollar Tree. We used them to show-off the gold monogrammed chargers that we received as a wedding gift. The vintage silverware was found at a local thrift.

Who doesn't like Scrabble? 

We borrowed these silver candelabras from my mother-in-law. My talented sister-in-law snagged them up at an estate sale as a sweet Christmas gift. They added the perfect touch to our tablescape, with my whimsically mismatched crystal bobeches. 

A 10-second self-timer and a tripod made this photograph possible. Here's to our second wedding anniversary and to many more to come! Thanks for stopping by!

We linked up at Between Naps On The Porch's Tablescape Thursdays
And at Rose Chintz Cottage's "Savour the Summer" Tea Party
And at Antiques and Teacups' Tuesday Cuppa Tea
And at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog's Tea in the Garden


  1. Wow! Holly you are an amazing young person with all the talent to create this anniversary table.Your bunny has a perfect place for tea with you! The wedding chargers are so beautiful and so glad you shared the menu for it sounds delicious. I hope you take a peek at my week's post of a "Bride's Whimsy" for weddings/anniversary celebrations. You might enjoy the blog Rose Chintz Cottage on monday for her Tea Party link up with everyone posting their tea parties!
    Have a great week!


  2. What a wonderful collection. The weather looks beautiful.

  3. Holly, it looks like you thought of everything - I love your attention to details. Your menus sound absolutely scrumptious. I wish you many more happy years. Ann O.

  4. Lovely, inventive every element. Looks great!

  5. Thanks everyone for your very kind comments! I love reading them all! Thanks for reading!

  6. Lovely table. And so many special details!

  7. Now isn't that sweet - and very creative by the way and congratulations on 2 years! Your table ideas are darling and a lovely setting there! So glad you shared at "Tea In The Garden".

  8. Congratulations on your anniversary! A perfect setting and place. Love the touches you've done for anniversary number two! Very creative! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  9. Happy Second Anniversary, Holly! What a creative table setting! You really thought of everything to make it special for your hubby and you. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Enjoy your day.


  10. Happy Second Anniversary! Your table is so eclectic and lovely--thanks for sharing it and the lovely countryside. It sounds like you had a terrific slightly mad tea party :)

  11. Happy Anniversary. Love the setting today. It is a perfect way to celebrate. Sending blessings your way, Martha

  12. Happy Anniversary. Blessing for many more to come.