Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An Anne of Green Gables Birthday Tea

Dear Friends,

For Tasha's birthday yesterday we hosted an "Anne of Green Gables" tea party with a friend of ours.
It would have been wonderful to have had you there as well, but, since you weren't, allow us to show you what we did in pictures. . .

For the centre piece there was a freshly gathered bouquet of Queen Anne's Lace blossoms--so perfect for the occasion!

 Tasha setting the silverware before we began.

 There were many delicious things to eat that we mentioned in the Anne books including:

 "Anne Shirley’s 'Unpoetical' Sandwiches"
"The girls sat down by the roots and did full justice to Anne’s dainties, even the unpoetical sandwiches being greatly appreciated by hearty, unspoiled appetites sharpened by all the fresh air and exercise they had enjoyed."— Anne of Avonlea

Plain old cherries.

And plain old peaches. 

"Susan Baker's Monkey Face Cookies"

"In a very brief time everything had changed. Walter was in bed, warm, fed, comforted. Susan had whisked on a fire, got him a hot cup of milk, a slice of golden-brown toast and a big plateful of his favourite “monkey face” cookies..." Anne of Ingleside

More "Unpoetical Sandwiches".

"Diana Barry’s Splendid Lettuce Salad"
Oh, Anne, mayn’t I help you cook the dinner?” implored Diana. “You know I can make splendid lettuce salad.” — Anne of Avonlea

In the back of the plate can be seen a good-for-you "Anne Shirley's Lady Fingers:"
  "I’m going to have the daintiest things possible. . . things that will match the spring, you understand. . .little jelly tarts and lady fingers, and drop cookies frosted with pink and yellow icing. . ."
— Anne of Avonlea
(What we really ate were coconut-date rolls)

And now here we are going to the party. . .

As a present, our friend brought another bouquet of other beautiful flowers!


Hyrum stole a lot of attention with his adorable looks and handsome overalls.

We all donned tea party hats—fancy and un-fancy alike—which added to the party.

After we were finished with the tea, Audrey gave us recitation of "Music" by Percy Bysshe Shelly:
"MUSIC, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory;
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.
Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heap'd for the beloved's bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on."

Our hostess "Anne". . .with almost the hair colour that she wanted. :)

It was such a lovely party and we did have a splendid time.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoying our tea party through the pictures.

Marqueta (. . .and Tasha, who write this post!)


  1. Very lovely indeed, everything.....the tea, the food, the words, but most especially the birthday young lady........blessings to all of you dear friends

  2. I have been requesting to be your friend on facebook'''Dottie Chaddock ..I have missed you Smiles,Dottie

  3. lovely. It made my heart sing

  4. How precious. ,,she will remember this birthday for quite a while :)

  5. Birthday memories to treasure always... Looks like a great day!
    Thank you for sharing Marqueta...

  6. Thank you for sharing your special occasion. The colors of the flowers on the table, flowers in dresses, the healthy, summery and deliciously food (all my favorites) the vintage china, and the whispers of quotes from Anne, are magical.

  7. Oh, what fun we had, mother! :) Thank you for the fun time.
    Love ~ Tasha

  8. Happy belated birthday, Tasha! How I would have loved to join you for your tea. I just clipped a recipe for raspberry cordial and am anxious to try and share it. And the raspberries are ripe now also. My mother used to make monkey face cookies. It was always fun to see what expressions would come from the oven. That can't be little Hyrum? My! Where does the time fly?

  9. Oh, now that was absolutely LOVELY! I now feel that I really need to put on a tea party here, but may I say happy birthday to Tasha! What beautiful people, so wonderfully dressed up to escape to a place and time and festivity that is rarely seen today! Marqueta, it's really lovely to see you! And congratulations on your new baby...everything is so lovely! So great to see your visit well! Anita

  10. Nothing "plain old" about those peaches or any of the rest of that beautiful spread. A lovely birthday event. I especially delight in the the little details, like the nasturtiums on the sandwiches.

  11. Marqueta, what a perfectly lovely tea party! A very happy birthday to Tasha. Your flowers are so gorgeous!

    PS Thank you so much for the letter. Loved it and I will write back soon!


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