Monday, March 8, 2010

Afternoon Tea with Cheese-and-Thyme-Butter Sandwiches




After the gray days of winter, a sunny afternoon is a reason to celebrate.

Now that my appetite has returned (with a vengence), I made thyme butter ...

...for cheese-thyme-butter tea sandwiches.

Thyme Butter

1 tub whipped butter

finely chopped thyme--remove stems, if possible

Let butter soften, add thyme, and blend. Spoon butter into a mold or small bowl. You can even use individual butter bowls (such as egg cups). Refrigerate until ready to serve. This is fragrant and fresh, perfect for warm bread, tea sandwiches, or grilled shrimp.

I found the white tea cups at my favorite antique mall.

Through the windows, you can glimpse the winter-pale backyard...

...but the pond is peaceful year-round.

For a quick change, I removed the daffodil bowls, changed the napkins, and put down Italian pottery (yes, Dr. Gollum, I do, too, need more dishes. And they needed me. Plus, they were majorly marked down at the antique mall).



Here, I layered two different April Cornell napkins:




Mister waits paitently for his tablescaping mistress to reward him with a little cheese.



I'm linking to Marty'sTabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life.


and
Tea Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor.


and
Rondi's Tea Party Tuesday.


and Tam at Three or More Tuesday.
If you want to be inspired, visit these lovely ladies and enjoy a spot of tea while you peruse the beautiful photographs and links to tea gorgeous parties.

Tablescaping Notes

white cups/saucers -- Adams Ironstone "Empress"

daffodil bowls/saucers -- Horchow

napkins -- April Cornell

Tablecloth, amber crystal, and white pottery sandwich tray -- vintage

Floral tureen -- Fitz & Floyd

54 comments:

  1. Hi Michael,
    It's all stunningly beautiful! It's as if you've captured the radiance of the sun, and it's emanating from your beautifully set tea table. The sandwiches are beautiful too, and they sound delicious! Love the views outside your window. Your world is lovely, inside and out!

    Warm regards,
    Bill

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  2. What a lovely place for tea. The yellow tablecloth does so much to brighten the winter blues, and I love those wonderful bowls. Your header is gorgeous! laurie

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  3. I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw the daffodil bowls...love them! It is wonderful to see such a table full of sunshine. I'm glad you are feeling better:)

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  4. Oh I so agree with Bill, this is just stunning. You know how much I love our tureen. The bowls are just gorgeous. You do have such a beautiful way of arranging a tablescape. I just adore this setting. Thanks so much for joining the party. This is truly a delight. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Wow! So much warmth and so inviting. As I sit here in my wool sweater (even though I'm in California, it's cold today) you make me want to just bask in the sun and dream of the warm days ahead.

    Just lovely!

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  6. Everything looks beautiful!! What a sweet little dog. Love & blessings from NC!

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  7. How SUNNY! Your tablescape is a refreshing look to summer! Your tea sandwiches make my mouth water! I am absolutely in LOVE with the gorgeous flower shaped bowls - how unique!

    DD

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  8. This looks like "High Tea". What a bright sunny layout with the yellow. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. SO inviting. Love the tureen.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  10. I'm just drooling over that breathtaking soup tureen! It is absolutely gorgeous and makes the perfect centerpiece on your table! Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful eye candy.

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  11. Wow...this is soooo beautiful! I LOVE yellow...and you're tablescape makes me smile! It's like a ray of sunshine! Stunning pics! I love the layering of the napkins and your gorgeous pottery! Mister is sooo precious!

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  12. Love your header! I adore the daffodil bowls! The sunny yellows are so beautiful at the window looking out at the pond and your fences. You have me wanting to move my house a little closer to the ponds.lol Oh, I love the tea cups you found. The setting with the green napkins is so lovely. I love how you just change out a few dishes and napkins and you have two lovely settings! Spring is on it way for with your table setting I think I would just leave it up, for it so cheery, for the winter blues we are all having! I love the stemware, the platter of Thyme and cheese sandwiches with these lovely setting. I love growing herbs, I will have to try the thyme butter! Mister looks so cute waiting on you! Thank you so much Michael for joining me today!

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  13. This is so bright, sunny and beautiful! I think depressed people should come her cause they will definitely feel joy....Christine

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  14. My Mr. Linky went away can you come back and link your post to Tea Time Tuesday. So Sorry

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  15. Love your beautiful tablescape...what a gorgeous tureen you have. Hope you have a wonderful week:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  16. Thank You, for offering! He back up and seem to be running OK. Things are out of line some, but I leaving it! I do not want it to disappear again. I posted early just in case! lol Now I up watching it. lol

    Glad your feeling better! I just love the yellow, I going and getting me a yellow table cloth and some daffodil flowers, since I can't have the bowl. lol Oh, your drapes look great! I kept wondering how you had the blinds in and then I got to see it wonderful!

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  17. Love that soup tureen & the floral bowls. They look so nice paired w/ the 'butter' yellow. Also like both sets of napkins, drapes & way the sunlight hits the table. So, when are you writing a lifestyle/entertaining book?

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  18. What a great idea! These sandwiches look so good!

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  19. This is so beautiful...I love the yellow cloth and napkins, the china, and those yummy tea sandwiches. A beautiful display!

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  20. Michael, Perfect place to tea after the winter mst of us have had. I could feel the warmth and the colors you chose add to that. The yellow is my favorite, it is stunning.

    Barbara

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  21. Michael, this setting couldn't be more perfect. Bill is right- your world is, indeed, lovely. And Dr. G sounds like my hubby- "WHY does anyone need all these dishes??!!"
    Just because
    xoxo Pattie and Allie

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  22. I love the bowls! Another collection I will have to make note of for future reference...

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  23. lovely arrangement with so much care put into it- i am loving that gorgeous tureen-I have a few f&f pieces-none as lovely as yours.

    we play tea time at my house with much simpler foods- my 6 yr old is my main guest and strongly influences the menu- will have to do some more grown up tea sandies with my gf's soon. thanks for the inspiration.

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  24. What pretty settings! Really like the one with the bowls. The sandwiches sound and look so good - I need a couple of those for breakfast this morning. :) Glad to hear you are much better.
    Have a great week.

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  25. Hello Michael Lee~ ~
    You have some of the most amazing dishes and I just love stopping by to see what in the world you are up to.

    Please tell Dr. Gollum that We do so much appreciate it that he hasn't put his foot down on your dish buying frenzy. He might want to consider building you another pantry so you have more room to store them. It's so much fun to have some delightful thing that you love to collect, isn't it? I went antiquing this Sunday with a friend but I didn't find a thing that I couldn't live without, but we did have fun!
    Have a wonderful day~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  26. I'm back to mention the lovely copper pan that you are so kindly giving away.

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  27. 'They' just don't quite get it that each occasion calls for new dishes.

    I love your Springy tablescape - light, airy, just make me want to skip through a flowered meadow. I love the soup tureen!

    Oh that I could find an invitation in my mail to a most lovely tea such as this!

    xoxo
    Deborah in NC

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  28. Oh my goodness...that was just beautiful. I'm normally not a fan of yellow, but I think you may have converted me. So...did you use a kitchenaid mixer to make the butter? And I bet a pear and some treble clefs would go great on that table... :-)

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  29. I am so glad you joined the tea party today. Your tablesetting is so cheerful and sunny with all the yellow, just the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea with friend. Thanks for the recipe for the sandwiches. We have rosemary in our garden so I am going to try that instead of the thyme and see how it works.

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  30. What an awesome spring table, and the sandwiches sound delicious. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. And Lucy is like Mister; she likes cheese too.

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  31. your table looks perfectly divine! do you mind if I pull up a chair and have a bit of tea with you???

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  32. Oh my goodness, what an absolutely breathtaking little table scene that is! The sandwiches look so good and very English. My fiance laughs at me because I eat butter and cheese sandwiches:)

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  33. How beautiful your table looks, I wish I'd been able to join you as it all looks so inviting.
    Doesn't the sun make such a difference to the way we feel?
    Glad you are fully recovered now.
    Best wishes,
    Rose

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  34. Yellow just IS Spring, isn't it?

    Scribbler
    http://scribbler-unfocused.typepad.com/

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  35. Oh so sunny and yellow and PRETTY!
    I can feel the warmth at that table.
    I just went out to the winter bare yard to cut some forsythia to force. Hope it blooms, so yellow and pretty!
    Thank you so much for putting my St. Patrick's Day Party up..:)

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  36. Beautiful. Looks delicious. I'll bet you could whip that up with a Kitchenaid mixer and serve it with the Trebel Clef flatware. :-)

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  37. So beautiful, and the pond in the background is just breath taking. I am a new follower of your too.

    Very warm and inviting. Love it!

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  38. So pretty!! Those sandwhiches are a work of art. I need to come up with a tea sandwhich that is gluten free and fat free....hmmmmm--perhaps some fat free humus with herbs and onions on some gluten free bread. Ah well.Love your window area!

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  39. Michael, this is wonderful. I love the setting and the little sandwiches are perfect.

    Now I am thinking about painting my bistro set yellow.:-)

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  40. Michael, this is wonderful. I love the setting and the little sandwiches are perfect.

    Now I am thinking about painting my bistro set yellow.:-)

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  41. Hi Michael,

    You've created another lovely table. I'm ready for some warm, sunny days as well. The tureen is splendid! I plan on trying these little sandwiches. Your photos are beautiful as well!

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  42. Everything in your blog is outrageously beautiful. It is truly amazing. I love these sandwishes. They are not only beautiful but look super yummy. Thank you so much for sharing all of this magnificence with us. Cheers, Lia

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  43. This is stunning so warm and inviting...thanks for sharing...Pat H

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  44. Hello Michael,

    What a very lovely place for tea. It just just radiating with sunshine. The sandwiches sound delicious! I love those daffodil bowls.

    ~ Tracy

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  45. Your blog is stunning and this tea party post is so quaint! LOVE all your china pieces!!!

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  46. Darling your blog is bursting at the seams with creativity, colour and beauty. I enjoyed taking tea with you this afternoon. So glad I stumbled upon your blog, now I have a lovely place to visit daily.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  47. Such a bright and beautiful tea setting. Love your china.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  48. Michael, this setting positively bGLOWS/b with warmth & charm...a lot like YOU! :D The light & the settings are just glorious & you've got a wonderful little supervisor there. Please pat "the Mister" on the head for Nana Rett & tell him "Good Poochie" he is adorable & good company for you, I bet.
    I'm glad you've recovered from the food poisoning. Nasty-yucko! You may never eat pizza again.

    Can't wait till Friday...I'm using my Irish mugs for Foodie Friday. :)

    Thanks again,
    Rett

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  49. Gorgeous and sunny - just like the weather today! Your thyme butter sound so good. I will have to try it!

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  50. The thyme butter looks marvelous!!

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  51. Michael Lee, Such a sunny daffodil yellow table. Yellow is my favorite color and your table is a springtime delight. I a very taken with your daffodil plates and bowls with those yellow checked napkins. So pretty. And the setting is perfect!
    Yvonne

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  52. Michael Lee... this is STUNNING! It looks like a veritable breath of spring! Oh, how pretty. You are socking it out of the ball park with your photographs, too. That one shot that is so golden was mesmerizing. Just gorgeous! And the sandwiches look pretty amazing, too. And who can resist Mister in all of his adorableness??? Oh, he's cute!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  53. Michael, does it get any prettier than this? The glow of that table is amazing. Love each and every detail. You take awesome photos.
    Thanks for inviting us to tea.
    And by the way. . . Treble Clef.

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  54. so pretty I fall in love with your blog the more I read your so talented!!!

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