Diamond Jubilee Tea Party
It's countdown time...
Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Celebration
is just a little over two weeks away now.
I wish I could be in England
attending some fabulous village street parties
but since I can't
I'll be celebrating here in the States all Jubilee weekend long
with parties of my own.
My Diamond Jubilee celebrations will be mostly tea parties
since I am a huge fan of British afternoon tea.
British Tea Mugs
To set the stage for my tea parties
I've been collecting British Union Jack and British "themed" china.
Thanks to my "very kind and thoughtful" British knitting friends,
(Thank you Jo and Teresa!)
I've even had wonderful tea mugs sent to me all the way from England
for my Jubilee celebrations!
Union Jack pottery
No Jubilee celebration would be complete without
Emma Bridgewater's Union Jack pottery!
I've began collecting Emma's Union Jack pattern
ever since I visited the Emma Bridgewater factory last year.
I knew it would be perfect for my Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Emma also has a limited-edition Diamond Jubilee range
which has been a smashing success!
I love this range and special-ordered a few mugs and plates.
Many of the pieces can be personalized and hand painted by artists
at Emma Bridgewater. I had my tea mugs personalized with
"cuppa" on them since that is so "British" to me!
Queen of Cakes
I've also purchased some new British cook books
to make authentic British tea party treats.
I recently discovered Britain's Mary Berry who is known as the
"Queen of Cakes"
so I had to buy her book called,
I also adore the book Vintage Tea Party which is filled with tea party recipes
and encourages us to bring out our treasured vintage tea things for our tea table.
The author Carolyn Caldicott owned the World Food Cafe in London's Convent Garden.
She has been collecting tea recipes ever since she was a child.
I'm so glad she is sharing them in her darling book!
So now, I'm off to finalize my Diamond Jubilee Tea Party plans.
On the menu already are:
Scones with Devonshire Cream and Strawberry Jam
Coronation Chicken Sandwiches
Egg and Cress Sandwiches
Victoria Mini Sponge Cakes
I think her Royal Highness,
(In the photos: Emma Bridgewater Union Jack & Diamond Jubilee pottery, Mason Cash Knitannia Mug, Waitrose Tea Mugs, Vintage Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Mug