Monday, May 24, 2021


 Monday, May 24 was Queen Victoria's birthday. (1819) 

I decided to invite some special ladies for an Afternoon Tea to celebrate.  I did some special sewing for the occasion and this
is the back of my large tea cozy:

I also made some napkins.   I will be posting some of these cozies to sell on my Etsy site this week. My tablecloth topper was a print copied from a tablecloth with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration motif.

 I was being tight with my fabric so
I made a couple toppers as I really
wanted us to sit outside on the deck.
We have had cool weather but the
projected day was expected to be hot
so I wasn't so sure about being outside.

  I love the 
history of Queen Victoria. I am also
very interested in the character
and integrity of Prince Albert.
I am sure you probably watched the
PBS television series "Victoria".  I
purchased the CD music on ebay
to play for the
 ladies during
 our tea.
You may recognize these ladies who
I knew before I moved to Missouri as
I "met them" through blogging!

I love the little finger foods for
Afternoon Tea.  As you probably know
this is often mistakenly called "High 
Tea" but that is not the correct term.
I am sorry I didn't get a picture of my
food items.  We started with a salad of
mixed greens, peas, crunchy onion rings,
cheeses, mushrooms and nuts.

Then 3 savories were:  Ham biscuits with hot pepper peach preserves, little asparagus, mushroom, onion and parmesan quiches and cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese and dill.  My scones were lemon with cream.  For dessert we had a Queen Victoria Sponge Cake.

I have shared my 1851 Great Exhibition
souvenir pieces already on this site.
Karen has these pieces and after seeing
her's, I got interested in finding some myself.
Most of mine came from a gal in the 

First we enjoyed iced tea and then 
with dessert we had hot tea.  The tea
was a gift from Donna Hardin at
Iowa and it was a black tea with orange.
It was delicious!

When these friends come to my house or I go to their's, we always bring a little hostess gift which is so fun.  It just wanted you to see the bag Janice (Curtains In My Tree blog) made  with her gift:

Do you like learning about
Queen Victoria?


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a fabulous tea party you had for friends, Bernideen. Your menu sounded perfect and all your sewing projects were so pretty.

Betty said...

What a beautiful tea party you are having. It looks like everyone is enjoying it.

Deanna Rabe said...

How fun! My son shares a birthday with Queen Victoria.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bernideen, your tea party is lovely, and the food you served was perfect! The cake looks especially good to me because I've been wanting to make one myself the last few weeks. Our Victoria Day was a bit chilly here so there was no barbecue but folks always enjoy having a long weekend. Queen Victoria was quite a lady and I'm glad Canada celebrates her on her birthday.

Lynn said...

What a lovely way to entertain good friends. It looks like a wonderful tea and I'm so glad that you all were able to get together. I so enjoy looking at the pictures it makes me feel like I'm actually inside of a tea shop myself.

Anonymous said...

Lovely post! Lovely party. xo, V

Sarah said...

Just lovely! Yes, I'm a fan of Queen Victoria's and enjoy learning about her life. I was a fan of the series, and had hooped it would pick back up. I miss it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful teatime.

Tammy H said...

Your Afternoon Tea menu sounds delicious and you had such lovely decorations to commemorate Queen Victoria. What a fun tea to share with friends. You're one special, caring lady!

Hilltop Gardener said...

What a perfect afternoon tea. The food was delicious and since I am a salad
fan I loved the salad and the special salad dressing. The french fried onion rings I had never eaten in a salad and that was an amazing addition. You will always learn something new about giving a proper tea or new recipes when you are one of Bernideen's guests. The afternoon wouldn't be complete without a garden stroll through Bernideen's lovely garden. I was so fortunate to leave with a beautiful Sweet William in hand. If you want to try a new iced tea try the one above. I am ordering it. It was delicious. Thank you Bernideen for a lovely afternoon with dear friends.