For those of you who have been blessed to meet Mr. Décor in person then you know he has a fantastic sense of humor and loves practical jokes. One thing that is no joke is his love for the old country~ he wears the tartan of Clan Gunn proudly.
As with most men of tablescaping wives, Mr. Décor generally says very little when he comes home to cupboards torn apart when I am making an effort to create an elaborate tablescape. He happily eats all of the leftover “staging” bits. But this last weekend he became inspired as he saw me preparing the table with things such as:
My great grandmother Emma’s biscuit jar. (She received this from my great grandfather on the occasion of their first Christmas together. It is over 100 years old.)
Carefully polished silver and embroidered linens.
Teacups at the ready.
Tiny covered tureens with additional silver spoons.
He couldn’t stand it anymore and asked if he could commandeer the kitchen table. Having lived in England for over four years in his mid 20’s Mr. Décor said that he was an expert on what the U.K. actually enjoys during the high tea hour between 4 ~ 5 pm each day. He would like to point out that the inspiration for his High Tea Tablescape comes from this image of the Queen mum herself.
So while my own tablescape will be available for the Royal Wedding Wednesday High Tea Tablescape linky party I thought I would share with you Mr. Décor’s take on the High Tea Tablescape.
Begin with a few of your favorite bar towels garnered from various pubs. This is a man’s tea time tablecloth. Your sleeve will serve as your napkin.
Create an impressive centerpiece of Colman’s mustard, HP Sauce, S & P and malt vinegar.
Fry up some thick chunks of potato wedges then reuse the same old oil to cook a few hunks of cod. Use salt liberally since your wife is not in the room.
Pour yourself a tall, cold imperial pint of lager.
Invite a few of your mates and have a grand time.
Mr. Décor insisted that our esteemed experts, the lovely Susan of Between Naps On The Porch and the gorgeous Yvonne of Stonegable, should include him in the judging to win the following High Tea Tablescape prizes. (I however informed him he is disqualified given his close relationship with prize sponsor.)
But all others are eligible to win the the title of:
“Fit For A Queen”
Includes one vintage organdy hostess apron, 6 vintage cream damask napkins, 1 piece of antique linen edged in tatting, 1 doily, 2 antique linen cup coasters, vintage hanky, 2 antique silver spoons, 2 china mugs, Jacobs cream crackers, Cadbury chocolate, shortbread, lemon curd marmalade, and Typoo tea.
Includes one vintage organdy hostess apron, 6 vintage pink damask napkins, 1 piece of antique linen edged in tatting, 1 doily, 2 antique linen cup coasters, vintage hanky, 2 antique silver spoons, 2 china mugs, Jacobs cream crackers, Cadbury chocolate, shortbread, marmalade and London tea.
I hope you have enjoyed Mr. Décor’s High Tea tablescape and have been inspired to create your own. The linky party will be up at the stroke of midnight Wednesday. As with all linky parties, this is a grand chance to introduce yourself to some fabulous other blogs. I do hope you will take the time to visit at least 3 other entries.
May your own home be your castle,
Laura, the Duchess of Decor