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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Diamond Jubilee ~ A Feast Fit For A Queen

On Saturday morning I awoke early to decorate our breakfast table for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend celebration.

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The centerpiece featured a vintage biscuit tin celebrating the Queen’s 1952 coronation.  

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I found it last summer at the Rose Bowl Flea Market for $2.50.

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The red roses and blue bachelor buttons came from the Fresh & Easy clearance bin ~ $2.00.

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The white peonies were a bit more at $7, but their lovely fragrance was worth it.


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The tin even has its original lid.

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As I am preparing to move, all of my tablecloths were already packed. Luckily, I had this very generously sized vintage French linen dishtowel. The red stripe reminded me of a flag.

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In my own castle I like to think the napkin ring is accurate. :) The free printable was featured on the DTA Facebook page ~ yet another good reason to visit.

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Mr. D├ęcor was not to be outdone, so he was bestowed with “His Royal Highness”.

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The day prior Sweet Boy and I had constructed a patriotic bunting with a twist ~ the flags were hung with rick rack from our overhead lighting fixture.

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Striped straws were jazzed up with paper punched toppers.

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Here’s what we had for breakfast. It was, after all, tea time in London.

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Don’t be all that impressed. While I generally make my own scones, cream and lemon curd from scratch I am a bit pressed for time at the moment so a mix came in handy.

My dear friend Jenny found the vintage tea towel for me in a thrift store in Texas of all places. Love it!!!

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Scones can be rolled and cut out with a circular biscuit cutter or a quicker method is to mound it up and cut the dough into triangles with a pizza cutter.

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Either method results in one word ~ YUM!

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Our tea of choice was sent to us by Cousin T last year. I had an early morning sip from a cup I also found at the Rose Bowl for $2.50.

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It is a bit worn, but very collectible. Any idea why?

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It was china which was mass produced to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VIII. Of course that never happened as he famously abdicated for love and the Queen’s father, George VI, became King and she became heir to the throne.

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An estate sale find gifted to me by Jenny is a tin featuring Queen Mary…

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… and King George V.

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This biscuit tin was made in celebration of their Silver Jubilee in 1935. Big treasure. Whoever has the lid, please send it to me. :)

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In addition to scones, over the course of the weekend, we also enjoyed tomato (to MAH toe) and cheese pie, toad in the hole and trifle.

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A few of you asked if my family shares my Royal enthusiasm. Let’s just say that they are very enthusiastic when it comes to food. This was a dinner of poached salmon, English peas, potato (po TAH toe) salad and watermelon. The Fashionista opted not to pose.

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The gentlemen rather enjoy a grand opportunity to mug for the camera.

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Pip, pip and cheerio!


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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loveeeeeeee all the photos!! Looks like a fabulous celebration!! LOVING the ones of the boys!! They look like they are having fun!!!

laxsupermom said...

How fun! My boys are also much more appreciative of the food than the tablesettings, but yours is absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing.

jeanetteann said...

Oh Laura,this is a fabulous post, love it all. x

Perfectly Printed said...

Love it!! And especially Mr. Decore and Sweet Boy!!


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

How awesome!!! Your table and treats look wonderful !

Teresa said...

You seemed to have gethered the "All Gang" ahahahah

Lovely and Thoughtful as usual. Well done, way WEEEELLLLL DONE, Laura!

And much more tasteful than 80% of the parties launched for the occasion.

You have a ROYAL HEART :love:


openid said...


Thank you for the smile you gave me this morning. Your table and food are fit for a king -- King Decor and Prince Sweet Boy!

Your Friend,

Michelle said...

This Anglophile is applauding your creativity!! The Edward teacup - what a find!! I have my jar of Double Devon ready for my cream tea. Thanks for sharing!

Jill Elaine said...

:) Love the pics of Mr. Decor and sweet Boy! too cute and funny! Your food looks great - I would have posed for a pic too if I got food like that :)

It's All Connected said...

Those biscuit tins and tea cup are amazing! Of course, the food would turn anyone into a monarchist. Your breakfast table is perfection! ~ Maureen

It's All Connected said...

ps - pinned your breakfast table ~ Maureen

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Fabulous!! Now, what is toad in the hole?

Jeannine said...

You did a right proper job of Breakfast! Congratulations to you and to Her Majesty

Little Leslie said...

You are positively brilliant! I love the authenticity of it all. It's great that HRH and the Prince got in on it, too.
I just sold a cup and saucer of her coronation.

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

What a fun celebration Laura. You definitely hit this one out of the park!

Jingle said...

Oh, how very fun! It looks great!

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

You are having way too much fun...those tins are fantastic...perfect for you!

Auntie Em said...

You really celebrated in style. I love the hanging banners and the crowns are awesome! That and the fact that you got them to wear them for breakfast and for photos!
I doubt the HRM's table looked any fancier! :)

Hollace said...

Love it! Those tins and the cup of Edward are amazing finds. Lucky you.
It is impressive that you can still have such a spirit of fun in the midst of moving. Thanks for the fun post!

Mimi said...

WHAT A GREAT PROPER ENGLISH BREAKFAST!!!!!You did wonderful and I love your party MOOD!!!I would love to be at your table!!!Your royal treasures are indeed treasures...I had alot...but like I have said before after DIANA Passion for the Royals died I sold it all......tossed all my magazines in the 12 or 14 years worth...Hubby was happy...looking back...I am sad about that moment of sadness.....I was SAD......I just could not bear the thought of the Royals with out her...but here we are I have moved on...and I am pleased that CHARLES IS finally happy.....the ROYALS have become modern as it should be.
hugs 2 U,

Blondie's Journal said...

This is wonderful, Laura! I think the Queen would be impressed! Love your flags!


Cristina Garay said...

Great tablesetting, Laura! I love all of your pics, but mostly the one of your royal gentlement! They sure are enjoying their reign!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laura, I absolutely love this, your table is unreal, and the guys just crack me up, how fun is the whole thing. Thanks so much for joining TTT and I can't wait to see you soon. Hugs, Marty

5th and State said...

yum! i will next time try to make my sconces like yours, looks like fun

Karena said...

Laura I love how you are always at the ready for any celebration, even one as grand as this Jubilee!


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Mary Ellen said...

Love your table setting to celebrate the Jubilee of the Queen! Also the pictures in the previous post. I am wondering why is Prince Andrew never with the family?

Liz said...

You have some AMAZING collector items! How fun!! :) That center piece is darling!! Dear me... I'm all exclamations again. :)


Lady Dorothy said...

I just love how you celebrate anything and everything! You, Your Majesty, are a girl after my own heart!

Bonnie said...

How fitting for you to have a jubilee celebration! Love the royal tins and great flowers! Scones are making me hungry. Your table scape is so festive. Makes me want to collect some royal collectibles. I love the tea cups!

Thisdsop9 said...

Nice coverage for such a grand function. Keep it up.

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