This week I am sharing all things French, ‘the Eiffel Tower, Limoges and macarons.’ A busy summer has resulted in fewer tea posts although I have peaked at yours throughout the season. However, few months ago, I hinted about an upcoming trip to France.


It is this week that I travel with 14 other ladies to Paris and French Riviera. It’s an unimagineable dream come true for myself and sister as we have never been abroad as they say. In our free time, we plan to visit Laduree and Angelina’s for tea and pastries. I wish you all could come along. I plan to share my French tea adventures.

I am sharing late this week with Antiques and Teacups, Bernideen’s, and Rose Chintz Cottage.


Hydrangea Tea Cup

This week I brought out three cups and saucers from my china cabinet that two other bloggers commented on in a previous post.  Deborah at The Beautiful Matters and Linda at More Fun Less Laundry picked out some their favorites:


Since hydrangea plants are in their summer glory in my area, this week I will focus on the vintage hydrangea teacup by Paragon.


It is photographed with blooms from my Bombshell Hydrangea which in reality has white blossoms.


The thin bands of gold that decorate this cup is simple but elegant. Note the handle.


The cup is circa 1939-1949 per its double backstamp.


Sharing tea items this week with Antiques and Teacups, Bernideen’s and Martha’s Favorites. Although a post from Rose Chintz Cottage is missed this week, I am sure Sandi is happy spending with family.

Have a nice week,


A Summer Tea Outing

This past week I enjoyed a special tea with two dear friends. A summer afternoon was spent having tea at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. This summer they have a special exhibit of the wedding gowns from several generations of the Ford family brides.


The Gate House to Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

The tea was held in the Cotswald Cafe within the Visitor Center.fordcotswald

While waiting in the lobby, I had a pleasant surprise, Phyllis from The Relevant Tea Leaf arrived with her lovely daughter Lori who took our photo. A coincidence was that Phyllis and I were wearing similar tops. As they say “great minds think alike.”


Jill & Phyllis

We then went to our respective tables to be served a new-to-me brand of tea, “Tea Forte.”


Perhaps some of the tea connoisseurs are familiar with this brand. I chose the English Breakfast as did my friend who is British. She much prefers the classic teas over the herbal or flavored ones.

The tea comes cleverly packaged and when opened it is in its own diffuser.


The tea caddy was full of savories which we found satisfying. My English friend noted that cream/milk and lemon were not served with the tea as is proper.


Following our hour-long chat while we sipped tea and nibbled on finger foods, we went to the South Cottage (within the Gate House) and viewed the wedding gowns from several generations of the Ford Family brides. Oh my, they were beautiful. A plethora of satin, beads and European lace.


Back View of the Gate House

Eleanor Hudson married Edsel Ford (son of Henry Ford) in 1916, thus the name of the summer-long exhibit, A Century of Love.  While using my phone camera, it was difficult to get decent photos of the full gowns. Therefore, I will show close-ups of gowns in order for you to see the exquisite details. It was interesting to note that some Ford brides chose classic gowns and some chose wedding dresses from their era. As we were visiting the exhibit near closing time, I did not properly identify the gowns with the bride. We were also sidetracked and in awe of the beautiful dresses. My apologizes. Since my original post it has come to my attention that the last gown I featured belonged to Elizabeth Ford Kontulis. 


Wedding Gown of Eleanor Hudson Ford ~ 1916



Bridesmaid Gown from Eleanor’s 1916 Wedding







Elizabeth Hudson Ford Kontulis ~ 1987 Wedding


The display card noted that the lace bodice was imported from Europe and chosen by an historian.

It was a delightful July afternoon which included friends, tea, beads, satin and lace. To see more and/or different photos, please visit Phyllis at Relevant Tea Leaf as she will also soon do a post regarding her tea at the Ford House.

Should you be in the Metro Detroit area this summer and/or in the future, I highly recommend visiting the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House which is open to the public. The grounds are lovely and the house is beautiful although we did not tour house on this tea visit.

Sharing my tea outing with