A Return to Loveliness

Welcome! I know many of you are still under blankets of snow – I hope all are well.

This is my Valentines Tea featuring a beautiful cloche – Dearest chose for me last Christmas

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On the aged mercury glass cake plate, I placed moss, a sweet white bird and several small, pink, dried rosebuds.

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I am loving the soft, feminine color and flowers of my new Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose teacup and saucer. The silver color is just perfect.

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To join these teacups I am also using my Homer Laughlin – not sure of the name of this pattern.

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For my tea, I am serving fresh strawberries and Nutella Croissants – the recipe’s here.

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There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.  ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
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I love the cloche and the cake plate dearest found -the bird on top is so swee

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In the background, I have another small cloche, some silk flowers…and an angel candleholder.

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Thank you for stopping by and sharing my Valentine’s tea

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A Return to Loveliness

is a blog party I host each week celebrating bringing Loveliness into our lives and into our homes.

to Join

simply create, publish and link your post to the LINKY provided below. Please include a link back to this blog in your post and visit as many of the other participants as you are able.

I am sharing this post with these Delightsome blog parties:


Tabletop Tuesday ~ A Stroll Thru Life

Tea Time Tuesday ~ Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea Cup Tuesday~ Artful Affirmations
Tea Cup Tuesday ~Martha’s Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ Antiques and Teacups
Friends Sharing Tea ~ Bernideen’s Teatime Blog
Share Your Cup Thursday~Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Cottage Style Linky Party~ Lavender Garden Cottage
Home Sweet Home~ The Charm of Home


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  1. Your teaset is very lovely and the teapot charming! Your sweets hit the spot in the dead of winter! Just lovely!

  2. Dear Kathy,
    Oh my, everything looks so pretty. I love the cloches. You do them up so pretty. The tall one is a fabulous shape. Love your teapot too and nutella croissants? Be still my heart. Ha.
    Ruthie from Lady B’s

  3. Your Valentine tea is lovely, Kathy! Your teapot and your teacups are so pretty. Floral is a favorite of mine. I also LOVE the new look to your blog – the background and the header. Everything compliments each other.

  4. I enjoyed your return to loveliness post today. I have not had the opportunity to participate in events like this lately but I still enjoy reading your posts and being inspired. I love your cloche with the sweet bird inside and those croissants do look pretty yummy.

  5. Beautiful tablescape and the food looks yummy! Love your cloche’s…birds are my favorite and the rosebuds are such a sweet touch!
    Hope you’re having a great day!

  6. Such a lovely tea and cloche decoration.

    Kathy, is it me or is there a linky missing?

    Thanks for hosting.

    Happy St. Valentine’s Day, hugs.

  7. Kathy, your table is lovely! I love your china and tea treats. The cloche, I especially like. What a pretty shape! Thank you for sharing and coming to tea. Hope your day is a beautiful one.


  8. Everything about this table is lovely and romantic! Well done.

  9. i enjoyed visiting your beautiful table!

  10. Your Valentine tea is so pretty, Kathy! The tea set itself is gorgeous. Wish I could join you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  11. Everything is feminine and welcoming as usual for tea with you Kathy. You’ve created a couple of charming vignettes under cloches too.
    I don’t see the linky this week either.

  12. Hi Kathy,
    your new Homer Laughlin set is too sweet. I love the colors too. It looks very nice with the pink pattern. Thank you for sharing this nice Valentine’s tea. I couldn’t find a possibility to link in, may be its too early.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  13. Oh so lovely! I think I have a wee bit of Virginia Rose. Is the linky missing?

  14. Your Valentine tea is so lovely! What a sweet hubby to gift you with the cloche! I really like the soft pink roses lining the plate. Beautiful china and yummy dessert! Thank you for hosting your party this week and have a wonderful Valentines Day!

  15. Hi Kathy,

    What a beautiful table you’ve set for this romantic holiday! In the middle of cold, snowy winter, it is a dreamy escape to delicate flowers and delectable desserts! This valentine’s day I heart my sunny skies of home as I am still in chilly Toronto – thankfully surrounded by the love of family and friends!

    Thanks so much for hosting. Have a sweet Valentine’s day!


  16. Lovely, just lovely Kathy!…Christine

  17. Kathy,your tea is perfect. xx

  18. Sorry Kathy,I spelt your name wrong

  19. Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for the party—this is my first time linking up! Your Valentine’s tea looks very inviting. I love the pretty patterns on your tea things!

    I’m hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love to have you join, if you’d like!

    Have a great day!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  20. This table setting is so romantic. I love the dried rosebuds.

  21. Ma chère Kathy,
    Comment ne pas tomber en amour devant de si belles photos… l’atmosphère est si chaleureuse que je partagerais bien une tasse de thé et cette assiette de douceurs est une véritable tentatrice !
    gros bisous à vous.

  22. Love your beautiful cloches, and the roses and little bird are so precious. What a beautiful teascape. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  23. I love how you styled that cloche Kathy with the rosebuds! Just gorgeous! Thank you for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  24. Blessings to you, milady, this Valentine’s Day – and the love of the Lord be with you! Such a sweet tea you have shared and how welcome your spring flowers are in the china pattern! Of course – Nutella is always a treat – though, I admit that the sugar content therein wreaks havoc with my system these days. Oh – but my taste buds do love it! All things lovely here, as usual – thanks so much for keeping goodness and beauty a click away!

  25. Beautiful table, Kathy! Your cloche is so pretty with the rosebuds. Very romantic looking!

  26. Oh just beautiful! What an elegant and romantic tea table for Valentine’s Day! I love it all. Especially the rosebuds around the bottom of your cloche! You really create such beautiful environments : )

  27. Your Homer Laughlin teacups are so delicately pretty and as usual, your table-settings are lovely & inspirational.

  28. What lovely homer laughlin floral teacups! I’m heading over to see the recipe for the nutella croissants now.

  29. I have several Cloches that I love to use for various purposes so enjoyed seeing what you have done with yours. They really make a good thing even more special I think!

  30. Hello, my sweet San Diego friend!
    It’s so much fun returning to SD for visits with our kids. They all loved it so much that decided to make it their permanent home. It’s really our “Home Away From Home”. We now live in the high desert of Central Oregon. We do love it here with less population, incredibly clean air and a slower pace. the snow is nice, too.

    Your post is beautiful. What an amazing table setting. Everything is so eye poppingly gorgeous.
    I love the colors and décor that are present in so many homes in February.

    I’m so glad you stopped by and thank you for your sweet comment.

    Blessings and friendship,
    Carolynn xoxo

    • I often wonder if my memories of San Diego are rosy ones – we live in the Southeast and in a very rural area – love the slower pace of life too

  31. Cloches add such a beautiful sparkle to any tablescape, Kathy! Your’s look so pretty ~ especially surrounded by those darling roses! Thank you for your sweet comments on my Prairie Hearts Tutorial and my new lilac curtains. You are so sweet! 🙂

    xoxo laurie