Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beach House Tea Party Tablescape

Hi Gals.  If there are any guys out there, I’d love to know!!!!

Well over the weekend we had a State Government election.  Don’t fret, dear reader, this is not going to be a post about politics.  Although I am very interested in the subject, today I am more concerned with the traditions of the Australian Polling Booth, and what goes on socially, in and around that cultural and democratic hive of activity.


A famous Australian General once said, “There is nothing wrong with this country, that an education and the ballot box can’t fix and I tend to agree.  I love democracy in action down here on the Northern Beaches.  But what about the etiquette of the Australian polling station?  Everyone is very friendly, no matter what the issues or how close the potential result seems.

But most importantly, you are always guaranteed to get a cake stall at the entrance. I mean it's hard to make any decision on an empty stomach. The cake stall is traditionally run by the mothers of Australia, those unsung heroes, raising money for the local hospitals, kindergarten or sports club.  You know, the ones that make this place tick.

It would not be the same if you came away without that all important plate of bickies or loaf of date or banana cake, for morning tea and a post poll casting chat, with husband, mother, girlfriend or any other interested party.

Now girls, I do believe I really really scored at this election…… cause look what I got.  These oh so sweet, little lolly tea cups.  Now as you aware, I didn’t make them, but I think I can pretty well work out how they were made, so the recipe is down below.  Do get back to me if they are a flop and I am sorry in advance, if that is the case.
Another funny thing happened to me at the polling station.  Whilst, I was waiting for Mr Beach House to make up his mind in there,  I think he expected me to coach him on who to vote  for, but I wasn’t going near it, for fear of a backlash.  I noticed an old politician of note, handing out how to vote cards.  Well.....how the mighty have fallen, I thought to myself.  I sidled up to him, with tongue firmly planted in check, to point out to him that it was a sad old day for Labor, when an old Premier ( that’s the equivalent of State Governor for my US readers) has to hand out how to vote cards.  He retorted back, that was, “enough of the old” and that he’d "rather be referred to as a former Premier".  I agreed, gave him my card, we had a laugh and a chat and he promised to have a look at my blog. 

He was a charming fellow, his party lost and he is probably licking his wounds today.  As I walked off I thought to myself.  In what country in the world, could you walk straight up to a person who once held such high political office, jokingly insult him, have a laugh and a chat and still be alive at the end of it.  Only in Australia and that’s why I love this place so much. At the ballot box, not only can you have your say unimpeded, you can buy fabulous little bon bon like these and have a joke with every man and his dog, whom ever they are or were.

Now the election is over for another 4 years. Phew.....the schools and  hospitals will still be run the same as ever, and life will go on as normal.  So lets talk about what really matters, what we are all here for..... all things home and hearth.This tablescape, complete with this vintage china and damask table cloth was inspired by my granny.  You know the one we threw a 100th birthday party for last weekend. Click Here to read about that.

I use them all the time. These pieces are very dear to me, as they were hers and are a connection to her life.

Now before I set the table, I popped these little morsels on my mantel piece for safe keeping. It seems to be my favourite place to photograph small stuff  in cameo, at the moment.  The bon bon started out here, so the Beach House Brats couldn't get to them, before I shot them.  Suffice to say,once the camera was put away, my little darlings were falling all over themselves to get to them.  I must be mad, a rainy weekend and two kids dosed up to pussies bow, with sugar.  Then there's Mr Beach House pretending he is a bachelor, out on the high seas.  The high seas on a wet and windy weekend or these little babies washed down with my favourite cup of tea. I know where I'd rather be.  We had heaps of fun on our Sunday at home, throwing back theses little babes. The last one made it into a school lunch this morning.

I hope you enjoy the shots below. 

Tea Cup Lolly Recipe
I packet of any round bitter type biscuit (tick tocks) are used here
1 quantity of icing (frosting) divided into 3.  Use your choice of food colouring on each of the quantities of icing.
1 packet of white and pink marshmallows
2 packets of musk lifesavers. Cut each life saver in half with a shape knife
1 packet of chocolate freckles
Ice biscuits with varying colours
Place 1 marshmellow on iced biscuit, use a little icing to attached the chocolate freckle to the top of the marshmallow.  Attach the half lifesaver to the marshmallow, to form the handle,  using the icing as well.  Allow to set. Serve with your favourite cup of tea or coffee .  And enjoy.

Enjoy your tea my lovelies
Until tomorrow
Lots O' Love Carolyn
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  1. I love this post! I love everything!!!! The tea cup cakes make me want to go out and eat something sweet to. Your table and tea set looks so posh too.

  2. I just love it when a girl can cook up a gorgeous post by mixing pretty 'tea cup cupcakes' and old, sorry 'former' premiers! :)

    Delightful post my friend. I loved every aspect of it.

    xx Charlotta

  3. I totally love this! The cakes tea cups and the porcelain ones are gorgeous!!! I like the recipe, I know my granddaughters would love making them!

  4. Well loving this post, totally me, those little 'cup of tea' cakes are so swee., I would certainly like to have a cup of tea and cakes around that lovely table x

  5. Beautiful! The little cookie tea cups are adorable! I enjoyed this post very much!


  6. Cute. I love your tea set and you did a wonderful tablescaping job!
    While those little lollie cups are not vegan because marshmellows and tiktoks are not, I will allow it because it's just your general idea, you could easily make that vegan! Hmm... I so need to buy some vegan marshmellows now! YUM!!!

  7. Darling, sweet, girly, LOVE! winks- jen

  8. Well, Carolyn, you got me with those darling cookie teacups! Those are the cutest things I have seen in a while. Your vintage china is gorgeous and I love that pattern with the lovely roses! Thank you for joining me for tea. It's been a pleasure having you and I'm your newest follower!


  9. A pretty table and those teacups!!!! So clever!

  10. Oh, these are just as cute as can be! I love them! Thanks for the recipe. Being an American, I'm not sure of some of the ingredients, but I think I could improvise.

    I just loved this post...


    Sheila :-)

  11. How fun!! I love the tea cup lollies!! I've never seen anything like it! Love your tea cups. Roses are my absolute favorite!!
    Beautiful post!


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