Monday, July 22, 2013

FABBY: Lovely Tablecloth Find

Hello sweet friends!

     I made a small tea table for my friend Carmen who had a birthday yesterday, July I baked for her an 'Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze' and the recipe is at the end of this post.

My other good news is that our local beautiful home store had a great Anniversary sale and I was so lucky to buy two gorgeous tablecloths! This lovely square lace-openwork tablecloth, was with a 50% off and the other is a white embroidered huge one for my formal dinner table, that was with a 60% off, which I will make a table scape with it for Kathleen's white party at 'Let's Dish' the 31st. of this month. Anyway, hope you like my new tablecloth find and the cake.

                                      Here I used my reticulated tea cups and cake plates to go with the
openwork beige new tablecloth and instead of the same tea set, I decided on another set with pretty flowers for a touch of Summer.

Don't you love the openwork-lace around it?.. this tablecloth is square, much better as the fall is so much prettier than of the round least I prefer the look of square cuts for round tables.

Here is the lovely center work in it too. My reticulated tea cups, saucers and cake plates to go with the color and style of the tablecloth.

Some tea anyone?

This gorgeous tea set, (if I may so myself) in ivory color with flowers from a few years ago, is made in the Philippines; specially for this store, as they have many things made just for them, in India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines in this case, and I imagine other countries too. I am thrilled because of my two very loved blog friends, Christine from Christine Home and Travel Adventures and Chie from Chubby and Chic...who are both from the Philippines.

The cute tea napkins are perfect for this linen and were from my Mil's tea napkin stash, along with my mom's First Communion, Antique sterling set of tea spoons, which I have a dozen. Mother also made for me the crocheted doily under the tea set.

Love the cheap astromelias from the grocery store; I always buy them for the house as they're $1.17 and so pretty... and also my Lady Carlyle three tier server I bought early this year.

The " Orange Bundt Cake with Orange glaze." I have the recipe for you ladies who'd like to have it, at the end of this post. The cake stand with pedestal was DIY'd by me and I also made another in blue glass too. I will make a post one of these days.

Our breakfast room area, which also helps when we have many guests, as it's next to the formal dining area.

I haven't done anything about fixing, or changing two things here...#1-our pug Ben who died almost three years ago just chewed the legs of this table and #2- he also loved to sleep under it in this old and ugly white rug, lol..  I wonder if it has something to do with missing Ben so much...

Thank you lovely friends for visiting me, as you always make my day!

I appreciate the great parties such wonderful ladies host each week.


 'Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze'

1 Cup soft butter (unsweetened)
1 Cup sugar
3 eggs
1 Cup sour c ream
1 3/4 Cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tblesp. grated orange peel
2 Tbsp. cocoa
2-3 tsps. cinnamon
1/2 Cup sugar for sprinkling in pan.

For the glaze:
1/2 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup fresh pure orange juice

Preheat oven at 325F.
 In large bowl of electric beater, cream butter,sugar and add eggs one at a time while you beat.
Add the sour cream, flour, orange peel and stir in slowly until combined.

Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. In a small bowl just mix 1/2 C. sugar, cinnamon and cocoa. Sprinkle in pan a couple of Tabls. and leave 1/3 Cup for later. 
Pour the cake batter and sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture on top of cake.
Bake cake for 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on pan. Than when totally cool brush the glaze.

Make Glaze

Cook in a heavy sauce pan the sugar and orange juice and make it a little thick. Let cool and brush on top of cake, if you want make small holes with a toothpick and pour all the remaining glaze on top of it.

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  1. HI Dear Fabby! Oh, my what a beautiful tablecloth and the tea service is gorgeous. Your cake looks and sounds yummy! Wish I could pop in for a cuppa! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Your table settings are always so divine Fabby! The table cloth matches perfectly, thanks for the recipe too!

  3. Fabulous! I love your tea set.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  4. What a gorgeous tablecloth, Fabby! I love the cut-work lace on it and the tea set too is very beautiful! I always enjoy reticulated china and yours is so lovely! A slice of your cake would be wonderful with a cup of tea. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea with me this week.


  5. That looks so wonderful and delicious !!!
    I love the tablecloth and the tea service. The cake, the cake.... oh yummyyyy !!!
    Have a great day.

  6. Hi Fabby,
    What a beautiful table settings! Love those teacups, and that cake looks divine! Thank you very much for sharing the recipe with us!

  7. OMG Fabby, this tablescape is lovely! I wish I could find a tablecloth like yours around here... the tea set is divine, and the cake looks delicious!
    Thanks so much for sharing, you really inspired me.

  8. So many beautiful things to see! I lingered over each photo.....
    Thank you for including the recipe. I'm to make a cake for church tomorrow and plan to USE this recipe!!

  9. Such a beautiful table, and the cake!....looks delicious!

  10. Beautiful table and your cake looks very good. I just know you had a great time. xoxo, Susie

  11. Hi Fabby! The tablecloth is gorgeous and it's always fun to get a bargain. Your tea service looks so pretty all set on your new cloth. I love it!

  12. Hi Fabby I just love the tablecloths and your chandelier that you have. You are really good at entertaining and have beautiful taste in interior decorating
    Julie from

  13. Another beautiful tea party at your lovely home. The cloth is gorgeous as are all the details of this table.

  14. What a beautiful tablecloth Fabby! You are right about a square cloth on a round table, it just lays so much better. I love all of your china and silver. And the flowers just pop! I also love the memory of the table legs :-) I know when Max goes on his own final trip, I will see the memories he left behind and smile :-)

  15. Oh Fabby: This is FAB-U-LOUS! I used to sell some wonderful things from the Philippines and then the company folded. They had great tea sets so I was very sad! Yours is really lovely!
    You need to change my link address as that is the old one:
    new one:

  16. Hi Fabby: Your home is amazing. I love the dishes you shared today. You are right, they go perfect with the new tablecloth. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  17. Just gorgeous!! I have 3 boys and am drowning in all the 'maleness' round here a bit. Come spring (it's winter here) I'm planning a beautiful, feminine, tea party.

  18. You tea table is absolutely gorgeous!

    I love your pretty feminine china, and that bundt cake I could dive into!

    How I would enjoy coming to your lovely home for tea time.

  19. Dearest Fabby,
    Your new tablecloth drapes so softly and prettily on that beautiful table. Legs and all; poor pug Ben left literally some 'tooth of time' marks. And so what? That is life and as pretty as your home is, it is never supposed to be a sterile showcase!
    You always lay out the cutlery pieces so elegantly and your flowers... and the beautiful china.
    Okay, I must hit the mattress in a hurry but this makes for good dreams!

  20. The tablecloth is so lovely as is the entire setting! I want to copy down that recipe for the cake, too.

  21. The tablecloth is gorgeous and so is the teaset.

  22. Hi, Fabby! I have friends who still have remnants of their pets who have passed away. One friend still has the dog bed in which her dog died, even though she no longer has a dog. She just wants to keep it as a reminder of him and so that she can smell him whenever she wants to! So it's not weird that you haven't gotten rid of the rug or repaired the table legs. It's a part of your memories with a beloved pet.

    I love the way the cutwork of the tablecloth works so well with the dishes!!! Beautiful!!! I'm sure you and your friend enjoyed the cake, too!

  23. Hello Fabby,
    You have really outdone yourself with this amazing tea table! I give half the credit to your newest fabulous tablecloth! Wow! You are so lucky! Yay! It really does show off your table and makes everything look so elegant.
    What a delicious bunt cake too!
    I hope you are having a lovely summer. I am sorry about missing dear Ben...I totally understand why you may not want to fix the table. I have a beautiful handmade secretary desk, that my little Betsy chewed on the corner. Every time I see it I see her as a puppy, and it brings me a smile. So I leave it that way : )

  24. Everything is so beautiful. You are right when you say the square tablecloth looks so much nicer on the round table. I wish I could come for tea. Have a good week.

    Letters from the Shore

  25. Your table settings are always so beautiful, however this tea set is simply stunning! I wish we lived closer, I'd love to come have a cup of tea with you ♥

  26. Dear Fabby, thank you so much for your sweet visit. It makes me smile.
    I always adore your beautiful dishes and vignettes. I wish I could join you in a cup of tea. Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for your encouraging words. xoxo Linda

  27. The tea table is so pretty, Fabby. The cloth is amazing!

    The cake sounds delish!

  28. Your tablecloth is absolutely lovely, Fabby. And all of your beautiful china pieces make a perfect setting for tea! I'd love to join you for some of that delicious looking cake!
    Mary Alice

  29. I truly enjoyed this post. That tablecloth is stunning Fabby. And I do agree, I love to put a square tablecloth on a round table. But I am swooning over that magnificent tea set. It is fabulous..

    Have a great week amiga.


  30. Fabby, what a lovely tea table you set!!! Your tablecloth is STUNNING! I also love using a square tablecloth on a round table. The cutwork looks just beautiful "dripping" down over the table.
    I hope you have enough room for me... I would love a slice of your orange cake!

  31. Hello there my friend, I'm drooling for that scrumptious looking cake. And wow your tea set is so elegant and I can't believe that it's from Philippines. As I haven't seen that kind before(when I was there). I'm also from Philippines, its good to hear that you have a couple of Filipino friends. Can you add me to your list? He he...

    And you've got some beautiful memories with your tea party( the Doyle and spoons). I'm like you I love going for bargains too. The tablecloth is a good buy.

    Thank you dear for sharing.

  32. I bet your friend had the loveliest birthday Fabby. :) I know I'd love a table like this for mine. Thank you for sharing the recipe; it is now printed out and in my folder for next time. :)

  33. Hi Fabby, Your linen is gorgeous and such a beautiful birthday it must have been for your friend:) The cake looks amazing and I love your china. Enjoy your day! xxleslie

  34. The whole room looks wonderful, but I couldn't get beyond the beauty of the tablecloth. I never thought about using a square tablecloth on my round table. I don't have one as lovely as yours, but I must have fun that will work.

  35. What a pretty table setting. I love the tablecloth. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  36. Fabby, your new tablecloth is beautiful as is your whole tablescape! The teaset is just gorgeous1

    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

  37. Fabby, You set a lovely tea table. Lucky friend to have you do that for her birthday. Beautiful cut work on the table cloth. I'm amazed at the price of the alstromeria. OMGosh! I'd have fresh flowers all the time if they were that inexpensive here. Belated birthday wishes to your friend, Carmen.
    xo Babs

  38. I love your new tablecloth and can't wait to try the orange cake... thank you for sharing!

  39. Oh my gracious how I wish I had been a guest at that tea! The tablecloth is just gorgeous, but so are the cups and saucers, the plate stand and that tea set - oh it is just soooo pretty. (The cake sure looks yummy, too!)

    I love everything about this tea table!

  40. Fabby, your beautiful tablecloth is just stunning. I love this one so much. The reticulated tea set does seem to go with it wonderfully. I know what you mean about reminders of our loved furry friends. I should change out my coffee table. ha ha. Not chewed on, but a few nail scratches! Love the recipe, thank you. xo marlis

  41. What a wonderful find! It's simply gorgeous. Your table looks lovely, too.

  42. Bonjour ma très chère Fabby,
    Je passe rapidement... semblable à un papillon, juste pour butiner sur ton blog !...
    Je fais de belles découvertes comme à chaque fois.
    Une nappe adorable et très romantique pour mettre en valeur ce très joli service à thé.
    Je suppose que ce fut un merveilleux moment que tu as partagé avec tes proches en dégustant une tasse de thé et hummm!!... ce beau gâteau me donne l'eau à la bouche.
    Je ne pouvais pas manquer ça !...
    Je repars discrètement sur la pointe des pieds. Bien sûr, si je peux être connecter, je te ferai une petite visite.
    Gros bisous

  43. This is just gorgeous, who wouldn't want tea? Your Lady Carlyle I think is one of the prettiest designs ever. Are you posting the cake recipe later, or did I miss the link?

  44. Very Pretty Fabby! Great buy on a beautiful table cloth for your gorgeous china. I have a table with chewed legs like that too!! It adds character!

  45. Simply divine, Fabby! The cake looks yummy too :) - What a treat for your friend! ~Pernilla xx

  46. Absolutely gorgeous. The table cloth is beautiful and always your table settings are so lovely. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  47. You know that I adore beautiful linens, so I'm thinking that it is a very good thing that you beat me to the sale at your store. The Lady Carlyle hostess tray is stunning. Thanks for the recipe for the Orange Bundt Cake. Cherry Kay

  48. Fabby, it is all so pretty. I also love a square tablecloth on a round table, and your cutwork cloth shows up so nicely. Your tea set is very pretty and goes so well with everything. Thanks for the cake recipe, a must try. Patty/BC

  49. Wow..what a gorgeous tablecloth, and such beautiful china!
    It's elegant and so ever pretty, thanks for sharing with us.

  50. That tablecloth looks vintage! So pretty! Gorgeous setting and table and the cake sounds divine...pinning! Visiting from Adorned from Above!

  51. Beautiful table setting, but the cloth is the eye catcher for me.

  52. Fabby, Everything looks so pretty. You really know how to set a gorgeous table! Love your new tablecloth, just perfect for displaying that delicious Orange Cake!
    Thanks for sharing!


  53. Dearest Fabby, This tea table is lovely. You have so many pretty treasures. I thought, even before you wrote, that your dear Mom had made the pretty crochet Piece under the lovely tea set. I always love it when you use the reticulated pattern. It is one of my favorites.
    We are home now, for a long time I hope. I am having a hard time catching up.
    I hope you have a blessed weekend, Ginger

  54. What a gorgeous tea party and thanks for sharing the recipe :)


  55. I fell in love with your beautiful tablecloth.Lovely arrangement.The plants behind the table add more charm to the entire setting.The dishes are gorgeous.Hope you had a great time.With lots of love here from India.sujatha..:):)

  56. Fabby, your table is absolutely divine! From the flowers to the tablecloth to the cake, I'm swooning!

  57. This is gorgeous Fabby and the Lady Carlyle stand is beautiful!

  58. Oh, Fabby, what a find! I'm sure you've been wondering where I've been to not have commented yet, since you know how much I love fine linens! It'is GORGEOUS! And I can't wait to see the other one at Kathleen's party. I'm planning on using a vintage one that I love. The recipe sounds wonderful. What a sweet friend you are! Abrazos, ~Zuni

  59. Fabby, what a beautiful tea you have set for us! that tablecloth is a gorgeous find! And I am completely in love with that teapot and sugar and creamer set! Stunning! Thank you for sharing at TTF my friend!

  60. Fabby, that is a beautiful table cloth! You couldn't have chosen prettier dishes to showcase it.
    Have a wonderful week...

  61. This is a beautiful table setting, Fabby---I'm glad you shared it with us! Thanks for linking up with Make Bake Create!

  62. Fabby, the tablecloth is beautiful! I do like the drape of the square one instead of round. The cutwork pattern is lovely. Goes perfectly with your beautiful dishes and gorgeous tiered tray. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  63. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  64. Wow! LOVE your new tablecloth. It is breathtaking. The tea set is gorgeous - beautiful tablescape! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  65. I see I am not the only one who loves to dabble in all clear glass whimseys. This cake plate is lovely!


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