Monday, February 5, 2018

Belated Birthday Celebrations and Gifts

Last month, I turned another year older.

My talented aunt baked me this gorgeous strawberry shortcake. 
It tasted as amazing as it looked!

Photo Credit: My Friend
I finally had afternoon tea at Tea at the White House's new location. 
This was a joint birthday celebration with my friend. We both selected dessert-inspired herbal teas. Donut herbal (top right) tasted sweet and nutty, while the chocolate covered strawberry herbal tea (bottom left) was a delicious, fruity tea (this was my favourite).

The pretty tea-themed birthday cards.

The 5-year-old daughter of my friend (from the afternoon tea)--without any hints from her mom--selected this cute teacup image for my birthday card and even coloured the teacup in my favourite colour: purple!

My family and friends showered me with tea-themed gifts again!

This charming teapot is the perfect addition to my collection. 
I'll have to share my 3 elephant teapots one day.

How adorable is this Chip mug?!?

A tea infuser bottle.

Teas! Teas! Teas!

A crafty friend handmade this super cute cozy. 
Can you see the embroidered teacup on the back?

Lovely teabag holders in my favourite hues: turquoise and purple.

These pretty paper plates and napkins are almost too pretty to use!

Ditto for these notecards!

Purple strikes again: an embroidered tea towel.

An interesting historical book on tea.

I'm hooked on this present!

A reusable bag featuring teacups and teapots.

I'm beyond grateful to my generous and thoughtful family and friends for the fabulous gifts!

I'm joining the following parties this week:


  1. Oh my goodness Margie...that cake is beyond gorgeous that your Aunt made!!! All your gifts were so thoughtful and so special just for you. What a wonderful birthday for you!

  2. Happy belated birthday! WOW - that cake is a work of art!! You really got some wonderful and thoughtful gifts!

  3. You have amazing friends to shower you with such perfect gifts. That cake was definitely a labor of love.

  4. How wonderful and darling!Unique and pretty gifts, and the cake is delightful!Such tenderness!Hugs.

  5. Happy birthday sweet lady . I love that cake . Wow . Your aunt done an amazing job . What sweet gifts . Oh i love the chip cup ! Made me smile . Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Wow! Margie, your family and friends really love you! I love the elephant teapot; so cute! The napkins and note cards are really lovely and you are set for another year to bless others. What can I say about that cake? It is one of the prettiest home made birthday cakes I have ever seen. You have a talented aunt! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful birthday because you certainly deserve it. Hugs.

  7. The cake is just so pretty, hope you took lot's of pictures. I love birthdays, Christmas oh I just love getting gifts.

  8. I just love all of your birthday celebration. That cake is way too pretty to eat. I adore the little gift from the 5 year old. How precious. I pinned that cake! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  9. Belated Happy Birthday, Margie! What a gorgeous cake your aunt made. All of your tea-themed gifts are lovely.

  10. What a beautiful cake!! And that tiered stack of tea goodies looks so delicious. Happy belated birthday Margie. I love all your pretty tea-related gifts. xo Deborah

  11. Happy Belated birthday Margie, and what a lovely tea theme gifts received. Love that gorgeous elephant teapot and that chip mug is adorable indeed.

  12. You certainly were spoiled. I love the tea cozy. I’ve got one to knit but just haven’t got around to making it yet. Other little projects keep coming up. Have a good day.

  13. What a beautiful birthday cake..Happy Belated Birthday ,,, and I’m not asking how old you are( ha ha)... It looks like you were blessed with a lot of fabulous family, friends and teatime gifts ... Lucky you on your special day...Thanks for sharing

  14. What wonderful tea gifts. My family doesn't buy me tea things as they think I have too much. Smiling! So I buy for myself. The birthday cake looks to wonderful to eat. Oh I would love that for my birthday.

  15. Margie, sounds like you celebrated in style. All things tea! Your aunt is indeed talented - that cake looks like something from a very good bakery!

  16. Well, didn't you have fun! Happy Birthday! The cake is really fabulous! How talented and special to have a baker like that in the family! And such perfect gifts for you! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  17. Sweet Margie, Happy belated Birthday! I am so sorry I missed it. It looks like you had a lovely celebration and oh, that cake is amazing! I loved seeing your gifts and the cozy is ever so cute and charming! Hugs to you!

  18. Margie, What a lovely cake. Congrats on the birthday. You received some lovely gifts. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  19. Margie: Thanks for sharing your incredible birthday items and amazing cake. Happy Birthday to you! I love all the items that are tea themed.

  20. Looks like you had a wonderful belated birthday my friend.
    What a gorgeous cake your aunt made for you, she is a cake artist !
    I love everything for tea time. Thank you for sharing it.
    I'm pinning at my Everything for tea Time Pinterest.

  21. Happy very belated birthday, Margie! It looks like you got all sorts of lovely tea presents :)


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