Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tea For Two at Camellia Rose Tea Cottage

Recently, when my friend, Debbie, came from New Jersey to visit me for a week, we spent one  afternoon having tea at a lovely tea cottage not too far from the house in Hooterville.     Although I had heard about the Camellia Rose Tea Cottage and seen it featured by several bloggers, this was my first time there.  It did not disappoint!

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Our table was by one of the windows and the window sill was filled to the brim with crystal candlesticks, silver pieces, tea pots and tea cups.  So pretty!

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Debbie and I both have a mutual love of pink roses so I guess it was quite fitting there was a bud vase of  pink roses on our table.

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The table setting was lovely…old silver, pretty rose patterned china, pressed glass water goblets, and  a beautiful crocheted piece was layered over the tablecloth.   An old photograph placed under the glass added  vintage charm. 

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The selection of fresh brewed loose leaf teas at Camellia Rose is so extensive, Debbie and I had a difficult time deciding which teas we wanted to try.   In the end, we sampled three different pots of tea and loved them all!

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The  broccoli cheddar soup, served in a tea cup,  was to die for;  the BEST I have EVER had!

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We were served a three tier curate with tea sandwiches (on the middle tier), fresh baked blueberry scones  and southern style Devon cream (on the bottom tier) and a sampling of three types of yummy little desserts (on the top tier).

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Every corner of the Camellia Rose Tea Cottage is just oozing with charm.

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Notice the high ceilings and gorgeous, thick crown moldings!

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This  feminine vintage  dress was displayed in one of the windows.

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Whimsical fairies hung in another window.

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The gift shop/boutique offers an assortment of tea-related items for sale.

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They also sell some beautiful candles, hand-made soaps and toiletries.

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This  crystal and silver powder duster caught my eye.   It was so elegant!

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Oh, hello!  (Thought I’d try my hand at a self-portrait in the gift shop mirror.)  Camellia Rose is located in the historic Bank of Plant City building and in this photo you can see the original tile floors that date back to 1919.

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Even the Powder Room at Camellia Rose is pretty!

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Afternoon tea at Camellia Rose Tea Cottage was so special.  There is nothing like a good cup of tea shared between good friends!

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The Camellia Rose Tea Cottage is located in historic downtown Plant City, Florida which is approximately 30 minutes east of Tampa. 


Willow said...

What a beautiful place to have a tea party. I enjoyed the pictures so much. Wished we had a shop here like that one.

Deb said...

You look gorgeous and I LOVE your shoes!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Shari, I am so glad you finally enjoyed Tea at Camellia Rose. It is such a wonderful place for a little bit of pampering.

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Marilyn said...

Thanks for sharing your day with us! ♥♫

Adrienne said...

What a lovely place to share tea with a friend. It's beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us.

C'est moi Claudette said...

Hi Shari
You girls look so beautiful in the Camellia Rose Tea Cottage. I know Fla. has some really nice tea rooms. I've been to a couple of them in the West Palm area, not sure anymore where it was... actually I think it was in Jupiter, yes that's where it was. That pretty bathroom is so so pretty too WOW.
I adore the fairies in the windows, how cute is that?
And your right about the silver duster, TDF!!
I know Debbie adored her time with you Shari. I'm on a long break. Too much to do this time of year around here, but I thought I would stop in and say hi from Canada.
Love Claudie

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Shari,

What a pretty post!! Your pictures came out better than mine. I love the full length picture of you too!
I had such a great time there with you, and can't wait to do it again!


FlyAwayHome said...

Thanks for this post. I too live in Tampa and am very familiar with downtown Plant City but have never been into this tea house. Now I will have to check it out!

Bluebell Woods said...

what a great idea for hats (the coat rack) I love this blog. Lots of fun ideas. I sooooo want to redecorate

piccolaceleste said...

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