The big tree still isn't up, but I'm happy to report that my tea-themed Christmas tree is in place to launch the season!
This has become a project all its own, and last year I decided the tea ornaments deserved their own crate. This aqua colored one from Home Depot seemed just right for storing all the boxes and tins containing the ornaments.
Again, I can't believe it took me until last year to realize that I already had lots of the perfect storage tins for ornaments. (Duh!)
The first ornament to go on the tree this year was the one from my Biltmore trip back in the spring where I got to enjoy tea with other tea blogger friends!
Next, the new Madame Alexander and Hello Kitty ornaments from tea friend Lani, since I'd been dying to see how they'd look on the tree. Perfect!
The last tea ornament I actually bought was this chintz one, found the other day at an antique mall here for $3. I don't think I will ever tire of these pretty floral ornaments.
The day after I found a Spode Christmas teapot this fall, I found this ornament. I must tell you I felt a little dumb paying $6.99 for the ornament when the whole teapot was just $14.99, but oh well!
So many of my tea ornaments have lovely memories attached, like this one reminding me of the year I took my two oldest nieces to see the new "Alice in Wonderland" movie.
I always breathe a sigh of relief when this pink glass teacup, a gift from my Aunt Jane, makes it through again. I usually bubble wrap it to high heaven!
And the sparkle on this gold and crystal teapot is just so lovely. This was a souvenir I got at a Valentine's Tea with my husband, yet another very happy memory!
The tree topper, once again, is a pink teapot salt shaker.
Looking at this hodgepodge of ornaments on what was originally a dainty little feather tree, I can see I need a more substantial tree if I am going to continue to have a tea tree each year. This year, not all the ornaments could fit on the tree, and it was starting to wobble so I finally quit adding more.
Off to the right is the glass Nativity set I wrote about in the Newnan-Coweta Magazine editor's letter that came out a few weeks back. Since some of you commented on it, I thought you might like to see it.
And over-ornamented or not, I still love my little tea tree!