Nancy Nikko at Home

Afternoon Tea

  • High Tea Savory Foods

    High Tea at Five…

    High Tea at a ‘High’ Table… Contrary to what most people in the states believe, High Tea is actually more like supper, served around 5-ish. It was called ‘High’ Tea because it was served at a high table vs. a low table – which was common for Afternoon Tea. If you’re reading this blog, you […] Read more…

  • blue and white chinoiserie invitations

    A Blue and White Party, Afternoon Tea

    You’re Invited to a Blue and White Party… Blue and White is such a classic color palette. Be it for a lunch gathering, bridal shower, or an Afternoon Tea. It’s timeless when paired with a floral or Chinoiserie motif. What I love about the Blue and White aesthetic is that it’s so mix and match-able. […] Read more…

Tea for One

  • Pimento Sandwich Tea Lunch

    Retro Tea and the Pimento Cheese Sandwich

    Tea inspiration with an artistic bent. Well, let’s just call this Tea in the Studio. Imagine yourself an artist, working by yourself in your studio. The smell of paint thinner…thins the air. It’s lunch time.And yes, you could have that Lean Cuisine Salisbury Steak with Mac and Cheese – after all, you’re a little bit […] Read more…

  • Breakfast Tea Tray Meal

    Breakfast Tea, Next Stop Paris

    Days gone by…Breakfast Tea Tray Meal If you’re a millennial, or even if you’re a Gen-Xer, you may not remember that airlines used to serve regular full meals on almost every flight over 2.5 hours long. Not so today!If you receive a packet of nuts, free of charge, count yourself lucky. Oh, for the golden […] Read more…

In the Kitchen

  • finger sandwiches for afternoon tea, egg and cress sandwich

    How to make Finger Sandwiches for a Tea Party

    Off with the their crusts! Classic Finger Sandwiches The hardest thing about making Finger Sandwiches is cutting them without squishing the filling out. I’ve found the key is to put your bread in the freezer beforehand. This makes them a bit more rigid, and as bread thaws rather quickly, they’ll still be ready for their […] Read more…

  • making strawberry jam

    In the Kitchen: Basic Strawberry Jam. What can go wrong?

    A ‘Stick to your ribs’ Strawberry Jam! I have the ambition of creating a line of specialty jams. My goal is to have them ready to go next summer – off to the Farmer’s Market! And beyond, the idea of small tea shop is loitering in my brain – with Afternoon Tea served, of course. […] Read more…

Teacup Tuesday

  • Wicker Dale Spode Copeland

    Copeland Spode Wicker Dale

    Teacup Tuesday: Copeland Spode Wicker Dale If ever there was a teacup that screamed ‘Emma Woodhouse,’ this pattern by Copeland Spode has to be it. Named Wicker Dale, it’s a delicate, but lively floral pattern on fluted porcelain with a basket weave pattern around the top outer third. Spode pottery was established by Josiah Spode […] Read more…

  • mountain glory teacup

    Blue Ridge Pottery Mountain Glory

    Teacup Tuesday: Mountain Glory Blue Ridge Southern Potteries produced hand-painted pottery wares from the 1930s-50s from Tennessee.There’s a certain charm to all of the Blue Ridge pieces that comes from the imprecise brushstrokes. The company recruited women from the surrounding Appalachian hills to become ceramic artists. They trained them, and the women would work in […] Read more…

  • blue and white royal lily pattern

    Royal Worcester Royal Lily

    Teacup Tuesday: Royal Lily Royal Lily is a pattern from Royal Worcester (Est in 1751) When King George III visited the Worcester factory in the late 1700s, he ordered a breakfast service in what was then called the Blue Lily pattern. Afterward, it was renamed Royal Lily in honour of his Queen, Charlotte. This is […] Read more…