Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Peabody Afternoon Tea

photo from Trip Advisor

The Daughter treated me to The Peabody Tea at Chez Philippe in the Peabody Hotel downtown. This is an elegant restaurant in one of the region's most elegant and storied hotels. I've been to the hotel for sight-seeing, the ducks, people-watching, photo-ops on the roof, and coffee and tea in the lobby many times but had never been to this restaurant.

We had a choice of teas, and I chose the Emperor's Pu-erh tea. It was purple and fruity. The Daughter selected Earl Grey.

The tea had three courses. The appetizer course:

the scone course:

and the dessert course:

I was overwhelmed by the tasty treats. Such delights! The staff couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming.

I took this photo from our table looking past the restaurant entrance into the lobby just to give an example of the detail:

In the photo above you can see tourists on the mezzanine waiting for the Duck March.

This 3-minute video is from a Travel Channel episode:

If you're ever in Memphis, and you want an enjoyable experience, I'd highly recommend this. Because we're currently in the middle of our annual Memphis in May celebration there were tourists everywhere. I have a special place in my heart for people who like us well enough to spend their vacations here.

I'm linking to the T Stands for Tuesday blogger gathering hosted by Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover.

ATCs (with the prompt that inspired them listed above each one):

No Focal Image:

Two (a Couple, a Pair, a Duo):





Street View:


Things with Wings:


Art lesson learned this week: Those tubes of acrylic paints at the dollar store are a dollar for a reason.


  1. I swoon with envy at your tea party at the Peabody - it looks like such a delightful way to celebrate any occasion as well as an ordinary day needing a lift.

  2. What a wonderful tea you had. Such fun to do something special like that. I enjoyed all of your ATC's. I laughed at your Dollar Store paint experience. I think we've all been there and done that. I sometimes mix cheap acrylic colors with white gesso. Just enough to tint it. Good for backgrounds. I try to remember the lesson though and just buy good paint and brushes.

  3. Tea looks so elegant! Such a lovely table setting and the little goodies. Another fine batch of ATCs. I was really taken with the quote Each flower blooms in its own time. Happy T Day

  4. What a fabulous post, thanks for sharing! The Peabody is a wonderful place, we went there many years ago when we were in Memphis just to look around 😁. Your afternoon tea is amazing, all the food looks so delicious and you had a wonderful view too. Then there are your beautiful ATCs, I love all the designs this week and the addition of the words really bought them to life and made me smile 😉. Wishing you a very Happy T Tuesday! J 😊 x

  5. What a treat your daughter gave you. Tea at the Peabody and the Duck Walk, too. It's probably the perfect place to visit, since this looks just like a British tea event one would find in London. Great scones, too. SO glad you shared it with us for T this Tuesday.

    Loved the ATCs this week. They are delightful, and I never buy acrylics in tubes. Thanks for the advice, since I have a Dollar Tree in my neighborhood. Now I'm off to see what else I missed, but this T post is the BEST this week. I loved it. Like CJ said, ELEGANT.

    1. I went back late last night and had no trouble linking. Go figure lol but better late than never, right? :)

    2. I noticed you finally were able to link. It's odd both of us couldn't get your site to link yesterday afternoon.

      BTW, if you have a JoAnn's or Michael's in Memphis, watch for when they put their BOTTLES of CRAFT paint on sale. I've seen them as cheap as $0.50, but lately it's more like $0.75 or 3/$2.00. I bet Hobby Lobby has the same sales in their stores, too. They aren't highly pigmented, but they work great for art you are making at home and anything you don't plan to sell.

      Watch for sales on white glue, glue sticks, crayons, and colored pencils in late July when "back to school" sales begin. Target and WalMart usually have great deals during that time of year. I buy cheap white glue at Dollar Tree, though. 2/$1.00 is better than any sale other places. Be careful with white glue, though, because it can buckle your thin cut magazine images.

    3. I love Michael's, and there's one close to me. The JoAnn's is across town, but I need to check them out. It'd be easy enough to stop by the Michael's regularly, and I should try to do that. I've signed up for the Michael's emails, but I don't get them. Odd. They don't even show up in my spam folder. I really miss Hancock's Fabric store :(

      Yes, white glue is hard to use on the magazine/catalog pages no matter how much i press on it. If I try to rub it out, they tear. But glue sticks don't stick as well.

    4. Do you have an old faux credit card? Any plastic card will work. Apply a small amount of white glue to the substrate and spread it very, very thin using your plastic card. Then carefully apply the magazine image. Try not to get any air bubbles or creases. Using the other end of the plastic card (the dry end), treat it like a squeegee. Start in the center of the image and work outward in all directions.

      One thing I have found is, if my glue stick is dry, I "peel" the top layer off. Sometimes the glue under the hardened part is still soft and will work well. Magazine images and napkins are really hard to work with and I find you really have a much harder time attaching them using a wet glue like white glue.

      IF you are making ATCs to send to people where you use magazine images or napkins, I suggest taking a trip to JoAnn's for a 1/4 yard of Pellon/Wonder Under. Get the cheapest and thinnest. OR buy a roll of a product called Stitch Witchery, which is just a roll that is the same as Wonder Under. Lay one of these products on the substrate, then the magazine image and iron it in place. Be sure to cover the ATC with parchment paper before you iron the pieces. Works great for napkins, too, but you need something colorful on the substrate before you lay down your Wonder Under. I DO NOT advocate that process if you are doing these for your own personal enjoyment. Only if you are sending your ATCs to someone and only if you are using thin magazine/catalog images or napkins.

    5. You have a cell phone, so you can get Michael's sales on an app for your phone. When you go to JoAnn's tell the check-out clerk you want to get on their mailing list. Fill the form out there and hand it back to her/him. Within less than a month, you will start getting their coupons which are usually good for two weeks.

    6. Thanks! I'll try the card trick and look for the Pellon/Wonder Under product. It'd be nice to have around. I have sent some ATCs as inserts in Get Well cards. I'll also check out the Michael's app and see if that works. I have been surprised at how the mailing list just doesn't end up in my mailbox. I'll remember to ask at JoAnn's, thx :) I go though glue sticks like mad, so they never have a chance to dry out lol I haven't tried using paper napkins as I don't ever have them. Old catalogs, though, I have aplenty and use a lot.

      Thank you! Your help and advice is very much appreciated :)

  6. The Peabody is an amazing looking restaurant. That is a fantastic treat and certainly takes T day a step up. Your daughter really spoiled you. And so many fantastic ATCs this week too. They just get better every week. Hope it was a fantastic Tuesday. hugs-Erika

  7. What a wonderful place to go for tea, wow. It all looks so fabulous. Great ATCs again, you have been having fun. Happy T Day, Valerie

  8. Love all your artwork!
    What a special treat. Fancy and fun!! :)

  9. How lovely for you to have that treat, the food looks amazing and what a lovely place.
    I love all of your artwork, I’ve bought cheap acrylics over here and they were awful, we have shops call Todo, used to mean all one price as in the Dollar tree but now everything has a price tag, they are no longer Spanish owned but by Asians, you get what you pay for as my husband always says.
    Have a great week
    Jan x

  10. i´m always a bit shy when it comes to such elegant restaurants... but the treats look so good, i want to go there immediately! beautiful ATCs again! ♥

    1. Fancy restaurants aren't my thing, but we were welcomed. It wasn't at all awkward. There were tourists there who weren't dressed up at all, and everyone was treated like they were really glad we came :) The Peabody is special :)

  11. Anonymous6:59 AM

    Now THAT'S a T-Tuesday post!
    I particularly like the Street View artwork.
    --A Pal

  12. What an absolute treat! A very Happy and belated T Day! Chrisx

  13. Wow, that was for sure a wonderful treat to have a special tea with your daughter. The restaurant looked amazing and the small servings of food looked delicious.
    Fantastic ATC's I loved the things with wings and the one with the Fish.
    Belated T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  14. What a fun post, D. The Peabody for high tea - how fabulous! If I ever get to Memphis, that's on my itinerary. I loved your art tip. The ATCs are great, thought-provoking and clever as usual.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

  15. This is a fantastic and very elegant restaurant to have tea with your daughter, it may have been a great and special moment!
    I love love your Atc´s, they are all Gorgeous, all are my fave ! :)
    I wish you a very nice afternoon,
    Big hugs, Caty

  16. The architecture in that restaurant is beautiful. What a lovely place to enjoy a cup of tea. You've been very creative with your artwork once again. Happy T-Day!