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Behind our house, we have a wooded area filled with blackberry bushes, oak & cedar trees and lots of little creatures.
There are little clearings here and there, and a few paths that meander through the bushes and trees
and lead further into the woods.
You never know just what you may find when you venture into the forest...

In the midst of one of those paths, there was a little tea party taking place-
graciously hosted by Miss Bella.

A dainty table & two itsy bitsy chairs...

a french ticking quilt ~ soft blue stripes, tiny little flowers & scalloped edge- so charming!

A chocolate pot & two wee cups & saucers

A diminutive bird feeder held a few starfish and a sweet lavender bouquet.

A little bowl of fresh picked blackberries...yum!

& a basket of harvest apples amongst the fall leaves.

Miss Bella set a very pretty table for her two darling little friends
who were stopping by for a nibble and spot of tea.

Is that them coming now?

They just love a good party & wore their prettiest ribbon attire to the affaire!

Such a lovely day for a tea!

You just never know what you will find if you venture into the forest!

Exhausted after hosting such a sweet affaire,
Miss Bella took a little nap on one of the new pillows she has decided are hers.


Okay, LET'S PARTY!!!
Welcome to Feathered Nest Friday No. 5!
Last week- there were so many incredible participants!! I just love seeing all the great decorating, inspirations, redo's etc! SO much talent out there and I am so happy to have you join the party!
It's so hard to pick a few favorites, I enjoy all the posts so much- but here a few that stood out this week for me:

Christie at Three pixie lane shared her delightful outdoor table made from a door-
I just love it and her table setting- absolutely amazing!
Marie from Marie's Maison shared her salon re-do- It is just beautiful! & that trumeau mirror?
Oh my goodness... Love it!
These fantastic pears covered in music sheets shared by Ashley
at A forty year old ranch are so, so charming! I think a bowl of them would be amazing- what a great project!

Can't wait to see what inspirations are out there this week!!
Link up what ever decorating, project, inspiration, etc.
for feathering your nest you would like!

Can be a NEW post or an OLD post - doesn't matter- just what you would like to share this week.
Linky opens Thursday around 5:00 pm and is open until Sunday around 5:00 pm.

Not too many rules...

~I would just love it if you would become a french country cottage follower if you aren't already!!!

~Remember to link up your post that you are sharing- not your blogs main page. Just click on the title of your post and then copy that page link to share- and make sure your post is already published when you link up.

~ Please, make sure to link back to my blog - add it to your post- so others can find all the links and the fun &
grab one of my new buttons if you would like!
~Go visit the other participants and gather up more inspiration for feathering your nest!

~Please no links to stores or sales

**Mr linky has been giving a lot of you a hard time trying to get linked up this weekend-
I have noticed the same problem at some of the other parties I am trying to join...
hopefully mr. linky will be fixed soon!!
Thanks for persisting!**

It's a party!
Meet new friends, find new inspiration...


  1. Your little tea party story is so cute. I am sure Bella and her friends enjoyed it.

  2. Courtney, Miss Bella is adorable and looks like the perfect hostess! What a pretty setting for a party and I love your quilt and chocolate pot. Thanks for hosting!
    xoxo, Sherry

  3. Oh...Courtney...Miss Bella is sooo cute! May I set her up on a blind date with my granddog Paco? He's a rather dashing little chihuahua fellow! I love your setting in the woods, too! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  4. Bella is adorable. Such a sweet post. I love the pictures of the tea party in the woods.

  5. Just darling is little Bella! Joining in your party!

  6. Miss Bella is about as cute as she can be. We have a small Boxer named Kai, who's a real princess. However my close friend has two chihuahuas, who have captured my heart, she tells them I'm "aunt tami" lol I adore them and my next go 'round will be a small dog I can cuddle (softie that I am). Thanks for hosting such a fun linky party, tami

  7. Oh Courtney! I felt like I went on a little adventure there! So perfect and sweet and kind of reminds me of Beatrix Potter with the bunnies sitting there! :-) Thanks so much for hosting the party and I am linking up another older post this week!

  8. Hi Courtney,
    I just found your blog and I love it! I also love French Country so, I have signed up as your newest follower and I have joined your fun party. Your little Miss Bella is so adorable! I have shared a table for my offering today although I do have a tea party going on in my previous post. I do hope you will stop by; would love the company! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  9. Courtney, I'm trying to get my link up but it won't let me so I just wanted you to know that I'm going to keep trying and I didn't just forget about it! :-) Am I the only one frustrated with blogger lately?

  10. Charming Courtney! So Brambly Hedge! Just to let you know I had a challenge linking up as well! Lovely Party! Jacqueline

  11. What a beautiful spot for an afternoon tea. I love it!

  12. Miss Bella is so cute! I love the sleeping photo. Thanks for hosting today.

  13. Oh my!! Thanks for trying to link up!! I don't know what happened with mr linky this week-but I had to try and link up about 4 or 5 x to southern in my hearts party too! It just kept not working !! I apologize for the troubles! Hope they get resolved soon!! I so appreciate your efforts and you continuing to try! :)

  14. This was so sweet! I love a tea party and anything outside! Thank you for the feature! What a nice surprise to see, when I came over! That little Bella...too cute! I linked my tea picnic! Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. What a sweet story and I love your puppy! Joining your link party and now following-

  16. What an adorable girl you have! Looks like she had a lovely tea party. Thank you for featuring my pears!

  17. Hi, Courtney,
    I would love to have been invited to Bella's tea party. Everything looks so good and pretty.
    I'm signing up to follow you.

  18. Thanks for hosting! Great even each week

    barbara jean

  19. Hey Courtney ~ Love your forest tea party hosted by the lovely Miss Bella. I'll be joining your party later today! See you then ~ Cheers.

  20. What a fun idea ... love your spot for a beautiful tea party. The berries look delicious ... the table is so inviting (love the mix of shells, too)! It's all so pretty! Thanks for hosting ... I'm off to be inspired by your guests! *Becca*

  21. It's so charming? Is my invite in the mail??? ; ) I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  22. What a fun tea party Bella had...girl you are just too funny..I think that's one reason I love ya because you see humor in life...Hope you have a GREAT weekend my Dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  23. Bonjour Courtney - Coco, Simba and Maxx would have joined Bella's tea party too if we were close by. My pups love tea parties as well in fact, we're having High Tea for Halloween.
    Your tea set up is just fabulous and Bella is so lucky to be lying in one of the most beautiful french pillow.

    Thanks for the mention...glad to know you love my french trumeau. Isn't it great that your feathered nest party is just growing every week?

    Bon weekend mon ami!

  24. Hi Courtney! Here I am! Thanks for the invite. Looks like you've got lots of great ideas linking up to your party today. I'm going to go check them out!

  25. I am excited to have found this party!

  26. enchanting! ;) thanks for visiting today!

  27. Ok Cournety I finally got hooked up...been having a terrible time of it..Finally gave up until just now..Thanks for letting me be apart of your party my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog:) I am glad I came over, you are a girl after my own heart. I have a dream of having a place in the woods to sit and breathe, so this was a good reminder today:)

  29. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Your little tea party is awesome. And Miss Bella is so adorable. I'm a follower now. Here's to more mutual blog visits!

  30. Hi Courtney! I'm a little late in coming, but I finally linke up.

    I love your post...Miss Bella and her tea party are very adorable :)

  31. What a charming little tea party in the forest.
    Bella is a gracious hostess and the rabbits look happy to be there.

    thanks for visiting my blog. I'm so glad to find out about you and your lovely blog. I'm following you and will be back often.


  32. I'm your newest follower.

  33. Hello Courtney and Miss Bella,
    What a too sweet tea party:-)) Your chocoate set with the tiny purple flowers is amazing!! The rabbits peaking out fron under the quilt... pure delight!! Thanks you both for being our lovely hostesses:-))

  34. Very cute story! So sweet of Bella to host a party for her friends. I love the look of those fresh blackberries. Yum!

  35. Now that is the sweetest tea party, Courtney! I just love what you created.


  36. How lovely! Looks just like a scene from a fairy tale.

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  37. What a sweet setting! I grew up with woods surrounding my house. I loved to explore through those trees!
    Thanks for hosting this lovely party!

  38. Where on earth (or in bloggland) have I been? I did not know that you have started this wonderful and inspiring new meme!!!
    I need to participate! YEA!
    YOur intimate chololate feast al fresco is lovely and your little pooches are just adorable. They seeem to love the setting as much as I would!
    Now off to visit the partygoers!
    I'll post next week with participating in mind.


  39. Thank you so much for inviting me to this great party :)
    Cute tea party, too!
    See you soon

  40. Miss Bella is too cute! You're blog is out of sight! I love everything French, shabby and cottage. I want to tag along! Look forward to following! A great weekend to you!
    :D Michelle

  41. Thanks for stopping by. Loved the tea party post. We have a little Chi. dog too and she loves to lay on pillows also. Maybe because they are so small they need to lay on something that surrounds them to feel safe. They are great dogs aren't they?

  42. Miss Bella looks like a doll. I will try to join the party when I have something to share.

    I hope that you are having a nice weekend.


  43. That is exactly the kind of tea party I'd love to be a part of. Your pictures are darling...


  44. Hi. What a fun feathered nest party! Your table is lovely! I look forward to joining the party in the future. Now that fall is here; it is time to feather the nest. :)
    ~ Julie