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An Invitation to Tea

Sunday afternoon marked Miss Lady’s third annual tea party.  It was a wild success.  We’ll try and let the pictures do the talking…  If you have questions, make sure you leave them in the comments! (Hover over the pictures for more information.)

Start your party off right with a fancy invitation to tea.  (Just be sure to spell everything correctly 🙂 )

An Invitation to Tea
The invitations turned out well…only I discovered later that on at least one invite I wrote “rember” instead of remember, and “Katerine” instead of Katherine! I guess I was more tired than I realized when I wrote them!

Pick a theme!  Ours: strawberries.  It was great, though maybe throw some variety in there too 😉

An Invitation to Tea
Fresh strawberries for a strawberry feast.

Prepare your location.

If you are able, prepare as much of the food for your luncheon in advance.  For us, that meant making ice cream and juicing strawberries earlier in the week.

Think about your presentation.  What food will be served, what dishes will you need?  How many tables and chairs?  What about linens and other things?  If you do not have what you need, can you make it???

There is only so much preparing you an do in advance, but make sure that there will be flowers.

On the day of the party, there will be lots of set up.  Pray for clear skies and nice weather!  Your linens do not need to match, nor do your chairs.  The only requirement is to think fancy.  And spend plenty of time with the prettiest hostess in the world 🙂

Finish preparing the food and beverages before guests arrive.

An Invitation to Tea
I used maybe 1 cup of strawberry juice to 2 cans of frozen lemonade concentrate to make the strawberry lemonade.

Make sure your clothes are pretty, clean, and fancy!

An Invitation to Tea
Mommy and Miss Lady. We stopped for a picture together during clean up.

There still may be set up to complete as your guests arrive, but if you are blessed like us, you may even have guests who help.

 

Sitting down to enjoy lunch with your guests.

When the eating is complete, playing or visiting is is a must!

When your guests have all left, and it’s time to clean up, remember that it is still okay to have fun!

Projects:

  • Miss Lady’s dress (day of the party…yeah, don’t do that to yourself!)
  • Gingerbread Swing
  • Drink Cart
  • Painted Basket
  • Painted Cooler

Menu:

  • Strawberry Lemonade (1 cup strawberry  juice to 2 cans lemonade concentrate (mixed as directed) plus 1-2 extra cans of water)
  • Strawberry Sweet Tea
  • Strawberry Sun Tea (green tea bags in cold water…1 tea bag:1 cup water.   Cut and add several strawberries (crushing first releases sugars and flavors) and then let it sit in the sun about 2.5 hours
  • Strawberry Lemonade Punch
  • Strawberry Chicken Salad
  • Finger Sandwiches (Strawberry Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam, Turkey, Cucumber )
  • Old-Fashioned Southern Tea Cakes
  • Strawberry Pie  (My pie looked nothing like the one in the picture, but it was still good.)
  • White Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Wafers
  • Dove Chocolates
  • Strawberry Fudge
  • Strawberry Banana Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice Cream (Improvisations on the recipes from Sally Fallon’s cookbook…ask if you have questions on what I did!)

The jelly jars can be found here, and the reusable covers here.

We also had water out, and hot water for traditional tea (though I don’t think anybody drank any of that this year).  We did drink the sweet tea and the sun tea though!  Yes, we are still cutting back on our sugar intake.  We have gotten more specific in the rules for our family and kids, and we’ve designated days of the year where we will allow sugar consumption for ourselves and the kids.  (Again, if you have more questions, let us know!)

The linens and dishes have been acquired over the past few years, mostly from thrift stores, with a few people passing tea pots and cups onto us.  Yes, I was crazy and made Miss Lady’s dress the day of the tea party, but it was a very basic dress that took about an hour of speed sewing and one little girl serving as a model, and a plan that was in my head for weeks.  It almost didn’t happen, but we had just enough time. The swing and cart were completed in the last week, the bulk of the work being done in a few hours when somebody volunteered to help with the kids (thank you!).  The basket and cooler were painted at the same time I was working on the builds.

Saturday consisted of making tea cookies, pulling out all linens and dishes, setting up tables and chairs (thanks Grandma!), making sweet tea and strawberry lemonade, hanging a tree swing, and going to a wedding.  Sunday morning was flower delivery, church, make a pie, set up for the party, make whipped cream, sandwiches, and a dress, and get fancy.  By 1 p.m. guests were arriving.  The little ladies decided nail polish and lipstick were a must, and spent plenty of time playing hide and seek, swinging, chatting, and picking out fancy jewelry.

Cleanup when quickly thanks to many extra helping hands, and Scott and the kids all helped get the last of it into the house.

We hope you enjoyed visiting our tea party!  Please let us know if you would like more information about any of our projects, recipes, or any other details from the party!  What was your favorite part?

Love~Miss Lady and Danielle


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How to throw a tea party for both little girls and grown ups.
How to throw a tea party for both little girls and grown ups.

 

 

2 thoughts on “An Invitation to Tea

  1. This is so sweet! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the pictures. We had some tea parties when my daughter was younger, but not as extravagant as yours. That’s a great tradition!

    1. Thank you! The first year, she just requested it be a REAL tea party, and I figured I had better do it right 🙂 I know she and I are both really looking forward to doing this for years to come…it will be interesting to see how it develops over the years!

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