By the time you get to middle age, the girlfriend parties have been done to death. I have been to more book club nights, basket auctions, Bunco groups, ornament exchanges, happy hours, product parties and PTA socials than I can count. Don't get me wrong, they were all fun and occasionally, I still attend, but my schedule is so booked lately that when I do have free time, I want to spend it with people that really count, doing things I really enjoy.
So I started to think about fun ways I could get my girls together and I came up with a couple of ideas involving my new obsession, tea cups!
I have recently rediscovered a few of my mom's tea sets, including these Queen Anne beauties. Aren't they spectacular? I have to say, now that I am older and wiser, I have a new appreciation for such items. I am not exactly sure what I will do with all the pieces, but I know that keeping them boxed up is a total waste.
My first thought was a garden tea party, something very traditional, where fabulous hats would be required attire. I have never been to such an event and I think it would be a great excuse to break out mom's collection! I could make tea sandwiches and finger foods, serve hot and cold teas and my guests would drink out of mismatched, vintage cups. All the while, we would listen to music and the summertime sounds of nature in my own backyard. I'm already enchanted by the idea, so this one is definitely on the list!
Next, I considered an outing. Perhaps hitting the local (or maybe not so local!) antique or thrift stores in search of treasure ~ namely teacups and saucers! We could shop, eat, chat and giggle our way through the day, as we comb the landscape for precious gems. The more I think about this, the more excited I get. No clock to punch, no dinner to make, nothing on the agenda except wandering through quaint towns with my girlfriends. I think fall would be a super time for this outing! I already have a chunky sweater and boots at the ready!
Regardless of the activity, I would definitely send my guests home with a tea cup favor, as a reminder of our time together. I am slightly dish obsessed, so I already have quite a few cups and I am sure that shopping for a several more would not be a problem for me!
I recently gave one away as a gift. It was very well received and so easy to wrap up. I simply filled the cup with an array of teas, wrapped it with cellophane and added a tiny spoon and some ribbon to jazz it up! If you want to see the full tutorial, you can pop on over to the Bowdabra Blog.
Of course, now all of this tea talk has made me thirsty and I think I have some party planning and shopping to do, too!
I'd love to know what you think of my tea time ideas! Oh...and if anyone knows the name of that Queen Anne pattern, I would love you to share! It is not printed on the cup or saucer and Google has been less than helpful with this mystery!
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