Friday, July 25, 2014

Tea Cup Party Favor




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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Friday, July 18, 2014

Ciao Bella

I was not born with the wanderlust. I am a homebody through and through. Ask anyone who knows me and they will confirm it. I love my cottage and my small town. Hands down, for me, home is simply the best.

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However ~ you knew it was coming ~ whenever I finish watching Moonstruck or Under The Tuscan Sun, something deep inside of me starts to ache just a bit. It's primal. I miss my father and his big hugs, I miss my grandmother and her giant pots of sauce, I miss loud family dinners, conversations laden with thick accents and stories of the old country. I find myself homesick for a place I've never been...of course, it's Italy.

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Now, even though I am Sicilian, it's not the island that I long to visit, but the region of Tuscany instead. Perhaps because I already live on the coast, I find myself drawn to the pictures of mountains, open spaces and fields full of colorful blooms.  Besides, I don't look Sicilian.  My blond hair and green eyes set me apart from my clan. I think my true ties lie north...again, that pull toward home. Spectacular.

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I fantasize about living abroad. I am not interested in a vacation. You don't visit home, that's not the same. I want to live there in a fabulous villa. It doesn't have to big, I am a cozy type of girl.


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I want to spend days, surrounded by atmosphere that is void of strip malls and expressways.


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I want to shop at the local market, instead of the crowded superstore
 
 
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and then come home and cook my own meal in my fabulously rustic kitchen.


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I want to stroll through uncluttered streets



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 and chat for hours in a small café. 
 
 
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 I want to sit in awe of nature,


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relax and enjoy my home ~ away from home.
 
 
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Oh ~ and I'd wear great shoes, too!  I mean I'd be in Italy!

 
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Of course they'd be red! ;)
 




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