Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tea Party Shower...


I love tea parties!  I love everything about them from the little finger foods to the delicate patterned china tea sets, demitasse spoons, funny hats, and doilies. There is something about sitting back and sipping a cup of tea with other ladies that is reminiscent of simpler times, and it is always fun and relaxing. Whenever I get the chance to have tea at a tea house or get invited to a tea party, I am excited!



Recently I had the honor of helping out with my friend's daughter's shower. My daughter is in the wedding and we have known the bride-to-be (Lauren) since her and my son were in kindergarten together. We were delighted to be able to help out with the shower and I have to say it was one of the best showers I have ever been too. The shower was a huge tea party, and it was simply beautiful. The Bride's Mom Shelley, has collected china tea pots, cups, creamers, sugars, and dishes for years.  She said whenever she was on vacation she would pick up things in antique shops, and at tag sales.  She has a lovely collection and had enough china to serve over 60 women... it was amazing! I told Shelley that I think she should rent herself and her china out for events! She is a fantastic, creative party planner, and photographer too, so she can do it all! (all these pictures are courtesy of her! - photographybyshelley.com)


Reserved for the Help... "you is smart, you is kind, you is beautiful!"


The Bride and Groom had their own special table and chairs for two, 
and it was actually a gift from Lauren's Mom & Dad for their new home!
The shower was held at the Brides Aunt Mary's home, which is a super lovely country estate that sets off the road on several acres of property. It is one of the loveliest homes I have ever been in, it is just one of those places that is warm and inviting. The house has a beautiful wrap around covered porch, a screened in porch, warm oak floors and many lovely details. Their home was a perfect setting for the shower, you actually felt like you were in a Victorian tea house!  

"The Manor House"

Every little detail made it special

There were lovely tables set all around the house, and porch too!


Some old fashioned fun in the yard

The guests were invited to wear a hat, but the Bride's Mom who is also a photographer has a huge collection of fun hats so if you didn't have one of your own, you could borrow one for the tea. Lauren and Larry made their way around to each table during the shower and picked out special "hats" they liked the best to award prizes to their guests. Some of the prizes were for most creative, most Downton Abby, best feathers, floppiest, funniest... etc.

The millinery shop!
  
Mary Kay
Ahoy Matey!  Everyone loves a hat!
Gina and Jackie... beautiful hats, beautiful ladies!
Why yes!  Those are tea bags hanging from my hat...
and it bagged a good prize!











The games were simple but fun. One was a table game that my daughter Jessica made for the shower. She placed an envelope with a series questions and a bunch of "wedding rings" on each table and whatever lady got the question right at her table got a "ring" and the one that had the most rings at the end of the game won a prize. It was a nice icebreaker game that helped start fun conversation between the ladies. Some of the questions included, who has the funniest wedding story?... who's birthday is closest to the Brides?... who has been married the longest? 

Each table had their "table game" in an envelope
 so they could play at their leisure
The second game was a fun "Newlywed Game" that Karen, another of her bridesmaids made, where the young couple had to figure out how the other would answer certain questions! 

Such a cute couple!

The food food was great, and was served buffet style on a large table with a lace table cloth.  There were tea sandwiches, salads, bread, and fun finger desserts. If you read my blog post earlier this month (epic fail... petite four disaster!) you would have read about my attempt at petite fours, needless to say I contributed mini cupcakes instead! 




Shelly had a great idea for favors, and we enjoyed a fun afternoon with a few ladies crafting these on my back porch. She purchased cute old fashioned hankies online, and tied them up with some yummy candies a cute bow, a demitasse spoon, and a tag with a poem that read... When Lauren and Larry say "I Do", here's a pretty little hankie just for you, to wipe the tears of joy away, on their special wedding day.  Each little hankie was placed in a tea cup at the tables... boy were they super cute! We also crafted little individual tea bags folded up in a paper doily envelope dressed up with a cute button and bow that was also placed at each table. 

Also each table had a different tea pot with flowers for the centerpiece's.  There were pink tables, purple tables, blue tables, it was absolutely gorgeous! if there was a M.O.B. (mother of the bride) of the year award, Shelley would definitely take home the blue ribbon, because the attention to detail was amazing! The hours of time, love, and creative energy that was put into creating this special day for her daughter and future son-in-law was evident in every detail... and every cup and saucer that was washed and packed away after!


It was a beautiful warm summer day so when it came time to open up the gifts, everyone moved their chairs to the lawn to enjoy watching the happy couple!  And what is a more perfect back drop for pictures than a beautiful floral chaise lounge against a gorgeous green backdrop!


I think Larry liked "The Blue Spotted Owls Up-cycled Apron"!


Everyone seemed to enjoy sharing this special day with Lauren and Larry, and I feel blessed that I was able to be a party of it!  

Some of the beautiful bridesmaids!


If you get a chance to attend a tea party, make sure you do!  Or better yet, throw a small one for your friends and neighbors just for the heck of it... everyone loves a tea party!

Pinkies up!
Sandy