I’ve always had a love for anchors or rather the anchor symbol. I find myself collecting little symbolic anchors, such as embroidered sweaters, towels, bracelets, necklaces, pictures, and little treasures to adorn my home. Why my fondness for anchors? For one, it reminds me of summer time, beach time, everything nautical and fun. But most of all its due to what it represents; an anchor provides stability or confidence.
As I was looking at some of my anchors one day, I thought to myself, “what are my real anchors in life”, “who are my anchors in life”? The answer came quickly, my family, and my friends, and the gospel. And with that thought on my mind, I just knew I needed to gather up my anchors and let my friends know just how much I appreciate the anchor they provide to me.
And what better way than to have an “ANCHORS AWAY TEA PARTY”.
I began by creating the invitation . . .
And then layering on the details with lobster and chevron paper, wasabi tape and lifesavers.
The next step is the table setting . . .
I chose to be a little more formal to bring in a bit more “grown-up” feel. I used a white linen table cloth, and then layered with individual blue wicker placemats, which brought in the nautical feel. Then I added gold chargers and my blue and white dinner plates followed by a navy salad plate and white dessert plate.
On each plate I carefully placed a “message in a bottle” . . .
This was my message to my dear friends.
Then I began my table scape decorating . . .
by adding seashells to glass bottles and tying twine around the tops . . .
some I added little nautical cards . . .
and other jars I filled with candles and lifesavers.
Candles were hung from the chandeler . . .
and a fishing net and banner hung from the window.
The front porch was also set for the party with a new welcome wreath, Betty with her nautical ensemble and anchor, and a boat cooler.
Some of the other decorations I added were, a picture of Molly at the beach which I placed inside a glass jar, a shadow box filled with anchor pictures, and one more blue and white vase filled with fresh flowers.
On the morning of the tea party I placed fresh flowers in wicker baskets and vases . . .
And then began setting up for the guest to arrive.
The center piece was our yummy sandcastle (homemade) bundt cake . . .
As each guest sat down they were greeted with the wonderful frozen strawberry lemonade, ice water with lemon and mint, shrimp cocktail, and cucumber soup.
For the rest of the menu we had a pasta salad with grapes, pineapple, chicken and cashews, with watermellon slices and homemade lemon-blueberry scones.
The best part . . . is always the laughter we share around the table.
After lunch we all went to another room where I had tables set out for my friends to take some time to be creative. I simply layed out 10 x 10 wood frames, sheets of awesome nautical paper, anchor pictures and sayings, ribbons, ink, modgepodge and then they just created their magic. I love seeing what these incredible women come up with.
Thank you so very much for letting me capture you on camera, your creations were just too great not to share.
So, my friends throughout the world, now you can see why I have a love for anchors.
I thank you all for adding to my fleet of friends because in this world we truly need as many anchors as we can get.
Linking up with Jann for SYC
And Ivyandelephants for some more inspirations.