My favorite way to welcome in Spring and celebrate Easter is to throw one of my Tea Parties. And let’s be honest here, spring time, with the awakening of fresh new grass, blossoms all over on the trees, bright colored tulips and daffodils springing forth from their sleep and the chirping of birds as your wake up call, that alone is reason enough to throw a tea party.
Each year I try to come up with a new theme for each tea party. This year I decided to bring in the timeless tale of Peter Rabbit. I knew with cute Peter Rabbit, I could easily bring in all sorts of fresh garden displays and flowers.
The next thing I get working on is the invitation. An invitation not only invites your guests, it also sets the tone for the entire party. I actually enjoy making handmade invitations. I truly believe the person receiving them can feel the time and love you put into making these for them.
(for these invitations I began by creating this on my computer and then having them printed off)
then I begin my assembiy line 1- painted doilies green to look like lettuce 2- brown card stock paper for layering 3- pattern paper for the next layer 4- trim the invites with scallop scissors 5-glue them together 6-ink the edges 7-wrap them with bakers twine 8- tie on tag.
Now I begin thinking of ways I want to create little displays related to the theme.
Like this antique bird cage . . . I simply placed my Complete Edition of Peter Rabbit Tales inside, along with a miniature tea set, and some garland on top.
And this display of my Rabbit vase with maple branches (in bloom) and my Peter Rabbit pop up story book.
A few little bunny’s resting on top of the piano is also a fun little display.
And of course, a banner for the window. I actually bought these cupcake holders for the tea but when I took them out I immediately knew they were NOT going to be for a cupcake, they were just too darn cute. So they became my banner . . . I painted burlap the blue then cute it into pendants and used doilies and cupcake holders and lots of ribbon.
Then I go to work on the really fun stuff . . .
Setting the table.
I was only a little excited, OK, actually hestatic when my mother decided to hand over my grandmother’s china, I knew it would make the perfect place setting for this theme. (It’s actually going to be the perfect setting for a lot of themes).
I wanted the table to appear as a wonderful garden, one that Peter Rabbit would want to wonder in, and stay a while.
My tablescape consisted of fresh potted tulips and ranunculus. I added in a few bunny candle holders and my garden bunnies.
For each guest I sprayed painted ( I know, I love that spray paint) vases I bought at a thrift store in a soft pink or mint green, then placed a fresh tulip in each vase. I made the little tag, ‘bloom where you are planted’ and tied it onto the vase. Then I hung the chocolate Lindurf carrot from each vase. This was their little party favor to take home.
I wanted my friends to be greeted with spring and garden at the front door so I decided to dress “Betty” up for the occassion as my greeter. Don’t you just love her cute little tea cup and garden-gloved belt?
Then I quickly wrote a greeting on a chalkboard and placed it on an easel next to Betty. This way my guest knew to just walk on in and make themselves at home.
Two of the cutest guest, just couldn’t resist adding this photo.
The last thing on my list is to create and write out my menu. I decided to begin with my wonderful and refreshing strawberry soup and fruit kabobs.
The garden salad of spring mix, kiwis, strawberries, avocados, and almonds with a greek yogurt-honey lime dressing came next . . .
Followed by parmesan-chive scones ( I used a flower cookie cutter), chicken salad stuffed croissants, and asparagus wraps.
The dessert was a carrot cake parfait (sorry no pictures- hubby kind of ate the last one before I snapped the photo).
As you can see, Spring time is the perfect season to gather some friends around your table for a few hours of laughter and a time to renew your friendships. As one of my friends stated ” it’s just so nice to be reminded of the many beautiful things in this world, thanks for feeding my heart”.
And that’s exactly the reason I throw a tea – to have my heart fed by all my lovely and wonderful friends.
So blessed that they have planted so many seeds in my heart through the years.
And to all my blogging friends, I thank you for blooming here and planting the seeds that are making it fun and worthwhile to blog.
As always thank you kindly for dropping by, have a wonderful day.