My dear friend, Tamera Beardsley, whom I was fortunate to meet through this blogging world, sat one evening at her home and told me about her passion for “crowns”. Not just the crowns you put on your head but those inner, invisible ones, the ones hidden in your closets that need to be brought out. In Tamera’s words, she says “It’s about learning to celebrate our own crowning moments.” I left that evening touched by this beautiful message and determination to find my crowns and wear them proudly. Tamera began this year with a “crowning” celebration. Not only does she post incredible messages and photos but she is also creating some of the most exquisite and beautiful crown headpieces any woman would dream of wearing. You can find all of her messages and creations by clicking on her name.
Well, you all know me, and when I get an idea I love in my head I often run with it, and crowning others, well this was an idea that just kept growing. With Tamera’s permission, I used some of her beautiful messages and photo’s to help me create a “crowning” tea party for some of my wonderful and dear friends. (I did invite Tamera but since she lives a few states away, the timing of Mother’s Day weekend didn’t really work for her).
Created and sent out my invites.
Knowing long ago I wanted to have this party in conjunction with Mother’s Day because I felt it was the perfect time to remind women the importance of “Crowning” ourselves.
Each guest was given a crown photo holder, which were originally a natural burlap but I chose to glitter them up by using spray adhesive and then sprinkled them with lots and lots of glitter. Then I clipped on a “crown message. I knew this would be part of my table setting, helping to set the tone.
This crowning message, I printed as 4 x 6 prints and then glued them on the front of 4×6 note pads, which I then wrapped with twine and a name card, which became their place cards at the table.
(notice again how I used a little doily to add just the right touch that was missing?
My newest tablecloth, which I have been in search for, I finally found at Joann’s craft. Yes, it’s just material, and for me, it was perfect!
I wanted the table setting to give off a feeling to my friends that they were special, that they were worth “crowning” yet I didn’t want it to feel stuffy or too elaborate. Therefore I used my fine china (my original from my wedding),
but I kept the table scape more natural and meaningful.
Using some family heirlooms . . .
Then simply adding some rose colored mason jars with wild flowers instead of roses.
The finishing table was just what I had in mind.
Hanging some banners with “crowning messages” . . .
And using doilies to hang from the chandelier.
Then placing Betty with her message on the porch and I was ready for my friends to arrive.
We began out luncheon with a fruit salad . . .
Followed by a greek chicken salad . . .
Some strawberry-rhubarb muffins and tea sandwiches . . .
And then some yummy desserts; Eclairs, Dulce de Leche Chocolate Pecan Squares, and fresh strawberry cake.
During our luncheon as we all sat together we took turns telling one another how and why we would “crown” ourselves that day. What a wonderful and delightful conversation.
After lunch my friends were really in for a surprise, this cute floral arrangement of silk flowers (which I normally never use in vases, I’m a fresh flower kind of gal) was there for them to create their own crowns.
Serious and fun business . . .
But pure JOY!!!
(my adorable mother)
I’ve learned through the years that it’s Ok to crown ourselves, in fact its important to crown yourself.
Whether your wearing an invisible crown or an actual crown made of florals or jewels, it’s a beautiful reminder that you’re deserving of this respect, of this kindness, of this appreciation.
It’s a helpful reminder to stand a little taller and be grateful and proud of being the woman that you are today. But I will say, the most joy you will ever get in a crowning moment is to simply crown another.
As always my friends, thanks for dropping by. Have a most wonderful day.
Linking up with Dawn Lucy for fun fashion friday