For my daughter's 6th birthday, one of my friends suggested that I have a tea. I'd thought about it, but never followed through so her comment gave me the bit of motivation I needed. As usual, I was far too busy to take pictures so once again, huge thanks to my friend Jeni for capturing all these photos while I ran around being a server for the day.
I used my white vintage 50s dishes with a few of my blue teacups mixed in. Looseleaf tea strainers were gifts that also acted as placecard holders. I also printed some menus.
My dining room isn't big enough to accomodate all my guests so my living room became my dining room for the day.
I've had this sugar pot for a while and have never used it so I was happy to be able to fill it sugar cubes and I added the necessary sugar tongs.
For the finger sandwiches and dessert, I stacked some of my favorite dishes. I didn't want to purchase towers but I think this worked well and I don't have to worry about how to store more dishes.
The guests provided several deserts including these beautiful lemon tarts ...
Jeni made these lovely (and delicious!) individual cheesecakes and even made the sugared flowers on them.
Part of the fun was the opportunity to wear a hat ...
Why don't we wear hats anymore? So elegant ...
... and fun!
I was too occupied with the entertaining aspect to find the time to shop for a hat but I came upon a somewhat expensive but fun fascinator while perusing ideas online. I later realized that I had most of the materials to make something similar myself. A raid of my craft closet and a $3 headband later, the result ...
So, if my living room was my dining room for the day, what did I do with the furniture? My dining room became a sitting room for the day.
Here are most of us at the end of the day.
I think we all had a lot of fun with this. For our next tea, I'm taking a break from the kitchen and we'll be gathering at a local garden with a historic house that has occasional tea events. I'm very much looking forward to it!