I can’t believe it has been a whole week since I have blogged! Well, let me tell you why…
I’VE BEEN PLANNING THE MOST AWESOME TEA PARTY EVER for 4 of my coworkers and our daughters. This is the first time that I have ever planned a real tea party. Of course, Katy and Caroline and I use to have them when they were little; but mostly pretend.
I hit every Goodwill, Walmart, and Store I could think of and then sent Caroline to shop some more. We were on a hunt for 8 different teacups and all the girly or flowery decorations everywhere. Where shall I begin…..I guess at the beginning.
I came home with 4 different cups and saucers, a flowery pitcher, a plattter with a veggie pattern, a vintage cake plate, which I absolutely adore, a vintage cut glass footed bowl, which I may love even more, (you know how much I love farmhouse looking decor if you’ve been reading my blog), 2 hats, and enough brand new, still in the package plastic bags that you use to put around Easter baskets for the whole gang to package up my party favors. I used my rewards card and 10% discount coupon for donating before I went in and voila, I spent pennies on the dollar.
Then it was off to the Dollar Tree. Spring had Sprung! I found cute little flowery boxes to help display food on the table, pink and green straws to sip my Strawberry Lemonade and candles in every Spring color they had to include two I really loved that were short little mason jars with vanilla cookie scented candles in them. Ummm! (There’s that farmhouse thing again) I also found beautiful varied packages of napkins that I included in my party favors. Some had teacups on them or geometric patterns or wildlife scenes and the like so I could match them to the personality of the teacups that were in the favor packages.
Since my last blog was about Easter and the Tea Party was exactly one week away, you can kinda see how I haven’t been able to blog. I went in to PANIC MODE! So Monday after Easter, after work, Caroline and I headed out in search of Easter candy on sale. We went to Walmart. Big mistake. Picked over and the only thing left is what I call, Fake Candy. No Hershey’s, Dove, or good chocolate and no good jelly beans. We do, however, find cute little green and colorful, polka-dotted cupcake papers for the mini cupcakes, clear bags with silver twist ties for the collection of jelly beans during a game we played, and jute to hang teacups from my front porch for decoration.
Let me just pause here for a moment to say….Do you love Pinterest or what? If you are not using it for such things as this. Why not? Anyway, I am up to 12:00 or 1:00 every night this week because I am addicted to the tea party stuff on there. Yes, I did manage to make it to work everyday though. I sorta had to!
Ok, Tuesday, Caroline and I made tissue paper, mamma jamma flowers to hang from the ceiling in my kitchen, dining area and living room. It was so easy and fun! No cost to us as I used the tissue paper I already had. I stayed up late making decorations for the chairs at the table. I used things that I already had; such as vintage jewelry that was my mother’s and grandmother’s, (disclaimer: not damaged in any way) , vintage scarves, a variety of miscellaneous ribbon that I had on hand and some stretchy clear cord that I had as well. I also made my grocery list for the party on my tablet. I just love that tablet! It is great to take to the grocery store and check off the items as they go in my cart and then they disappear so my list gets shorter and shorter until I’m done.
Wednesday, was a tough day at work. I did not get a whole lot of tea party stuff accomplished. I did, however, plan our party games and gathered some props for them too. On Thursday, it was clean my house day from the baseboards to the ceilings. I cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed floors, dusted, wiped up a lot of fingerprints in various places…you get the idea.
Friday…I worked only a half day on Friday so that I could grocery shop. EEEKKKK! Too much food? Too much money? I guess it wasn’t too bad since we had lots of leftovers. Shopping for groceries is just expensive. Right? Anyone agree with that. Let’s stop eating! Hardy Har Har! Yeah Right!
Saturday and Sunday, I cooked and baked and cooked and baked and cleaned and stressed….I also picked up several bunches of colorful cut flowers.
By Party time, I was still making cucumber sandwiches and Strawberry lemonade. I was so embarrassed to be still preparing as my guests were arriving. Part of the reason I was behind schedule was that Cocoa, my little weiner dog got out of the yard earlier without his collar on with id. He had just had a bath. It took us a while to find him. I was so scared! We found him though, visiting a neighbor on their front porch. He made it to the tea party!
OK….stay tuned for part 2 of the most awesome tea party ever. More on the food, games and photos.