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How to Host a Proper Tea Party

Hey there friends!  I’m writing about a very special tea party from one of my favorite places today!  I’m in San Diego for work and I just love this city.

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We used to live here, it’s where I started my blog and had my first baby.  I’m pretty excited because my babies and husband got on a plane to spend part of the week with me here.

I’m hoping to make some fun family memories and enjoy old friends in sunny warm weather.  Such an escape from the cold, snowy winter we’ve had in Colorado.

Speaking of all these different places we’ve lived makes sense because today’s blog post isn’t just about a tea party.

It’s a fun way to incorporate a tradition of the newest place we’re going to live.

Yes we’re moving!  And not just a regular move, which thanks to the military we’re used to every few years.

We’re moving countries!  We’re moving to England!!

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We’re so excited for all of the adventures ahead.  Especially my daughter who asks almost daily if we’re moving to England the following day. 

That being said, the blog may look a little different for the next few months.  Turns out moving countries involves a lot of things that require time and attention.

We’re selling our house, so I’ve been busy getting that ready, there are a bunch of passport things to do, finding a new place to live, enrolling in international schools, and the list goes on and on.

So I may not be posting as much as usual and I hope that’s ok with you.  I certainly may not be posting much this summer because that’s right in the middle of our move and life just gets crazy then.

So now that all the big news is out of the way we can get back to this tea party.  

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I’m so looking forward to the potential of a daily tea party.  Who wouldn’t want to get people together and celebrate with little cakes every day? 

So to break the news I wanted to put together a proper tea party. 

I did a bit of research to find out what needs to be included and realized that British tea parties are pretty simple when it comes down to it. 

Great news to those of us that don’t want to have to stress over party details. 

The 5 Things You Need to Host a Proper Tea Party

Tea Required

The first thing you need to host a proper tea party is of course the tea.  

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There is a cute little tea shop in our town that has such an assortment of teas, but I just used some that we had on hand. 

It was a pineapple tea that my husband and I picked up in San Francisco on a work trip several years ago.  

I thought it had a slightly sweet taste to it, but my daughter needed an added touch of honey to sweeten it up. 

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I’m pretty sure she associates tea with lots of honey.  So it’s a fun way for her to get more sugar in her day, haha!

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Tiered Serving Trays are Handy

The second thing you need for a proper tea party is a tiered stand to hold all of the little bites you can serve. 

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I found that adorable glass tiered stand at Goodwill for a few dollars, but I love the look of some of these below.

And if you don’t have a tiered stand at all you can easily make one with things you probably do have at home. 

Try placing a wine glass in the center of a plate.  Boom, you have one tier on the plate, and you can place cookies and other treats in the wine glass.  Easy!

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Savory Bites To Start

Now, moving onto the types of treats to serve at your tea party.

There are three kinds or categories to work with for a tea party. A savory bite, sweet breads, and then sweet treats.

The first, and usually the bottom layer of your tiered stand is a savory bite.  Typically tea sandwiches are used for this. 

I put together a really simple tea sandwich recipe.  Read on for the recipe below. 

Simple Tea Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 block of softened cream cheese
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp of Dill
  • Salt, 1 tsp or to taste
  • 1 English cucumber cut into thin slices
  • Slices of your bread of choice
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Recipe Directions:

  1. Mix cream cheese, lemon juice, dill, and salt in a bowl
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture on one slice of bread
  3. Then layer the thin cucumbers on top of the spread
  4. Top with another slice of bread and cut the crusts off of each sandwich
  5. Then cut sandwiches into triangles

Placing these cute sandwiches on the bottom tier of your tea party stand doesn’t just look cute, but they are really tasty as well.

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Sweet Bread Second Course

The second tier of treats are heavier breads, muffins, scones, and biscuits.

This is where my local Safeway came to help. I didn’t want to take the time to make my own scones so I just purchased some lemon poppy seed flavored ones from the bakery department.

Because my cake stand only had two tiers I doubled up the top tier with those scones and the third round of treats.

Finish with a Sweet Treat

Typically the top tier of your tea party cake stand is reserved for cakes and cookies.

I picked up a large single serving of cake from my local Safeway bakery and cut it into little triangle pieces.

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The thought is really just to have small bites that accompany the tea and not a full meal.

Including variety in your sweet offerings is great at a tea party. So you don’t just want to have cake, but things like cookies, macaroons, and custards are great too.

I was really amazed at Safeway’s selection of English cookies. I purchased some Hobnob cookies straight from their cookie aisle.

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My little helper and I thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon of snacks, treats, and tea!

And I’m looking forward to meeting new friends to enjoy afternoon tea with in our new hometown.

How to Celebrate Our Move with a Proper Tea Party

So I hope you’re just as excited as we are about our big move to England. And understanding that there may be a few periods of time where I’m not posting as much.

One of the best ways you can celebrate this big change with us is to host your own tea party.

Just use these five things to have a proper tea party.

  1. Tea
  2. Tiered Serving Stand
  3. Savory Bites
  4. Bread Course
  5. Sweet Treats

And to document this adventure I’d love for you to follow along on Instagram at our new travel account @adventurealong. It should be a fun way to document all the fun adventures we have coming up!

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2017 Christmas Home Tour

Happy One Week from Christmas!!  I guess it’s about time I shared my home all decked out for the holiday.  It’s been a slow process to get decorated this year.  That whole having another baby thing really slows down how much I can get done on a daily basis.

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I’ve come to realize that my go to Christmas decor is all red and green.  I’m perfectly happy with that since I know it will never go out of style.  Most of the Christmas decor is centralized on our main level in the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

We decided to get a real Christmas tree this year, and I’m still a little on the fence about it.  It does smell nice, but not as much as I thought it would.  Plus, the whole remembering to water it thing and all the needles falling off, it’s kind of high maintenance.  I also don’t love how if there is a “bald” spot you can’t just move a branch to fill it.

Either way, it’s worked out because we put up our artificial Christmas tree in our newly finished basement!  So the fresh tree gets to take center stage in our living room.

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I also added a live, fresh garland around the doors leading to our patio in the dining room.  I love how economical they are.  You get like 30 feet of garland for not very much.  It was so long that I was able to cut a portion of it off to use on the mantle.  I just wish they looked more fresh longer than a few days.

Christmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsChristmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsChristmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsI’m still loving the mantle we got last year, and hanging stockings on it again this year.

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Christmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsI had to share this picture, because it includes my biggest, literally, Christmas tree decorating tip.  Every year, when decorating the tree I tend to get rid of smaller ornaments and add in bigger ones.  The best way to make your tree look grand and beautiful is using the biggest ornaments you can find.  These snowflake ones are huge and make the tree look great.

Now moving onto the dining room.  You’ve already seen most of it in this Christmas dinner tablescape post.

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I truly hope you have a blessed Christmas season with friends and family.  I appreciate all of your support and readership over the last year.  I’m looking forward to what the new year brings.  First, I’m going to enjoy some down time with my family and praise that Jesus was born here on Earth to show us the way and the light.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

 








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Party Color Scheme-Summertime Lemonade Stand

It’s another round of Party Color Schemes on this Friday.  Today it’s more of a fun summertime tradition for kids than a party.  However, using some party accessories you can take this lemonade stand to a whole new level.

Did you ever set up a lemonade stand in the summer time when you were growing up?  I remember doing it when I was in second grade during my mom’s yard sale.  I made $46.00 from that lemonade stand and thought I was so rich!

Coming across this color scheme instantly screamed lemonade stand to me.  It may have helped that there were actual lemons in the picture, but I just love the combination of colors to jazz up a basic lemonade stand.

I also love the addition of the green color in this color scheme.  It gives you a great option to offer a limeade drink at your lemonade stand.

Now that you have a great color scheme to center your whole lemonade stand around, try one of these custom lemonade stand DIY’s.  They are super cute and not that difficult to make.  Plus, they are customizable to whatever your lemonade stand needs are.  You could also use this idea as a place for pretend play, costume parties or puppet shows with the kids.  I’d recommend busting it back out again in the winter and setting up a hot chocolate stand.

 

I love that these stands just use a few simple things like paint, crates, and few pieces of wood.

Here’s how I’d accessorize the lemonade stand.  Doing so will really take it over the top and tie in all of these great colors.  Who knows putting in a little party decorating effort might get you more sales and increase your income.

  • Add some garlands in the blue signature color like this, this, or this
  • It never hurts to accessorize with real lemons and limes to bring in the yellow and green colors
  • Add some fun cocktail napkins for your patrons, bonus if they have lemons on them
  • In addition to lemonade offer a sweet treat like lemon cookies, candies, or cupcakes
  • Serve lemon or limeade in these awesome lidded clear cups.  There’s even a size perfect for kids.
  • Use green straws to tie in the green from the color scheme.  These from Shop Sweet Lulu are on sale right now!

Now you have the color scheme to get started, inspiration for making your own lemonade stand, and sources for all the decor you need.  Your over the top lemonade stand is going to make you some big bucks.  And look cute while doing so.  We have a community garage sale this weekend, and I’d love to set one of these guys up in front of our house.  Will you?

 








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April Party Round Up

Welcome to April!  It’s the beginning of the month again, and I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you to set some goals!  Also, I love reminding you about all of the upcoming holidays or special events this month that are a great reason to celebrate.  Here’s April’s Party Round Up.

April 16th: Easter

The big holiday this month is obviously Easter.  There are so many great ways to celebrate.  I’ll be showing you lots of Easter inspiration over the next couple of weeks.  Including tablescapes, recipes, and crafts.  So stay tuned for that!

April 17th: Patriot’s Day

If you’re from the Northeast or live in New England, you know all about this day.  However, if you don’t, Patriot’s Day is celebrated in New England to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  Both were fought near Boston.  To celebrate, and maybe educate your family, why not have a New England Clam chowder night and read all about the battles?  I think this recipe looks delicious.  Putting together a lantern centerpiece is a great way to remember Paul Revere’s ride to warn that the Redcoats were coming.  You know, “one if by land, two if by sea.”

April 22nd: Earth Day

I remember Earth Day being kind of a big deal growing up in school.  But as I’ve gotten older, it doesn’t seem like it’s celebrated as much.  I love these two Earth Day parties and how they really tried to incorporate the ideals of reduce, reuse, and recycle into the party.  It’s a great day to do some volunteering and then celebrate with a party!

I love the use of washi tape covered bamboo utensils at this party.  And those potted herbs make the perfect centerpiece or party favor.

After looking at this party, I want to go there and play around on the tree house that is the backdrop for this party.  So much fun!  The use of furniture outside is great, and I love the globes that were used.

April 27th: Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Unfortunately, I never really got to do this when I was growing up because school seemed to be more important.  However, I love the idea of celebrating this day with your daughter or son!  A few ways I’d recommend celebrating the day:

  • A special picture to commemorate the occasion
  • Creating a personalized work space for your daughter/son to “work” at while in your office
  • Matching outfits, or a more professional outfit for your child
  • A special work lunch with coworkers and their children

April 28th: Arbor Day

This day is probably not on many people’s radar, but it’s a great day to help educate your family or teach your children something.  There are typically a lot of volunteer opportunities throughout different communities to help plant trees.  If that’s not an option for your area another great idea is to go on a nature walk to collect tree branches or sticks and then complete a craft using them.  I love the idea of making a hanging picture display like the one below.  Pictures could be switched out for your child’s art or inspirational quotes in your work space.

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via Etsy

That’s April in a nutshell, I hope you decide to celebrate some of these occasions.  If you do be sure to tell me in the comments, or on my Facebook page.  I’d love to see how you interpret each holiday.  Like I said before, stay tuned the next couple of weeks for a lot of Easter inspiration!








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How to Clean Melted Wax from Candle Holders

When I started decorating for fall this year, I knew I wanted to use some gold candle holders and fill them with potpourri.  However, when I got them out, I forgot they were full of melted wax from a couple years ago.  I did the only logical thing and used this two step process to clean the melted wax out and make them pretty again.

Learn a simple way to remove melted wax from candleholders.

Do you have this problem? Need to know how to get the melted wax out?

Step 1: Use a butter knife to break apart the wax. 

Learn a simple way to remove melted wax from candleholders.Securely hold the candle holder and firmly press the tip of the knife straight down into the middle of the wax.  Applying this pressure will break the wax into enough smaller pieces and loosen it from the bottom. Then just dump out the melted wax. So easy!

Just be sure that you are holding the candle holder pretty firmly, you don’t want to drop it and risk breaking it when you’re applying the pressure.  It’s also probably a good idea to only use this method on candle holders that are a thicker glass.  I’d hate for you to try this with some thin glass and actually break the glass.

Learn a simple way to remove melted wax from candleholders.Step 2: Wipe the candle holder out with a damp paper towel to clean it.

Learn a simple way to remove melted wax from candleholders.Breaking the wax up in the candle holder will likely leave a few small pieces or candle “crumbs.” A quick wipe with a damp paper towel gets them all out and makes your candle holders like new again.

See the touches of Fall around the house by clicking here.Once I had fresh, clean candle holders, I filled them up with fall scented potpourri.  These candle holders are so versatile. I used them as a centerpiece on my table. However, candle holders could also be used as a faux fireplace in a fireplace alcove.  Even use them to hold toiletries (like cotton balls and Q-tips) in a bathroom.  I also like that there are varied heights so they have a little dimension.

This is such an easy way to get more use out of candle holders.  Plus, it’s so easy anyone could do it.  Are you thinking of which candle holders you have that you need to do this with?

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Celebrating everyday!