{adult tea parties : way better than when you were a kid!}

3 Sep

just be aware : this post is very foto-heavy! 🙂

hope you had a nice holiday weekend!  welcome september!!

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so, i had a little tea party with some girlfriends last week… and it was just so charming…

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my favourite quote from the day was from my friend mary who said, “i didn’t even know that could happen!”  i also overheard my friend noel say, “this is WAY better than when you were a kid!”

😉

it truly was a magical day! and my camera was there to document the entire event.  the guest of honour?!  my mom :

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judi.

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a few months ago, while unpacking some storage stuff, i found this beautiful china set – almost completely intact.  as it turns out, it was my mama’s.  i had been keeping it stored with her stuff ever since she passed away.  now 20 years later, i decided to dust if off, sparkle it up, and honour her life by having a party for her on her birthday – august 21st.

she would’ve been 60 years old!

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the china was worth having a party alone – just gorgeous!

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and so practical, too! how adorable is the teacup plate?!  i can’t handle it… 😉 SO my mom’s style, too!

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5 of my soul-sisters joined me at a table set outside of my friend mary’s house, under a perfect blanket of soft clouds, with the warmth of the summer sun just behind it.

although i was celebrating my mom’s birthday and she was sort of the inspiration for the tea party since it was her china, i also felt inspired by some of my girlfriends, by femininity.  i am slowly building a small network of amazing women in my life, and it feels good.  i believe it’s important to use our voices, to support each other, to lift each other up in our power as individual women… especially in today’s world.  i want to women to feel empowered, myself included, and i really feel that was the message my mom wanted me to get, as well… so i was soaking up all that feminine energy all day long!!!

the whole thing was a gift, it was just beautiful…

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my mom as a kid – i bet she had tea parties then, too! 🙂

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i put a picture on the table to share with some of my friends who had never met her or even seen her pretty face…

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everyone contributed!  my friend erin made this outstanding peach/blueberry cake that was OUT OF THIS WORLD DELICIOUS!!!!!

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i ate 3 slices! 🙂

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just look at this :

– fig and goat cheese tea sandwiches

– cherry tomato, garden basil, mozzarella on a stick

– cucumber cream cheese tea sandwiches w/ some fancy salt on top

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cherry almond scones, fresh mixed green salad, fresh black mission figs, gorgeous cherry tomatoes…

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along with mimosas, blush wine, and 3 kinds of tea including an iced floral blend with brunch…

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a shrine for mama and some fotos i found of her…

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the hostess with the mostess – yours truly.

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the party wouldn’t have happened without you, mar-bar! 😉

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just perfect!

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love how her hat did this, right?!

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*sssssssip*

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my spread…

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i was completely enamored… all day!

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“the bar”

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lookin’ just like my mama here…

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feelin’ really proud to be her daughter, too!  love this shot my friend jes captured – how perfect is the composition with my mom’s foto in the background?!  so special.

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my girls.  SO MUCH LOVE!  {thanks for capturing the pic, J!}

can’t wait to do it again!!!

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16 Responses to “{adult tea parties : way better than when you were a kid!}”

  1. Chocolate Covered Race Medals September 3, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    So adorable! Beautiful pictures — looks like a great time!

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  2. whiskeytangofoxtrot4 September 3, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Your Mama would be proud. What a beautiful and fun way to celebrate your Mom.

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  3. anthony0358 September 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this with us. I wish I could have met your mom! What a beautiful event

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  4. auntdel September 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Audrey, your tea party looks amazing! I love your mom’s china. A beautiful woman celebrated in a beautiful way by her amazing and beautiful daughter!

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  5. Dragon Fruit Photography September 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    What a fabulous idea. And your story really touching. That tea set and the tea cup plate so adorable. Thanks for sharing. Go girl power 🙂

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    • cooking with audrey September 11, 2013 at 8:51 am #

      thank you so much for your kind words. it was a very special day and i’m grateful to have had it! i agree i thought the teacup plate was adorable. do they still make stuff like this now days?! i am so old-school – girl power indeed!!!! 🙂

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  6. Food and Tools September 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    A beautiful way to remember your Mum! I love taking out the nice china for afternoon teas, there is always something special about the whole ritual. 🙂

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    • cooking with audrey September 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      thank you so much! it was certainly special and entertaining! i agree, there is a ritual quality to it and i appreciate that! i want to do it more often. thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. celestedimilla September 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    What fun!! Lovely photos too!! Celeste 🙂

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    • cooking with audrey September 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

      it was a great time. thank you for your kind words, i can’t go anywhere without my camera – gotta capture everything! 😉

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  8. cjnewlife12 September 17, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    What a lovely tribute to your mom! I love your message about empowering women and the importance of our female friends and network. And the pictures are so fun!

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    • cooking with audrey September 24, 2013 at 1:02 am #

      hi there, thank you so much for stopping by!! and thank you for the kind words, it’s nice to be appreciated. it was such a wonderful day and i truly felt her presence there. loved ones are never far from us, even when they leave this earth. and i firmly believe in having a female “tribe” to rely on!! GIRL POWER!! 😉

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  9. bcnicematters September 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Love this! You look fit and happy!

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    • cooking with audrey September 24, 2013 at 12:58 am #

      thanks so much for your kind words and for taking time to read and comment! truly it was a wonderful day!!

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