{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!!



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


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 :




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!


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


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


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…


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


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…


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


i ate 3 slices! 🙂


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


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


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


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


the hostess with the mostess – yours truly.


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


just perfect!


love how her hat did this, right?!




my spread…


i was completely enamored… all day!


“the bar”


lookin’ just like my mama here…


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.


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

can’t wait to do it again!!!

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!


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

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


  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


  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!


  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 🙂


    • 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!!!! 🙂


  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. 🙂


    • 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!!


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

    What fun!! Lovely photos too!! Celeste 🙂


    • 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! 😉


  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!


    • 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!! 😉


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

    Love this! You look fit and happy!


    • 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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