On Saturday, September 30
Jenna and I hosted a lemony tea party
With china cups, scones and fancy sandwiches
Eight gathered around the table
One of them was a birthday girl
What I learned . . .
- Be flexible.
The party date was moved twice from the original. Hurricane Irma blew in and caused a ruckus. And then guests’ schedules didn’t jive. The third try was a charm!
We finally settled on a date corresponding to my sister Jan’s birthday at the end of September.
- Don’t do everything yourself.
Grand-daughter Jenna was my wing-girl. We’ve teamed up together baking before. (Remember the rainbow cake?) This time she chose the theme, made the lemon loaf all by herself at home and then came to my kitchen 3 hours early for last-minute prep, here assembling cucumber sandwiches.
3. And by all means, use the good china!
Here’s a link to writer friend Jenn’s blog post about how the wrong teacup can ruin your tea.
Another tip: Wash your teacups the day before, so you don’t feel rushed.
- Invite guests to pick their own teacups
- It’s okay to take shortcuts
The last time I had a party a tea strainer was involved. This time I used tea bags instead, much easier, less fuss.
6. Life is short – celebrate!
Three generations gathered to sip tea and honor my sister Jan’s birthday, her grand-daughter Emily sharing a merry moment here.
Her oldest grand-daughter, Tori – then and now. Drinking tea at age 11 in 2010 and now a grown-up 18.
We told stories, including another teacup tale.
My teacup count was down a few because of an explosion years ago in my dining room. In case you missed it or want to read it again: Moments of Extreme Emotion: Explosion in the Curio Cabinet.
You are invited to the story circle . . .
A memorable party with or without tea where things went right – or wrong!
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