[packing? or a….]

So, yeah…we are moving….tomorrow. And you would think packing would have been my main priority this past weekend. Well, my good sport of a husband no doubt wishes it were. But when you are moving into an apartment, and only have a backyard for one more weekend, sometimes an end-of-the-summer tea party just has to take precedence over packing. And in my opinion…it was entirely worth it.

We enjoyed a wonderful time of sipping delicious herbal teas in dainty cups and consuming delectable edibles such as Swedish meatballs, cucumber sandwiches on rye bread, deviled eggs, rosemary lemon sandwich cookies (these are to die for, truly), devils food trifle, magnolia cupcakes and lots of lemony candies.
It was my first time hosting a tea party of my own and I do believe I’m quite addicted. In fact I think I’m rather hooked on parties in general. They seem to encompass all things I love: design, decor, fashion, art, craft, food, and great company. And speaking of great company, I had a wonderful time with all the fabulously talented ladies that joined me for tea. Thanks so much for humoring me! It was great fancy fun.
If your interested in anything in the above pics, I’ll try to break it down for you here:

Table cloths: Ikea fabric
Fabric banners: I made these from vintage fabrics (an easy and quick sew)
Tea pots and cups: from various antique/vintage vendors on ebay and etsy
Yellow and black silhouette china: from a local antique store
Yellow and white striped dress: I made this from umbrella awning fabric (it was the only kind I could find!) using this Butterick See & Sew B5339 pattern

September 7, 2009


  1. Reply

    Rachel Dangerfield

    September 14, 2009

    This looks so so so so fun. I want (a) a backyard and (b) to have a tea party. Your commentary in the first paragraph cracked me up! Thanks for sharing, looks like you threw an amazing party!

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    Jackie Kersh

    September 14, 2009

    i love it all! yellow, black, white – a combo i never tire of. hope your move goes well and that this little shindig will inspire many more tea parties to come!

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    September 14, 2009

    looks absolutely splendid. i’m sorry i don’t live in your neighborhood.
    funny how you tricked everyone into wearing a little black dress and then wore that cute stripy outfit yourself!
    happy moving! i hope someday i will have a backyard too!

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    September 14, 2009

    so cute!!!

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    September 14, 2009

    you are a woman of priorities! and a great husband, i’m sure. what an incredible get together. cucumber sandwiches on rye are the best, i can’t wait to try the rosemary lemon cookies. good luck with the move!

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    September 15, 2009

    Hello, you have a wonderful blog! This event is so stylish, everything looks great! On of my favorite color combos is B+W with a puch of yellow!!

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    Pretty Neat Designs

    September 15, 2009

    It looks like the best backyard party ever. And so pretty! I love the little flags in the cupcakes.

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    Searching for Sporadic Surprises

    September 15, 2009

    What a lovely looking party! I especially love the coordinated outfits you’re all wearing ;o) Lovely Yellow!!!

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    September 15, 2009

    The tea party looks soo FUN! Such wonderful color of yellow, black and white! I hope your moving goes very well! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

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    September 15, 2009

    perfection!! you are so awesome.

    good luck with the move!

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    Cheryl Arkison

    September 15, 2009

    Good luck with the move.

    I’m making a confession here – I love that you showed the wickedly stylish magazine photos, and the reality of the old fence and garage too.

    It just makes me want to plan a tea party myself!

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    Cheryl Arkison

    September 15, 2009

    Good luck with the move.

    I’m making a confession here – I love that you showed the wickedly stylish magazine photos, and the reality of the old fence and garage too.

    It just makes me want to plan a tea party myself!

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    Brooke Reynolds

    September 15, 2009

    So beautiful! I am so sorry to have missed such a festive event! (Perhaps if you had mentioned the Magnolia cupcakes, I might have ditched work and shown up anyway!) Hope your move goes well..

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    Jessica Sutton

    September 15, 2009

    this is so cute – I love how you guys coordinated your outfits too!! xx

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    Julie Elton

    September 15, 2009

    honestly, you never cease to amaze me. It’s beautiful! I am in love with the black and yellow plates. You just needed and white….. and a black rabbit ( call them ebony and ivory).

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    September 15, 2009

    how i adore those plates and the tablecloth!

    And some more good luck for the move!

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    Paige Appel

    September 15, 2009

    absolutely brilliant. love the colors.

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    Cellar Door

    September 16, 2009

    I’m jealous! Making a little (lot of?) effort clearly comes off when it comes to tea parties. It looks amazing!

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    September 16, 2009

    Found your blog, and LOVE the pics. Thanks for hosting such a beautiful tea party. The food was amazing, the decor was brilliant, and the company perfect! Maybe if I get my act together I’ll host one of my own…

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    September 16, 2009

    oh, this turned out fabulously! great job. i love all of the little details you thought of. good luck with your move!

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    drooz studio

    September 16, 2009

    ok… so , I knew I liked you. now I REALLY like you!
    amazing tea party. I wish I was on the invite list!
    good luck with the move.

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    September 17, 2009

    The party looks really great, I love how the guest match the party colours.
    I agree with you, organizing parties is so much fun, I’m already thinking about the birthday parties of my daughters and they are more than 6 months away 😉

    Good luck packing and moving !!

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    September 17, 2009

    Love the dress!

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    oh, hello friend.

    September 17, 2009

    i am totally WOW’d! how completely fabulous!! but i wouldnt expect anything less from you, you are amazing! lucky lucky attendees!

    xo. danni

    ps: you should tell jessica from black, white, yellow blog about your party 😉

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    September 17, 2009

    this is so so cute. i think i found your blog through decor8, so it was kind of a treat to see, is that Lorraine? at the party! I love yellow black and white. amazing!

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    A Lifestyle Thing

    September 18, 2009

    looks fantastically fun!

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    September 20, 2009

    My , what a lovely blog you have. Glad to have stummbled on it.

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    blue moss

    September 20, 2009

    so, so fun!!!! you definitely know how to throw a party 🙂

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    September 21, 2009

    I just did a post today about the yellow black and white color combo. This is a PERFECT example of how great it can look! I wish I had seen this sooner, I totally would have included it in my post!


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    Sara C. Walk

    September 21, 2009

    so so cute i love everything about this party!!

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    September 21, 2009

    I wish I was invited!!
    you have done a SUPER SUPER job. well done!! x

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    September 21, 2009

    oh and I like how you said “thanks for humouring me”, as if you friends were FORCED into it. I know exactly what you mean. Whenever I want to do anything fancy like that my friends just don’t “get it”.

    “oh but why make extra washing up when we can just eat out of the packet.”



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    September 22, 2009

    How lucky I am to be your friend!

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    modern eve

    September 24, 2009

    i am so jealous of your party-planning style

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    October 2, 2009

    Adorable! You’re so talented!!

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    October 2, 2009

    You are fabulous! I want to have a tea party.

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    October 3, 2009

    this was so much fun! you are just amazing with your ideas and attention to detail. and the food was delish!


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