A Valentine Tea Party

I love a good tea party.

The kiddo and I hosted a Valentine tea party.  We sent out invitations in true Emily Post fashion…Facebook baby!  The little girls that could attend received white gloves in the mail and Scout and I started making plans.  We also wanted it to be a craft party, so we went through our stash and pulled out all kinds of supplies.  I made a run to the local tea store, Savoy Tea Co. (conveniently 200 yards from my office), to pick up Queen’s Garden, Paris Morning and Caramel Apple Almond loose tea.  Fancy dress was encouraged, although not required.

Everyone arrived, looking very festive and ready for the party.  Given that we were experiencing unseasonable warm weather for February, the kids jumped on the trampoline and ran around the yard first before coming inside.  The tea table was decorated and filled with fruit, sweet and savory goodies and lavender sugar.

There was crafting, tea, sugar consumption and fun!!  The kids and moms made valentines for themselves and also to donate to one of the local retirement homes.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Summer Salsa – Crowd Source Fashion Design

Last year I came across some fabulous fabric at JoAnn’s and thought that it would make a great dress for a local fundraiser called Summer Salsa. The event raises funds for EOA Children’s House, a therapeutic preschool for abused and neglected children. I’ve volunteered for the agency for a number of years and was excited to support it.

The fabric sat in my stash for a year before I decided to whip something up. I pinned it on my mannequin and asked for feedback from all of my Facebook friends. It ended up being one of my most popular posts. People like online fashion designing! Here were the options:

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And here is the finished product:

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It was fun and I loved the look.