Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tea and hankies

It was time for my annual Tea Party, the 8th ever. It's a day some of my oldest girlfriends here in NZ and I get together on our veranda, and act like ladies. We wear sundresses, eat fancy cakes, and of course we drink tea (iced, made with Rooibos; and black tea). It's a great tradition, and a chance to look back- and forwards together. In the past 8 years, our get-togethers have been punctuated with talk of pregnancies, babies, a few weddings, a couple of break-ups and new starts, new houses, career and job changes, travels, and shoes and frocks of course.

I really treasure this day, partly because in our casual society we don't always make time for life's little rituals; and 10 friends getting together over a cup of tea to compare notes about the past year is a ritual in my book. Having these friends to share life's ups and downs with in a country where I don't have my own sisters, cousins and school friends; now that's priceless.

The tea party is also a chance to use my collection of vintage crockery, silverware and linen. This year the styling theme was all about handkerchiefs. I used this gorgeous free download for my invitations, which was inspired by old-fashioned hankies, and then started discovering piles of gorgeous old hankies in second-hand shops. I decided to use them for bunting, and just pegged them to some string. A great effect, I'm pleased to report.



8 comments:

tartankiwi said...

Looks and sounds like so much fun! Hope you all enjoyed it.

Lesley said...

Was a lovely afternoon, as always. Don't know what I was thinking this morning, I couldn't have missed it. We didn't do our "year that was..." etc. So nice to have gotten to know all these ladies over the years. What are we going to do for the 10th anniversary!?

bunnyeatsdesign said...

I love the handkerchief bunting! Instant celebratory atmosphere and even better that it's dual purpose...well, if you need a hanky to dab a tear or wipe away a few crumbs, you could pluck a bit of bunting down right?

Annie B said...

It looks amazing! That handkerchief bunting is lovely and the table setting is divine.

Jesse said...

What a lovely idea!

melissa said...

so gorgeous! i love the look of those little blueberry tarts. lucky friends you have. :)

p.s. thank you for the lovely pocket mirror you made and donated to the chch fundraiser- it arrived and my daughter loves it.

PaisleyJade said...

I jus tlove it!! So cute - and the macaroons look divine!!

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