In celebration of mothers — and all the special women in your life — host an outdoor tea party in your own backyard or in your living room. When tea is served to friends in a lovely corner of the yard or garden, something enchanting happens. There is laughter. And in the dappled sunlight, at a table set with favorite china, delicate confections, and tea sandwiches, affections are renewed. To transform a weekend afternoon into a tea party for the women you admire most, begin with inspiration from the garden. Fanciful, intimate, and simple to prepare, a tea party is a party like no other. Set the scene with fragrant branches of lilacs and vintage china adorned with English rose motifs. Floral-print napkins, silver teaspoons, tiered serving pieces, and a dash of pastel-colored sugar all add a touch of romantic grandeur. And a chandelier hanging from a tree branch lends the affair sophisticated charm.
Extravagant blooms, such as garden roses, lupines, peonies, and lilacs, set the scene, as do lush arrangements in pitchers filled with flowers from your own garden or a market. Use Vintage Teacups: For ease and eclectic style, mix your teacups and teapots. Combine finds from thrift or antiques shops and discount stores. Or borrow a few pieces from your mother or aunt.
Use Antique Teaspoons: Present mismatched teaspoons in a vintage sugar bowl. Treat guests to various green, white, black, red and herbal teas they love — and some they’ve never tried. Set out milk, honey, and sugar or stevia. Make Finger-Food: Served with tea—small (cucumber!)sandwiches, mini cookies, and tiny fruit tart and top prepared meringues with fresh berries. Revive girlhood. Don pretty skirts, sip tea, and join in once-loved lawn games. After tea, plan a relaxed activity, such as a game of croquet, or a match of badminton. Games inspire playful banter, and being up from the table allows guests to mingle anew.