I love spending time with my three best friends, we’ve all been best friends since middle school and we’ve pretty much grown up together. Unfortunately, we’re all so busy (them with kids, me with school) that we don’t often get the chance to all get-together anymore. This summer, I thought I treat them with a little best friends tea. Going to afternoon tea used to be one of our favorite things to do when we were younger, and this was a fun little trip down memory lane.
I used to work at a local tea room when I was in high school, so I used some tried and true (and easy!) recipes that I learned back in the day. Here’s the menu:
Tea Sandwiches: chicken curry with walnuts, cream cheese & chives and cucumber & dill
Teas: Mint, Peach & Mango Passionfruit along with regular stuff like Liptons
The playlist was just some fun upbeat songs with some of our all time favorites thrown in. BFF Tea Party Playlist
I love this song for its ability to make a bad day better. Somehow it’s perfectly appropriate for my first day of school today.
p.s. smoking is not sexy
is anyone still around here? I can’t believe that it has been over a year since my last post. I’ve been a bit busy since I decided to go back to school…I think I forgot how much work it really is. I was lucky enough to have the summer off to recuperate, and now it’s back to all the craziness of 20-page papers and group projects with graduate school overachievers (I’m really talking about myself here). But before things get too hectic, I thought I’d post a few of the little parties and such that I’ve enjoyed these past few months.
It seems that summer is the time for moving. I’ve been seeing lots of other bloggers who have recently moved (in real life), or are in the process of doing so….maybe it’s just Obama’s first time home buyer rebate. Well, count us in. We just closed on our first home, and should be moving in to the new place by Friday of this week!
Even though our apartment is filled to the brim with cardboard boxes and piles of stuff to throw out or give away, my mind is really on all the fun stuff that comes with moving, like housewarming parties, moving announcements, and return address stamps. Here are a few finds:
Lovely key inspiration from Brooklyn Bride
An awesome custom return address stamp resource from Swanky Tables
and lots of ideas for moving announcements over at Inspired Goodness
When my sister said she wanted a Kentucky Derby themed bridal shower, it seemed obvious that we would have it at a race course.
We originally wanted to do something in the traditional red like this from Inspired Goodness, maybe featuring the red roses associated with the Derby. Instead we ended up going with something more fun, playful, and entirely girly, just like the bride-to-be.
I love how she matches the party, and I can’t get over how perfect the lucky horseshoe necklace turned out. We kept with the derby theme with these derby/horse award inspired medallions on each of the place settings made by a local vendor, the Hair Wrangler. That gorgeous pink striped grosgrain is removable, so that the medallions can be used as a pin or bow.
Since we were already over-budget, we decided to tackle the flowers on our own. We special ordered a few bright pink peonies to make sure they would match the color scheme, along with some lisianthus as filler. We got the rest of the spray roses, peonies, and china mums from Trader Joe’s at a very low cost. We only made arrangements for half of the tables, and alternated every other table with bud vases and horseshoes to tie in the theme.
Since the ladies had dressed up, we wanted to feature all their lovely hats. So we had people vote on a few categories such as favorite hat and most outrageous hat, this gave family and friends a nice opportunity to mingle.
After the “showery” part of the bridal shower, the guys joined us to watch the races. The race track had someone to come and explain how to bet, and he gave us his picks for all the races. They named one of the races in honour of the bride which was in the program and announced it over the speakers. She also got to take a picture with the winner of the race.
I loved having the bridal shower at an alternative place, it really was a fun experience, especially since none of us had ever been to a race track before.
continue for hat photos