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Monday, May 16, 2011

A Blissfully British Tea Party {& Giveaway}: Part One


I've just had the most splendid weekend, Darlings, and I can't wait to tell you all about it.

I should start by mentioning that a year ago this week, I was in England. (I can't wait to go back!) You can click here later to read about that. Between my reminiscence about that trip and the recent British fascination that's still swirling around, I had to have a tea party.

So, I invited a few friends, did a little research, got a little creative, & pulled together a party that was tons of fun, even if we didn't get to travel to London. (With this group of girls, we couldn't help but have fun!)








As you can see, we all wore our best rendition of a British hat or fascinator. I'll tell you more about that later, so stay tuned.



{Special thanks to my daughter, Abby, who was my event photographer for the day.}


The truth is, we had too much fun to share in only one post, so I'll be sharing different parts of the tea with you this week. I'm hoping you'll be inspired to put on some tea for your friends!

And to give you just a little more incentive, I'm giving away a

Party Favor Kit for 15

so you can make English Tea Party Favors just like the ones I gave to my guests!


Included in the kit will be 15 of these little "Keep Calm" note pads, 15 assorted English Teas, crown tags I have printed for you from this site, and enough bags & ribbon to put them all together.


If you want a chance to win, just leave a comment on any of my Tea Party posts coming up this week. I'll choose one random commenter on Thursday night & announce the winner on Friday. Open to U.S. residents only, please.


*Linking to a few of these different parties...

**The winner of the Freschetta Giveaway is... andy & abby! Congrats to you!!


26 comments:

  1. that looks like so much fun!! i had a tea party last week, too but mine was for the little girls. maybe i should have one for the big girls, too! :)

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  2. Love your outfit, Julie! The pics are great; Abby did a wonderful job! I'm glad to see no one wore a hat like one of the Princesses did - was it Beatrice's hat that was a bit wacky?

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  3. That looks soooo fun! I'd love to have a party like that!

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  4. Love it! It is so beautiful! Have you ever been to The English Rose tea room in Chattanooga? It is an authentic British tea room, and is one of my very favorite places. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. such a fun theme :) i love England, i just did a London themed post over at my blog, i lived there for a summer during an internship and it was the best ever....i have to have a british party soon! :) found you over at skip to my lou

    Jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com

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  6. Love your tea party! Especially love the bunting and favors! Stopping by from Made By You Mondays!

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  7. Oh my goodness! What a perfect-looking party. I too have an obsession with all things British so this is right up my alley. I'm hoping to go back for a second visit later this year and I can't wait!

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  8. what a great idea! i love the hats especially! so cute!

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  9. What a fun idea!! I actually recognize at least two people here...Jodi and I think Denise? Anyway - can't wait to see the rest of your ideas. Would love to have an English Tea here in Southern California. =)

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  10. So much fun! I'm planning a tea party for my SIL's wedding shower. Thank you for the ideas!

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  11. How fun! Love the hats! I am looking forward to seeing more posts about the tea.

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  12. Love it! And I love Abby's dress. Wish I could have been there! Looking forward to the rest of the posts!

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  13. I love this! The hats and fascinators are just perfect. Looks like a fun day!

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  14. How beautiful! Everyone looks like they had a great time!

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  15. How fun! I love tea parties! Love the hats. I actually have been thinking of having a tea for some local home bloggers. After seeing this, maybe I will; especially if I win the giveaway!

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  16. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [17 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  17. This looks like so much fun! Love it and every, last perfect detail!

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  18. That looks like so much fun!! I love seeing all the hats! I especially love the queen silhouette on the mirror!!

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  19. Love this! Can't wait to see the rest. I totally love the hats too!

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  20. so super adorable! love the favors and the bunting!! the fascinators are very chic as well :)

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  21. What a wonderful idea! I love your party pictures!

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  22. Love the tea party and LOVE the banner! I will have to check your other posts to see if you made it or ordered it! It is wonderful! Thanks! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  23. What a fabulous party. I think I love the hats you wore most of all.

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  24. That looks like so much fun! The hats and the tea bag favors? Brilliant:)

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  25. Ooh I love tea parties, especially if they include creams cakes! Yummy. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  26. What fun! I just read all of your tea party posts and I love it! You did a beautiful job pulling everything together. It's so great seeing grown women having fun and playing!

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I love hearing from each of you and will do my best to respond! Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you're here!