It's Tea Time!

I was recently at the Arizona Biltmore, relaxing and admiring the gorgeous grounds, and was walking through the lobby during their "High Tea" time. Not only was I a little jealous that I couldn't dress up and partake in the tea & crumpets (due to my lack of reservations), but it made me want to throw my own tea party! A planned tea party can be a lot of fun, whether it's in celebration of a birthday, bridal shower, luncheon, engagement, or an afternoon with the ladies. A grownup tea party is also way better than the ones you had with your teddy bear as a kid.

Last spring, I had the incredible opportunity of appearing on ABC 15 Sonoran Living, with the beautiful Stephanie Sandoval, to present three different event themes and table settings. I designed a "Tea Time" themed event complete with personalized tea bags, a bright and cheery springtime floral centerpiece, and a "Tea Topic" ice breaker question as the place setting to encourage some fun and different conversation. Here are some of the pictures from the show:

Floral Centerpiece: (Provided by Table Tops, Etc.) I like the bright yellow flowers combined with the different shades of pink and white--not too colorful, considering the detailed & loud printed tablecloth

Personalized tea bags as place cards. I also like the idea of using monogrammed teacups as a placeholder or as a party favor for your guests. These are from Anthropologie, and are a steal at only $6:

A "Tea Topic" question was placed at each seat to stimulate the conversation and let guests learn a little something about each other:

This "Tea Topic" said "If you had to gain 10 pounds, what would you eat to gain the weight?" Mmm..I can think of a few things :)

Here is me and my three table settings:

And me again, with the lovely Ms. Sandoval:

The adorable Kristine from Life Design Event Planning came and helped set up:

Now I just need a fun hat for my tea party:

If you'd like to plan an event like this, contact Life Design Event Planning for all your tea party needs.
If you enjoy tea and great food, and are in the Historic Downtown Chandler area, stop by Urban Tea Loft for some wonderful tea & treats.

With all that Life has to offer,