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Pretty Things: A Tea Party for Two

Tea Party Image by Rodney Smith

I recently become enamored by all things ladylike and chic – blame it on the new Princess of Wales and the arrival of a Kate Spade store in my hometown of Seattle,  but my guess is you’ve fallen for the revival of ladylike chic recently too.

On a somewhat related note, I recently celebrated my 30th birthday. On my 29th birthday, I had made of list of 30 things I wanted to do in the coming year before I turned the big 3-0. I didn’t quite make it to the entire list, there are a few stragglers left over, but I’ve just amended the list to a 35 Things to Do Before 35 – which works out nicely for me.

One of the stragglers on the list was to host a fancy dinner party for my friends and family. While that is still in the works, it got me thinking. I am all about the ladylike trend these days, so why not add hosting a fancy (and I’ll admit it, totally girly) tea party to the list as well? What is more ladylike than high tea in your pearls? Behold, my inspiration…

As always, the outfit comes first.

Tea Party Style Accessories Fashion Nail Polish – Essie, Earrings – Lulu Frost, Dress – Tibi, Gloves – Anya Hindmarch, Ring – Kate Spade, Shoes – Valentino, Purse – Valentino

When you think tea party, you can’t help but think of pink (is that just me?), feminine dresses, understated jewelry, demure pumps and a pretty little handbag. To add a little glamour to a tea party look, you might want to add a big cocktail ring for everyone to admire as you lift your pinky up to sip your tea, and a fashionable pair of gloves to arrive in. Its just such a fun touch that takes things back to a more elegant and sophisticated time and place.

Once the outfit is settled, you can focus on setting the table and picking out the array of sweet treats you will need to keep your ladies satisfied and happy. You are going to want French Macarons – trust me on this one. These delicious little bites of heaven are so pretty and colorful.

I just think there is something about a tea party – everything comes in such pretty packaging – something I am truly a sucker for. From delicate cake plates to brightly colored tea canisters. Choosing the tea set can be one of the most entertaining parts of preparing for your tea party – there are so many options – elegant and old-world silver, floral china, even gimmicky and silly sets that can be lighthearted and fun.

Tea Party Accessories

Silver Tea Canister – Bellocq Le Hammeau, Macarons – Laduree, Venetian Lace Tea Pot – Rosanna, Cake Plate – Macy’s, Green Tea Canister – Laduree, Elephant Tea Pot – Target, Lip Print Tea Cup – Reiko Kaneko,  Tea – Ippodo Tea

So, tell me, are you feeling inspired to throw a tea party for your girlfriends? It would make a great setting for a baby or wedding shower even! If not, don’t fret – you can come to mine.


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