Friday, September 18, 2009

A (Herbal) Tea Party ~ Gifts From the Sea

"One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few."
~Ann Morrow Lindberg
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My sweet friend Kari S. gives a beautiful Tea Party once a year. This year she chose the theme: Gifts from the Sea by Ann Morrow Lindberg. Kari's touches were stunning and uplifting! This year it was held outside in her large pavilion.
I love her property because it is acres of land, filled with gardens and entertainment areas.
One of the views from the pavilion was her black Angus cow, grazing! Just picture perfect!
Here are a few pictures of MANY I took!

...a sweet day! Look at this menu! Each delicacy was baked/cook and prepared to perfection! Oh Kari, I am so impressed!
Since the tea party was outside, I still HAD to show you her beautiful living room! End to a beautiful day! Can't wait for her next Tea Party! Thanks Bunches Kari! You are a sweetheart. xox

46 comments:

Joy said...

OMG, what a beautiful place, love the pretty light fixture. Beautiful china and great menu too.
Have a fun weekend!

Mary said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love tea parties, and am always looking for new ideas. I liked the crown napkin ring, and the menu was exquisite...what a beautiful tea, and what very lucky guests to have been there to enjoy the surroundings and the company!

Blessings,
Mary

stefanie said...

oh, it looks like you had a wonderful time, her food looks like it took her forever, its just beautiful

ceekay said...

I have got to get a friend like Kari!!! I would love an event like that! and the wonderful food...you were one lucky gal!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Oh I would love to go to a tea party like that some day! ♥

Signs and Salvage said...

I love the colors she chose to use!! Not the traditional blues for ocean theme...so original...exquisite! There is nothing like a good tea party:)

Elaine said...

We'd all love to have a friend like that! It had to be so much fun!
Elaine :)

Elyse said...

wow - what an amazing afternoon that must have been. so glad you brought us along with pictures.

the puffs look so delicious and i love the first teacup pictured. of course her home is stunning.

glad you had a delicious, delightful day!

love,
elyse
xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing! What a treat to go there! Enjoy your weekend!

June said...

Maryjane,
I am happy to hear you had the wonderful privilege of attending.
I had the privilege of attending one of her exquisite tea parties last year. It was held indoors in her a lovely home. Kari is simply an amazing entertainer and hostess. I felt like royalty! I was in awe of everything. My senses were taking it all in. Did you notice they were all different? What was especially touching was her kindness and generosity. What a a sweet gesture of Christ-like friendship and sisterhood. All of us were ooohing, ahhhing, mmmming and oogling at it all. I am certain you felt quite special as you drove home?? Great work Maryjane!

Shelia said...

This post was total eye candy! Just beautiful! Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mimi Sue said...

Looks like lots of fun. And a boatload of food! Fabulous. Mimi

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

WOW! What an amazing tea party! No wonder she only hosts it once a year, it takes her that long to get everything ready! How blessed we are to have such special friends who share so much of themselves with us.

Do you have a picture of the cow?

Julie Harward said...
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mythoughtsmyvoice said...

The table is just beautiful! Love te starfish and shells on top of the plates. Ooohhh and the treats on the table? I see cream puffs! Yum! :-)

Li

Just a little something from Judy said...

You are one very fortunate lady! Having a friend create a tea party once a year just for you...and what a gorgeous, generous, time consuming party it was. I am so thankful you shared it with us. All the little details, and all the decorative touches, and then the beauty of her home. Wow!! What a party!

Donna said...

What a FRIEND Maryjane!!!Hahaa...Goodness!hughugs

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh how pretty this is - the room; the tea party; the food. Everything is a feast for the eyes (and I'm quite sure it was also a feast for the tummy - I am drooling all over my keyboard looking at that food!) So many pretty sea themed dishes and accessories. I enjoyed seeing all of this. Thank you so much, for sharing this with us Maryjane. laurie

Helen said...

My goodness .. what a party! I can't stop looking at all the goodies. Enjoy your weekend, blog friend.

*Shelli* said...

Glad you had a wonderful time. I'ts so nice to be spoiled! :)

Lori said...

Maryjane, your friend sure knows how to throw a party...from the place settings to the gorgeous food...it all looks wonderful...such a beautiful home too!!!

Lisa said...

Love the Tea Party! Pink m&m's MY favorite! The whole affair is just lovely!
Hugs, Lisa

Doreen Baros said...

What a beautiful tea party. Looks like everything was scrumptious. Thanks for sharing your day. Kari did a wonderful job hostessing this one. Did everyone dress up for the occassion? I remember years ago going to tea . . . hats were encouraged as it was the theme. A wonderful speaker brought lots of vintage hats and spoke on their history and stories behind each one.

Vicki said...

Hi, Maryjane,
Thank you for sharing Kari's lovely tea party with us. She has a gorgeous home! I love the theme for her party, too. Loved it all! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by for a visit. Vicki

Joanne Kennedy said...

How lovely! Your sisters place looks like something out of a magazine! Your photos are wonderful!

So nice you get to go to a great tea party at least once a year.

Hugs,
Joanne

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

WOW!

Katmom said...

Oh MaryJane,
the tea party lookes lovely...I hope you sampled one of everything for me....
hugz
>^..^<

Rhondi said...

Hi Mary Jane
What a beautiful party and that living room is gorgeous!! I can't imagine living in something so grand! I am having a welcome fall party on Tuesday to celebrate the first day of fall and I'd love it if you joined in. You can red about it on my blog.
Hugs, Rhondi

*Ulrike* said...

Can she come to my house and set up a tea party? It looks like you had a wonderful time! The pictures of her house are amazing!

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

what a beautiful place. I always want to have a pretty teaparty, but I live so far from everyone I know. I don't know any girls in my area and I work over 50 miles away. oh well!! The one you attended was gorgeous so I will be happy looking at all your photographs again!!
♥ Rebecca

Lacey said...

Hi! I love all of the things you do! The tea party was gorgeous! Just wanted to let you know that I posted about your laudry detergent - www.mominthepink.blogspot.com. Thanks for the recipe!

Pen Pen said...

Wow, I'm impressed!!!

Lori Holt said...

Very lovely & beautiful Maryjane...lucky you!

Nancy Jo said...

Boy that was some tea party!! Just a bit more then tea and cookies going on there. I have that book and have read it by Ann Lindberg.
Now what would your friend do if it was going to rain. did she have a plan? And did she make all that food herself? I mean talk about needing to lay down, was she awake at the party?
Beautiful inside pictures too. Sounds like you had a really nice time.
Nancy Jo

Tiffani said...

what a perfect tea party and yummy food! how nice to be invited to it every year!

Jean Tuthill said...

Hi Maryjane, what a beautiful place. And the setting was gorgeous, good food and fun! I just wanted to let you know that I am having my 100th post giveaway and I wanted you to join in on the fun! I know you will love the stuff that I've chosen, so come over and see what it's all about.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

My gosh how beautiful!! I love the crown napkin holders (;
Hugs~Kelly

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Gorgeous.....booy now I have quite the sweet tooth...are those puff pastries? YUM>cherry

Mimi Sue said...

My daughter just moved to Murrieta. She says they're melting, it's so hot. Good pool weather. Mimi

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

This post was a joy! Blessings dear.

Julie Harward said...

I just love your blog..I'm new at all this, so I am thrilled to see so many wonderful sisters (and we all are) that are so full of creativity!
I'm feeling a great deal of love as I connect with so many good women, like you! I love your little dog..such a lovie! I have a white Shih Tzu..and a golden.
Come say hi :D
www.circlecliffviews.blogspot.com

Pearl said...

Ohhh...
My...

Enchanting, to say the least!
What a beautiful party, and such a true labor of love it must have been for your friend to do... Thanks for sharing some moments from that magical day...

~ blessings ~
Pearl

food with style said...

that was great fun, and i am craving it ALL for breakfast now!

fairmaiden said...

That is a gorgeous living room. Truly amazing...love those big arches and white. How lucky you we're to go to such a lovely place for tea.

Gwyneth said...

Maryjane,
What a beautiful blog with gorgeous photos and yummy food!
I warmly invite you to visit me anytime at my country garden blog! Hugs and happy days, Gwyn

TattingChic said...

What a beautiful place! The tea part looks like a fabulous event! Yes, with a room like that...it's an "event"! :)

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!

~TattingChic ♥