For the past three years, my favorite event of the summer has been my family’s annual mother-daughter tea party. Once the start of school reaches the horizon, my mother, sister and I gather a guest list of our closest lady friends. The first year, we gave the party an Irish theme to commemorate my semester and my family’s visit to the Emerald Isle. The food consisted of goodies my host mom would bake for special occasions and, of course, a Guinness-chocolate Bundt cake! The second year, we hosted a more laid-back evening tea party with hors-d’oeuvres and a game of croquet. This year was perhaps our most traditional tea party with almond meringue, lemon-berry cake, quaint candies, mimosas and an abundance of flowers.
Sometimes private events have an uncomfortable aura about them when the guests feel disengaged. This year’s tea party was perhaps one of the best family parties I have ever hosted. Somehow there was a connection to be made for everyone in the room. Time flew as guests mingled, ate, drank and participated in our terrarium-building craft. For those awkward party moments, I like putting an activity in place for people to participate in if they cannot find a conversation they feel at home with.
The terrarium building was a huge success. Everyone at the party from 8 years old to 60 enjoyed putting together a pretty little living thing to take home. This activity was very easy to accommodate. We purchased small glass containers from goodwill for $1 or less as well as collected our old mason jars. We used rocks and soil from our yard as well as a few plants. We purchased some moss and the remainder of the plants. The total cost came to about $25. That’s $1 per person! And unlike other crafts, this one was completely sustainable. Now that’s something to smile about:
Overall, the tea party was a huge success. Like every event, there is something to learn. I learned that terrariums were an awesome activity which added edge to the tea party; it gave everyone an opportunity to play in the dirt with their Sunday best on! I felt so thankful to be surrounded by such a loving, happy crowd. The end of summer is the perfect time for this event, my friends and I are antsy to see each other once more before we head back to school, and my mom and her friends love catching up over sweets and smiles. Sometimes, timing really is everything. Any theme ideas for next year?