June 26, 2010

tea party time (:

In the spirit of A Fanciful Twist's Mad Hatter Tea Party, I held a small tea celebration of my own (: It was a simple ritual really; A slightly more glorified partaking of tea than my usual method...Having packed away nearly every material possession in a cardboard box in readiment for our big move to Canada in just four days, I creatively ~ in a minimalist fashion ~ put together a pretty arrangement of treasures yet unpacked and brewed some fresh and delicious mint tea (:
As I did so, I realized that I was creating a tribute to my four years spent here in California. A heart-shaped rock; one of many many many I have found and collected since moving here, a large piece of abalone, a pretty tile I found on one of my lovely walks around the neighbourhood, and a sand-dollar from Stinson beach. I of course added Isabella's four vintage silver doll-sized teacups as a lovingly fond remembrance of the countless tea parties we have shared over the course of her nine years on this planet, and a bowl of water with floating candles (: I love candles. They are so pretty and create a mood of reverence, romance, or both (:
Baby Jude was napping, as were all three cats and Mabel the bunny. Isabella was at a friend's slumber party and Jason was off rockhounding in the desert, so I looked around to see who else might like to attend my little tea party. Luckily, there are always lots of friends on the patio! This is who happened to stop by (:
I love REAL mint tea made from fresh mint leaves, straight from the earth. The smell and taste of such a brew transports me directly back to my blissfully joyous gardening days when I drank cup after cup of mint tea all day long. Mint that I had lovingly grown myself (: ♥♥♥
It's nice to do special things for yourself. Like hosting a sweet little tea party, just because. (: Near the end of the festivities, Jude woke from his nap and thought he might like to contribute to the goodness of the afternoon by giving Blue a nice big hug. The very best of entertainment ♥


  1. Good luck with your move back to the Great White North!!! It looks like a lovely little farewell to California tea party!!
    xo maureen

  2. ~*~*~*Hip hip hurray it's Tea Party Day!*~*~*~

    Wow, you sure know how to throw a party, even with everything packed! Good luck with the move!

    Thanks for having me at your tea party! if you haven't been already, you're cordially invited to my mad tea party! Have yourself a mad sort of day! :)

  3. Thank you for glimpses of your magical tea party... lovely...

  4. Hello Samantha,

    wow, hosting a tea party on your own just before moving ! It's great that you joined the fun !
    I also like all the stuff you put out on the table with their own special meaning. These are treasured times.

    Cute photo of your son and the cat !
    greetings from belgium
    Feel welcome at my party : I have a blog give away...

  5. AnonymousJune 26, 2010

    What a lovely post, Samantha. I realize I've come across your blog before, outside of this tea party event. Delicate pictures and calming thoughts to live by. Good luck on your move back to snowy Canada.

  6. what a lovely tea! Such whimsical guests!

  7. Awe, such a sweet blog you have. Love your family, the bunny and cat. Just ever so sweet!
    **blows kisses** Deb

  8. Happy Tea Party Day! I love your minimalist approach. Indeed, sometimes less is more! I, too, have a heart-shaped rock collection that my girls and I enjoy adding to. I had my first baby shower at a home on Stinson beach and one of the highlights was collecting teeny tiny sand dollars in the early morning. Sweet memories! Thank you for having me "to tea". Best of luck with your move. Jenn

  9. Thank you for inviting me to your party. It was lovely and such a precious baby. Have a nice weekend! Twyla

  10. What a lovely tea party...sometimes simple is sweeter. Thanks for having me over for tea. Hope you can stop by and join me as well.

  11. What a lovely tea party! Good luck to you with your move. Please come by and have tea with me too....

  12. Thank you so very much for having me over for mint tea. I loved it, and what you were able to put together with so much packed away. Just delightful...and you have such cute little furry and feathered visitors. Anyway, if you get the chance (I know you must be very busy, getting ready to move and all) please come and visit me for some more Mad Tea, in the Secret Enchanted Forest at:

  13. Sweet little party. Thanks for having me. Good luck with your move.

  14. Real mint tea fresh from the garden- i can almost smell and taste it! Wow, you are dedicated to still participate in the midst of a move as major as from california to canada!i am glad you had a quiet moent to reflect and share your memories :)

    safe travels! i am sending good juju to you and your lovely family!
    XOXO Roo

  15. Thanks for such a beautiful tea party and wishing you all the best for your move.

    Please stop by my blog if you have a spare moment for tea and lots of raw goodies:


  16. So glad I was able to make it to your lovely tea party!...lovely photos...

  17. What lovely guests! I had a great time! Please stop by our tea party when you have a chance no need to worry about being late.
    Hope to see you there!

  18. AnonymousJune 28, 2010

    I'll be moving in a month and there are boxes all over my place...so I completely understand, although I enjoyed your minimalist tea party very much; so serene. Thanks for letting me share in your special moment. If you haven't already please stop by my gathering.
    ~ Misha/DawaiOser <3

  19. Sometimes intimate tea parties are the best, especially when capped off with a sweet hug for kitty! If you have not already done so, I'd be honored if you would sit a spell with me~for tea...http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2010/06/its-mad-tea-party.html
    Sincerely, Theresa (aka The White Queen)

  20. Thank you for inviting me to your magical tea party!

  21. I loved this tea party, and I adore the little one hugging the kitty. I also enjoyed seeing all the little friends who came for the party!

    Sending warm wishes and a wish that you would allow me to return your hospitality.

    Happy Tea Partying...


    Sheila :-)

  22. hello! i love all tea parties=) where did you get such a lovely box light garland?


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