Monday, August 16, 2010

Ladies' Tea In the Apple Orchard

Dear Blogging Friends, I'm enjoying my summer so much. I'm thankful for my farm and that we've spent a lot of time outside in this lovely weather. My sister Sharon and I decided to have a tea party in my orchard and invited our daughters and her daughter in law and a few close friends. Here are pictures of that fun evening.
Sharon's beautiful Rose Chintz dishes.
My sisters Kelli and Sharon completing the final touches before guests arrive.

Me with my sweet daughters Victoria and Jessica, who both helped us greatly to decorate.
We ask each lady to wear a dress and a floppy hat if she had one and to bring a salad or dessert on her loveliest dishes.
Our sister Kelli looking so cute in her floppy hat and pretty dress.

My daughter Jessica made the little sign on this bottle.
It says, "Drink Me," as it was from Alice In Wonderland.

Sharon brought both her Blue Willow and her Rose Chintz dishes. They are gorgeous and I am so grateful to her for doing this. We took turns reading beautiful poems from this book, including those from Bryon and Keats.
We laughed when Wendy's hand went up, as if she was very into her poetry reading.
Our good friends from high school, Wanda, Wendy and Vonda.
Mary delighted us all with her Irish accent as she read an Irish poem. My sister Sharon reading her poem.
Our sister Kelli reading her poem.
Some of the ladies had fun throwing apples over to our cows.
This delighted the cow.

I saw in the movie "Emma" with Gwenyth Paltro, that the English people kept goldfish in their garden for their beauty, so I copied the idea.

Our friend from high school, Mary, and Sharon's daughter in law, Brittany, and Rachelle, Sharon's son's girlfriend.

We loved giving this tea pary and our biggest regret is that it was over so quickly. "Thank you Jesus, for this fun and good time we had together as ladies wanting to serve You and to know You better. May we have many more in the future."


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

this looks to have been a lovely, lovely day! everyone is beautiful all dressed up in their pretty dresses and floppy hats!

i love the table settings and it is even sweeter that they are nestled in an orchard! something right out of victoria magazine!!

:) becky

Judy said...

Oh Kathi, what a wonderful beautiful day spent with friends and family. I enjoyed looking at all the photos.

Elena said...

What a beautiful and romantic event! I loved seeing all the pictures. Sounds like you had a fantastic time!

nannykim said...

Kathi, this sounds like a blast! It was so nice to see ya'll in your tea clothes and the tables decked out. Love both sets of dishes (I have the blue willow). I love the teapot that was on the blue willow table. That was a hoot about the fish and the poetry reading--it is surely fun to get together with a bunch of ladies just for the pleasure of it!

Cindy said...

Kathi, what a lovely tea party. You all did a fabulous job of putting it together. I love all the pictures it was just like being there. What a wonderful memory you made that day.


Lady Farmer said...

I have been wanting to do something like this for such a long time ~ your Tea Party is such an inspiration! You did a beautiful job! Everything looks so fresh, relaxing and genteel! You have probably started a new tradition with all those ladies!
Your weather looked perfect for the day.

Amy said...

Kathi....I love all the wonderful ideas for your tea party. Beautiful pictures, too! Tell Sharon I miss her blog, and really enjoyed seeing her "at yours."

xo Amy ox

Tiffany said...

I love the sign Jessica made! And I ADORE the goldfish in the garden. I should watch that movie! Looks likeyou all had such a wonderful time!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful pictures and what a lovely idea.

I love reading your blog - it is always so inspirational with such great ides - and I am another who loved 'seeing ' Sharon at your Tea - her blog is greatly missed.

From Tracy in the UK

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

I am breathless, what a beautiful fun filled day you all had, I only regret that I was not there. You all looked so gracious, Jessica and Victoria are such beautiful young women. I know you are so proud. It was great to see Sharon too. It certainly looks like you are having a great summer too.
Thank you for coming by and for taking the time to leave me such a sweet comment, those peas you asked about are field peas and area a favorite here in the south.

Tanya Ross said...

Kathi, what a wonderful idea. Such beauty surrounds all of you, not only in creation, but the items that decorated your tables and the dresses you wore. Looks like you all had such a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing this. Tanya

shamrock fields said...

Oh Kathi--What a sweet and beautiful event! Molly

as always starzie said...

Dear Kathi,
What a beautiful party! Your tables were just gorgeous! So much fun getting together with ladies and just being "Ladies". I so enjoyed this post!
Take care and enjoy the rest of your summer!



PS It was good to see Sharon! I do miss her blog so much. I hope she does decide to come back!

vignette design said...

What a beautiful party. You all looked lovely in your hats and dresses. Just lovely!

Nancy said...


This must have been such a fun evening for everyone attending. A tea party, pretty dishes and poetry? Three of my favorite things!

I loved your daughters 'drink me' tag and the gold fish in the garden.


Nancy said...

p/s I have those same red glasses! Love them! ;-) Nancy

Charlotte said...

Fantastic. Looks like a great time was had by all. Wonderful pictures.

Karen said...

Hi my name is Karen, I came across your blog via a friend of mine.. I have enjoyed browsing your blog and reading your post.. I will be back to visit again real soon..When you get a chance I hope you will stop by to visit me at
God Bless..

Anonymous said...

Kathi, What a wonderful party. It is an inspiration, I want to have a tea party for my friends. Karen

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi kathi, I am just stopping by to say hi and hope all is well, I miss your posting.

adsgram said...

So nice, Kathi, to see you and your sisters and daughters and niece at your lovely tea party. It certainly looked liked everyone enjoyed themselves very much. PLease say Hello to Sharon from an old follower of her blog as well. She is greatly missed. I hope she and her family are doing well and are happy.

Your son's grad pics are so different from the old days when the pictures were just taken in the studios with teens all dressed up and stiff much more real now...nice!

May God bless you and yours in the upcoming holiday season.



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