Time for Tea

There are so many talented and inspiring ladies that we want to meet in our city, so Stephanie has started hosting tea parties at her house, as an excuse to invite them over and get to know them better.

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photo by Chuck Travers @ 417Home

They are a fun way to mix & mingle in a unique setting. Stephanie has a large dining table and an even larger collection of mismatched tea cups, which just invites conversation and connection.

Each party is usually on a weekday morning, and caters toward women of every walk of life. It’s not just for ladies who brunch! Mamas, Entrepreneurs, Teachers, Artists, Do-ers, Bloggers, Retirees, 9-to-5ers, you name it.

Of course there’s tea in cute cups, French press coffee, scones, and Prosecco. She doesn’t expect any of her guests to bring something, but every once in a while a quiche or a bottle of Irish Whiskey shows up. They are never turned down.

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The last tea was a small affair, twin style. Stephanie invited me (her twin sister), and a set of creative twins who we ABSOLUTELY LOVE and wanted to spend more time with. It was a quiet lovely morning, and I got to hold a brand new baby. Win win!

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Want to set up your own tea party? Keep reading for more ideas!

DISHES!

The more mismatched, the more charming. That’s our motto, at least. Stephanie finds hers at local flea markets, and has been gifted many from friends who are clearing out clutter. If you’re lacking space or budget, these paper cups are fun too!

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Talking Tables Truly Scrumptious Vintage Floral Disposable Tea Cups

I don’t collect teacups, but I do collect coupes, a small bowl-like champagne cup.

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photo by Chuck Travers @ 417Home

Again, I find these at flea markets or receive them as gifts. But I’m kind of gushing over these Pale Pink Disposable Plastic ones…

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Sugar & Cloth Pale Pink Disposable Plastic Champagne Coupe Set, 4-Piece

Stephanie’s big splurge was a Polish Pottery Teapot, which holds at least 8 cups of tea. For her, it’s worth every penny, and doubles as a work of art in her kitchen. Win win!

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Polish Pottery Teresa Large Teapot

As for plates, I collect paper plates throughout the year from a variety of places (like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods), but if it’s a truly special occasion, I’ll bring over my Anthropologie dessert plates, and Stephanie uses her vintage Currier & Ives. Throw in a few cake platters and cloth napkins, and you’ve got yourself a party!

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Rosanna Les Desserts Milk Glass, Round Skirted Cake Pedestal

Now all that’s left is the food…stay tuned for more on that.

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