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18 March 2016

A Spring Tea With Piz-Zazzle

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Thanks to Zazzle.com for providing the supplies for this post!

Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
Unclear Floral Cell Phone Inspiration   :::    Rococo Floral Favor Boxes Sealed with a Vintage Rose Sticker
See that cell phone cover?  That was my inspiration for the whole table; pretty, vintage florals with a translucent modern feel.  I picked out coordinating floral designs at zazzle.com and then used them in a way that let light shine through. The candles wrapped in floral tissue paper (below) are the star of the show and pull the entire tea table together for a grand total of less than $20.  Try getting ONE fancy candle for that price!

Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

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Floral Cell Phone Cases (mine is the first one)

 So let's jump into the money-saving ideas, shall we?? See these candles?
Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

They are plain religious white candles sold at club stores like Costco and sometimes at dollar stores.  Though I don't really feel right about buying religious candles that are already decorated (think Mary and Jesus) -- the plain ones seem fair game. 

To give them some personality, I use a beautiful tissue paper ($1.95 for two sheets that will cover 3-4 candles) secured with plain old Elmer's glue.  You could also add mod-podge or a stronger finish.  I also add a bit of essential oil to "self scent" my candles.  Costs less and smells great!

Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

My next little project was with the tea towels.  
They are an interesting texture -- very similar to cross-stitching fabric, 
so I thought I would add some little embroidery accents.  

Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

A little flower here, a little stem outline there...the little pops of red add a bit of character.

Next tip? Use the tea towels as your table linens.  They work *perfectly* as stand-in placemats, or pair them with a scrap remnant fabric (pictured: bleached burlap) for an inexpensive table topper that can be used to clean up the dishes after the party! Tea towels work harder and prettier than any other linen.

Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

 Now let's talk PLANTS.  Flowers are always appreciated at a little get-together, but they can be pricey.  To stretch your florals budget, think GREEN and think HERBS.  Raid a few of your potted plants for sprigs of rosemary or mint that can serve as floral filler AND drink accompaniments!

Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
Mint Adds Color to Glasses   :::   Pour a Pretty Tea Over Herbs
Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
Red Roobios THM Friendly Tea
If you take a closer look at the floral arrangement on the table, you will note that it is just a
 few little flowers and the bulk of the arrangement consists of basil gone to seed, along with a little mint.
Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
I threatened to cut the head off that "gone to seed" basil last week - it makes great floral filler!
So brew a little tea and bake up some THM friendly treats (pictured: Just Peachy Bars, pg 286) and invite over a friend or two!
A little tissue paper, tea towels and some greens from the backyard pull a pretty and unique table together
in the time it takes to finish Connie Britton's Off Camera podcast (it was good, by the way!)

Anybody in the mood for a little tea party?

Afternoon Tea Party with Zazzle.com and Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Want more party talk?  I bet you would like my Girl's Summer Get Together!


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