Monday, May 2, 2022

Let's Par-Tea!


Every other month, a group of friends that met through water aerobics, gets together for a lunch to celebrate birthdays, and friendship.  

We started this for my birthday, after my beloved hubby passed away. My friends were so thoughtful to do this.   We used to get together at restaurants, but then we decided that we could talk and visit better at peoples' houses.  Some people do not do water aerobics any more, but they are still included. 


My theme was of course a Tea Party!  I bought flowers from Trader Joe's and fixed them inside some pretty teapots.  We always use paper products for ease in clean up, but I used my pretty teacups, and put out so many choices of teabags and tea pyramids for the ladies to choose. 


There were 19 ladies in all and I set up three tables.  I have to admit that I really enjoy the hospitality part and setting things up.


Here's the last table and I used my late Aunt Kitty's cut work tablecloth for this one.


Everyone brings something to share.  I made the mini dirt cakes for my offering.  We had mini chicken salad croissants, pimento cheese tea sandwiches, egg rolls, cheese and crackers, hummus and pita chips, veggie pizza squares, veggies and dip, shrimp and cocktail sauce, and more desserts.  One lady brought homemade macarons.  We have ladies from that are from Viet Nam, Italy, and Columbia.



Our one friend in the front right has recently completed chemo, and we were glad that she came.

Here's another group of ladies....


.... and another group.  We sing to the birthday girls and we always say a prayer before we begin our lunch.  I think everyone enjoyed themselves, and some stayed and visited on my patio by my waterfall. 


I'm ending with this picture of Hayden that my daughter-in-law, Kristen sent to me.  Hayden, if you remember has very curly hair.  She got a haircut and a style, and Kristen said that she looked like a mini me.  I have to agree!  Lol!!



Thank you for your visit!  xo




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28 comments:

  1. How very special to celebrate everybody's birthday each year. You all certainly did "par-tea", Kitty. Everything looked lovely and joyous with your exquisite touches. Sending a special hug to the lady who has just finished chemo. As for Hayden, that is one seriously bedazzling bow in her pretty hair.

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  2. You are one lucky lady to have a circle of friends that celebrate everybody's birthday each year. Setting the tables for your "par-tea" must have been so enjoyable. Your mini-me is adorable with her pretty hair. Have a great week Kitty. xo

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  3. Aw, that sounds like such a fun party and it looks like you have a wonderful group of friends!

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  4. Kitty, what a lovely idea, celebrating friends birthdays with lunch get-togethers. It's always fun to set-up tables and plan the menu.A great way to keep in touch with friends. Happy week.......Hayden is adorable sporting her new look!

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  5. that is lovely that you do that! Looks like a wonderful time! Hayden is darling!

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  6. Hayden is adorable and yes she sure does look like you Kitty. Oh am I ever in love with your tea party. How precious and so sweet that you ladies do this. Girl, If I was close by I would not only join your water aerobics but I am quite sure that I would invite myself to the party! LOL! Happy May dear Kitty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  7. Love Hayden's cut! Too sweet!
    I'd love to attend one of your parties! Such fun...
    hugs
    Donna

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  8. Of course, I love the tea party-theme of your gathering! I'm admiring everything from the pretty teawares to the fun desserts like mini dirt cakes.

    Yes, I concur that Hayden bears a striking resemblance to her Nana. What strong genes you have, Kitty!

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  9. How wonderful you all continue to get together Kitty! Your teacup bouquets are so pretty along with your collection of teacups! It's so much more fun and less work when everyone brings food to share. I adore the photo of Hayden with the sequin bow in her new 'do'! Happy Monday ♥

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  10. What a beautiful gathering of women. You have so many lovely things to share...no wonder you enjoyed being the hostess. Your little grandgirlie does look like you! ☺️

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  11. What a fabulous par-tea! You outdid yourself. I love all your tables and the sweet friends photos. Your mini dirt cakes were cute and all the food sounds wonderful.

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  12. What a lovely party! How lucky you are to have such a wonderful group of friends. I think your tables are set so pretty and the teapots look great.

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  13. What a lovely and fun gathering! How nice you have room for that many ladies! Beautiful tablescapes and I'm sure they all had a great time. Very sweet you all celebrate birthdays. Hayden's haircut DOES make her look like her nana. WOW! She's growing up too fast, along with the rest of those grands, huh? Thanks for sharing. I feel the joy in your lovely post. XO

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  14. Oh, I love the par-tea! From the linens to the yummy foods to the beautiful company.....what a wonderful thing to do! Yes, Hayden is your mini me, so cute!!

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  15. What a lovely tradition, Kitty. Everyone looks so happy and pretty - and your tables are always so seasonally lovely. I love your fun gardenesque desserts!!!!

    And your mini me looks beautiful as her grammy. ♥♥

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  16. What a lovely party, Kitty. I always enjoy reading about get togethers. Everyone looks very happy to be sitting around your pretty table. The food looks delicious and it's such a help when everyone brings something to contribute rather than doing it all yourself. Hayden is definitely a mini-Kitty!

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  17. You are so lucky to have a huge group of friends that get together each month. It looks like a fun tea party and the food and tea sounds perfect. Hayden is such a cutie! Enjoy the rest of the week and have a happy Mother's Day Kitty.

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  18. Kitty - this looks like such a fun group! I feel like this sort of gathering is not happening very often these days and you inspire me to look for ways to do this myself more often. I love that you set up different small tables - I can't always fit everyone one large table in my small house but if I did small ones . . . that might work! Everyone looks like they thoroughly enjoyed their time!

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  19. Precious time and beautiful tables.Love those gorgeous tablecloths. Hayden is adorable like her Grandma!

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  20. What an enchanting idea! I remember when your darling husband passed a few years back (time has really flown), and I know that time was so difficult. That this tradition had its genesis in the wake of his passing and still goes on speaks to many virtues. I am just floored to see how many ladies participate and to what level you all rise to make it a happy and engaging occasion. The lady who just finished chemo...wow! I'm glad she was well enough to join you. What a heartwarming post!!! Happy Mother's Day to you.

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  21. What a lovely tea party Kitty, and such a wonderful tradition of friends meeting monthly to visit and celebrate birthdays! I agree, setting up and planning is just as much fun as the gathering itself! Your Hayden “mini me” is adorable!
    Jenna

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  22. A beautiful gathering Kitty. Each table of ladies is lovely. This tradition makes me smile. How special to continue this celebration. You are a wonderful hostess. The food sounds delicious. Hayden is your mini me. So sweet. Congrats to the lady who finished chemo and was able to come.

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  23. Aw, what pretty tables you set for your tea party! And, I agree. Little Hayden looks like a little mini Kitty! Sending much love your way!

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  24. This reminded me of my Mom's tea Parties - so many different tea cups! Your grandaughter is precious! Happy Mother's day

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  25. These ladies sure that fun and this was their special day. I am sure they loved it all and felt very pampered at these lovely tables.

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  26. What a wonderful group of ladies! It's so nice that you all still get together to celebrate birthdays and what a wonderful hostess you are!

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  27. Forgot to mention how adorable Hayden is with her new haircut and style :)

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  28. Hello Kitty
    I really enjoyed reading your discretion about your meetings. How beautiful your tables and I really liked the teapots and cups!
    Since 1980, I have met quarterly with a group of former Mathematics internship teachers/supervisors. We usually visit museums or exhibitions and then have lunch in restaurants.
    Unfortunately, over the years, the number has dwindled. We are currently 5.
    Because of Covid 19 we went to monthly meetings through Zoom. But let's hope we get back to it soon!
    Good week

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