So, back to the party…as you can see from the ladies above, the first guests arrived in style. The house is overflowing with flowers of every color. I’m so glad you could make it! Please come in, and make yourself comfortable. If you’d like to take a look around first, visit my flickr site here for pictures of all the wonderful spring swaps that I have received that now adorn my home. They are all just lovely! Then sit down for a bit of tea and some treats. I have lots of goodies:) I have freshly steeped tea in every flavor imaginable and an array of cups and saucers. Please, don’t be shy, introduce yourselves to one another. Feel free to post on the comments about yourself. I’m off to mingle with all the others that have made it. Enjoy! Here is a list of the parties in progress all around the world. Go check them out....there are some amazing parties going on!
There is quite the party going on over at Lilly Cottage. Look at the gorgeous collages that they made!
Look at the *unbelieveable* table setting's that Lidy's and oh so adorable Claudette are having quite the time.
Check out Mary's got every kind of tea you can imagine!
Vickie shared a delightful invitation for more people to come on over.
Fiona is here from Scotland. So glad you could make it:)
Look at the tea cosies that Maria shared. Fabulous!
Laume has some tea trivia for you to ponder.
Another Minnesota girl, and new ArtsyMama blog reader, Allie is here. Waving hello to you "neighbor"
Darla has a wonderful photo of her grandmother's gorgeous teapot. Welcome!
Shabby in the City is having a grand party in her backyard in Kentucky. Looks like spring to me:)
Visit Susan for some fun tea quotes and look at that "tea-shirt"! Looks cozy. The day is over in Australia. Hope she'll join us in the morning.
Joan in Italy's tea party is going strong. How beautiful!
Another Dawn, in western NY, is sipping lemon tea in an adorable little cup. Go say hello!
Sarah Louise discusses who she'd like to have tea with. What about you...who would be your choice?
Carol of Boxwood Cottage in Germany, shows us some tea time treasures. My eyes are delighted!!
Come visit Karla for a little tea etiquette. I'm certainly not holding my cup correctly. Oops!
Dear Violette, my new French swapping pal, shows us her stunning party with a pink and green theme.
Dawn sure has an "oh so pretty" invitation for us all. Love it!
Gudrun has a very inspiring tea party in her garden for us..all the way from Norway! Absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for all the Norwegian info. Love hearing about where everyone lives.
Nuttula is here with some gorgeous tea pictures.
Dede has a fun mad hatter party goin' on.
A big hi to Bonnie from just down the road. Thanks for dropping in!
Jeanne is sipping tea and looking out at the rain. Lets go brighten up her day:) Wow, doesn't her home look delightful.
"Norah"....so glad you could make it. Wouldn't be the same without you! Thanks for showing us your collection.
SoInspired is here with a fabulous tea set and her grandmothers fabulous vintage tablecloth.
Guenievre is here from Belgium. Oh my, look at the color of those tea leaves. Fantastic!
Take a look at Amy's delightful party with her wee one and her crafty treasures.
Feelin' the afternoon munches? Debbie has cucumber sandwiches and cookies!
LaTeaDah is sharing some great tea treasures from her shopping trips.
Kyra is here too. Yet another Minnesota mama! Looks like her and her kids are having a grand time:)
Heather is hoping all these wonderful spring parties will help the snow melt. Me too!
Georgeanne has some wonderful bunny tea accessories.
Take a peek at Sharon's amazing country cottage. Take your tea and enjoy the tour!
Sue has some chi tea (yummy!) and other treats.
Jessie has a cool front porch sale along with her tea party.
Lovely Lauren has put together a gorgeous tea party outdoors with the girls. Her decorating always blows me away. Gorgeous!
Nerissa shared some lovely pics of a tea party for her sister.
The one and only Gypsy Purple has arrived stylishly with some gorgeous summer tea pics.
Love that people are still trailing in at the end of the day. Michelle has arrived.
Sonia knows how to have a nice, relaxing end to a fabulous day...tea and a magazine.
A few people joined us late into the night. Why not?! The ParTea Planner had a **marvelous** spread and super cute kids to join in the fun!!
Regina has the most adorable hat!!
Another Minnesota "neighbor" and dear friend, Ginger, joined for a bedtime tea.
Susan is even continuing her party through the night Down Under.
Can't think of a better person to close down the party (at 3 am!) than Jenny "Everyday is a Holiday". So glad you could make it!
Before you leave, don’t forget to join me in creating this adorable spring craft.
All you need is some chenille stems in a spring color of your choice and a Styrofoam egg to shape the baskets. Fold four stems in half and twist them together at midpoint to create a star shape with 8 spokes. Add a ninth spoke by hooking the end of another stem in the stars center.
Trim the ends so that all the spokes are the same length. Space spokes evenly apart. Hook the end of yet another stem to a stem near the stars center. This will be the stem you start weaving with. Place the chenille stem “star” onto the Styrofoam egg (and you can pin it to the bottom, or just hold it).
Curl spokes upward onto the egg to form a cup shape. Begin weaving stem over and under each of the spokes.
When you reach the stems end, wire another stem to its end and continue weaving. Repeat until the basket is as large as you would like.
Then trim and fold over the ends of the stems into the basket to secure. To make the handle: twist 2 stems together, and hook onto lip of basket.
To make a base to have the basket sit upright instead of tilting, make a circle out of a chenille stem and glue it to the bottom of the basket.
This project is taken from the April issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. This issue has some truly egg-ceptional crafts in it (hehe.) Thank you so much for coming. Be sure to check back as the list will continue to grow throughout the day and night. New guests will be added to the bottom of the list.
The sun is setting here in Minnesota, but the tea parties are still in full swing! So glad you're all enjoying yourselves. This has been an incredible day! If I could wear any dress for evening tea, this would surely be it. Gorgeous! Come join me for a few more cups of tea before we say goodnight.Happy Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!