Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dressed-to-a-Tea


This week's assignment for the Gracious Hospital-i-tea Blog-a-thon is:
Dressed-to-a-Tea
"Share ideas for dressing up for afternoon tea. Is your favorite tea-time outfit a silk caftan, flannel jammies, or a dress with proper hat and gloves? Do you enjoy wearing tea prints to tea? Or do you prefer something more elegant? Lace and ruffles? A feathered hat? Long pink gloves? Satins and silks? Cotton comfort? Jeans and a t-shirt you say? That's okay --- share it all here.Pictures of you in tea-time costume are welcome! But, if you are not brave enough to share a picture of 'you', simply share something you think would be FUN to wear to tea. Remember, a tea can be anything from a formal afternoon tea --- to tea in the park with a friend. It's whatever it means to you!"

OK, the subject is dressing for tea. I don't know where I heard or read way back in my early years of learning about afternoon tea that "a lady should always wear a skirt or dress to tea." I admit I have broken that rule more times than not. My style of dress for afternoon tea is "tastefully casual" usually basic black pants or Capri's with a nice top and often a sweater or jacket. I enjoy wearing tea-themed jewelry. The photo above shows some of my teapot lapel pins. The whimsical one in the center of the bottom row was made by KY crafts person Robbie Moriarty and is one of my favorites. On Feb. 5 I posted photos of beaded tea-themed items made by daughter Melissa and on Jan. 19, gold teapot earrings made by Estelle.
The top photo is KJ, our Princess. She loves to have tea with Grandma. This photo was taken at Mrs. Teapot's Tea Room in Bellvue, KY when she was 5 years old. She will soon celebrate her 7th birthday with a tea party for her friends (her choice). Her mom and I have planned the menu and activities and she is counting down the days! The sad news is they live too far away for Grandma to attend. I'm counting on seeing lots of photos!
 

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