We used to have a store when I was growing up named "Town & Country"... it was a woman's clothing store but when I was thinking of a name for this post I thought "tea & country" kind of fit! Although this shower was planned to be a tea party complete with rented chairs and tables; mismatched teapots, china and silver; thrifted linen tablecloths and napkins... it was also going to have a country element since well, I live in the country and weather permitting it would be outside.
We've been "enjoying" a hot and dry summer in the Pacific Northwest and although we actually had some heavy rain a few days before the shower, the day of the shower was gorgeous... and hot.
As usual, the shower had to have a theme... since it was a tea party and I wanted to request that the invitees bring recipes to share with the bride-to-be I was on the lookout for some fun recipe cards. The macaron cards I found were the perfect colors and so fitting of a tea party.
I gathered supplies including baker's twine in fun colors to make up little bundles of recipe cards.
And found the perfect invitations on etsy. Macarons, buntings and of course, the perfect colors (or at least some of my favorites)!
Part of the planning and implementation involved a trip to Seattle (and of course a day with Miss Bee!) to head to the world famous (really, it is) Pike Place Market for tea, flowers and a stop by at a french bakery. Although it was a cloudy and rainy Thursday, the crowds were out in force on this July day.
Instead of balloons at the end of the drive we used an old chair painted in my favorite shade of ASCP and one of my infamous chalkboards for signage.
And even the rustic greenhouse made for a whimsical backdrop to the tables.
Tables set with my collected, but mismatched, china and teacups. Of course the white milk glass bud vases collected for my daughter's wedding a couple of years ago came out of hiding to be filled with garden flowers.
Like my zinnias!
You may have noticed the field is planted in corn again this year... that is around 10 feet tall. It actually made for kind of a cozy and intimate setting for the afternoon.
Guests started finding a seat upon arrival...
And the littles even a had a table of their own with pint sized chairs.
The mismatched theme carried throughout the place settings.
The teapots too...
Some Cath Kidston inspired fabric stood in for an additional tablecloth with vintage sugar spoons tucked in it's fold.
Paper straws, fun jar lids and mason jars in clear, blue and green were just waiting to be filled.
And none too soon with guests arriving right on time.
Typical tea food like cucumber and cream cheese "sandwiches", chicken salad mini croissants, oriental chicken pasta salad and a Barefoot Contessa Frittata were all on the menu.
The gorgeous, and quite tasty, macarons... including raspberry, pistachio, passion fruit, lemon, chocolate, espresso, vanilla and orange.
Mini vanilla cupcakes, a recipe from Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle, make a ton and are so easy to make in a large batch of 96!
And next to the cupcakes, my sugar cookies, which are always a hit, are easy to make ahead.
My pink and green milk glass pedestals joined the plain white milk glass for a fun display.... and the background was kind of pretty too.
Everyone found a seat... and I, of course, have to point out Miss Bee being held by her great-grandmother, my mom.
Hopefully Red Gate Farm will look as pretty come the beginning of October for the big day.
The bride-to-be and her mom, my sis in law, as well as her two sisters.
The bride-to-be cheated a bit and was caught looking through her shower game booklet...
And notices the "70 days" and county page!
The booklets were fun to put togehter... with wrapping paper on the covers, macarons again, and a couple of games and a bingo card for gift opening... my favorite way to keep everyone involved in the actual gift opening. One of the games had a "disney" theme since the bride and groom to be were engages at Disneyland AND she and her sisters kind of have a "disney" obsession.
Guests enjoyed the games and bingo.
My cohosts... of course the only picture and my daughter will not be thrilled to see she was caught with a cookie in hand... and mouth!
Miss Bee managed to sleep through the hubbub.
But for the littles not sleeping I had stocked the kid's table with crayons, paper dolls...
And whoops... not tiny kid friendly scissors! I'll have to plan better in the future...
The bubbles kept some busy...
While the bride opened gifts... the first from my daughter and I. A requested cake stand and a plethora of cupcake items inspired by a Trophy Cupcake box and theme! And yes, the bride-to-be likes to make cupcakes!
We filled my vintage berry picking carts...
With cute little cups full of tea type goodies...
By evening all the guests were gone and the party venue looked a bit bare.
So I kept the bunting up just a bit longer!
And because I can't resist AND she was a much adored guest at the shower...
Miss Bee at 7 weeks...
Miss Bee at 8 weeks (love this expression!)...
Miss Bee two days after the shower at her 2 month doctor's appointment... looking rather skeptical of someone or something I must say...
And Miss Bee sleeping peacefully. Two months already, hard to believe.
Like many of you, life at Red Gate Farm has been busy this summer but I hope to catch up on some posts as I've taken lots and lots of pictures to share.
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