Monday, April 7, 2014

Flowers in the House - April

When my son was four years old, a friend asked if I wanted to join her play group.  My son and I would join five other moms and their 4-year-old boys once a week so our sons could play while we had grown-up company.

While our sons played with blocks and dinosaurs, we would have an elaborate brunch.  We would pull out our best china and decorate our tables with fresh flowers -- we were having our own play group of sorts.  Nine years later, the moms still meet for our play group (though two families have moved away and we now only meet once a month).


When it's my turn to host, my favorite way to set the table is to use a different tea set for each of my guests.


I also like to make a simple flower arrangement for each place setting.  For this particular tea, I decided to use jars that I had recycled, and to disguise them, I tied a ribbon around the neck to hide the ridges.  I then completed them with a simple arrangement of baby's breath and chrysanthemums (I bought these because our spring is not quite here yet).  After tea, my friends can take their flower arrangements home with them.


I sometimes also leave my guests a little gift.  Below, the little red satin bag contains home-grown lavender.



I am linking to Jane's Flowers in the House.  
Let's hop over there and check out other blogs.





25 comments:

  1. Very sweet Christa. And love the take away flowers.

    I want yesterdays weather back. How heavenly was that?

    Love seeing you at the shop.

    xo J

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    1. I had so much fun chatting with you, Betty and Alicia. I learned something new every time I visited too. I will come by again soon (in a week or so).

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  2. Hi Christa,

    How lovely that you continue your tradition of meeting up once a month with friends. Your table is set with such pretty bouquets, so refreshingly vibrant and elegant for the season. Love the idea of a different tea set for each guest, which changes things up and creates interesting pattern play.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Poppy

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    1. Poppy, I saw on Karen's blog how much fun you all had. That was a brilliant idea to get together in Toronto. If and when you visit Washington DC (or somewhere nearby), please let me know. I would love to meet you.

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  3. Flowers really brighten up a home. I have been planting some violet queens in our garden, and I'm looking forward to see them in bloom.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, if only I can cook like you, then my teas would have been perfect! Maybe I can try one of your recipes one day (just maybe!).

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  4. Glad you joined jane's play date today. Your arrangements are lovely, and i adore the idea of individual tea settings. What fun!

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    1. Hi Webb, we all look forward to getting together. We have a lot of fun together. We also listen and support one another. It's great to hang out with real friends who don't judge you.

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  5. So sweet, Christa! I love that you have those pretty little bouquets for each guest to take home. And it's great justification for never throwing an empty jar away! (eh-hm...I have a little collection myself...) Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog this morning. :o) Happy Flowers in the House Day!!! xo

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    1. I know... We should go into business together. Between the two of us, we wouldn't have to invest a dime in our jar inventory! :)

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  6. So nice that you still get together. Your arrangements are charming, and I love that you made one for each guest.

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    1. We actually have more fun now that we don't have to keep an eye on the boys. We also know one another very well now, so it's great fun to get together.

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  7. That's great that you still meet up. I bet your friends were thrilled with their posies - lovely idea. The cups are gorgeous too.

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    1. Yes, my friends were very pleased with their little presents. We always have so much fun together. And we are always there for one another.

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  8. Christa.. What a sweet tradition to continue! So pretty and thoughtful to make individual bouquets for each guest. Bet those little bags of lavender gave the room a heavenly aroma! Smiles...Susan

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    1. Susan, we are still very supportive of one another. We are good friends and have a lot to talk about and share with one another when we get together.

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  9. Can I come to your tea party? What a wonderful tradition!

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    1. Only if you promise to bring one of your delicious Cuban dishes!

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  10. How great that you still get together with friends from long ago. Love the sweet touches with the flowers and the lavender.

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    1. We are very lucky to have found one another. In addition to having fun together, we are always there for one another. I can always rely on any of them to drop everything if I need her too. It's a great feeling.

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  11. What a lovely tradition you have going with your friends. Your arrangements and tea sets are delightful, and how fine that your guests get to take home the flowers and homegrown lavender!

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  12. Hi,Christa!
    So wonderful that you have continued your friendship from long ago! Your arrangement on your table is fabulous.I really like those tea cups.
    I have not been to US.So, I looked up your place" Free Union, Virginia"on a map. What a beautiful
    nature, atmosphere you have!

    Have a happy new week,

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  13. Wow what a great idea you had all those years ago and how neat that you've carried on the tradition. I would love to do something like this. Your gift of take home flowers is so sweet.

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  14. What a great way to make each guest feel special.

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