Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Teatime Parties Book Giveaway



"Whatever the occasion that finds you gathering with family and friends, we offer inspiration to make the milestone more meaningful by celebrating it with a tea party." ~ Teatime Parties


One of the benefits of working with Victoria magazine is getting to enjoy the beautiful and inspiring works produced by our sister publications at Hoffman Media. A longtime reader of TeaTime, I am always especially eager to collect the latest book in the magazine's library of tea-themed offerings. The newest volume is especially exciting to me, as one of the parties was photographed at our house earlier this year. Would you like to take a peek? 




The "First Tea Party" menu and tablescape were shot at our kitchen table. When I shared the book with my family last night, 13-year-old Mary Ashley was particularly proud to note that her chair is now "famous." I am also pretty pleased that some of my favorite china (shown with the Caroline place card) added a fitting complement to the many pretties brought by the TeaTime stylist. Test-kitchen chef Elizabeth Stringer left several treats for us to enjoy, so I can heartily recommend the recipes in this chapter.


Preview more delightful tea-party themes here, and order your copy of the book here!


For your opportunity to win a copy of this lovely new volume, leave a comment below detailing your favorite occasion to celebrate over tea.

14 comments:

Patricia Wigley Lusk said...

Celebrating one of my granddaughter's birthdays at a tearoom that was in Cresrview, Florida, was such a fun day. Watching all the young teens girls dressed in their party dresses and wearing the homemade facinators was such a treat. No one was in a hurry for the tea to end.

Ella said...

My favorite occasion to celebrate over tea is simply any family time together.
There is simply not enough family time in these fast paced busy times.

Cindy said...

Since we live in a rural area of Kansas, there are no tea houses nearby to enjoy. Our daughter, (who is now a freshman in high school) and I LOVE tea houses and have enjoyed a few while traveling to other places. However, some of our best memories come from the tea parties we hosted at our home to celebrate her birthdays during younger years. She and her classmates still reminisce about those special times! :) I think it's time to start planning again, with her high school friends!

P.S. On another note, I have to tell you how much your last blog post "Stretched" touched my heart. Our son is a senior in high school this year and I, too am beginning to feel extremely emotional as this year progresses. I can only imagine what I will be like at graduation time!! I love your story of a "stretched heart" and will always try to remember that as our family dynamics continue to change. Thanks for your wonderful reflection! I love your blog....it is such a positive and uplifting place! :)

Penny said...

Tea with a friend is always special and something that we need to slow down and enjoy more often

Deborah said...

My granddaughter, about to turn 21 and have have begun a tradition of having tea when ever we celebrate an occasion. She took me for high tea at a quaint tea shop in Oviedo, FL and I'm surprising her for her 21st by taking her to tea at Disney World. It all began with our sweet little tea parties with lemonade and little Debbie white cakes when she was two. Thank you for the opportunity.

Tracy Robinson said...

The most favorite occasion my friends and I love to celebrate over tea is the beautiful occasion of friendship. I have 3 children still at home, that we home school, run a home business, and we are involved in church and community activities and it seems my friends are in the same boat. Quite a bit of time can go by before we make time for each other and when we do we end up making scones, tea sandwiches, and dessert "just because" and the labor of love is so appreciated and well worth it to finally sit and linger over the goodness of tea and the goodness of God in our lives.

Christi D said...

We love tea times of all types, but one of our favorites was a Winter Tea that we hosted in January right around the time of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. We invited the youth girls in our church, and they each brought baby or maternity items to donate to our local Pregnancy Support Services. We took time to discuss the value of all human life and to pray for these women and their unborn and newborn babies who are served by the center.

Carol said...

I don't drive, and so spend most of my time at home. It is always a blessing to invite ladies to have tea here to celebrate good things, or share struggles.

Connie said...

I love any excuse for afternoon tea, but my favorite time is with special tea friends. We have a common bond that includes a deep appreciation for a time set apart to enjoy each other's company over the kinship that tea provides. The slower pace of enjoying an afternoon tea brings such refreshment to our usually busy schedules, and helps us refocus on the blessings in our lives.

Barb said...

Tea is very much a part of our lives. We married in 1978 and started drinking tea as an end to our day. I purchased a tea pot and cups ,no handles, that we still have! This tradition has continued with our son and daughter in their homes! We love traveling and buying different loose teas.Iced tea is always in our frig too! At the end each of day we thank the LORD for another day and a great cup of tea! Loved all of your family pics and have a great year at college!

Joanne said...

How fun that Mary Ashley's tea party is featured in this book. It looks like a lovely volume and I would be thrilled to win a copy.

I love collecting tea sets and they are well used. When grandkids come from out of town to visit, the kids dress up with some clothes, hats, gloves, and other things I have saved for such occasions and we take photos in the garden. They dress baby bunnies up and the buns are featured in the photos also.

When my piano students finish a piano book, we celebrate by having a tea party. I have a lot of students now, so I just have two teas a year instead of having a piano recital. One is at Christmas. They invite their family and I have finger foods, tea and crafts. The kids take turn playing a Christmas song and that is our festive background music. The other tea is staged in the garden and the students dress up.

Annually I host a ladies tea for our garden club. Its a great opportunity to get our pretty tea cups and put them to use. The ladies enjoy dressing up and wearing hats. We big girls like to play dress up too!

Thanks for a fun post and give away!

Delyn Metcalfe said...

I love TeaTime magazine; I enjoy the recipes and usually find a few to prepare and take to work for my co-workers to enjoy. I always look forward to your posts. I know you are very busy, but would love to see how you are decorating your house for fall.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your beautiful kitchen table being featured in this new book and congratulations to Mary Ashley on her famous chair! My favorite way to celebrate tea is when I have a few sweet young ladies in my home for a tea party. I love seeing them dressed up in their favorite dresses and hearing their delightful conversation around the table.

Tea Baking and Cooking said...

My favorite time to celebrate tea is to have family and friends over! It's a pleasure to see everyone enjoying the tea and treats and conversation!

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