Later this week I am having a few good friends over for a tea luncheon…it’s a gift to a friend and I want it to be special, memorable. It takes a bit of planning and I love doing it. My plan is scribbled on a yellow pad. Over the next few days, I’ll post how I am doing against this plan and show you the final results. My confidence is high that the event will be a roaring success for two reasons…first, these friends are engaging, delightful, and easy going. Second, we will start with sparkling wine in the garden :-). My best friend and I developed the luncheon menu using our Tea With Betty books. I will share the menu in tomorrow’s post.
The Plan: Four areas to work on… Yard/Garden…House/Table Setting…Food Prep…Final Serving including Tea
One week out: Action: Spruce up the garden and front yard – Status: Done!
Four days prior to luncheon: Develop shopping list and prep schedule – Done!
Two days out: Set tables and shop for non-perishables – prep a couple items
One day out: Shop for perishables and prep items
Day of: Assemble prepped food items, serve
This post is about the garden setting… I forget how much I love gardening until I get out there and start bringing things back to life after winter. Since guests first impressions will be of the front yard & porch, table setting, and backyard garden where we will gather prior to sitting down for lunch, I spent considerable time in livening up the flower beds and pots.
While I was motivated to get my yard into shape because of the tea luncheon, additional inspiration came from seeing stunning gardens a few days ago on a garden tour of homes in Three Arch Bay, Laguna Beach (hosted by the Laguna Beach Garden Club.) Below are a few photos of the gorgeously inviting courtyards and gardens on the Three Arch Bay garden tour. Many were most inviting for sitting down with a cup of tea and a book.
O.K. – While not as elaborate as the gardens on the Three Arch Bay tour, here’s my yard, ready for company—four days prior to my luncheon.
Don’t you love having parties at your own home as a motivating factor to “get things done around the house?” I grew up in a household where if we were having guests, we all ran
With the yard and gardens ready…I can move onto the food planning and table setting. Am going to make a pot of tea and relax a bit for the rest of the day.