We asked Mom (aka Nanny) to hostess. The setting at Mom and Dad’s right now is lush. Dad’s rose gardens are abloom and glorious, the wildflower patches my sister planted a couple of years ago are all blooming spectacularly, and the trees provided an idylic canopy. To top it all off, Grandpa tree is in full bloom. Grandpa tree, a catalpa, is a huge tree with an enchanting, twisted looking trunk on our property – must be over 100 years old, wouldn’t you say, Mom? Every spring, catalpa trees are covered with lush, white flowers that rain down in the breeze. Magical. Simply magical. I wish you could all see Grandpa tree in the spring. So, Mom was in charge of the magical setting and…the tea. 🙂
We asked my sister, Kim, to decorate for us. Aunt Kim has a creative, artistic eye with a talent for decorating. How perfect a job for her then! As you will see from the pictures, she does not disappoint. We had a beautiful table with flowing white tablecloth set out on the watermelon porch. Kim chose wildflowers and arranged them on the table for our tea. She had a little help from my boys! 🙂 How good Kim was to let Sparkly and Peanut set out dead, crunchy, brown leaves amidst our fresh, colorful wildflowers!
Aunt Pam was asked to bring a treat to share and she wowed us with her delicious whole wheat banana bread made with…what else?…wildflower honey! It was delicious. Sweet Pea and I made cucumber sandwiches – they were a huge hit with Uncle Chris! And mom, in addition to making tea for us, offered brownies – a crowd pleaser any day of the week.
We each chose something to wear for the tea with flowers on it – Sweet Pea chose her tulip dress ( a delightful gift made by a dear friend of mine for her girls, and then kindly passed on to us – thank you J.! ). Aunt Kim also gifted Sweet Pea with some vintage gloves picked up at a flea market – you can surely imagine how Sweet Pea welcomed this treasure of femininity!
If the wildflowers are blooming in your neck of the woods, why not consider a wildflower tea? Throw a big white sheet over an outdoor table, or make do like we did – setting out two sawhorses and a big sheet of plywood (you couldn’t tell, could you?). Offer tea and a few treats and allow the wildflowers to set the atmosphere. If you don’t have any wildflowers blooming, consider picking up a few fresh flowers at the market…splurge a little. The memorial of the Immaculate Heart is coming up on June 20, this would be a lovely way of remembering Our Lady on her memorial. Set out a beautiful statue of Our Lady and consider making a family Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart. May your Wildflower Tea be lovely, fragrant, and full of blessings!