One of the many things Michael and I enjoy doing together as a couple is to fellowship often with our friends and family. Every weekend, we meet friends downtown at a local bakeshop to catch up with one another from the week prior. During the week, we might spend time with the kids at a fairly new coffee shop, Bindle, for example. We find great joy in blessing others and hope/pray we're able to bring some sort of happiness and joy to their lives on a regular basis.
One of our favorite things we enjoy is hosting annual parties. But not just any party, mind you, tea parties. When we were married a few years back, our wedding reception was an English Christmas Tea and it turned out absolutely beautiful! It was beyond what we could have ever hoped for - it was magical! Three Christmas trees were decorated and scattered throughout our home, homemade red/white bunting and paper-chains hung from the ceilings, Christmas music was in the air and an incredible spread of many English goodies for our guests. We felt blessed.
Since marrying, we host a Christmas Tea Party every year for our family, friends and simply just people we meet at various places who seem like they would be great to know. It's a joyous time where we make and share some of our favorite English foods, among other things. Such delicacies include Michael's homemade lemon shortbread, my traditional raisin scones with strawberry jam, cucumber and tomato & cheese sandwiches, a yule log, homemade mulled wine and more.
This year, we wanted to do something over the summer months with our friends and decided on having our first annual English summer tea party! Nothing could be more fitting and will hold that extra special meaning since we're leaving for England soon (to M's aged mother there for a while).
One of the things we further wanted to do was send home a special "token of love" for each of our guests, choosing decorated lemonade mason jars.
What you need to make Lemonade Mason Jars:
- 8 small mason jars
- 8 straws
- 8 flags
- 2-3 spools of Jute rope
- Simply wrap the Jute rope three times around the top of each jar, tying it into a bow to hold it together.
- Clip approximately 2 inches off the bottom of each straw. (If you're unable to find straws with flags already attached, you can purchase adorable ones at your local craft store and add to the tops of each.)
- Lastly, provide a pen/pencil for each guest to write their own name on their flag.
Tomorrow is the actual tea party, so we'll have a lot more to share with you in the coming days. In fact, I've asked Michael to write the next post, filling you in on all of the final details, decorations and so forth. (Let's see how he does. I think it will be fun!) Happy summer!