“It’s not the tea … that makes teatime special, it’s the spirit of the tea party. It’s what happens when women or men or children make a place in their life for the rituals of sharing. It’s what happens when we bother with the little extras that feed the soul and nurture the senses and make space for unhurried conversation. And when that happens, it doesn’t really matter what fills the cups or holds the liquid. It really isn’t the tea. It’s the spirit of the tea party.”

— Emilie Barnes, “If Teacups Could Talk”

Whilst the world is watching events “across the pond” during the 2012 Olympics in London, we are having our own little Brit experience.  We are now hosting the Homestead Tea Party.  No, it’s not some kind of revolt against taxes or a spin off of the new American political party aka Tea Party.  It’s just what it says it is–a tea party with tea and food with no political undercurrents or innuendos.

The idea just seemed to evolve.  It all started with the  beautiful tea servings we inherited from our grandmother.  “What to do with such niceties?”  was our  question.  It only made sense, along with our sense of  responsibili-tea,  to share it with others and put it to good use. Voila, teatime at the Urban Homestead was born.

We had had a few successful private  tea parties at our home for some of our farm stand customers.  People seemed to enjoy relaxing in the garden or dining in our vintage decor home while sipping tea on fine china.  Either way, a person  was transported into another world to rejuvenate themselves through  this timeless custom.

We had been getting many requests to hold more tea parties but it was getting so hot here in So Cal.  As if serendipitously orchestrated by Fate, Sis & I  had our “light bulb moment”  when someone donated some outdoor holiday lights to make our nighttime summer ice cream socials extra festive. Why not have an outdoor  nighttime tea party on these cool California summer nights? So, we did it. Our Tea Act is now part of  our history and it was a big success!  Thanks, all, for attending and for your support.  Maybe next month we can have some live musical entertainment  (Tea and Trumpets, anyone?).

Check out our CALENDAR for upcoming events.  We are putting on another “Mid Summer’s Tea”  Wednesday Aug 8 (update: event is full)  Next one coming in September stay tuned!

Would you like to throw a party at the homestead?  Contact Jordanne (jordanne(at)urbanhomestead(dot)org) for details.



  1. Maria says:

    So cosy…

  2. Ginger says:

    You girls are such innovators. Good for you.

  3. Bethany says:

    You gals sure know how to throw a party! It looks fantastic!

  4. Joyness Sparkles says:

    How beautiful and very romantic. It would be lovely to live near you ladies as I have yet to meet people here that would be very interested in such things. 🙂

  5. Christie says:

    Oh, how wonderful! What a welcoming scene and inviting crowd. I’d love to turn our backyard into this ALL the time. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  6. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais & Jordanne, how do you find the time to do all this stuff? Much of my time is spent running after a seven year old grandson. It wears a grandpa out.

    Have a great tea party.

  7. Michelle says:

    What lovely pictures….It is nice to see the past coming a live in our younger generation. Tea parties are so wonderful. And what fun to use the China and tea servers…

    Thank you for sharing….

    God bless

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