Setting the table

Lemon slices

Fruit n flowers centerpiece

Hand cranking cream

Tea sandwiches

Tea isn't just for Girls! Guys (with cowboy hats and plaids) are invited too!

Lemon scones

Cake and "Bollywood" movie!

With the cost of gas and food going up, it’s  becoming more economical to throw your own parties at home.

Once again, it was time for “Laura Ingalls to meet Jane Austen” and pull out our grandma’s tea set and china.  (Jordanne’s motto is “What good are pretty things if they collect dust?”)

This time the tea party came with twist.  We topped off the afternoon of English tea with a lighthearted Bollywood movie/musical which everyone enjoyed.

With much of the food coming from the garden and pantry and nothing spent on decorations, we turned our dining room  into a tea parlor.   (It is still a bit cool/dreary for an outside tea party.)   The total cost amounted to what it would cost for one person to go out to a local tea room for tea.  Talk about savings!

Living simply doesn’t mean you have to be austere; actually, you gain imagination, learn a new skill(s) and save money, too! Too often these days, we let even party planning get into the hands of “experts.” There’s a concept in our society that we have to spend more to have more fun. Or that we have to “go out” to find excitement when you can bring all that home.

Tips From Our Tea Party

Thrifty: make do, use what you have or do without – decorations cost us NILL, nothing!
Upcycle: give something a second life , wrap presents in something old like fabric, skirt, pillow cases.
Garden & Citystock: grow your groceries, especially herbs!  Keep a small flock of chickens for eggs.
Kitchen: cook, bake from scratch, take a step further and learn to preserve the harvest.
Crafty & Handy: re-skill, do things yourself.  Invite friends over to help!
Home: bring the revolution home and have fun…at home

On the menu at this Tea Party were  sandwiches, homemade Meyer lemon scones (See Recipe) with home-grown/canned blueberry jam.


  1. elaine says:

    I am going to make the lemon scones, however, I do not have parchment paper or yogurt handy. Can I grease the baking pan instead? Also, what would you suggest for a yogurt substitute. Would cream cheese be o.k.?

    • Anais says:

      @elaine: Try sour cream and buttering the pan works. Let me know how it goes. Happy baking! 😉

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    Home made parties are always the best. The best group gatherings of the neighborhood are ones that just happen spontaneously on a warm summer night when folks start by sitting out on the front porch or patio. It usually ends up being the best conversations and best play time for the kids. I try to have a front patio neighor party at least one a year. I’m with Jordanne and really should use the fancy dishes once in a while.

    Have a great simple fancy dishes day.

    • Anais says:

      @Nebraska Dave: Sounds lovely, sure wish we had such a neighborhood. We’ll have to drop by your neck of the woods one day. These day’s nobody is out… folks don’t even use their front porches anymore! ;(

  3. Veronica V. says:

    I love bollywood movies! That looks so nice. I wish I could have a tea party like that. And the scones look great!

    • Anais says:

      @Veronica V.: You too, sweet! What’s your favorite? You’ll have to come over sometime then? 😉

  4. Elle says:

    I miss tea parties. They were a wonderful event among the women in my family when times were good and everyone still had spare time. I recall my Aunt making chocolate lollipops, and we would stir them in the tea. 🙂

    Your family and blog are a wonderful inspiration.
    God bless you guys, and keep up the marvelous work!


    • Anais says:

      @Elle: Ooooh, chocolate pops! Yum. I think everyone should SLOW down and make time for Tea. 😉 Blessings to you too, have a wonderful day!

  5. Lee Johnson says:

    A group of friends and I do a similar type thing. We meet at someone’s house late morning bringing our sewing machines and other craft projects to work on. We enjoy tea with fruit and other snacks catch up with each other then begin to work on our projects. I usually make a one pot meal in the crockpot, someone else contributes a salad and dessert and we share dinner and fellowship. Our extended families usually will join us for the evening meal and it becomes a perfect end to the day.

    • Anais says:

      @Lee Johnson: Nice. Like the idea of mixing tea and craft projects. Sounds perfect indeed!

  6. Monica says:

    Beautiful party! and Good For You!!! ;0)

  7. Angela Uttrich says:

    I just have to say, your home is beautiful!!

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