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.