Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Neighborhood Tea Party

As we all know, today's society is very mobile.  The national average for U.S. homeowners to occupy one particular house is only 12 years before moving to another location, which means my hubby and I aren't amongst the average homeowners, since we have lived in our house for over three decades, and are the original owners.  

We love our house, neighbors, and neighborhood.  At least three of us ladies on the block are tea lovers, and I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when I went to my mailbox and found an invitation to a neighborhood tea party hosted last Saturday.

A  tea party is one of the nicest ways I know to get acquainted with neighborhood ladies.

This was my place setting.  Nine ladies were invited, seven attended.  For one lady it was her first tea party.  

The savories consisted of a Cranberry/Chicken Salad Croissant, an Egg Salad Sandwich, and a Cucumber Sandwich, with Grapes.  

Cranberry Scone with Jam and Whipped Cream, Caramel Cookie, Meringue Cookie and Chocolate Brownie Bites rounded out the desserts.   Everything was delicious!

What a fun afternoon!  Special thanks to the neighbor who opened her home and allowed us to share a special time of tea and fellowship together.  With today's busy, fast paced living we don't take the time to get to know our neighbors as previous generations have.

Have you ever hosted or attended a neighborhood tea party?   I've hosted two tea parties for three of my immediate neighbors that I blogged about here and here.  With Epiphany only 12 weeks away [yikes!], maybe it's time for me to start thinking about another tea party with my neighbors.

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I'm joining Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Friends Sharing Tea


  1. What a fun thing to do! I have lived in neighborhoods where this would have been possible - right now I have not even met many of my neighbors and I've lived in this house for 11 years! (That's a shame, I guess, and has to do with both my busy schedule and the fact that some of my neighbors are only here on the occasional weekend.) But I'm glad you were able to have tea with your neighbors, and enjoyed your sharing it with us.

  2. This was really nice. I notice the age of these ladies as being closer to retirement than people on our street where many younger couples are moving in and many houses are becoming rentals because of a poor economy. Colorado Springs has been hit hard by the sequestration and the government shutdown. What she did was really nice and creates community. Her house is lovely so yours is too!

  3. You're right, Bernideen - all of us at the tea party were pretty much the same age with the exception of Kathy, who is younger. I don't know if the younger women would have an interest in tea parties???

  4. Oh, Oh!!!! What a lovely way to share the joy of your neighborhood.

  5. PS - I think the younger generations are very interested in tea!

  6. Thanks for your input, Steph. You would know since you're in the younger generation demographic.

  7. What a fun idea to have a neighborhood tea party! Love that she used her mother's Madrid dishes (my own mom collected those years ago, in clear or blue, can't remember which), and how awesome that she's still got them and can use them with friends today! The menu sounds fantastic. And you know, I believe I saw that same teapot in a T.J. Maxx not long ago!


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