When I think of spring I think of flowers blooming, birds chirping and kites flying. All three of these make me quite giddy, but let’s face it, going to a park on a windy day and flying a kite, well life doesn’t get much better than that.
I still have fond memories of flying kites as a family and then on dates, but I think my best kite memories are the years I spent teaching school and each year as an art project I would have my students create their own beautiful kites and then on the first windy day we would go out and fly them.
So this year I decided to once again make a kite . . .
By quilting the paper together and then folding and hot glueing it to the sticks.
(my cute momma was so patient and kind to be my helping hands)
And is this lacy tail the cutest thing ever?
(no, I’m not going to fly this kite)
It’s going to be my front door greeter.
As well as my spark for a spring tea party.
I used my three loves of spring to create the invite . . .
Got busy making more kites . . .
lots and lots of fun kites, that hung on my wall as a banner . . .
even hanging from the chandelier and ceiling . . .
And welcoming my guests as they arrive.
(I always put this sign out so my guests feel right at home the minute they step foot on my porch and I also don’t need to worry about getting to the door each time the doorbell rings)
Then you know me, I started on my table scape . . .
Incorpating a kite as well as some birds and flowers.
And adding a few pictures that went along with my kite theme.
For the place setting this time I used my white china dinner plates, pastel china salad plates, and gold flatware.
Placing a neatly folded white linen napkin underneath this fun tea cup which was used as both their party favor as well as place cards. I wanted their party favor to also go along with the theme of birds in song, flowers in bloom and kites in fight.
Once again pulling out and using my ralph lauren bed spread using the stripe side this time, it was the perfect choice to liven the table up and it just reminded me of kites.
Table was all ready with their fresh drinks and place cards as they entered my home.
What an enjoyable afternoon we had, sharing lots of fond memories, making new friendships and filling my home and heart with all kinds of laughter and joy.
As always my friends, thanks for dropping by. Have a most wonderful day.
As promised for my guests here’s the recipes from our menu.
Fill blender 3/4 full of frozen strawberries
add 1 cup sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup sour cream
and fill the rest with milk (I use 1%)
Blend until it’s like a smoothie.
In a large bowl combine:
1 (2-liter) bottle Shasta diet grapefruit soda
1 (12 ounce) can frozen white grape juice, undiluted
1/2 bag of ice (I like to use sonic ice)
Mix with no water, just lots of ice.
Avocado and Caramelized Pineapple Salad
2 Tbl. sugar
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 3-lb pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch thick slices
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup orane juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red onion, coarsely chopped
1 yellow pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 avocados, peeled and chopped
1 cup blackberries, rinsed
2 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped
In a bowl combine sugar and chili powder; sprinkle evenly over pineapple. In a nonstick skillet, cook pineapple 10 minutes over medium heat, turning once until sugar is caramelized and pineapple is golden brown. Remove pineapple and cool at least 10 minutes. Cut into the 1 inch pieces.
In a large bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, orange juice, cilantro, garlic, 1 tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper (I also like to add maybe 1 tsp or more sugar). Add pineapple, onion, sweet pepper, avocados, and blackberries; toss gently to combine. Add lettuce, toss gently until mixture is just coated and serve.
Cucumber and Strawberry tea sandwich
Stir together 1 (8ounce) package cream cheese, softened; 1/2 peeled, seeded and finely chopped cucumber, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup minced red onion, 3 Tbl. finely chopped fresh basil (I prefer to use 1 table spoon basil and 2 table spoons of fresh mint), 1/2 pepper, 1/2 salt. Spread on white bread with diced strawberries.
Orange and Cranberry tea sandwich
Stir together 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened, 2/3 cup dried cranberries, 1/3 cup orange marmalade, and 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans. Spread on pumpernickel bread with thinly sliced smoke turkey and fresh arugula.
Linking up today with Jennifer @awellstyledlife and Heather @stylemindchic for their new link up party about inspiration. What inspires you and others to live the way your do, dress the way you do, decorate the way you do, etc. Today I’m sharing how this simple kite inspired my Spring time tea party. It only takes one item to light a creative spark.