No matter the compass points of your home, the universal language of tea welcomes all, inviting warmth, connection, and hospitality from east to west, north to south.💗
Photo taken in my California home while I was preparing for one of my tea parties. 2013
Embarking on a journey from sunny California to the misty Oregon coast, my Valentine tea parties have been a delightful adventure filled with cupcakes, charming themes, and the warm embrace of friendship. Join me as I share the unique experiences of hosting these gatherings in two distinct locations.
California Soiree: In the sun-drenched ambiance of California, my tea parties took on a sweet twist. Picture this…baking cupcakes in the warmth of the kitchen, their delightful aroma filling the air. Instead of the traditional indoor setting, we’d venture outside, placing our tea on a large stack amidst the blossoming Arden. The Californian sun added a golden hue to our festivities, creating memories bathed in warmth.
Oregon Coastal Vibes: Contrastingly, the Oregon coast posed a different challenge. With inclement weather and chilly temperatures, I chose the cozy comfort of indoor gatherings. Seated inside, surrounded by the sound of raindrops and the misty view beyond the window, our tea parties took on an intimate and snug atmosphere. It became a celebration of warmth in the face of the coastal chill.
For a touch of enchantment, I sometimes have opted for a Parisian theme on the Oregon coast, with delicate pastries and Eiffel Tower-inspired decor.
In California a cupcake-themed celebration emerged, turning the focus to the sweet indulgence of these miniature delights. Themes added a whimsical touch, tying together each Galentine gathering with a unique charm.
Practical Tips for Hosting
Adaptable Themes: Tailor your theme to suit the ambiance of your location, be it the sunny outdoors or a cozy indoor setting.
Weather-Resilient Setup: In areas with unpredictable weather like the Oregon coast, ensure your tea party setup is resilient to the elements, keeping your guests comfortable.
Cupcake Creativity: Embrace the cupcake theme with creative flavors, decorations, and even a cupcake decorating station for added fun.
Intimate Seating: Whether basking in the Californian sun or seeking shelter from coastal winds, create an intimate seating arrangement that fosters connection among friends.
As I reminisce about these Galentine tea parties spanning across diverse landscapes, it’s evident that the magic lies in the adaptability celebrations. Whether under the Californian sun or beside the Oregon coast’s misty shores, each gathering radiated the joy of friendship, warmth, and the simple pleasures found in a cup of tea and a shared cupcake.