August 12, 2011

Teddy Bear Tea Party: Part 2-Invitations & the pink flamingos

Hey, that title could be the name of a rock band!

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One Year Blogoversary!
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It's been so much fun planning for this party.  As I made up the guest list, I thought of all the wonderful women and girls who bless me and my daughter with their friendship and I wanted to invite twice as many as I did!  In fact, if I invited all of my blogger friends I'd have to rent a huge hall to accommodate us all! Thanks for your prayer and comment support this past year.  How appropriate that I get to celebrate this milepost in my life pondering my real and virtual relationships.  

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The day before we left on vacation, I made the invitations for the party.  First, I went to Micheal's and bought several packages of cards that were blank-inside,  $1.50 for 6.

Next, I typed the words of invitation on a Word document and then copied and pasted it 2 more times on the same document.  I cut the 3 invitations apart, trimmed the edges, and nipped the corners with my handy-dandy corner rounder punch thingy.  Last, I glued them to the inside of the cards.
This is how I worded it:
You are invited to
A Teddy Bear Tea Party
To honor
Sonja * *, My First Grandchild
[Daughter #2]
Saturday, August 20, 2011
1 p.m.
At My Home
[my address]
Please bring a favorite childhood toy (teddy bear, doll, book, etc.)
or be prepared to tell us a story about your childhood.
R.S.V.P. [my phone number] or [my email address]
I asked my friends to bring a toy or story so they could share about it with the group as an ice-breaker.  What do you think about that?  Do you have any other suggestions to just get 
a group of women (ages 4-85) talking?
Also, I invited 4 of my little girlfriends, ages 4 to 8, along with their Mommies and/or Grandmas.  It seems like a fun, informal way for them to learn ladylike manners in a group social situation.  
I wanted to get the invitations out before I left on vacation so my friends would have nearly a month to plan and respond.  So far, about 12 women I invited have R.S.V.P.'ed, which I really appreciate. Makes it so much easier to plan how much food and party supplies to buy.

Speaking of goodies.  Let me just say this:  if you leave the party without having satisfied your sweet tooth it will be your own fault!  I hope to share my menu and recipe links soon.

While I was creating and addressing the invitations, my Dear Husband was glamming up the border of this flower bed.  The bricks defined it so nicely.
Then he made a new bed under the rhododendron on the back side of our home.  Remember the French drain he installed here last summer?  This is an improvement of monumental proportions.
Oh, there are the 2 new members of the family, the pink flamingos.  I bought them as a kind of memorial to our local garden column writer, Dulcy Mahar, who passed away in July.  She wrote a weekly column with contagious passion, enthusiasm, and wit for nearly 20 years.  A few years ago, she added a flock of 4 flamingos to her woodsy back area.  Before that, she had a thing for garden gnomes.    By her suggestion, I created my outdoor room.  I will miss her.
Did you know that flamingos like the seeds on fern fronds?  I didn't either.
This area under the fir and cottonwood trees gets very little sun.  We've struggled valiantly to grow grass here, but to no avail.  My DH covered it with some garden mulch just to cover the bare clay.  Voila!  He'd just added another flower bed to his Honey-Do list.  He didn't mind.  I transplanted 4 ferns from elsewhere in the yard.  Then I took a hit for the team and visited a favorite nursery to purchase several new ferns, some ground cover, and 3 pink impatiens for a little of the party's theme color.  We're thrilled to reclaim and beautify the area just in time for the party.  I plan to spread quilts, chairs, and small tables on the grass in front of this area so we can talk amongst ourselves.
By the way, would you please pray with me that we have pleasant weather for the party, especially because I plan to have it in the back yard.  Thanks!  I knew I could count on you.
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Beverly for Pink Saturday.  
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help to raise money for

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Kathy said...

Hello there! This looks like a lot of fun - lovely garden, I hope the weather holds out for you!
Your newest follower,

Discovery School at First Baptist Heath said...

praying that this party is rewarding to all who come.. and that your weather is tea party perfect. Love the idea of the younger ones learning social graces. and had you invited bloggy friends, I would have chipped in for the room rental! :)

Chatty Crone said...

I hope the party turns out T-terrific!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Very pretty!

My Pink Post, have a nice weekend!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Karen. I know your party will be the very best ever. I sure wish I could be there.

Tell your husband I said he is a keeper. Your yard looks awesome.

Thank you for participating in this very special Pink Saturday. I hope your visitors will come over to comment and help us to raise more money for the next Miracle Makeover.

LV said...

You have a very pretty garden. I am sure with you reactivity the party will be a blast.

Kaye Swain - SandwichiNKfor grandparents and caregivers said...

What a fun and delightful tea party for grandparents and grandchildren! Praying for great weather for y'all :) Have a lovely Pink Saturday / Miracle Makeover weekend.

Anonymous said...


Your invites, yard and all look so fun. I know the party will be perfect!

Thank-you for your post on Miracle Makeover... I so appreciate your time and talent!

Angel wings to you...covered in lilacs!


The Artful Diva said...

It's a wonderful cause. I hope they raise a ton of $$

All the effort in your yard is paying off big time!

Charlotte said...

Sounds like a terrific party. I know it will be fun.

Robin said...

Your party sound like great fun....I do hopr you have lovely weather for it.

Wishing you a beautiful pink weekend

HeARTworks said...

What a nicely planned tea party- hope it turns out well for you and the guests. I'm sure the story telling will be fun! Patsy from

Pinkim said...

Very pretty...I just love the invitations and the pink flamingos. I am a pink girl myself...Pinkim fromTrulySimplyPink

Pamela said...

Beautiful invitations! I know your party will be full of joy for you.

Your garden is beautiful.

Alida Sharp said...

the garden looks lovely...hope the tea party went well!


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