It’s fin-alllyyyy feeling more like spring here in Chicago! I don’t know if either of us have ever been more excited to welcome spring before this year. After a long, long, extra cold Chicago winter, we are MORE than ready to embrace the new season.
Today’s project is a spring kick-off in the form of a casual tea. Because who doesn’t want to waste a morning gossiping with their favorite ladies over some warm tea, fresh fruit, and Trader Joe’s delicious scones? Sign us up!
There’s something about a formal tea that seems so “royal”. But let’s be real here, it’s no secret that we are all about a Rookie budget here on the ol’ Playbook. Vera Wang China and Waterford glassware is GORGEOUS but the price tag is way out of our league. Unless of course, you find it marked down at an affordable price at your local HomeGoods (Vera Wang China on a HomeGoods budget… I’ll take 2)! Yup, mixing some gorgeous new pieces from HomeGoods with some antique pieces from local thrift shops, we’ve created a royal tea on a not-so royal budget.
To add a more personal touch to this Spring Tea Party, we glued a name tag onto the actual tea bag’s tag and clipped the tea bag onto the napkins on each plate using a clothespin. Now your guests will know where to sit, and they’ll feel extra special seeing their name on the table setting.
We think this is a personal touch that anyone can do on a dime. Just grab some extra scrapbook paper and work on your fancy cursive handwriting!
Here’s a close up of one of the Vera Wang plate’s from HomeGoods. The Tiffany blue plate was a thrift shop steal.
Using this flower tutorial, we arranged some fresh flowers, placed our scones on some more HomeGoods glassware, and added some fresh fruit to the spread.
We love that the white accessories allow the fresh flowers and fruit to really stand out. Plus, buying white kitchen accessories allows each piece to be far more versatile, because it can work with almost any dining color scheme.
Once it is “tea time”, your guests can unclip their adorable tea bags and dip them into their cups to enjoy some warm tea, all while still having the opportunity to enjoy their name tag.
Who knew the royal treatment could be so adorable AND affordable? By mixing and matching some antique pieces with the gorgeous and affordable glassware at HomeGoods, you will be ready for tea time, in no time at all.
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.