I've been saving something very special for last - my final visitor for the week, Claire from One Claire Day. If you can make it past these glorious photos, you'll find a beautiful story about that most feminine of occasions, the tea party. Enjoy!
Nothing brings women together quite like a good cuppa, cheerful chatter and copious amounts of cake.
My most memorable celebratory occasions of the past few years have all centered around a table styled eclectically with vintage linens, homemade sweets and mismatched china - the modern woman reinvents the age-old ritual of the 'morning tea'.
We come together over these sugary feasts to celebrate all manner of things; birthdays, friendship, new babies, motherhood, brides-to-be (in this instance it was the celebration of my friend's new business venture). Call me old fashioned but I find a 'tea' celebration the ultimate nod to the strength of womanhood. I always leave these gatherings with an overwhelming sense of pride as a woman and feeling more closely connected to my peers. The experience makes me feel more connected to the generations of women past, too... perhaps it's due to that ever-present and undeniable nostalgic charm that seems to fill the air.
Underneath the seemingly frivolous exterior of such occasions lies something I believe to be paramount to the wellbeing of all women - togetherness. The sharing of experiences, support, encouragement, the offering of advice (or a napkin for tear streaked cheeks).
Really, I can't think of anything that can't be shared over a freshly brewed pot of tea.
Thank you, Claire! How good would it be for us all to be sharing a real pot of tea this week. If you haven't visited Claire's beautiful space, One Claire Day, rush there now.