Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Blogger Tea Party

This past Saturday I hosted local design bloggers for a meet'n greet High Tea at my apartment. A few of us had met before, but it was so great to be in one room all together. We are trying to keep up our blogging social meeting once a month - power to the DC bloggers!Here you see Beth of Style Redux and Chinoiserie Chic serving champagne to the guests.
Only a blogger can know how fun these online friendships can be. We get to share our design passions and interests online daily with one another and it's fun to bring these into real life conversations!Michele from My Notting Hill poses by the drinks station. Champagne, lemonade, sparkling water, tea and coffee were the drinks of the day.
Allie from Summer is a verb took some artistic shots of the tea table, which she thinks are blurry but I think are more impressionist! Strawberry shortcake, croissants, tea sandwiches and some other snacks all proved popular!
The spread before....... And the spread afterwards -chaos and empty plates show that everyone had their fill! I used my Harebell by Coalport china for most of everything, but couldn't resist using a plate from my strawberry cream service by Royal Doulton for the tea sandwiches to go along with the strawberry theme!
Whats a sign of a good party? Empty champagne bottles and glasses litter the coffee table!
Also in attendance was Scott from Domicidal Maniac (who I've known since early college days and motivated me to start blogging),
Thomas from My White Shirt,
Janet from JCB
and last but not least, Abby from Semigloss Chic
The peonies even got some showtime in the bathroom - I put one single flower in a bud vase to liven up the sink.As little 'host' gifts, I gave away my favorite carrotcake cupcakes from Georgetown cupcake -a nice little treat for the ride home :-) Hopefully this will encourage you to meet some of your local blog buddies!
Participant in Tablescape Thursdays!

36 comments:

Scott Fazzini said...

Stef., darling! What a sweet post! I'm still dreaming of Beth's adorably chic pink silk bow on top!

Style Redux 2 said...

Stefan- Your apartment is stunning, the food and drink wonderful, and the opportunity to interact with other D.C. design bloggers-priceless. Isn't that a commercial??? You were so great to do this. Thanks Scott-your seersucker and bow tie were worthy of The Sartorialist.

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks so much for hosting this great get together for us. Your apt. is terrific - very stylish. I need to redo my bathroom after seeing yours!

Pigtown-Design said...

I am SOOOO bummed I missed this, but I was running around getting ready for Preakess cocktails that evening.

NEXT TIME!!! I PROMISE!!!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

What a terrific idea! Oh, it sounds such fun.

Topsy Turvy said...

Great idea Stefan! Everything looks so wonderful – and I know the cupcakes were very tasty!

–Lana

Kwana said...

It looks like a wonderful time. What a lovely host you are.

soodie :: said...

A very good idea you had. and I love the cupcakes. There are a number of KC bloggers here... hum.... (I'm still CRAZY for your bookshelves and prints! It just looks fantastic.)

Fifi Flowers said...

YUMMY treats and presents... PERFECT!!!

abeachcottage said...

seems like a wonderful time was had by all, which of course is the best party!

happy tablescaping

Sarah
A Beach Cottage

custardbydesign said...

it makes me jealous to think it would be so difficult to organise a blog party in dublin... although you have inspired me to give it a go...

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susan said...

It would be so much fun to meet some of my blogger friends in person. I love your apartment! I'm afraid my favor would not have made it home--would have eaten it in the car :) Great party!

little augury said...

A beautiful fete. I suspect you will have many wannabe invitees next month. Lucky group! G

pve design said...

So many comment, "How do you have time to blog?"
I think it is the friendships, and having gatherings to meet in person make me excited to share to see what other's are find of interest. Having a "tea" is a wonderful way to meet. Looks like a lovely time!
( as I knew it would be! )
pve

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Looks wonderful! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

allie in g'town said...

I am here to attest that everything was even more stunning in person. Not a detail left untouched. I must confess that I saved the little purple butterflies on the cupcake boxes (Babe thanks you for his too!) and I will be recycling just as I did with the ribbon from PVE that was tied around your hostess gift! Can't wait to see everyone again soon!

Collar's Up!
Allie in G'town

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

We are all truly fortunate to have one another for inspiration! It looks like a great time. Please keep me in mind next time your serving champagne and such a lovely menu! Stop by and see my table setting, if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to my blog by clicking on "Follow" in the right hand column. This way we can inspire one another frequently! Be sure to stay a while when you're there and enjoy the experience!

Dickie said...

Disappointed I wasn't able to make it this month, but hope to join next time.

Until then...

Cheers!

DAM

thomas said...

stefan-thanks again for hosting. everything was perfection as i expected it would be..& thanks for including me as i have the smallest blog of everyone. look forward to more dc blogger events!

Style Court said...

Stefan, I love your rug :)

Abby said...

Never have I been to a more wonderful tea...thank you so much..what a great day. Yay for DC Design Bloggers!

Janet said...

Stefan ~ you are the consumate host! Thank you for being the catalyst for what I know will be a great series of future meetings. xo

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Fabulous idea! And looks like a fabulous party. Everything looks perfect.

Loda said...

I'm so happy it's peonies season, they are one of my favorite flowers, they looked great on the table and in the bathroom.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

What fun! I've had an opportunity to meet some of the Georgia bloggers and we always have so much fun when we get together! The food looked amazing! Love the peony in the bath...what a nice touch! I'll check out some of the blogs you mentioned. Thanks for a great Tablescape Tuesday...Mr. Linky is finally back up and working.
Susan

ButterYum said...

Impressionist... love it!

Wish I were a little closer to DC... I'm about an hour and a half away.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Looks like a wonderful time! I wonder how many bloggers live in my area....hum....

Blondie's Journal said...

Stefan,

I really enjoyed looking at the pictures from your blogger party (it is so cool to meet them, well, I've only met one!). The serving table was set so nicely and it sounds like everyone enjoyed the menu. I also enjoyed the views of your apartment~you have A LOT of books!! Well, you can't have too many, can you?

Enjoy the rest of your week, Stefan!!

Jane

YSLGuy said...

What a fabulous idea! Looks like it was a great time. I love Georgetown Cupcakes.

Joyce said...

What fun and great little take home gifts!
Joyce

Jonathan said...

This sounds - and looks - like a lovely and memorable event, but as a Brit I can't bear the misuse of "high tea"! This was "afternoon tea" my friend - "high tea" is something quite different - even your American "Miss Manners" says so!

Style Redux 2 said...

Jonathan- As an American, and the tea was in DC, "in recent years, high tea has become a term for an elaborate tea, though this is American usage." The term "high tea" is used to refer to an afternoon tea party in which tea sandwiches and little cakes are served on best china.

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Cote de Texas said...

I wish I could have been there = you are such a sweet guy - has anyone ever told you that before?

Aditi said...

What a great idea! Loved the apartment!

Jane F from Atticmag said...

The food looks delicious and it's such a wonderful idea! And thanks for the glimpse of the lovely rug from a colleague farther north who would love to find a similar community spirit here!