Tea Party and Plant Exchange

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Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

The Victoria Day long weekend is the traditional time to start planting outside where I live.  I look forward to getting into my garden over the long weekend every year.  I love to get my planters planted on my deck, and put in our little veggie patch.  Over the years, it’s become a bit of a tradition to kick off the season with a little tea party and plant exchange over the weekend too.

The Plant Exchange

The idea of plant exchange is to all bring one another a perennial plant from our gardens to share with each other.  You bring one plant for everyone and get to go home with as many new ones as well.  Some years everyone has had established gardens and shared some of their perennial babies or divided up a large perennial.  Other years, people with less established gardens have come and just picked up a new plant for everyone at the garden centre or even a package of seeds.  I always try to invite a mix of old and new gardeners.  The new ones are full of enthusiasm and the old ones are full of wisdom.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.I made a simple name tag for everyone with some cardboard tags and twigs.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.As everyone arrived for the party, they added their plants to everyone’s groupings.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

After we look at the garden, and exchange our plants we always sit down to a little tea party and garden chat.  I love to keep the tea party really traditional with delicious Bigelow steeped tea, little finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, and some sweets.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

The Tea Bar

This year I set up the sweetest tea bar in the kitchen with all of Bigelow Tea’s beautiful organic steeped tea varieties.

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There was classic English Breakfast, and Earl Grey.  There was also Chamomile Citrus, Green Tea with Pomegranate, Lemon Ginger, and Pure Green Tea.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

We added some traditional tea accompaniments; milk, sugar, honey and lemon.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

I used my vintage milk glass pretty tea cups.  Sometimes it’s nice to get a little fancy. 😉

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

Select Steep by Bigelow Tea teas that are now available in Walmart Canada and coming soon, online.  I picked mine up in my local Walmart, look for them in the tea section.

Steep by Bigelow Teas are completely new to Walmart Canada locations, and I know you’ll be excited to try them.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

I love offering  my guests so many great varieties.  These organic teas were so delicious.  My favourite had to be the traditional English Breakfast, but there’s so many great varities there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

The Tea Table

I set the table for our tea party.  I layered my vintage lace tablecloth, and then added lots of pretty white flowers in vintage bottles.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

Such a simple and pretty spring centre piece with some of the flowers from my garden.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

I thought it would be fun to do a little favour for my guests to take home from the party so I made some little tiny bottles of wildflowers.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

I found an inexpensive box of mixed wildflowers, and then used a funnel to put them into these sweet little glass bottles with cork tops.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

The labels are made from simple brown paper.  I put one at every place setting and everyone loved them.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

Tea Sandwiches

For the tea sandwiches we started with traditional cucumber and cream cheese.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

I love to make these and cut off the crusts for a dainty treat.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

We also had some egg salad sandwiches on mini croissants.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.My favourite little tea sandwich though had to be the homemade chicken salad in toast cups.  You can find the recipe for these Chicken Salad Toast Cups here,  just in time for your own long weekend tea party.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

Scones and Clotted Cream

Years ago, I got to live in England for 8 months.  One of the delights I’ll never forget was going for a cream tea.  A cream tea consists of a beautiful pot of hot tea -and Bigelow certainly had us covered there, and scones with butter, jam and clotted cream.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

It’s hard to find clotted cream over here, but sometimes you get lucky.  If you can’t find any you can always substitute some whip cream, it’s not quite as special but works in a pinch.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

The Sweets

And every tea party should finish with some sweets.  We made a beautiful cream cheese and cherry strudel.Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

We also had some little pineapple angel food cakes.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

Aren’t these tea cup cupcake holders the cutest? And we topped them off with some whipped cream.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

There were also some delicious almond thumb cookies.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

And there were many, many cups of Bigelow Steeped tea.

Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

Everyone loved trying all the different varieties and choosing their favourite.  Want some more ideas on how to Tea Proudly -click here.  #TeaProudly

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Tea Party and Plant Exchange: celebrate the beginning of gardening season with a plant exchange and tea party. Everyone brings a plant for everyone else from their garden, followed by a tea party together to celebrate the love of gardening.

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