Prim, proper, and lovely

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog about motherhood and parenting to bring you… a gush about the Royal Wedding and all things prim and proper and lovely. (I can’t help myself!)

As this posts I’ll be preparing to pile into our living room with several girlfriends where we will “oooo” and “ahhh” over Kate Middleton’s dress, the flowers, the choir, the kiss… and all other things royal and weddingish.

Most likely we’ll be sipping tea, eating chocolate, and lighting up like school girls as we watch all the pageantry unfold in a land far, far away… imaginations running wild with thoughts of princes and princesses, castles and coaches.

So for now, I’ll leave you with a couple more beautiful photos (all taken by the lovely and talented Joanna) from a High Tea birthday party given in honor of my friend Sara earlier this week.

It was divine… The garden setting, the lavish spread (a potluck never looked so good!), the pretty dresses, the sparkling eyes of dear friends, the bounty of freshly-snipped garden flowers decorating tables and headpieces, the personalized party favors (antique tea spoons that Sara has been gathering), and the warm afternoon sun providing the perfect setting for girl talk and laughter and celebrating. Oh, and let’s not forget the glowing mama-to-be birthday girl.

Yes, it was divine.

the happy birthday girl is on the left and i’m under the big sunhat on the right. my face didn’t actually make it into any photos. 🙂


since ryan is away i got special permission to bring a man to the party.

Sara’s garden party High Tea was the closest thing most of us will get to anything resembling royal treatment anytime soon. (And she totally deserves the royal treatment herself!) But I’ll tell you what… prim, proper, and lovely has never been so appealing or so much fun. (Not to mention so exquisitely beautiful.)

Dear friends, when is the last time you did something as fun as attending a grown-up tea party? And, what I’m really getting at here is… will you be watching the wedding of the decade* along with the other (estimated) two billion of us?? 🙂

Giddy with anticipation,

* They are saying “the wedding of the century”… but I’m just gonna keep it “the wedding of the decade” for now. A century is a long time to speculate about!

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Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • A Little R&R
    29 April 2011 at 1:01 am

    oh that looks like such fun!! I'll be watching it here in my livingroom. I am planning a special brunch with English Breakfast tea in my teapot. I may even dress up a bit for it. *grin* It will be great fun! Can't wait!

  • Ana
    29 April 2011 at 1:29 am

    I did a tea party setting for my friend's bridal shower. It was lovely! Reminded me of being a little girl 🙂 Loved it!

    I am so ready to watch the wedding!!! Going to wake up early, brew some tea, and gush to myself about her dress 😀 I wish my girl friends were closer so we could watch it!

  • Getrealmommy
    29 April 2011 at 3:52 am

    Now that is a party! We did a high tea for my sisters wedding shower, it was so much fun, but I don't think we did as good of a job as you all did. Beautiful!!!

  • Adriel (The Mommyhood Memos)
    29 April 2011 at 4:36 am

    I can't take any credit Rachel. All I did is bring one of the dishes to share. But yeah, the girls who organized did an amaaaaazing job!

  • alison
    29 April 2011 at 12:11 pm

    i will absolutely be watching the wedding today! my daughter is more excited about it than i am….she keeps asking me, "will that girl on tv be a REAL princess"???

    and i love the grown up tea party. i am going to a teacup exchange/tea party at my church in a few days and i am VERY excited! *even though i don't drink tea. at all. but i LOVE teacups!*

  • Becky
    1 May 2011 at 2:49 am

    What a fabulous idea! It sounds like you have some great friends 🙂 I don't know when I've done something this fabulous, but I hope to soon!


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