A Vintage Tea Party

Consideration provided by Hallmark at Walgreens.


I believe in the importance of returning the everyday kindness that is reflected my way. Gratitude is such a powerful thing, isn’t it? And there are always opportunities to positively impact the shape of someone’s day. Through a language barrier and a significant age gap, I’m lucky to have the sort of neighbor who intuitively knows when I’m stretched and frazzled.  She subtly responds by picking up a piece of chalk to join my kids in their sidewalk masterpieces – or she’ll appear with a watering can to enlist little one’s help in her garden.  With just a simple look I feel her support – and I too hope that she feels mine.


Over the years we’ve surprised our lovely friend with small gestures on her summer birthday. Drawings from the kids or her favorite green tea cake from the Japanese market brings such a beautiful light to her eyes.  Something as simple as a card from our local drug store and flowers from the market can have such a big impact, without making our gracious and humble recipient feel uncomfortable.


While picking up medicine for my little guy at Walgreens over the weekend, I found an ornately decorated Hallmark Signature card in the shape of a purse.  Instead of tucking the card into the accompanying envelope, wrapping it around flowers created what felt like an instant piece of art.


Throw in the family’s vintage demitasse set for birthday tea and macaroons and we had a proper little celebration wrapped in thoughtful words (with help from Hallmark), hopefully conveying just how much we care.

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  1. What a cute little card and a pretty vintage tea. That’s the perfect way to surprise someone for their birthday and make them feel appreciated.

  2. Oh, that really is too beautiful. If every person was like that, I think the world would be an even better place.

  3. This looks amazing. My girls would love to do something like this! Its really a gorgeous set up! Makes me want to have a magical tea party right now!

  4. Wow this sounds like a great idea to get the family together to do something fun. This reminds me of the movie Despicable Me.

  5. That card is so adorable! You are right. Adding the flowers gives it such an elegant touch!

  6. Small acts of kindness is such a great way to show gratitude. I am certainly still a fan of classic greeting cards and no one does them better than Hallmark!

  7. Your neighbor sound so sweet! I think the card was a really nice gesture. I like the design you found!

  8. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This is an amazing Tea party set up. I love the table design.

  9. My sister and her daughter would go nuts over this. What a gorgeous setup and idea! I love it!

  10. This is such a beautiful tea party set up. I love the vintage theme. It’s perfect for a girls 16th birthday tea with family!

  11. That is quite an inspiring little tale you told there. I wish I had a neighbor like that. Well, I would have to say, I did have a neighbor who helped my daughter when her car got stuck in the snow last winter. I should probably do something like this for him,

  12. What a great idea for a bridal shower party. Or a little girls playdate!

  13. Nicole Escat says

    Wow, I like the theme of this party. This is so perfect for an all girls pajama night!

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