One of my favorite things about blogging is that I have an excuse to do the things I love and share them with you.

 

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More than anything I would love for you to be able to join me for a little breakfast tea where we could swap stories and get to know each other.  But, since that’s not to be, today I set the table for an early fall morning tea and I’m pretending that you are sitting here with me.

It’s a beautiful mostly sunny day.  The trees have a little bit of color, but here in the mostly oak woods where I live, it’s still pretty green.

I wanted to take time to encourage you to do something you might not usually think to do… invite a few friends over for tea or coffee.

It may seem like too much work to get the house ready for such a seemingly insignificant occasion, plus set the table and put out food, too.

So today I’m challenging you to phone, email, or text your invites and then…  do what YOU love to do… what makes YOUR heart sing… and don’t worry about the rest.

Personally, I LOVE setting a pretty table.

If you love baking a coffee cake or breakfast treat… go for it!!

We always bless our guests the most by loving them with what we love doing.  They feel valued when we give them our best.

 

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If your home is a little cluttered don’t fret… just grab a basket and zoom through the main area where your guests will be and gather up the papers and whatnot and whisk them away.  Then grab a dust cloth and give the horizontal surfaces a quick swipe.  Next, run the vacuum… though I know some people think you should vacuum first.  Whatever.  I love vacuuming last because then there are no footprints on the carpet when I’m done and it just leaves me with so much satisfaction.  Finally, grab your glass cleaner and give your powder room a quick spritz and polish and call it done.   And don’t hesitate to close the doors to other areas of your home.

Not a single one of your friends is going to bring white gloves (Seriously have you ever tried to find white gloves for something… it’s almost impossible!) to see how clean or not clean your home is.  They will be so happy that you thought they were important enough to invite them.

Whatever you do… DO NOT offer any excuses for how not perfect your home is.  For the most part, you’ll all be sitting around the table anyway.

 

Set a pretty table and invite a few friends for a simple and informal breakfast tea this weekend

 

Here’s something to always remember when entertaining…

This isn’t your time to show-off… your spotlight is on your friends.  This time is all about blessing them, loving on them, listening hard, and caring about whatever is going on in their lives.

Everyone is always tuned to their favorite radio station WIIFM (What’s In-it For Me) so when you focus carefully on your guests… they will be the station you’ve tuned to and they will leave your home feeling heard and known and loved  And there’s nothing better than that.

 

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This breakfast treat I’m serving… I would love to tell you that this wonderful cream cheese filled pumpkin coffee cake came right from my oven.  Instead, it came from the grocery store bakery.  In fact, I doubt that they even baked it there, I think it was shipped in from a larger bakery.  But, I did do a couple of things to give it that extra touch and you can do those things too.

Although this pumpkin coffee cake was filled with cream cheese, it has some wonderful spices.  I think it’s always nice to have a little whipped cream to go with any spicy treat.  It sort of smooths out that spiciness on my tongue.  And because I love pecans I chopped some up and sprinkled them over everything.  Yum!!

I’m not a coffee drinker… so I decided to serve Chai… regular and vanilla.  What a great way to warm hearts on a slightly chilly fall morning.

That’s it!

Coffee cake and Chai.

 

Simple and EASY Ideas for hosting an informal breakfast tea. You'll love this sunflower theme

 

My table setting took more time to put together than the food.  And that’s okay.  Because in my world, I would rather fuss with the table setting than the food.  And the only reason it took longer… was because I just had to make these adorable sunflower napkin rings.  Here’s the tutorial for making your own stunning sunflower napkin rings.

 

DIY Ideas for a Sunflower Themed decorations and centerpieces that a fun and simple for birthdays, luncheons, rehearsal dinners, showers, and a sweet tea

 

So what do you think?

Have you been encouraged to throw down the welcome mat and invite a few friends over for coffee?

It doesn’t need to be more complicated than sending a few texts, picking up a treat from the grocery store, and opening the door.

And if someone offers to bring something… accept their offer. That might be the ultimate blessing for your friend.

Now… it’s time to start thinking of those gals who would love to sit at your table.  Who will you invite?

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  1. Oh, Diane! I could literally imagine myself at the table having breakfast with you and just chatting away into the afternoon. Your tablesetting is beautiful as is your home. You are the most gracious hostess ever. xoxoxo

  2. Minnie McCoy says:

    Happy Saturday Diane!
    Stunning as always. Thank you for blessing us with ideas and pictures.
    I’m with you at your beautiful table in spirit. Enjoying the goodies, the peace, the talk and the company. Thank you!
    Oh by the way…in my house I have NO dust at all. But I do have a lot of Rustic Glitter!
    I like the way that sounds sooo much better.😊
    Blessings to you!
    Minnie

    • Thank you, Minnie! You always bless me with your kind words.
      “Rustic Glitter!!!” I have never heard that, but I absolutely LOVE that term!!!!
      Big Hugs!! Hope the rest of your weekend is blessed beyond imagination.

  3. Debbi Saunders says:

    I LOVE Sunflowers and your tablescape, so bright, cheerful and inviting!!! Your entertaining tips have given me a whole new perspective on welcoming friends to my home for a Gathering and permission for my Home not to be perfect!!! I can envision myself sitting around your table and enjoying your company, conversation,and your beautiful Home….

    • I remember you mentioning how much you love sunflowers, Debbi. This fall I have been so blessed to have been enjoying them often on my table. I wish I could send this bunch to you. 😉 Thank you for your kind words… I can’t tell you how blessed I am to know that you feel empowered to open your home and bless your friends. I do hope you open the door to them, very soon. 😉
      There is no doubt we would have the BEST time chatting over our chai. {{big hugs}}

  4. I love your table setting so much that I will try and copy it this summer. Wow, I would love seeing myself and guests sitting at our table looking like this. Thank you for sharing. Wow! Wow! And wow!

    • Oh Ivory, thank you!! I hope you have a ton of fun putting together a sunflower table for your friends. It’s just so happy and colorful.
      Thanks for your kind words, too!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  5. What a beautiful post, table and great insights. I often get into that trap of “my house isn’t clean enough; big enough; pretty enough” to invite friends over. And yet, when entertain friends, I always have so much fun. Thanks for the reminders!

  6. Debbie Kent says:

    I love your posts, Dianne. As another sunflower-lover this is right up my street (I think you say ‘alley’).
    Also I have added to my vocabulary today with the ‘WIIFM’ station and ‘rustic glitter’ – absolutely love these!
    Thank you for permission to not have to have a perfect home or to bake before inviting friends – I need to take this to heart and do it. Thank you for all the encouragement.
    Hugs from the UK.
    Debbie

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