Welcome to Inspiration Friday No. 27!

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What a great turnout at last week’s party! We know we have said it before (probably several times!) but we hope you all know just how much we appreciate you. We were talking this week on the phone about how truly special our bloggy friendships are and how blessed we feel to be among a group of people whose love for their families and homes spills over into genuine care for each other in this unique community.
You guys are the best!!
Before we get to the Features from last week’s Inspiration Friday party, Vanessa is going to share with you how she created one-of-a-kind invitations for her daughter’s Tea Party themed Birthday this year.
The full reveal of the party will be next week so be sure to watch for it!
Take it away Vanessa…
When mommy Lauren decided she would like to have a Tea Party for her 4th Birthday, I was more than eager to create unique invitations for the 3 little girls who would be attending.
I scoured Goodwill looking for just the right teacups but they were either too ugly unattractive or too expensive (no joke!).
 When I found these oversized teacups at Marshalls I felt like I had struck Tea Party gold!
I picked up a bunch of these silk flowers on Clearance at Michaels and cut the stems down.

Bundled together and wrapped with twine, they fit perfectly inside the teacups.

Then I found a darling sheet of teapot scrapbook paper which was perfect for the actual invitation.
I cut them into small squares… 

and attached the party details to the reverse side.
A little pink bow on the corner topped it off!
I placed the invitations in photo holders and tucked them down inside the teacups.
These were hand delivered to Lauren’s little friends and served as an extra party favor!
Now, be sure to come back on Tuesday to check out the rest of the party details!
Let’s get to our Features now, shall we?
We flipped for this absolutely adorable idea shared with us by Michelle of Our Wonderfilled Life.
This Removable Teepee is seriously clever and Michelle gives an excellent tutorial on how to make this yourself. And, get this, she manages to get all of this done while raising 5 boys…including a set of QUADRUPLETS!! You are our hero Michelle!
Next up we have these darling Calla Lily Sandwiches by Trish from Sweetology. How cute are those?
We are thinking Vanessa might have to convice her daughter to have another Tea Party next year just so she can make these!
And our lovely friend Sarah from Modern Country Style not only got to meet THE Annie Sloan, she also used the amazing Chalk Paint to transform her Dining Room table into this gorgeous beauty!
Next up we have the gals from Tres Chere Vintage Market, who shared with us this gorgeous vignette they created for a friend. Now, we were a bit concerned when we saw the title to their link was “Don’t Poo on our Parade”….that might be the first time we have seen the word “Poo” pop up at Inspiration Friday!
But once you read the hilarious post you will understand completely and appreciate the final results even more!

And finally we have this incredible Beach Condo Makeover shared with us by Suzy from
Worthing Court. You absolutely must go over and check out what this looked like before!
They did an amazing job transforming this vacation home.
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Now it’s time to share with us what has inspired you this week!
Thank you so much for joining us for Inspiration Friday at the Fence,
When you are done linking up head over and party with the other Friday Party Friends
The lovely Courtney at French Country Cottage

Our beautiful friend Alison from Stuff and Nonsense

Stuff and Nonsense
And the gracious Debra from Common Ground


Now all ya PARTY PEOPLE it’s time to link on up…here’s the rules!
  • Friend At The Picket Fence in some capacity
  • Link Up any post you’ve written that has Inspired You and will Inspire Others-it can be a home improvement project, craft, recipe, story, devotional…if it inspires link it up!
  • Be sure to link back to your original post and not just your url (main blog address)
  • Please post our button (code in the sidebar) or a text link on your blog so others can join in the fun! (MANDATORY)
  • Visit another guest. Please try and visit at least the link directly above and below you! We try to visit as many posts as we can but as Inspiration Friday grows and especially during the busy summer months, sometimes we miss some and for that we apologize.  It makes us feed good knowing others are visiting people as well!  Thank you..it truly means a lot to us!
We would love to recommend this fabulous post over at Crafter Minds for a quick tutorial on partying at a linky party! We couldn’t say it better ourselves! “Linky Party Like a Dinner Party?”
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  1. says

    Hi Ladies! What great picks this week. I LOVE that beach house/condo. Soo cute. I was emailing back and fourth with Suzy talking about her space and my sunroom. She’s soo sweet!

    Vanessa – What a great idea on the party invites. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pics from the party.

    Thanks soo much for hosting ladies. Hope you both have a great weekend. : )

  2. says

    That must have been one spectacular tea party–those are the cutest invitations I’ve ever seen! What a wonderful idea for a memorable celebration.

    I will just go on record right now as saying that I think that 4-year-olds ROCK. I loved that stage of my boys’ growing-up years! Do y’all know the Christopher Morley poem about four-year-olds?

    The greatest poem ever known
    Is one all poets have outgrown:
    The poetry–innate, untold–
    Of being only four years old.

    Speaking of boys, I’ve made a bit of progress on LegoLee’s room. He now has a bed complete with upholstered headboard, which I’ve linked to your party. He’s loving it–and he requested that it be pushed against the wall so that nothing can fall down beside it. Hallelujah!

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. says

    I bet there were some squeals of delight when those little girls got their invites. I will definitely put that one in my files for my big girl tea party this Spring. Many thanks for hosting this fun party. xo

  4. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says

    Hey girls!! Super cute invitations Vanessa!! Just darling! Thanks for hosting today!! Have a great weekend!

  5. Michelle@ourwonderfilledlife.com says

    First, I am so glad to see more of the tea party, those invitations are just precious, perfect paper!!

    I don’t think I can contain my excitement any longer! Thank you so much for featuring the removable teepee, so fantastic!! It is sooo greatly appreciated, and what wonderful company to be in!

    Truly so great, thank you!!

  6. Sandra says

    I sure do like the Poo Parade one! Actually, everything is so pretty! Thank you for hosting this fun party!

  7. says

    What a beautiful invitation … and a lucky little girl! Knowing Vanessa, I’m sure not one detail was left out … I can’t wait to see pics! And, thanks for hosting, ladies … I crashed your party twice this week! xoxo

  8. says

    i had a tea party birthday for my daughter’s 5th and it was so sweet and fun…since then we’ve had a few holiday tea parties just for fun and they’re always a hit…all linked up for the week!


  9. says

    Marvelous teacup! With the silk flowers and the beautiful paper – it makes a gorgeous vignette!
    Thank you for hosting this fun party,

  10. says

    How cute! I love that your 4yo wanted a tea party bday. That scrap paper is perfect, always amazed at the choices of papers out there. My 4yo had a Mardi Gras party/parade and she was the queen…..6 years ago!

    Tks for hosting a great party :) Enjoy the sunshine…

  11. says

    Hi Vanessa & Heather,

    Love the old fashioned tea party theme…so sweet!! What a great keepsake the invitations are! I thought I would drop by with this garden tour, that My Husband and I went on. Thank you for your such a lovely party. Have a great weekend!!
    All the Best,

  12. says

    Your party invitations and favors are so perfect!! I love all of the creativity and artistry here!! Will be back!


    Art by Karena

  13. says

    Oh my goodness! I’m a little behind on reading my fav blogs because I am sitting at the very beach house that you featured here on your blog. Thank you so, so much!!!! Being a newbie blogger, this is such a thrill for me! I am proud to display your button on my sidebar.


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