Monday, September 30, 2013

Tea with Bean (and Wylla)

Koren flew from Boston and Margo flew from New York to join us for Tea with Bean (and Wylla).

We picked the wettest weekend ever to have our event, but we didn't let rain dampen our fun!  The day was filled with great conversation, many laughs, and of course, cats.

Here's Margo giving some love to wee Wylla.

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And here's Koren, doing the same.

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I decorated our table with a few pieces from our 2013 FUNdraising set - the table, the phones, the sofa, and the signage were all on display.

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We gave our guests a little pack of party favors which included sparkle balls, IBKC magnets, and a Baxter Lamm ornament.

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Glittery kittens stood at each place setting.

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On the menu we had individual vegetable pot pies,  cream of pea soup,  

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a hearty spinach, roasted sweet potato, and chickpea salad.

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and a seasonal fruit salad with figs, pears, blueberries, and apples.

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As we dined and chatted, Wylla napped and Bean put on a little show in the living room.

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After lunch, we headed over to the Humane Society for a fun and informative tour guided by Marguerite, who's a good friend of ours and director of development at the shelter.

We got to meet this little fellow who was getting ready have a meet and greet with potential adopters.

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We stopped in the Petunia Louise Community Cat Room to say hello to the residing cats.   Don't worry, we were careful and the cats were napping, so no one escaped.

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The foster room was next.  Here's Koren holding a sweet Flame Point named Zippy.  When Zippy arrived at the shelter, he was a very hissy little fellow. After he settled down, he because quite a lover and now demands to be cuddled burrito-style. We gladly obliged.

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He's such a dear boy.

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The highlight of the tour was a chance to meet this little mama and her babies.  These wee kittens were only two days old, and were born in the shelter.   Look closely - they're nestled next to Mom's belly.  SO TINY!  And SO incredibly adorable!

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We toured Vet Treatment,  Butterbean Quarantine, and met lots of cats in the cattery, too.  
Of course before we left, we had to take a photo of our guests in front of the "Tail Wagon" with our larger-than-life Charlene!  

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We returned to the house and had tea and pumpkin/carrot cake for dessert.  I can't take credit for the cake - it came from a local bakery.

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Koren and Margo brought some awesome toys for the girls.  

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Wylla  enjoyed playing with them all, but I think the lobster was the favorite.

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Next, we played with string!  

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The cats had fun playing, and we had fun watching the cats play.

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It really was a wonderful day, and I think humans and felines all had a great time.

Thank you SO much for traveling so far to spend the day with us, Margo and Koren.  And thank you, too,  for the generous wining bid you made on this auction item.

It truly was delightful meeting you both, and we hope you'll visit again one day soon!  

34 comments:

  1. It looks like so much fun! I hope Margo and Koren had the time of their lives--it sure looks like it! And those itty bitty kittens... so much cute!

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  2. Such great photos of what was obviously a fantastic day! That menu sounds delicious--I think I'll have to try cooking the veggie pot pies for myself.

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    1. The pot pies do look quite delectable.

      Looks like it was a wonderful visit, too!

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  3. OMG those pot pies!!! but then i'd eat just about anything if it's in a crust.

    it's really an amazing testament to the fabulousness of the IBKC community that people are willing to bid generously on, and fly across the country for, lunch with some kitties!

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  4. Oh my goodness, the burrito kitty! I used to wrap my first kitty up like that (I was 8 at the time), but I don't think he enjoyed it as much.

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  5. Oh my goodness, the burrito kitty! I used to wrap my first kitty up like that (I was 8 at the time)... but I don't think he enjoyed it nearly as much.

    Tea with the Bean (and Wylla) looks like a fun day!

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  6. Can you tell us where or how to make the Glitter Kitten Place Cards? Love the pic of Wylla grabbing the lobster!

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    1. THere's not much to them. I just took a chip board circle, folded it in half, glued a die-cut kitten and a ball of yarn to it and added some adhesive letters.

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  7. Yay for the kitty supporter peeps! That was worth every penny of donation, I'm sure. I told Zoubi that you picked out 3 little Zuzu's to put on the cake just so she could be part of the day. No? then shhhh- don't tell her. Hooray for Margo and Koren!

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  8. I think this is the best tea party ever. I feel so lucky that I know someone who has been to the IBKC!

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  9. I'm feeling a teeny bit sorry for myself that I have to wait nine months for the chance to bid on this. bring on the 2014 FUNdraiser!

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  10. EEEK can't even count all the instances of cute!

    And ditto on the wee pot pies- want!!

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  11. This was really such a heartwarming and special day! Major thanks to Laurie, Craig, Charlene, Wylla, and all of the folks at the Humane Society for making it such a memorable trip.

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  12. Margo and Koren are lucky ones to get to spend time with Butterbean and Wylla, and the dear Laurie too. Great lunch, table settings and gifts as well. Envy is a constant presence when it comes to IBKC!!

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  13. Another amazing Tea with the Bean (and Wylla)! The menu looks fantastic, as ever -- your photos of the lunches you serve always make me salivate -- and it sounds like the tour of the HS was great, too. Such a pretty little mama with those wee babies! And I'm so glad that Wylla and Bean had fun with these lovely ladies, too. Their generosity was well rewarded!

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  14. Lunch and a show! Nice of Bean to provide the impromptu entertainment... Unless, of course, she planned it all along. Mine do the same thing. Hide when the doorbell first rings, then runlikethewind! through the living room after everyone's settled into chairs. Weird ol' kittehs..

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  15. the orange boy is going home this week with an awesome family, mom and two cat-crazy kids. He was great with them!

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    1. So glad to hear he got a great home. I adore orange boys. Thanks for the update!

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  16. Ohhhh ginger kitties make my heart sing. Our beautiful Olly has not long left us, so it is a bittersweet time here ;-/

    However, the light cream ginger about to meet his furrever peeps, the purrito! and the brand new mama with her babehs - its a wonderful overload of cuteness in this post Laurie. Thank you!

    Mel

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  17. Thank you so much, Laurie, for sharing this wonderful day with us out here in cyberspace....omg that food looks DELISH ! I bet your guests had a day they will always remember. Thank you for all you do for the kitties and for all of us who 'visit' you and the kitties daily, like me !

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  18. What a treat!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!! Clearly a great day was had by all, and thanks to the generous luncheon winners for their support to such a worthy cause!! Laurie, you set a beautiful table and make this such a special occasion every year!!

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  19. What a wonderful celebration for all! Your meal looks great (recipes?) and every part of the day looked funfilled. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Total deliciousness!! The adorable Bean, the more-than-tea menu, Wylla adding to the festivities this year, custom table setting, and the wonderful photos from the HS.

    Thanks a big bunch to Koren and Margo for their support of the IBKC, and to you, Laurie, for going all out like this to make such a memorable day for all of us.

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  21. There are links to the recipes in the post.

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    1. Thank you! I was enjoying the pictures and blog so much, I didn't realize :)

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  22. Ahh, this post makes me so happy! Way to go Koren and Margo! It looks like a purrfect day was had by all!! :)

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  23. What a treat for everyone! Looks like it was a great day for everyone, two and four legged :) Thanks for all the pictures and recipes too!

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  24. This post made me smile. It also made me want to bid for this next year - if those two can fly over from the east coast, so can I!

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  25. Oh, little Zippy reminds me of my own foster colorpoint, also named Zippy. She didn't make it to adulthood, but she was so sweet. I hope this Zippy gets a wonderful home.

    Also, the Hagen Renaker cats on the cake are killing me with cuteness.

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  26. You are the hostess with the mostess!

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  27. What a fun day! Thank you for sharing. But for laughs...nothing beats the winners from the previous year who drove to Tacoma from Canada. Their description of crossing the border and telling the border agent that the purpose of their visit to the U.S. was "to have lunch with a cat they had met on the internet" was just too funny!

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