Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Holiday Fundraiser Tea

After much thought I decided to participate in a Holiday Fundraiser Tea on December 6th sponsored by the Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women in Richmond, KY. The tea is a host-decorated table tea similar to the Berea Health Ministry Tea I planned in Berea. But this one has a real twist! The host agrees to donate her table decorations including dishes, etc. to be auctioned at the end of the tea with the benefits going to Liberty Place. The organizers have a list of requirements including: a tablecloth and runner or placemats, six place settings to include teacups and saucers, dinner plates, flatware, napkins, centerpiece and any additional decor such as favors, teapot, chargers, etc.

Knowing what I spent for my table decorations for the Berea Health Ministry Tea, my first reaction was "no way!" See photos of my Berea Health Ministry tea table here.

My second reaction was, "I am dying to see what the holiday decorated table themes will look like." I called the lady in charge who informed me she is a GREAT shopper and only spent a total of $90 on her table.

My third reaction was "I have just been challenged to come up with elegant and cheap!" (less than $90) Anyone who knows me knows I don't easily back down from a challenge!!!

I called my friend Patty who won the table decorating contest at the BHM tea (see her table here) and I presented her with the information. Her reaction was the same as mine - no! curious! and challenged!!! She said to count her in!

I began searching for sets of Christmas dishes Ebay (not cheap), then Walmart (cheap, but mugs, not cups and saucers), then today I went to the local flea market/antique/junk mall. I walked through the place with no luck and was about to leave when I decided to go up the last aisle. At the last booth, I found a set of 32 Christmas dishes with cups and saucers for $12 total! (see photo above) And, a set of 8 Christmas goblets for $5.50 total. I put them in my cart, paid, departed and called Patty. She called me an hour later from a discount store and had found $1 per yard fabric to make a table cloth, runner or whatever we decide. We have been challenged and we are on a roll! I'll keep you posted on our progress including our theme, photos of the finished table and the total price.

I called another friend who was a table judge at the Berea Health Ministry Tea and she said to count her in on this "adventure!"

I suppose you can tell we are having fun with this Holiday Tea! *smile*


Rosemary said...

Oh wow! What a fun challange.... can't wait to see all the photos.

Anonymous said...

How cool! I can't wait to see pictures! Enjoy!

belinda manley said...

Congrats on your great (and cheap) finds for your table. Can't wait to see the finished project

Angela McRae said...

Clearly, the Lord is blessing you for your generous heart with those terrific finds! And my, that *is* a twist on the typical holiday tea. Cannot WAIT for the photos!

bennie and patsy said...

You are just wonderful to do this one, so have fun.

mjenningsdesigns said...

I remember trying to get you to go with me to the junk mall year's ago and you hated it there and now you are a frequent shopper there!


La Tea Dah said...

Super deals and a fun idea! Having a challenge makes it very interesting, to be sure! When I read you were doing another fund raiser I wondered where you got all your energy. :)


Linda said...

I'm just a table hostess at this one. I did practically everything at the last one. This one will be just for fun!

Steph said...

You are TOTALLY up for this challenge! I can't wait to hear more!

Paula said...

I LOVE the dishes!! They are soooo cute. If I didn't have plans already for the 6th, I'd show up just to bid on them!!!

I love looking for the perfect deal! Good luck!!


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