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*

A Tea Time Christmas Stocking

I purchased a beautiful new teapot Christmas stocking made by Karen at Sweet Necessi-Teas. I can't wait to hang it on the mantle during the Christmas season! Having a filled stocking on Christmas morning is a family tradition enjoyed by the children and adults in our family.

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