Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Fundraiser Tea Table Theme: A Cup of Christmas Tea

I decorated and hosted a table at the Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women's first annual Holiday Fundraiser Tea Saturday. I posted about this event on November 12. Be sure to read that post to learn more about the event, the table decoration requirements, my reluctance to participate, and the challenge of decorating/hosting/sponsoring an inexpensive table! All table decorations were auctioned at the end of the event. Tables sold for $40 to $250.
I chose traditional Christmas colors of red, green and gold for my table. My theme was "A Cup of Christmas Tea" because I love that little story and of course, I am a tea fanatic. A friend gave me the miniature book/tree ornament many years ago. I used the book as a tree topper on my centerpiece Christmas Tree ($4). I used a dozen tiny cup and saucer ornaments purchased at a local antique mall for $11. The gold stand the tree is on, the frame, gold chargers and ribbons on the back of the chairs were left over from the tea table I hosted in October. I purchased the set of 32 Christmas dishes ($12) and 8 goblets ($5.50) at a local antique/junk mall. I found little tree place card holders ($8.50) and miniature teapot favors online($19.50)and the pretty plaid napkins ($1.50 each) and tree garland ($2) are from WalMart. The 90 inch table cloth was a real deal ($20). The red teapot was a gift from an online tea group swap. I cut the fresh holly from my yard. The flatware was the best bargain of all (3 for 25 cents)!

It was a fun afternoon. I invited friends Patty, Lynn, Belle, Mary Ann and Ernestine to sit at my table. Patty and Lynn helped me set up the table. Patty added her artistic touch to the table sign, place cards, bow making, and more! She and I had fun shopping and putting the theme together for what I called a "cheap tea."

I will post post photos of all the themed Holiday tables over the next few days. A few tables were elaborately decorated, a few were whimsical and very original, and others were not, but all were very nice. The organization made $2025 from the table auction. In addition, tickets to attend cost $20 each, there was a silent auction of donated Christmas wreaths and other items, and the food was donated or sponsored. I am sure they were pleased with the profits from the event.

In case you are wondering who bought my table... I did! And, for more than the original price I paid for the decorations! *LOL* I had so much fun bargain shopping to find everything that I just couldn't give them away! You may see these bargain tea table decorations recycled with a different theme at next year's event! Maybe I will be able to give up my bargains by then!

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