Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Menu for 140 Guests

We served 140 guests, but prepared 160 plates in preparation of accidents or spills. I'm pleased to say there were no accidents or spills. The serving went quickly and smoothly by volunteers.
All our food items were provided and prepared by volunteers. As I planned the menu, my goal was to select tasty, attractive, easy-to-make recipes. I taste-tested every food item. If the food passed my approval, GJ, AJ and my friends Patty and Mary taste-tested and approved the foods. There were several I made that did not pass my test.
The menu we served included:
Cheddar Carrot Tea Sandwiches
Shrimp & Dill Tea Sandwiches
Sweet Potato & Country Ham Biscuits
Smoked Turkey & Cranberry-Orange Sandwiches
Olive Nut Tea Sandwiches
Grandma's Cinnamon Scones (named for this Grandma who made them)
Oreo Truffles
Southern Belle Pecan Bites
Lemon Blossoms
Apple Butter Tartlets
Patty printed the recipes in a booklet, along with tea quotes and we made them available to our guests for a $2 donation to the Berea Health Ministry. Watch for a giveaway to be announced soon. I will be giving several items including one of our recipe booklets.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Apples and School Days

Apples and School Days was hosted by Barbara S., a retired elementary teacher, treasurer of the Berea Health Ministry board of directors and a valuable member of our tea committee. In addition to decorating and hosting this table, Barbara supervised the volunteers in the kitchen on food preparation and plating the food items on clear plastic plates which were placed on top of the plate at each guest's place.
Barbara decorated her table with school books, a framed letter written from a student, a school canister set she used for 28 years on her desk, a globe teapot and apples, because she received many apples as snacks over the years from students.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Berea Remembered

Davis and Powell Funeral Directors sponsored Berea Remembered, hosted and decorated by Gayle P. She used her Grandmother's china purchased in the early 1940's. The floral centerpiece replicates the pattern on the china. The table is decorated with photos of "Berea's rich history" with photos of special significance to each guest's family and people and places significant to our town of Berea's history.

I didn't catch all the guests in the photo at this table, but they were up bidding on silent auction items. My dear multi-talented friend, Patty D., is in the center of this photo.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Golden Autumn

Paula W. decorated and hosted Golden Autumn for the Jefferson Street Homemakers. She made her centerpiece in a gold Depression glass bowl using fall colors. The dishes are "functional" flea market finds and the spoons were purchased in Thailand years ago when she traveled there as a college student. Paula (third from left) is the director of our local senior citizen center. She planned and hosted a fund raiser tea in June and plans to make it an annual event. She said she will call me for help. Yikes! I'm not sure I want to or can do more than one of these each year!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Hats Off To Tea

Hats Off To Tea was hosted and attended by ladies from a couples Sunday School Class at Berea Baptist Church. They used vintage hats, gloves and purses to decorate that were part of an estate of a friend. Each lady brought her own vintage teacup and saucer to use.

A special thank you to Nancy M. in the green jacket (above and below photos) for doing double-duty and providing beautiful piano melodies before and during the tea.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Take Time for Tea

Judy F. used a few clocks from her collection of antique clocks combined with Nippon china to decorate Take Time For Tea. Her grandmother had dishes of this china pattern. Although Judy didn't get her grandmother's china she later collected a duplicate set. Judy included a photo of her grandmother in the tablescape. Judy's guests are ladies from the Wallaceton Baptist Church.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — An Enchanted Pink Friendship Tea

Nancy W. of Hairmasters Salon, hosted An Enchanted Pink Friendship Tea using an antique silver tea set and pink roses for her centerpiece, in honor of the month of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink floral pattern dishes were a gift from her father-in-law. She used different shades of pink flowers (her favorite) throughout the tablescape. Each place setting had a miniature bouquet and each guest received a beautifully wrapped gift.
An Enchanted Pink Friendship Tea won as the Best Decor.
By the way, the silver tea service was one of those dream come true auction bargain finds we all love.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Sipping Tea with Old Friends

Sipping Tea With Old Friends, was decorated and hosted by sisters, Stacia and Susan. They used an Autumn centerpiece and a "hodge-podge" of Stacia's dishes that have scentimental value. They "had a great time visiting with family and old friends while promoting a good cause."

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — A Rose Tea

These ladies are members of the Wallaceton Homemakers who pride themselves in passing on heritage skills such as collecting antiques, quilting, crafts and sewing. Members hold workshops to teach these skills to the younger generation. This table, A Rose Tea, is decorated with a red rose theme using white milk glass dishes passed to Sandy, the president of the group, from her mother's family. The ladies dressed in hats and "tea party attire" to add to the ambiance of their theme.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Tea in Mr. McGregor's Garden

Patty is a life-long friend. She was the grand prize winner of last year's table contest. I recruited her to join the tea committee this year. She is multi-talented and I am very grateful for her help. Among many, many tasks, she contacted potential hostesses and coordinated communication with the hostesses. Therefore, Patty's table was not in the contest.
Patty's goal was to show a whimsical theme, hoping our hostesses will realize they aren't required to have the finest of china to participate in this worthy cause. She is a retired elementary school teacher and an avid gardener. She has fond memories of her grandmother and her favorite aunt reading to her, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Therefore, her theme is Tea in Mr. McGregor's Garden. The rabbits in her centerpiece are from her collection. The cabbages in the wrought iron flower pot holder add just the right touch. Patty incorporated bumblebees, butterflies and packages of flower seeds into her garden theme. The tea set is from her Aunt "Edo's" (Edith's) estate. When we were little girls, Patty and I loved to sit with Edo in church on Sunday mornings. Edo had a very distinctive (and loud) voice. We would giggle as we tried to sing like her. Delightful memories!
A few years ago, I introduced Patty to the joy of afternoon tea. I am so glad I did!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — An Ebony & Ivory Tea

This is my daughter, Melissa's table. She wanted a black and white theme, therefore, An Ebony & Ivory Tea using her Lenox Maywood (wedding) china. It is ivory with a platinum trim. It really stands out against the black table cloth. She made the pearl napkin rings and accented her table with silver teapot place card holders, a silver teapot-shaped trivet and ivory crocheted teapots on her ivory chair bows.

Four-year old PJ dressed to match the theme. He was a such a good boy! Grandpa and AJ picked him up as soon as their soccer game was over so he didn't have to stay for the entire event.
Melissa stepped up to judge tables when one of my table judges had to cancel, as result, Melissa's table was not judged in the winning table contest. Thanks for all your help, Melissa!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry Photography and Details

Can you see my little photographer at work in the background of this photo? He took some very, very close-up photos of tea cups at his eye level. (So cute!!) I am "Bubba" to PJ. He can say Grandma, and sometimes he calls me that. It's really funny when he yells for "Bubba" across a crowded room.

Just a quick note because some of you asked — I plan to post photos of all 23 tables. I will share the menu, kitchen photos and other details. Watch for a giveaway at the end of the Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry postings. Sorry for the delay today in posting, but I was working with the local newspaper on table winners and photos of the event and much more!

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — A Cup of Christmas Tea

"Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry" was a great success on Saturday. I don't have a final total on the amount of money raised and will let you know when the final count is in. We had 23 tables with 6 guests each.

This event is a table-hosted tea where each table has a host responsible for decorating her table from table linens to dishes, and everything in-between. I decorated two tables. This one is "A Cup of Christmas Tea" named for the sweet 1982 book by the same title. The story is about a young man who was so busy during the Christmas season he almost didn't take time to visit his elderly Great Aunt for "A Cup of Christmas Tea." My dear Aunt Ida passed away August 6th at the age of 95. Many years ago she started me on my journey of tea cup collecting and the graceful art of hospitality and entertaining. My tea table is in her memory.
Aunt Ida carried the square glass green plates home to Kentucky from a trip to Chicago in the 1940s. She she traveled to and from Chicago by train with her husband and young son. She gifted me with these plates in the 1980s. I used them on my table in her memory.

I collected the various pieces of "A Cup of Christmas Tea" china over the last year from ebay and antique malls. The Christmas tree place card holders are from Current.

One of our special family Christmas traditions is to celebrate with afternoon tea. Three generations of our family enjoy Christmas teas at grand hotels or quaint tearooms every Dedember.

I made the gold chair covers for my theme last year, and recycled them this year using Christmas plaid ribbon. I am beginning this series of posts with this table because, it is one of two I decorated. As chairperson of the tea, I did not participate in the table judging.

I made, and we served 450 cups of tea. Three of my table guests are in the above photo are (L to R) are Mrs. H. (our special neighbor), me (in apron), Wanda, and Sherry (who brought her adorable sleeping baby). Mary Ann and Biji were table judges and were seated at this table, too. My daughter, Melissa, is standing in the top photo and was also a table judge and decorated her own table.
Thanks, blogging friends for being patient as you awaited these promised posts. More photos and details to come.....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Making Tea for 140 Guests

The photo above my Sanyo hot water pot I brought back from Japan in 1994 on my first trip there. The hotel rooms where we stayed had these along with a variety of green and black tea and traditional Japanese teacups (without handles).

These are my "tea urns" I use when making large quantities of tea. OK, I know they say "coffee" on the boxes, but these have never, ever been used for coffee. I use them to heat water and mix with a tea concentrate I make prior to the event.

This Saturday, October 17th, is the annual fund raiser I chair, Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry. I will make the tea concentrate on Friday evening in preparation for tea time on Saturday. In addition, I planned the menu, I'm making scones and sandwiches and too many other responsibilities to list! Tomorrow my friend Lynn is coming over to help me fold and staple the programs I printed.
Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry is a hostess-table-decorated event where the hostess determines her own table theme. Hopefully, I will be able to take lots of photos to share with you between making and serving tea.
Be sure to come back after Saturday to see all the fun photos! Our hostesses are being very creative and secretive this year. Some of them participated last year, and others are participating for the first time.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Trip to the Mountains

This week we visited the Great Smoky Mountains while our last two bedroom floors were being finished. I wanted to share these beautiful photographs of the mountains and a photo of the photographer. Our 8-year old granddaughter, KJ captured the shots of the mountains above with my point and shoot camera. Just call me proud Grandma.

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