Monday, October 19, 2009

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.....


Rosemary said...

Beautiful table... full of sweet remembrances! I hope you get a chance to relax a bit with a cup of tea... and are able to put your feet up and rest a spell! You've had a whirlwind few months with all this planning and house remodeling, oh my! Looking forward to the other table photos.

Marilyn Miller said...

The green plates are beautiful on your table. Love seeing the pictures of the tea.

Paula said...

Beautiful table, Linda!
I can't wait to see more!

my cup of tea said...

Hi again! I posted on your other blog to. I am so excited to see some pics of the tea and your wonderful event, thanks for posting! Show us some more! LOL

Anonymous said...

Love the teapot napkin holders. Very cool. And I have some nostalgic feeling for the story of your aunt and those green plates. After all, she was a tea lover. --Teaternity

Marlena said...

What a lovely event and bless you for doing so much to make it happen - they are lucky to have you

Angela McRae said...

Oh, this is all going to be so much fun to read! And may I just say how pleased I am that you did a table (with gorgeous green glass dishes, even) in memory of Aunt Ida? I feel "we" got to know her through your blog, so it's kind of like seeing a dear family member paid a tribute!

parTea lady said...

This looks like such a wonderful event. Both your tables were pretty. I also love the "Cup of Christmas Tea" book. I get teary eyed every time I read it. Love your little tea tree. I'm going to enjoy catching up on all the different tables you posted.


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