Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Fun

The witches and goblins gathered at our house before a fun evening of trick-or -treat!
They returned with their bounty where pizza awaited their arrival.  

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry —Sereni-TEA by the Sea

This is another photo with a little different view of my table at Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry. 
Thanks to Donna H. for sending me the photo. 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Simply Friends, Love Beyond Measure

 "Simply Friends, Love Beyond Measure" was sponsored by Stacia B. and decorated by her neighbor and good friend, Thana C. All the guests at the table were good friends and family. 

The centerpiece matched the floral tea mugs.  Thana presented her guests with heart-shaped measuring spoons as their gifts from her.  Which, of course, went along with her table theme.  

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Tea Untamed

 My friend and co-chair of the BHM tea, Patty, decorated this table sponsored by Davis and Powell Funeral Directors.  She used her collection of giraffes and asked her guests to dress in giraffe clothing or matching colors. 
 Patty provided giraffe bookmarks as favors for her table guests. You can see them surrounded by grass, in a brass votive holder at each place. 
 If you look back at Patty's table photos from the last two years, you can see how creative she has been with her Depression Glass plates, her aunt's tea set, gold chargers and a table cloth she made.  Patty is a recently retired elementary school teacher and a very talented lady.  She uses patterned and colored paper under her clear plates to change the look of the place settings to match the decor on her table each year. 

 Patty, above, is dressed in her giraffe top to match her table theme.  
Patty's guests had a wonderful time at the tea. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Sereni-TEA by the Sea

The Third Annual Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry was held on Saturday, October 22.  This is a host-decorated table event.  Each table is decorated to the theme each table host's choice. 
Sereni-TEA by the Sea was my table sponsored by Delta Natural Gas.   

Each hostess/sponsor purchased a table for six guests for $125.  I set my table for seven to accommodate our volunteer kitchen workers and servers. (Therefore the "generic" names on the place cards.)
My center piece is a clear glass teapot filled with a variety of seashells.  (Unfortunately, in the photo above, you can see my water pitcher sitting behind the center piece.  If you double click on the bottom photo, you might get a better view)    
I used my Royal Worcester Francesca china and navy napkins with a 120-inch navy table cloth (my ocean/sea) and a 90-inch table cloth over it (my beach).  The shell napkin rings above are Christmas tree ornaments I found at The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, TN. 
The hats on the chairs are inexpensive hats from Oriental Trading Company.  I purchased ribbon to match the shell napkin rings to put bows and ribbon trim on the hats.
I provided favors for all the guests attending, two individually wrapped Harney and Sons tea sachets in an organza bag. 
In addition, many of the table hosts provided their own favors for their table guests.  I gave each of the ladies sitting at my table a little book of tea devotions, "Woman of God® Moments of Grace" in an organza bag.  The favors, a program, a door prize form, a BHM donation envelope and a pen were in each guest's seat. 

Due to an electrical problem in the kitchen, which required my attention, I was  unable to take as many photos I have in the past. However, with the help of a friend's photos,  I will post photos of all 21 tables and a few behind the scenes photos. 

We had a wide variety of fun and elegant table themes!
I hope you enjoy!

A different view of my table added to this post:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Visiting Danish Gymnasts

Our town of Berea, KY has a long-standing relationship and exchange with Denmark. 
This Danish Gymnastic Team arrived in town on Saturday (the day of my BHM tea).  We hosted 3 young men in our home for three nights.  During their visit here, they visited local elementary schools and Berea College for workshops and performances.  The group departed early this morning for their next destination, Chicago.  They, and their hosts,  had a very busy itinerary while they were in Berea. 

GJ and I have hosted Danish folk dancers and gymnasts many times during the last 20 years.  And, we have visited Denmark twice, where we stayed with host families. 
AJ enjoyed having these guys around! 

Above, GJ introduced them to Cincinnati-style chili at Gold Star Chili.  They ate their first-ever pancakes and banana splits while they were our guests.  They loved them!  They weren't so sure about the peanut butter, but enjoyed tasting something they had heard about. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to parTea lady for winning my blog giveaway!  Please email me your mailing address, and I will mail the package to you. 

A big Thanks to everyone who left a comment and participated in the drawing!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Countdown to Tea Time — Giveaway

I counting down the days and hours until the Third Annual Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry.
To celebrate this fantastic tea event, I am hosting a blog giveaway.

Items included in this giveaway are an English Rose Bone China tea mug, a package of 25 Darjeeling string less teabags from the English Tea Store, a whimsical tea towel, and a tea kettle timer.
Please leave a comment between now and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. to enter this drawing. 
If you are new to my blog, please let me know how you found it.
I will announce the winner on Monday.
Please remember to check back on Monday to see if you are the winner!
I will email the winner if you have a blog or leave an email address. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hats at Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry

Several guests wore hats and costumes to Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry. 
 I've already heard some ladies are coming dressed to match their table themes on Saturday.  
I can't wait to see the variety of costumes and hats at this fun event!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Third Annual Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry

Patty D., right accepted a basket donated by June Frank of Berea Optical, for the silent auction to be held at the Third Annual Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry.  The elegant afternoon tea and silent auction will be held on Saturday, October 23 at Berea Baptist Church.  The event is a fundraiser to help support the Berea Health Ministry Rural Health Clinic. 

I drafted Patty, my friend of 58+ years, to co-chair the table-hosted afternoon tea with me.   
This is "crunch" week for us.  

Friday, October 15, 2010

Last Scenes from the Ranch

Can you tell we had a fantastic time enjoying the activities
at the Cataloochee Guest Ranch near Maggie Valley, NC?  


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