Welcome to Friendship Tea, a blog about the daily happenings in the life of Linda, a tea enthusiast, who enjoys travel and trip planning, and is passionate about family, friends, life in Kentucky, and all things TEA.
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.
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!
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.
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.
When the world is all at odds And the mind is all at sea Then cease the useless tedium And brew a cup of tea. There is magic in its' fragrance, There is solace in its' taste; And then laden moments vanish Somehow into space. And the world becomes a lovely thing! There's beauty as you'll see; All because you briefly stopped To brew a cup of tea. ~ Source unknown
"Friendship Tea Recipe" ~~ 1/2 cup instant tea, 1 cup sweetened lemonade mix, 1 cup Tang, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a an airtight container. To serve, put 2 to 3 tsp. mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Adjust amount of mix to taste. Enjoy!