It was my turn to hold the monthly group luncheon at my home, and I chose a Tea Party theme. This group of friends all met through water aerobics, and even though some have moved on to other fitness centers, we still gather for lunches to celebrate birthdays for the month. I used my dispenser, which I bought back in the 1970's, to hold iced tea. My daughter loaned me a glass dispenser, which I filled with water that was infused with lemon slices and blueberries.
I set one table up in my dining room, using my variety of teacups. We use paper products for ease of clean up.
I love using battery operated fairy lights which are hidden by my grandmother's scrunched up lace tablecloth. I decorated canning jars with lace covered burlap ribbon, and bought chamomile, yellow mums, pink carnations, and aalstroemeria, from Trader Joe's.
This was my kitchen table.
I also set up a table in my family room, using my late Great Aunt Kitty's beautiful cut- work lace tablecloth. My dear daughter , and three of her four kids, brought over 10 folding chairs in order that I would have enough seating, and she helped me set up.
Aren't these paper plates and napkins so cute that I found at the Dollar Tree??
On my kitchen island, I used my fabric chalk cloth runner that I made several years ago, and decorated for the occasion.
Everyone brings a dish to share, and we always have a great variety of food. First we had our lunch, and later we had dessert with hot tea. For lunch, we had ham and pimento cheese sandwiches, scones, crumpets with cream and strawberries, spring rolls, that our Vietnamese friend makes, with a peanut dipping sauce, and two kinds of mini quiches. For desserts, we had mini pizzelles, mini bundt cakes, mini lemon cakes, individual fruit tarts, and a huge layered cake (probably about 14" in diameter!) that our Russian friend and her mama makes. The mama, who comes to visit for several months at a time, before returning to Russia, doesn't speak a word of English, but she talks away, and her daughter translates for us. We also had an assorted variety of teas for everyone to choose from at each of the tables. These were just some of the desserts that were brought, but the island was full once everyone came!
One of the ladies brought a whole box of hats that one of her friends had let her borrow, and some ladies wore their own hats, or none at all. We wear name tags because we always have new friends that join. I was blessed with four assistants that helped wash and dry the 21 teacups, plus a variety of other dishes. It took me all week to prepare, because I have to do a little each day. I don't quite have the oomph that I used to! However, I have to say, the ladies really enjoyed their tea party!
Thank you for your visit! xo
I am sharing this with these lovely parties: