Anyone who has read my blogs knows that I LOVE tea parties. I can make any excuse to have one - having girlfriends over
for a relaxing lunch, celebrating a family member's birthday, honoring my mother on Mother's Day, even feeding grandgirls after picking them up at school! I've also broken every "rule" and served everything from cucumber sandwiches to pizza to hot chocolate
and called it a "tea party." The most people I've ever served at a tea party was 8. This past Saturday, I helped host a tea party for 135 ladies and served 4 courses.
I am the leader of our Women's Ministry at my church...in name only because I have a fabulous committee of women who think and plan and take charge with me. But it was my brilliant idea (sarcasm
intended) to have a spring tea party. It was a ton of work, but it was so much fun!
The first course was Strawberry Soup, served in small punch cups. Just enough for a taste, yet not enough to fill up on. (By the way, we had a good bit of this left over, so I took it home and
added sugar, whipping cream, and eggs and turned it into strawberry ice cream! I took it to a small group dinner and served it for dessert.)
The second course was sandwiches and fruit. Different ladies were responsible for coming up with the recipes and making them. We tried to have varying breads and shapes for each sandwich - the
chicken salad was served on croissants, the cucumber sandwiches were made on white rounds, the pimiento cheese was made on heart shaped honey wheat, and the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were served on white triangles. PB&J at a tea party? Yes, we had
about 35 little girls there with their mothers. The fruit was cantaloupe chunks and grapes.
The third course was scones and devonshire cream. We served Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Scones. Not quite the shape and height of regular scones. I think because we made so many, the butter softened
up and caused them to flatten out. But they were delicious, nonetheless.
The fourth course of desserts was made up of Brownie Bites (which we bought at Sam's), bought Danish Wedding Cookies, and Lemon Curd Tarts.
The beverages we served were Earl Grey hot tea and cold Raspberry Lemonade.
We set up 18 tables, used yellow cloth tablecloths, and used our church's punch cups, clear glass plates, clear goblets, and silverware. We borrowed all the teacups, teapots, 3-tiered stands, platters,
and footed cake plates from everybody we could find! Each table setting had different teacups. Our intent was to NOT match. And then each table also had different set-ups for the sandwiches. Some tables had the 3-tiered stands; others had a large platter with
a footed cake plate or two on top of it. In the end, every table was different, but the entire room was beautiful! When the ladies walked in, they were all so surprised at how elaborate and lovely it all was.
We ate well, had good conversation, and heard an encouraging speaker. In days to come, I hope our ladies will remember this tea as a "Proper Tea." What's a Proper Tea, you ask? Winnie the Pooh
is the one who defined it: "A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards."