I am a Victorian Soul, who lives in a small townhouse that was built in the mid 1970's, not a huge Mega Mansion!! I just recently lost my Hubby Joe, who was a Retired Letter Carrier. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before I had Knee Replacement Surgery and officially Retired in 2019 after 41 years working in Direct Patient Care ... I am so glad that we retired at 62 years of age and got to spend that time together before he passed....I still do love Retirement!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Harvest Tea, Part 2

 I want to Thank Natasha over at Natasha in Oz, for featuring my post,
Fall/Halloween Decor in my Living Room,Part 1, especially Minerva, as part of her picks for 50+ Spooktacular Halloween Ideas from last week's
 Say G'Day Linky Party!!

  Thanks so much , Natasha!!

I also want to Thank Brenda over at Cozy Little House , for featuring my post,
Fall/Halloween Decor in our Living Room, Part 2, from last week's Tweak It Tuesday Party!!
 Thanks so much, Brenda!!

And I also want to Thank Marty, over at A Stroll Through Life, for featuring my post,
Minerva and Colors of Autumn, from last week's Inspire Me Tuesday party!!
Thanks, Marty!!

Thanks so much to these great hostesses!!  Please stop by and visit and link up to these wonderful parties!!

And back to Part 2 of my posts on our Church's Harvest Tea ......

 My Theme for this year was "White and Gold Christmas"

If you missed Part 1, please click HERE.......

In this post, I will be sharing my Tables on the Evening of the Tea, the other Tables during Set Up and on the Evening of the Tea and the actual Event and my Guests....

These are my Tables, taken in Candlelight Mode on my Camera on the Evening of the Tea........
Yes, that is Joe.......
And now for the other Hostess's Tables..........

You can see that some Hostesses go "Elegant" with Chair Covers and China or some chose a bit more "Practical" using Paper and Plastic and some use a combination of the 2 but all are beautiful in their own way!!

Lorraine ( and her daughters)-  "Let The Good Times Roll"
They chose a Mardi Gras Theme

Bernadette, Jean and Mary- "Winter Wonderland"

Peg- "It's Crystal Clear"
Peg is a retired nurse who has been hosting a table at this Tea for many years and is a Pro at it.......
I absolutely LOVED this table!!
Peg is a Victorian Soul like I am and she is the one who taught me to shop at The Dollar Tree for items for the Tea.........
The majority of the things on this amazing table came from Dollar Tree over many years!!
Including the trays and clear plastic chargers!!!!!!
And this was going to be her Serving Table........
In the evening.......

Rosemary and Sandy- "Evening in Paris"
Rosemary and Sandy do 2 tables.......
Rosemary is my Co-Chair for the Craft Fair that we run for the Church and my partner in crime in many ways!!

After renting chair covers for several years, they bought them online for a little over $2.00 a piece!!

Rosemary liked my idea of providing a Gift Bag for our Guests to take their favors home in......
Their Favors were the hand painted goblets that they bought from one of our Craft Fair vendors......

In the evening.....
There is Rosemary in the background.......

Nancy- "Autumn in the Country"

Ann Marie and Cheryl hosted 3 Tables.......

"Nutcracker Snowmen"
I love those plates which are paper!!

"Festive Fall Days"

"Happy Halloween Witches"
In the Evening.....

Mary Ann - "She Sells Sea Shells"
Unfortunately, I did not get back to this table to get another photo when more things were added.....

Sue- "Wine and Roses"
And again, I did not get back to this table when the center piece was added......

Sue- " Mad Hatter"

Sue did 3 tables in this Theme!!

Table 1.......
Don't you just love it!!

Table 2........

Table 3......
So imaginative!!

Mara did 2 tables.....

Table 1.......

She did "Red Hat Jubilee" for a local Red Hat Society Group!

Table 2......

Ignore the storage room door being open in the background!!  LOL!!
Mara was the first hostess who bought her own Chair Covers a few years ago......
Stunning, don't you think???
And Dorothy is in Charge of the Event .........

She offers seating for Guests who are not invited by Hostesses.
Other women in the Parish help Dorothy decorate and provide food for these tables.......
Themes were:

"Mum's the Word"
"We Love Pink"
"Let's party"

Some of the Women will bring in food and decorate the Table that they are sitting at as in this case:

"Falling Leaves"

 Photos of the Hall taken in the morning on the day of the Tea........
Coffee and Tea Station....
 I just want to add that those lanterns were bought at Lowes by one of the Church Custodians....

The also is a Raffle held for Door Prizes donated by the Hostesses and also donated by parishioners and Businesses.......

Sue , who hosted the Mad Hatter tables donated this wonderful prize that contained money and lottery tickets!! 
Sue is also kind enough to have donated several other door prizes and she also donates a wonderful basket for the Speciality Basket Raffle that we hold during our Craft Fair!!

And you may remember these people who are my dear friends and always lend a hand and help out with different events that Joe and I are part of for our Church.....

Here they are working at the Flea market that I helped run in the Summer....
 These people and a few more not pictured here were my Guests at the Tea.....

It is my way of thanking them for their friendship and their willingness to always help out..........

Hence the quote that I placed on their Gift Bags.....
 "Friends are the Family You Chose"

I am so honored to have them as my Friends and they are considered Family!!
Bill is President of our Parish Council and was selling tickets for the Raffle all Evening and barely had a chance to come and sit down to eat!!

These are the same people who will help out selling tickets for our Specialty Basket Raffle and working in the Kitchen at our Craft Fair!!

Joe and I are FOREVER indebted to this great bunch of people who we consider part of our Family!!

I hope you enjoyed my posts on the Harvest Tea!!

 I apologize for not taking more photos the evening of the tea but once guests start arriving , it gets very chaotic for the hostesses as people are viewing the Tables and asking questions about them.......

I am not sure I will be able to be a Hostess at next year's Tea as it falls a bit later in October and with my knee situation, I am afraid to commit to anything too far in the future.....

But if I am able to be a Hostess, I have already picked a Theme for next Year.......

"An Elegant Harvest"

If I can't be a Hostess then I plan on hosting a Harvest Party at my house......

I hope you will come back to visit when I share Part 3 of my Halloween Decor in my Dining Room in a few days.....

I am linking up to these parties:

  Categorically Crafting Halloween Party
 Fabulous Fall Party
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 Wow Us Wednesday
 Sizzle into Summer Party
 Project Parade Party
What's It Wednesday
 Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop 
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Whatever Goes Wednesday 
 Wow Me Wednesday
  Before and After Party

Home and Garden Party Thursday
  Homemaking Weekend Link Up Party
Share Your Cup Thursday
 Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
  Create it Thursday 
Inspired Creations Linky Party
Grace at Home Party
 Thursday Sweet Haute Share Linky Party
Weekend Retreat Linky Party
Think and Make Thursday
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The Creative Exchange
 Simple and Sweet Fridays
Home Sweet Home Friday
  Fridays Unfolded Linky Party
 Show and Tell Friday
  Let's Get Real Friday Party
  Feathered Nest Friday
 Friday Favorites
 Flaunt It Fridays
  What To Do Weekends
Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop
 Anything Goes Linky Party
Anything Blue  Fridays
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Creativity Unleashed Link Party 
  Inspiration Gallery Link Party
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  Eat. Create. Party

Best of the Weekend Party
 The Creative Collection Link Party
Pink Saturday
Say G' Day Saturday 
 Weekends Are Fun Blog Hop
Welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop
 The Party Bunch
  Strut Your Stuff Saturdays
Bouquet of Talent Linky Party
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Please take some time to visit these terrific hosts and all those joining in on the fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and every day that you take the time to visit with me!


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