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I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe. I recently went Part Time after working full time night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 32 years and have been in nursing for 38 years!

I DABBLE IN A BIT OF THIS AND THAT!!!!

" IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN"
George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Harvest Tea, My Table, 2017

 Welcome!!!!!

Today, I will be taking a break from sharing my Halloween decorations......

Recently, I returned as a Hostess for our church's annual Harvest Tea......

I will be showing you how I decorated my table in the theme of "Under the Sea"......
 I also have a special Prayer Request at the end of this post........

You may remember in the Summer, I decorated my Living Room in the same theme after the Patriotic Holidays of the Summer were over.......

I made ornaments.......
 Click HERE and HERE if you missed those posts.......

I then decorated the Tree in the corner of our Living Room in the same theme......
 Click HERE to see that post......

And I created a "Beach" under the Tree.....
 Click HERE if you missed that post.......

When I was packing all of my "Under the Sea' decorations away, I decided that "Under the Sea" would also be my theme for the Harvest Tea.......

Before I go any further, let me explain how the Harvest Tea works......

I will be showing you photos of the some of the tables I did as a Hostess in the past as I explain.....

Hostesses for the Tea are recruited.........

As a Hostess, You are responsible for:
 Guardian Angels, 2010, Table 1

Choosing a theme in which to decorate your table or tables....

You then invite guests to sit at your table who pay a $10.00 Fee
  "My Country Tis of Thee", 2010, Table 2

 You provide the food and favors for your guests

You are also asked to donate a door prize to be raffled off
 "Quote The Raven Nevermore", 2013

The church provides hot water for Tea and Coffee and the Entertainment for the evening

  The $10.00 Fee paid to the church goes to a Scholarship Fund to assist selected high school students of the parish in paying for his/her Higher Education after High School.
White and Gold Christmas, 2014, 2 tables

There are also tables for the General Public that women of the Parish who do not want to host a table contribute decorations and food to......

This is a pure profit event as the expense is shouldered mostly by each hostess, who can share the cost with others such as family members or ask their guests to bring food.

At one time, I was doing 2 tables and since I did not ask for any help, it became not only quite an expensive but a labor intensive undertaking.

I bowed out as a Hostess 2 years ago because it was too much for me because at the time as I was still working full time, in charge of our church's November Craft Fair and was also a vendor at several Craft Fairs....

I decided to come back as a hostess this year but that meant doing things easier than I did before......
I used all disposable items since Joe, with his bad back, can no longer cart linens, china, flatware and crystal serving pieces from our house to the church.....

It did work out much easier .........
Okay, let me tell you how I started.......

A week before the Tea......

I set up how I wanted my table to look on our Dining Room table at home first and then took photos so I could remember how I did it......

The day before the Tea, we took everything up to the Church Hall and I set up the table.....
Setting up the table at home first makes it easier when I get everything to our church hall......

I started with a plastic white tablecloth and then added my milk glass punch bowl which has a pedestal to give it extra height in the center of the table......
I topped it off with a glass table round that I covered in burlap to mimic sand.......
  I then wrapped the garland that I had used for my "Under the Sea" Tree that I made from aqua deco mesh, around the punch bowl to conceal it.....
 Then I added netting and lights......
 I decorated the top of the round and around it on the table with items from my "Under The Sea" decorations......
Candles and more lights were added to the top of the round......
 I found aqua foil covered candy Dollars (I could not find Sand Dollar candy) that I scattered around the table and silver foil covered Hershey Kisses ......
 Now for my place settings......
I found the melamine dishes in Big Lot's on Clearance for $1.25 each!!!
I bought the aqua goblets, coffee cups and napkins ( also on Clearance) at Party City......
Joe picked silver plastic flatware in Wegman's, which I wrapped in the napkins......
 For my guest's favors, I put candy in gift bags and made Sea Horse ornaments ( on the right side of each plate)
And I also made Sea Shell ornaments (between the goblet and cup)
 My Guests also got to take home their plates as a favor......
Along with door prizes donated by each hostess and also a few gift certificates that were donated by local businesses, there was also a special raffle held .......
In the background are the 2 rugs that were donated by a local flooring company......

I forgot to take photos of the beautiful rugs......
On the table are 2 items that Joe and I donated to be raffled off.......
Joe donated tickets for 2 Hockey games.......

And I made up a basket of dishes that we bought at Wegman's last Christmas/Winter season.......
When I make up baskets to be raffled off, I always like to set up the items and then take a photo so people who buy the raffle tickets can get a better view of the items in the basket.....
The morning of the Tea, we took up the food that I would be serving my guests and put it in the large refrigerators in the Kitchen of the Hall......

My buffet table.....
 I always used to decorate the buffet table before......

This year, I just placed a wreath that I made on it.......

This was my Menu:
Turkey Hoagies ( cut in 3 inch sections)
Italian Hoagies ( cut in 3 inch sections)
Chicken Salad in Slider Buns
Fudge Brownies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Orange Raisin Scones
Maple Scones
Sliced Banana Bread

No, I did not bake or cook....

I bought everything from Wegman's, Sheil's Food Market, Malacari's Deli and an Amish Farmer!!!!

I provided bags for my guests with "Take Home" containers inside of them........
 They were also able to put their favors inside of them to take home......

I also added name cards to the place settings......
 The evening of the Tea.......
I added a battery operated fairy light set to the wreath on the buffet table.......
I placed extra aqua goblets filled with different flavored Tea Bags around the table for my guests.......
You can see that I used a photo of the table that I took and made a placard with my theme "Under the Sea" so when the guests make their rounds viewing all the tables they would know the theme of my table!!!!!
You can see Joe sitting in the background near the buffet table......

He was there to sell raffle tickets and of course to eat!!!
I really did not get a chance to take a lot of pictures because it gets crazy with over 200 people walking around, viewing the tables and asking questions of the hostesses.......

The entertainment for the evening was one of our former pastors, who we all love and miss, Father Jim Paisley!!!!

He has a voice that belongs on Broadway!!! He performed 5 songs and did many jokes at our expense ( his former parishioners) and the crowd LOVED it!!!
I was in the back of the hall so I apologize that I could not get a better picture....
And also that someone left that darn bag on their table!!!!!

My Guests at the table.........

My niece Lynn and my great niece Madalyn.......
She loved the Tea and wanted to know when was the next one!!!!!

My sister, Barb, Madalyn and Lynn........ 
Our friends from the parish.......Barb, Carol and Betty.....
Darlene, who is sitting and Patti, who is standing right next to her........
And Mary......
 Me and Madalyn.......
And me and my sister, Barb......
We had a great time and I don't think I have laughed that much in quite some time.....

Yes, I will be a hostess once again at next year's Tea.......

My sister is a Mother of 5 children and her life changed forever 2 days after the Tea.....

I am not at liberty to give exact details but a member of her immediate family received a very grave diagnosis......

This has shook us to the core.......

Please keep her and her family in your prayers......

We would so appreciate it.....

In my next post, I will be sharing a few more Fall and Halloween Decorations........
 And in future posts, I will be sharing the other Hostess tables at the Harvest Tea......
 And one last look at my Cottage Garden in the back yard......
So I hope you will be back to visit again soon.......
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