I hosted our Ladies tea at my home this year.
I love to have ladies here for tea, and especially at Christmas time. Our home isn't fancy - it's a simple cottage but it really shines at Christmas. I deck her out in garlands and lights and plaid ribbons and candles. It's lovely!
The theme last night was Celebrate the Nativity. We were celebrating the coming of the Light of the World! I decorated with Nativity sets as the centerpieces on the tables.
Then with the tables set and candles lit, our guests began to arrive. I took a few photos but, hosting requires attention and I often miss out in getting photos. Thankfully my friend Amy took a lot and has given me permission to share hers here!
Do you like the tea cozies on this table? (grin) Dish towels did the job. I have a lovely one from my friend Vee. It's on the girls table.
All the tea cups and luncheon plates are mine. I've been collecting for years! It certainly is easy to have it at my house - I don't have to pack it all up and haul it to the church!
Some of the girlies. See the lovely cozy at the bottom of this photo? That one was from Vee!
My long counter works beautifully for a buffet.
My mom and her dear friend Debby. They had the cushy seats!
The ladies all bring something to share, either a sweet or a savory.
This wooden trough with the boxwood greens, lantern, candles and oranges is our dining table centerpiece but I moved it to the piano for last night.
This is by the front door -
I wanted to show you the Advent Calendar that Rachel made. She took a poster frame and covered it with plaid wrapping paper and took 25 little boxes, labeled them, and put a scripture reference in each one. We also have activity slips for some of them that say things like "trip to see the Christmas lights" or "roller blading tonight". It is very cute and a clever way to add the daily advent reading in!
By the way - Sarah made the wreath on their door. She has a few more silver ornaments to glue on, but I think it is so pretty in the hallway with the lights shining on it!
After we get out tree, I'll do a house tour for you!
Thanks for visiting today! Do you attend a special tea at the holidays?
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