Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"RAIN DROPS KEEP FALLIN ON OUR HEADS" AT THE GARDEN TEA PARTY

Today for Tea Time Tuesday...I hope you will enjoy viewing my Garden Tea Party I had on Sunday...visit others who participate in this day at Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspiration




It was still raining 30 minutes before my Garden Tea Party on Sunday...it had rained during the week and I was hoping the 20% chance of rain would go away.................it didn't!  Thankfully it stopped just long enough to have my tea party and all the ladies pitched in to help! Since I was waiting to set the tables all the ladies that arrived early helped me set up!



A sign on the driveway pointed the ladies to go around to the back yard!





Each lady was welcomed to the tea.....









A recipe booklet was given sharing the recipes I used!  Some little favors awaited the ladies at each place card!  Some of the ladies were acquainted....some were not!








 

















I had asked Ruth Douglas to tell us about the Family Support Initiative in Uganda....
There were two purposes for this Garden Tea Party...one was fellowship and a chance to relax and be refreshed.  The other purpose was to support The Family Support Initiative which  supports an orphanage and school in UGANDA.  Late note: The ladies donated $500.00 which was wonderful!


It had begun to sprinkle at the end of Ruth's speaking and I am so glad the ladies helped bring everything inside to clean up...my kitchen table was loaded up with dishes they washed!  Sharon White and Jan Canipe were such a help!


We used 12 teapots, 24 cups and saucers, 24 dessert plates and 12 3 tiered Afternoon Tea Trays.











Here is what we ate:  Scones: I used the Lemon Cream Cheese Recipe on this blog under Recipes for Afternoon Tea but I left out the lemon zest and juice because one of the ladies is allergic to lemon.  We had lemon curd and real English Clotted Cream for the scones!  Then we had Ham Biscuits with Hot Pepper Peach Preserves, Chicken Salad Tarts and  Pinwheels.  Sweets: Cream Puffs with Banana Strawberry pudding inside, Chocolate Peppermint Bars and Strawberries. Most of these recipes are under the Recipes for Afternoon Tea Section on this blog!




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20 comments:

Martha said...

What a lovely garden tea party and I'm so glad that the rain stopped even for just that short of time!

Everything is so pretty and so well presented and put together.

I wish I could have joined you -- it looks like a grand time was had by all.

And your dishes and tea trays (curates I call them) are all lovely.

Your guests were lucky ladies!

ellen b. said...

Looks like a wonderful garden tea party Bernideen!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Looks like it was wonderful...even with the rain.

Terry said...

It looks like a wonderful time was had by all. Wish we had some of your rain. Any chance of sharing some of your recipes used?

Linda J. said...

Your tea party is lovely! I'm so glad it stopped raining long enough for the event. I would love to see your menu. I've been clcking on photos trying to guess what some of the food items are.

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

How wonderful! I am so glad it quit raining in time for you. Looks like everyone had a tea-riffic time! ;) Thank you for sharing your tea party with us and what a great cause too!

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a wonderful tea party you had, Bernideen! It's nice to see the little ladies out too! Your refreshments sound delicious and I simply adore the teapot with the birdies on it. I'm sure everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings,
Sandi

Marilyn said...

What a lovely tea party in the garden. I would have loved sitting there and enjoying your special event. I do a tea for Easter and have wanted to do it in the garden, but worry about rain. I am even considering renting a tent next year. Tea in the garden is one of those special things.

Marilyn said...

Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful moments with us! Your garden made a perfect setting with all your lovely guests and tea time delights. ♥♫

Linda J. said...

I came back to take another look at your lovely tea party and this time I saw the menu. I'm sorry I missed that earlier today.

Carolyn said...

Hi Bernideen,
I am glad the rain stopped for your lovely tea party.Everything looks so pretty-and all the lovely china!!!
A lovely way to raise money for a great cause.I am sure everyone had a great time too.

Carolyn

GardenofDaisies said...

I'm so glad it stopped raining long enough to have your garden tea!!!! It looks wonderful!! The menu sounded delicious too. I love all your pretty dishes and teapots.... what a delightful time it must have been for all your guests.

kimberly shaw said...

Your tea party looks amazing, Bernideen! I love your teapot direction sign, all the pretty tables, and your menu looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing my recipe cards with the ladies, and I am blessed to hear of your support of the orphanage and school in Uganda. I was finally able to share about you and your store on my blog. Hope you don't mind I shared one of your photos from your tea party as I wanted to brag about your impressive hospitality in pulling this event together. I am also happy to know God stopped the rain for all of you. For all the heartfelt giving, He in return gave you a day to rejoice in as well.

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Simply beautiful...what a special day for the ladies...wishing the rain would have cooperated a little better, but thankfully, the eating had taken place before hand. I am just in awe of your hospitality...wishing I could have been there! Simply lovely, Donna

Rizzi said...

HI BERNIDEEN,
WHAT A LOVELY TEA PARTY, HOW I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE.
YOU DID A SPLENDID JOB SETTING IT UP, AND ALL YOUR DELICIOUS FOOD YOU MADE, HOW WONDERFUL.
YOU ARE A VERY TALENTED LADY, AND IT SHOWS HOW MUCH YOU LOVE DOING IT. RIZZI

From the Kitchen said...

Bernideen: What an enchanting setting, delicious tea and a worthy cause to support as well. Thanks for sharing such a special day.

Best,
Bonnie

Angela McRae said...

Now THAT is what I call a tea party! What a magnificent day everyone must have had. I'm also impressed you used the opportunity to support a good cause, too. Bravo, bravo, Bernideen!!! (And those chair covers .... again ... my goodness, what loveliness!)

Eastlake Victorian said...

Your garden tea party looks like so much fun! I hope the rain came toward the end of the party. Wow! You certainly have a lot of tables, chairs and tiered plates! What a memorable time for you and your friends. Everything looks so very lovely. :-)

-Pam

Joyce said...

Bernideen,
I LOVE that you did your tea as a "Fundraiser" for Uganda...a country that is in much turmoil and need.
I'm thankful for your MISSIONS heart and for your heart for Women and for...Tea! HA!
Everything looks wonderful...I know you went to a lot of work for this.
God will BLESS you for your efforts!!
Keep up the good work!

BumbleVee said...

Hi Bernideen .... I popped over from Linderhof... what fun you ladies must have had with the tea party.

thanks for the recipes.... I, too, love scones.... and of course, all other baked goodies.... I'll have to come back to read the recipes.. and try a few....