Showing Kindness Tea

Our group picture. First Row L to R: Dawn Marie Crake, Lisa Lewis, and Sue Seitzsinger. Second Row L to R: Mary Ann O'Brien, Donna Frank, Debbie Coolbaugh, Dee LaNunziata and Brenda Nighbert.

Lisa Lewis
West Pittston, PA

The second meeting of the Pleasure of Tea and Friendship Society was held today with a "Showing Kindness" tea. I chose a blueberry theme for the desserts with blue and white decorations.

Menu:
Blueberry tea - which was delicious!
Blueberry Bread
Cream Cheese filled Tea Sandwiches
Blueberry Buckle Cake
Blueberry Custard Creme Pie
Blueberry Muffins
Assorted Berry Ambrosia
Other berry dessers and teas

Table Setting: A white tablecloth with white scalloped lace over the top and dishes of Blue Willow I inherited from my great aunt. The centerpiece was my great-great-grandmother's white ironstone pedestal cake plate. On it I placed a wreath of blue silk hydrangea flowers accented with little blueberries. In the center of the wreath was a dark blue pillar candle. I found cute little blue and white cups and saucers at a craft store. I put a blue votive candle in each cup. The candles were also scented blueberry. My favors were bonbons and small chocolate candies wrapped in white tulle tied with ribbon. Attached to the ribbon was a small card that read, "My Gift to You: A Free Haircut." I did this as an act of showing kindness to my dear friends - giving of my time and myself. (One woman told me she really appreciated it since money was tight that month and she needed a haircut. I felt so blessed that I could help in this way.)

We did introductions and each woman shared with us her favorite hobby. I also asked two questions. 1. What brings you comfort? 2. What do you dream of doing someday? The discussion was so interesting it was wonderful to hear about their dreams and what they enjoy doing!

I found a lovely matching teacup, saucer and dessert plate at a second hand store. I put several tea bags in the cup, added a teapot magnet I made from a rubber stamp, and wrapped them all in pink cellophane tied with ribbon. For the presentation of the gift I chose to write a little newsletter with tea hints on it. One of the copies had a word in lower case while all the others were in capital letters. I passed these out randomly. The person who had the error on their paper won the gift. I thought this was a different way to pick a winner, more interesting that picking a name out of a hat!

Everyone sat around the dining room table after dessert, sipping tea and talking - no one wanted to leave! This tea seemed like it was over too quickly! It was a wonderful two hours of kindness and sharing.


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