Women’s Tea Table

This past weekend, my church held a women’s tea.  Over the past several years the women’s ministry has put on a few of these and I have had the privilege of attended all but one of them.  These are special times of fellowship and teaching with my fellow sisters in Christ and I am always so blessed by what God has to teach me while I am there.

I was honored this year to be asked to host a table.  That means I got to decorate and bring all the tea necessities to set up a table for myself and 7 other ladies.  Having hosted a table in the past for a Christmas tea using my Christmas dishes, I knew a bit of what was expected, but this time I got to use my china pattern which hardly ever gets removed from my china hutch in the dining room.

Tea table

The china in and of itself was a blessing as it was given to me by a sister in Christ at my previous church just a few years after Bryan and I got married.  You see, like many couples now a days, we didn’t register for a china pattern.  I knew that 1) I probably wouldn’t have many people that would buy it for us and 2) it wasn’t really something I would use often enough to justify storing.  Plus, I already had my Christmas china being collected (thanks to my wonderful mother and eBay) so I didn’t really feel the need for “regular” china as well.  But this sweet woman was getting ready to be given a set of dishes from an estate sale and she already had 2 sets at home.  So when she heard that I didn’t have a set of china, she offered me what I have now!  The set included a very random assortment of pieces – 17 dinner plates, 19 tea cups, 18 saucers and I believe that was all.  Again, my wonderful mom has searched and found me salad plates, bread plates, bowls, coffee mugs and a variety of serving dishes to round out my set.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to have a chance to pull out my dishes and put them on display along with the decorations for my table.  Being that my  china is mostly blue (NOT my favorite) I decided to pull out the less obvious pink and grey colors from the design to work with on my table.  Maybe the grey stood out after working so many weeks on the grey crib bedding but I LOVE the color now!

A few quick searches on Pinterest revealed that there wasn’t too much out there for tea tables.  Searching on Pinterest can be a difficult thing if you don’t know the right key words! So I just began searching for table cloth ideas.  Knowing it can be difficult to find round table cloths I had made up my mind I was going to make my own.  This pin was the inspiration for my table cover. Since I made it all in one LONG, LATE night I didn’t take pictures of the process.  It wasn’t hard but it took quite a bit of time.

Ruffled Tablecover

The chargers I found at Party City.  I love the girly charm they bring (heck, with a houseful of boys any time I can do something girly and pink I am all over it!).

Place setting

There were so many beautiful tables at the tea! Here are just a few for you to see.

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