Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fundraiser Tea Party

Thought you might like to see a "Tea Party Fundraiser" I worked.
I hosted a table.  People pay money to sit at your table. 
They are served the whole tea party spread, all homemade foods. 
I found out 24 hours before the event I was to host a table. 
I. Freaked. Out. 
I panicked and ran through the house,
gathering things I had on hand and just winged it. 
I like what I did.  I went with a literary/shabby theme.
Next year, I'll use shorter bud vases, but for 24 hours notice, I thought my table was kinda sweet. 
It was a special day.  I saw people I hadn't seen in years. 
People I've known my whole life through church. 
We ended up raising over $4,000 for scholarships for my
Over $4,000 just from a tea party is pretty good, eh? 
It was hard work, but it was wonderfully fulfilling. 
I'm already planning next years table. 
I'll have more than 24 hours notice next year.  :) 
I wish I had more time to take pictures of other tables. 
Each table had a theme and some were just adorable or especially lovely. 

PS:  I should add, all the books, tea cups, lace, plates and milk glass are mine, thrifted of course. 
And the Green Depression glass is mine, a gift from my mother-in-love.   

This is my sister-in-love and my son's girlfriend in front of my table.

Be blessed and be a blessing.
Encourage one another.
Choose Joy!
Pooh thinks sewing is much better than tea.  He thought the tea party was lame
because they didn't have tuna sandwiches.  

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Anonymous said...

What a wonderful job you did in pulling such a beautiful table together in such a short time! I love the literary/shabby theme that you went with - so pretty! It sounds like the tea was a huge success and a great time! I'm a new follower on GFC - I'm sure you'll reach your 100 quickly! Blessings!

April Dunlap said...

Amazing job! It's simply stunning. And you went on about MY little birthday tea party? :)
Thanks for the visit. I LOVED this!

Amanda @ Portable Kid said...

Beautiful:) You did a fantastic job!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! And what a wonderful post! Your table was wonderful and I know you all must have had a wonderful time. The tables were all works of love! Thanks so much for sharing and linking!

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Wow, I'm so impressed you were able to pull that off in 24 hours! I would have freaked out too and probably had a melt down. Your method is way better. You carried off your theme beautifully, and helped raise money to boot. What's not to love about that? And you have am amazing collection of tea cups, milk glass, etc. So glad your thumbnail caught my eye over at Be Inspired. Enjoy the rest of your week!


Stewart M said...

Ah, fund raisers! Just once I'd like to go to one that neither me nor my wife had organised!

I'll pop over for your next one!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

PS: glad you like my Island post.

Bernideen said...

So glad you linked to Bernideen's Tea Time Blog (Colorado) and what a wonderful tea you shared!!! Beautiful table settings!

Beth Hudson said...

Love your table theme. Wish I could have been there. Especially like the cup in the last photo (top left) - hint hint.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your table was lovely and you did a great job with such short notice. What a fun event! Loved to see themed tables and how creative everyone can be!
hugs, Linda

Kathy Blackburn said...

WOW..you work WELL under pressure :). Love that green depression glass, lovely.

Magnolia Cottage said...

Your fundraising tea party looks beautiful! Love your tablesetting and pretty teacups! You pulled off a beautiful tea party with a such a short time period. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on reaching 100!!

How fun! And, let me say, to only have 24 hours notice - you pulled it off beautifully!
I absolutely adore your tea table. I would have loved to have tea at your table!

AllyJo said...

I did freak out and I did have a meltdown for about 8 hours. I finally pulled myself together and figured out what to do. There are things I will do differenty next year, but my goal was to play it cool and act like nothing was wrong so the people who purchased tickets would be comfortable and enjoy themselves.

Fluster Buster said...

You did a great job especially for only having 24 hours to pull it all together. http://sweetwoodruffs.blogspot.com/2013/03/fundraiser-tea-party.html

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

What a fun way to raise money. And I think your table was just beautiful! Well done :)

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

What a beautiful setting. I am visiting you via No Minimalist Here. I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. I am hosting a Giveaway for my blog's birthday. Please join in if you like it :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful and elegant! You really did a great job and on a short notice! KUDOS to you! I'm a new follower now! Hugs!

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

Wow, you set a beautiful table on such short notice! Glad to know that you love Tim Hortons too. Their donuts are soooo addictive. Thanks so much for dropping by L'Heure Bleue At Home.

Jeannie and Linda said...

I think your table looked lovely, what a great idea for a fund raiser. Enjoyed seeing the other tables as well.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What a lovely tea party! You have beauticul thrifted cups!

Terri said...

You have a lovely blog. I truly enjoyed your post. Your thrifty table is so lovely! The old books and tea cups go so well together. fI love it!
The English table is really something too!
You did a fantastic job pulling this together in one day. What a great way to enjoy friends, food and fundraising : )
Thank you for joining in Tea Cup Tuesday! I am so glad you did!
Your newest follower : )

D@TheShadyPorch said...

Wonderful job...amazing that you did it in so little time! I love the green depression glass! I collected colbalt blue moderntone years ago. Thank you for sharing this at the Rock 'N Share! Blessings, D

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Welcome to TTT and I'm so happy to have you join me for tea! Your English tea setting is wonderful; love your teacups and china, especially the lavender transferware. The tea treats look delightful and I'm sure everyone had a splendid time.
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Spring! I'm a new follower. It's lovely to meet another believer!


Ivy and Elephants said...

What a fabulous job! I think your table was pretty and very creative.
Glad you raised so much money.
I know they will be blown away after you have a year to plan!!!

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Your winging it is fantastic! The table looked lovely and the food delicious. Thank you so much for stopping by Transformed Tuesday and linking up with us. I'm a new follower.

Peggy~PJH Designs

AllyJo said...

You all are so kind and fun to be around. Thanks for cheering me on. You are all a blessing to me.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

It all looks wonderful!

Christina said...

what a fabulous idea for a fundraiser- your table is just delightful!- love how you incorporated vintage books in the tablescape- can't believe you did it on short notice!
visiting from Ivy and elephants

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