Tea Party Time!

Have you been to a tea party lately?

Our Bible study group ended our year with a very fancy tea party.  No paper cups for us!  No sweat pants allowed!  We got dressed up for each other, enjoyed a delicious potluck of mini sandwiches, cookies, fruit, and tea, and spent our time talking about God’s goodness.

After a year of drawing nearer to God, digging deeper in his Word, praying for one another, rejoicing together, and enjoying close fellowship with each other, don’t you think that’s reason to get all gussied up and celebrate?

To make this tea party extra special, I started my planning early and created quite the shopping list of decorations and accessories before heading to my local thrift store.  I found adorable teacups and saucers, a sweet embroidered tablecloth, some fake flowers, plus odds and ends for DIY projects including making these cute serving dishes (the before pictures)…

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 A yard sale hunt produced tissue paper poofs to hang, a crocheted table runner, and a plastic tablecloth to go with the thrift store find.  Slowly, I pieced together the dishes, decorations, and cuteness that would turn into a charming gathering.  Next, I turned to pinterest for some other cheap/free ideas…and found project gold. And lastly, I shopped my home for things I could repurpose for the fete and came up with some cute sophisticated finds.

Yes, this tea party was came together quite nicely.  And completely within budget proving you can get ultra fancy for pennies!

After I gathered my loot, I then had to sort, clean, and create until it looked like this:

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One of my favorite things I made (pinterest!) was the discussion bouquet. I found the paper roses idea on pinterest but then I took it a step further by writing discussion questions on the inside of the paper about our year.  Questions like “If you could invite a Bible woman to lunch, who would you choose and why?” and “What are your spiritual/personal goals for this coming year?”

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I love how the bouquet looks and I love that the total cost was something like 50 cents (I already had the pot!) And even better than how it looked, I loved our discussion!  It’s amazing to hear how God is moving in our lives and to remember how much God has done for us by looking over our prayer journal and seeing so many answers to prayer.

As for what I found at the cute little shop called home, I found this candelabra and paired it with one of my necklaces for some extra glamour.   Doesn’t it look fab sitting next to my new DIY cake stand!

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My big splurge was a teapot shaped chalkboard from Michael’s. A whole $3!  But it was so perfect and adorable and I had a blast drawing on it.  And there, to the left is my super inexpensive new DIY 3 tiered server!

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As a little party favor, I thought a new bookmark for everyone’s Bible would be sweet. So I printed a list of the women we studied on scrapbook paper I already owned and put it in this sweet little presentation, which I also saw on pinterest. Adorable!

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The night before the party, everything was set up and looking charming, when I decided I wasn’t finished.  I created a cute little sign for my front door with the help of pinterest, my printer, scrapbook paper, and a frame I already owned to set the mood for a fun, sweet, darling celebration and to welcome all the ladies.  Here’s what it looked like…

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When you put it all together (including the amazing food everyone brought,) I think even Fancy Nancy would be proud. I sure did feel like Fancy Nancy that morning!

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We had such a blast at our tea party, I wonder why we don’t do this more often?  God is an extraordinary God and we are His beautiful creations. We should celebrate His goodness more often!

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