A Fun Group and Tea for Two


Last month, four friends and I went to a Gift-Gathering Party for the school’s Gala.  It was a “grandma’s” party for women only.

We weren’t told very much except to bring a gift from our group  that would be part of the silent auction at the Gala … and to wear black.  Hmmm.  An intriguing instruction.

100_4878r  Seated are  Cheryl and Candy, great, long-time  friends of mine.  We went to high school together.  Behind them are two newer friends — Belinda, the best next-door-neighbor ever, and Barb, my very favorite golfing buddy.  She and I met through our mutual friend, Candy.   Now that Candy is retired too, we’re hoping she will join us in our golf hobby. 

100_4877f   Our gift box for the fundraiser.  “Tea for Two”

100_4871f   That’s a gift certificate to The Peony Tea House, which was the inspiration for our gift box. 

100_4871fc   The green tin is Harney’s Peppermint tea.  If you like tea and haven’t tried Harney’s, I recommend it.  The little pink flowered dishes are to hold the tea bags.  The old-looking ecru lace in the bottom is really an inexpensive table topper that made a nice backdrop for the tea items. 

100_4877fss   The two handkerchiefs in the corner are from the bunch I have collected over the years.  I don’t know if they are really old or not, but I thought they went well with the colors in the box, so we stuck them in. 

100_4871fx   The decorative strawberries were on sale after Christmas (for 70% off!) and  add some color.  And those are wonderful Nonni’s chocolate biscotti’s stuck in that cup.

 100_4867  The box has a matching lid.

And, did you notice this?

100_4877ff   I finally found a use for some of my 20 yards of red  tulle!  We used it to pack in on top of the set so that it wouldn’t move around when being transported.  Perfect!  I love that the tulle I love has finally had a chance to “shine.”

Tomorrow I’ll tell about the party itself.

9 Responses to A Fun Group and Tea for Two

  1. Beth says:

    How cute! I love the items & presentation.

  2. Caution says:

    I wish I were artistic and creative like you!

  3. new diva says:

    Lovely! Tea is one of my new favorite things. I will have to try Harney’s. Right now I am kinda in love with The Mighty Leaf, African Nector. In fact, I may or may not have written a post about it recently.;)

  4. I’m another Mighty Leaf fan (love the mint chocolate truffle!), I don’t know if we have Harney’s in this country but I’ll keep an eye out now 🙂

  5. Hilary says:

    What a wonderful gift. I do love trying different teas – particularly through the winter. I’m intrigued as to why you were asked to wear black. Can’t wait for part two. 🙂

  6. Amy O says:

    Great Silent Auction item! Has DD ever taken you to the tea store near her home? If not, I will give you the name for your next visit. It is expensive but oh so yummy.

  7. Sandra says:

    Beth — I was pleased with how the “presentation” came out. It’s always a little iffy to put together something like that. And it was an additional challenge that we had a cost limit, so we couldn’t “buy ourselves into wonderful!” 🙂

    Caution — I believe half of being creative is trying. This could just as easily turned out to be a “what were they thinking” box!

    New Diva — I’ll have to look for Mighty Leaf. I am really becoming a tea-bee! I must have missed your post about it, I’ll look for it.

    Rachel — Mint chocolate truffle sounds wonderful. If I find Mighty Leaf, I’ll try it. In fact, I just remembered Belinda, who is a hugh tea lover, gave me a tea catalog. I’ll have to look for it, and see if Mighty Leaf is in it.

    Hilary — Some very clever ladies put this together. I’ll put the post together right away. I think I can hear you tapping your toe! 🙂

    Amy — No, she hasn’t taken me there. But with three little girls, when we’re there, we really don’t have much time to sip tea! 🙂

  8. What a great gift box you put together! Whoever gets it will have a grand time with all the treasures in there. I’ll bet it raised lots of money, too 🙂 It sounds like a great event.

  9. Sandra says:

    Lynn — Hubby and his brother were co-chairs of the Gala last year (the first year for it) and their goal was $50,000 for the school, but it actually raised $95,000! We were so delighted! Hope it can raise close to that this year too, but with the economy the way it is now, who knows.

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