Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I was ECSTATIC when they asked little ol' me to do the decorating for the annual MOTHER-DAUGHTER BANQUET at church this year...the theme..."TEA PARTY"...I just love tea parties...don't you?...but once the enthusiasm of being the chosen decorater wore off (well that never happened because I absolutely LOVE to decorate for parties)...I  PANICKED...as I have never hosted or decorated for a tea party (I know, I know...for shame)...not to mention...I had very little to use in the way of decorating for a such a party...OR so I thought...but after shopping the house, I actually found quite a few things to use...

...and what I didn't have at home, I thrifted...or borrowed...this is what I came up with...(I do warn you that our church basement is not a beautiful banquet hall...it's not very well lit and is usually used for holding children's church on Wednesday nights...so my pictures are not the best of quality)...but everything turned out fabulous...

...starting with the DINING tables...each table had a DIFFERENT floral centerpiece...the "vase" for each floral was a TEAPOT...

...well, except for this one...it was a ceramic purse...but still fitting for a tea party...

...yes, I know a diverse bunch of centerpieces but each one was beautiful...and to me, the variety made everything that much more beautiful....now for a few dining room shots...

I used pretty tea cups and saucers at either end of the tables as tealight candle holders...they were adorable...

...each guest received a small glass teacup filled with "scripture" tea packets...and each tied with a coordinating bow as a favor...

...now for the serving tables...(I did not get any shots of the tasty little sandwiches, hors'douvres or the drinks and desserts but lets just say we had plenty of everything delicious!)

...this is the buffet table

I just LOVE the sweet little rose bedsheets tablecloths and sheer draperies panels...they worked perfectly as linens for these tables...and

...now the drink table...

...everyone needs a hat to wear...now, onto our sweet little dessert table...

It is a tradition at our annual Mother-Daughter Banquets that we have a special place set up to take pictures of the mothers with their daughters....just so they each have a little keepsake of the event...this year I commissioned one of the men of the church to build me a faux fireplace mantel...which I had intended to use with a small table and chairs set with tea for two...however, I couldn't get the mantel to stand flush against the wall so I came up with an alternative setting using a few of my outdoor pieces...which I thought worked out well...

...(I know AN UGLY FICUS TREE...I really didn't want to use the tree but it was a good fill-in and hid the corner well)...

...the little white cakeplate you see here was made by gluing a pretty white plate on top of a glass candleholder...I paid $1.25 for both pieces and simply glued them together...it turned out so pretty...

...well, I felt so bad for not using the cute little mantel that I had asked to be made especially for this occasion...that in impromptu fashion I set up another little area using the mantel and a few extra things I had on hand...everything turned out so cute....in fact everyone wanted their picture taken here too...

....and for the CUTEST pictures of all........

...and the little maitre'd...

Thank you for stopping by my little "TEA PARTY"...I am sharing this week at these parties...

Making The World Cuter @ Making The World Cuter
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday @ A Silken Purse
Twice Owned Tuesday @ House Of Grace
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia  
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

I'm also joining the Mother's Day Blog Party @ A Holiday Haven
and Liz @ Rose Vingettes for Fresh Cut Fridays



  1. All the table are gorgeous and will be such a special event. The children table and their precious faces are way to hard to top. They are wonderful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  2. Love centerpiece was different ~ so much more classy looking that way. Jolly good job!

  3. Hi Sheila,
    I am so happy you have linked up to my tea party! What a wonderful job you did. Each table with a different centerpiece is a fabulous idea! The little ones look so cute posing for their picture! I am so happy to 'meet' you and I am your newest follower! Hope you have a delightful week.


  4. Hi Sheila...

    Ohhh my goodness...what a beautiful tea party! I bet the ladies and girls of the church had the most splendid time! Girlfriend, you really did a spectacular job of decorating for this event...what an honor! I loved each and every pretty table! I also loved the idea that you used a teapot for the floral centerpiece...what a GRAND idea! And...the purse centerpiece was just as darling! Love, love, LOVE all the serving tables...again, you did a magnificent job of decorating them! Hehe...I can't tell you how many times that I have used a pretty bed sheet for a table covering! They really do work perfectly for those long tables! My favorite serving table was the dessert table where you used the tall urn and statue of the lady! That centerpiece vignette was just gorgeous, my friend! I was wondering if you brought in the mantel and pretty chair as I was looking through your photos...then read that you had one of the men of the church build the mantel! It turned out beautifully and the mantel vignette was so sweet! Ohhh my...job well done, sweet lady! Thank you soooo much for sharing this special event with us...it was such a treat! Ohhh..and I got so many great ideas too!

    So happy that you stopped by today and took a peek at my spring vignette! Your sweet note just made my heart smile! Thank you for the warm welcome back!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  5. Oh I bet this was a blast! :) Your little bouquets are so sweet! You should come by and share them for Fresh-Cut Friday.... come by and see. :)


  6. Oh how lovely. I can see why they asked you to do the decorating..beautiful..

  7. Tea parties are great, Sheila, and I think you did a great job especially doing the centerpieces with teapots! I did a tea party for my daughter's baby shower last year and I started to panic after the original idea. I think it went well, although the desserts seemed to go faster than the tea sandwiches!

  8. So cute. The maitre'd has to be my favorite part :) Cute photo. Love how the flowers matched the teapots, such lovely variety! Beautifully done!

  9. Vilka helt underbara arrangemang du gjort. Det är svårt att välja en favorit du har ju gjort så många underbara. Önskar dig en fortsatt bra dag! Zinnia

  10. I also have been asked to do a Mother-Daughter Tea party at our church. My first one. It is May 17, 2014. I am just hoping it turns out well. Thanks for the Pics. Your's was decorated do beautiful. We have limited space and everything in room is white, so I am going to have my hands full putting in some color. We rent the buildings for the church, so we are limited to what we can do. You gave me some ideas w your pics. God Bless.

  11. Couple of days back attended my friend’s mother-daughter tea party. It was arranged at Los Angeles venues. She prepared everything amazingly. The best thing were games that she leaned from online site. Really had a great time there.


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