This past weekend my church hosted a Christmas Tea. It was our 4th Annual. My friend and I dream up, design, and create the "ambiance" for each year. We work really well together and this year was no different. The church Fellowship Hall (the basement) was transformed into a "wintery woodland" of lights and wonder. Combine that with the smells of delectable delights from a small crew of completely awesome bakers (that was NOT me) and some wonderful tea (that was me) and it was a magical afternoon.
We spent hours on the decorations and ornaments that we give away each year. This year we also made wreaths as door prizes. Our Cricut machines were in overdrive cutting our teacups for the invitations, little pinecones, snowflakes, and other little goodies. My sewing machine patiently sewed 600+ snowflakes into 350+ feet of snowflake garland.
This year we used a lot of natural elements - pinecones, painted branches, cranberries, and even a few tree stumps to hold platters of goodies at the food table. We also used a lot of donated and found items - fabric, antique sleds, old iceskates. The photos do not do the entire room justice. It was indeed wonderful, magical, and completely transformed into a woodsy winter wonderland.
We had near 130 ladies gathered around 16 tables, each decorated by a table hostess, and there was certainly no lack of creativity. What an inspiring afternoon! There was much to look at and admire. There was much to smell and taste. There were friends to laugh with. And most importantly of all, there was a reminder as we enter this busy season, that Christmas is all about love - that wonderful, perfect, all-encompassing, overwhelming love - which came to earth so long ago. We were reminded that Christmas is about Jesus, Our Savior, Our Redeemer. No better way I can think of to begin this Christmas season! Merry CHRISTmas to you!