So I few years ago I did a post on a tea party that we had at my church. Of course, you know how I love books…I just had to tie them in together!
To read the whole post, click here. So every year at my church we do a Christmas Tea Party, and the past three years my friend and I had a table that I’ve been in charge of decorating. And if you think I just had to feature a book each year, than you are right! I love books!
In 2016, the theme was “Our Journey”, and shoes were the center as it was about “the paths we take”. Of course shoes made me think of one thing:
As Dorothy and all her friends go on a journey, along with having a magical pair of shoes, it was PERFECT! We did a:
- Yellow Brick Road Runner: Canvas that we painted with three different shades of yellow
- Poppy Magnets as our favors: I used this one from Hometalk and did button centers and glued magnets on the back.
- Mason jar water glasses with gingham ribbons and red mugs for coffee or tea.
- Wicked Witch of the East candy straws: I got the straws from Wal-Mart and made the shoes from Swedish Fish.
- We painted our own Emerald City on glasses.
- And I sewed a sock monkey king of the flying monkeys, out of black and white socks (just like the ones the Wicked Witch of the East wears). Yes, I sewed it-help from Madsen Creations and my mom.
- We made our own Dorothy’s magic red shoes, but they weren’t ready when I took the picture, so I put my own red shoes in there.
- And of course, a copy of the book.
The next year the theme was “Friendship”
So my friend and I choose to do:
- We used this lovely pink overlay that had glitter and sparkles in it.
- Our favors were mugs with the either the quote, “I am a princess. All girls are” or “All women are princesses, it is our right”.
- The other favors we had were pink princess crowns (we had four kids sitting at our table). I got a great deal from Amazon 12 for $7.82
- I used two teacups for sugar and cream.
- Gold striped napkins tied around the cutlery with a pink sparkly ribbon.
- I used a square vase to lift up A Little Princess by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver, that I had purchased for my niece for Christmas. Inside the vase was yellow sunflowers, like the ones in the movie when Sarah and Becky wake up on Christmas.
Last Christmas the theme was Holy Ghost…hmmm ghosts. Which book? 🙂
- We used a holly and cranberry patterned runner on the table.
- Sheets of music as place mats, with red chargers over them.
- The centerpiece was a Christmas Tree, as those became popular in the Victorian era with Prince Albert, that I strung with popcorn.
- I also placed a basket with the Christmas gifts/favors as that was how Victorian tables were set up. Each package was a different copy of A Christmas Carol. I got them all by swapping on PaperBackSwap.com I wrapped them up in brown paper and red yarn.
- We had chestnuts on the table and each place setting got on orange, as they were very popular gifts, but I didn’t put cloves in it as you can’t eat them when you do that.
- We had Earl Grey Tea, Hot Chocolate, and candy canes.
- Each person received a homemade Christmas Card (made by me), and each had a little token in it, my version of the Christmas pudding.
This year the theme is gifts and I have to admit, I’m a bit at a loss. Any ideas of a book that gifts plays a role?
For more on The Wizard of Oz, go to Bookish Thank You
For more on A Christmas Carol, go to Book Club Picks: A Christmas Carol
For more tea posts, go to I Ran Out of Milk So I Put Buttermilk in My Tea
For more book-filled posts, go to Stranded at the Bookstore