Our first Christmas Tea was held in 2008. My church is a "church plant" that began in 2003, so we meet in a grade school gymnasium while we save money to build our new church facility. It was an ambitious endeavor to host the tea in a school gym rather than at a banquet facility, but we wanted everyone to see where we meet on Sunday.
Nine ladies volunteered to set 14 tablescapes [some did more than one table], which transformed the gymnasium into a lovely dining area. To begin the transformation I rented white floor length tablecloths and chair covers with sashes. The men of the church volunteered to serve the meal to the ladies.
Below is a photo of the 1st Place table - "Victorian Christmas." Tables were voted on by the ladies who attended the tea.
Runner-Up Table - "Ice Palace"
The following tables weren't 1st or 2nd place, but they were beautiful nonetheless.
"A Touch of Gold"
"Friends of the Heart"
We served a grilled chicken salad for the tea, accompanied by a black flavored tea.
Dessert was a cupcake served in a Christmas teacup that was a favor to take home.
A local dance studio and high school vocal ensemble provided our entertainment.
We had three fundraisers at the tea which were very successful for our building fund, but they were an incredible amount of work. Since then we only focus on one fundraiser.
We had a big snow storm the morning of the tea, which gave me quite a scare, but by 2:00 p.m. everyone showed up, and our first Christmas Tea was a big success.
I hope this post has provided ideas for a Christmas tea at your church or organization.
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Today I'm linking to Bernideen's Tea Time blog for "Friends Sharing Tea"