Friday, November 15, 2013

Tea and Friendship

When I was doing teas at Ardmore Park Place [a café housed in a 1800's Victorian house] I met a lady named Paula, whose friendship continued beyond my time at Ardmore.   Tea has a way of forging friendships, doesn't it?

Recently she phoned to tell me about a senior citizen's activity center that had just moved to a new location, and had begun hosting monthly teas.   She thought maybe I'd like to attend the November tea to see if I might be interested in hosting a monthly tea there.  

Tickets were only $5 per person, and yesterday was November's theme tea, "Giving Thanks." Below is their beautiful new facility that was once a private residence, but was given to the City of Grosse Pointe Farms.

The lady on the left is a representative of the company that sponsored November's tea, and next to her is one of SOC's [Services for Older Citizens] volunteers.

Teacups for the monthly teas have all been donated, and were set-up next to the food table. I immediately spotted a beautiful Shelley teacup.  [I can't help myself!  ;-)]

There was a nice selection of tea bags to choose from.

The food was served buffet style.

For $5 it was more than I anticipated.

When our table was chosen to go to the buffet, no one had selected the Shelley teacup yet, so I used it.   The pattern was "Primrose."  Isn't it lovely?

My tea of choice was "Constant Comment."

The tea even had entertainment, and requests were taken for favorite songs. The attendees thoroughly enjoyed singing along.  One song that was requested was "How Much is That Doggie in the Window" recorded by Patti Page in 1953.  Yikes!  I hadn't heard that song in years, but I definitely remember it from my childhood days!

I didn't count how many were in attendance, but there were quite a few, including some gentlemen.  It was wonderful seeing people in their golden and twilight years having fun, and enjoying tea time!  That's the beauty of tea - it has no age boundaries, and it naturally lifts the body, mind and spirit.


  1. Sounds like great fun at a great price! I wonder if our senior center ever has teas? It' said very good idea.

  2. That was supposed to say "It's a very good idea"!

  3. Looks like a fun time for all. I would have loved looking at the tea cups and saucers. I real bargain for $5.00!

  4. What a fun tea! I enjoyed seeing the teacup display, and "your" teacup is lovely.

  5. Boy, you certainly got your money's worth at this teatime! If only you could have brought that pretty Shelley teacup home with you!


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