Monday, December 9, 2013

Sixth Annual Ladies' Christmas Tea

On Saturday, Dec. 7th, I coordinated the Sixth Annual Christmas Tea for the ladies of my church.  Sycamore Hills Golf Club has been the location for two of our spring teas, but this was the first Christmas Tea held there, and they did a great job. 

Two friends arrived early to help me set up the table for the tablescape program, and place the centerpieces, teapots, etc. on the tables.   Thanks ladies!

[L-R:  Sue, Me, and Lori]

The main dining room was beautifully decorated with garlands, poinsettias, miniature white lights, and a Christmas tree.  Pictured below is a retired minister's wife who attends our church, and her two talented granddaughters, Amy and Amanda.  Amanda was part of our program and you'll see her picture again later.  I love how tea is multi-generational!  

The tea station is visible in the background.  Holiday Berry black tea [flavored with cranberries and raspberries] was served. I ordered it from An Afternoon to Remember Fine Teas.

Though the temperature was only in the 20's, it was a clear, beautiful day and the picturesque view of the golf course was lovely.

Below is my daughter-in-law, Sharon [our Pastor's wife], her mother, Sheena, and my granddaughter, Brooke.  Three generations enjoying tea-time together!  Sheena is from Scotland, so she's no stranger to tea!

~ Attendees ~

My helpers, Lori and Sue.

~ Another three generation family - Kim, Tiffany and Helen ~

Our meal began with a Mixed Green Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing and rolls.

The main course was Chicken Marsala, Green Beans Almondine, and Potatoes Anna.

Dessert was an Ice Cream Sundae and Miniature Cupcake.

Our program began with soloist Colleen singing Christmas selections.

High school senior, Amanda, played a violin solo, "O Come, O Come Immanuel." Amanda is a member of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, and plays at Orchestra Hall.

Presenting "Tablescaping for Christmas and Beyond" with my friend, Linda.  

It's a tradition to read Tom Hegg's, "A Cup of Christmas Tea," every year at the tea.  In the photo below Sheena is reading the beautiful short story.

~ My granddaughter, Tiffany, and my mother. ~

My daughter, Lori, Tiffany, and her future mother-in-law.

With two Christmas teas in one week, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!


  1. It looks like a lovely occasion - as I expected it would be! How wonderful to have four generations of your family there!

  2. Another elegant affair, and so nice to see photos of your family Phyllis. I have "A Cup of Christmas Tea", likely recommended by you and I like that it was read at the gathering.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wonderful! What's more fun than a Christmas tea! Thanks for all your wonderful photos. I dearly wish I'd been there to join you!

  4. Sounds like a beautiful (and tasty!) time was had by all! What I really, really love here is all the multiple generations creating tea-and-Christmas memories together--just splendid! (I'll bet you are breathing a sigh of relief now that all your hard work is over!)

  5. What a beautiful and delicious tea. You look beautiful in your hat, Phyllis. It was great seeing some of your family too. Very nice looking ladies!


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