Some of you are aware of my involvement with our local charity here in town called Christian Community Action. A little over a year ago a group of women got together to form the Charity League with the sole purpose and mission of filling in where needed and helping spread the word about CCA and it’s efforts to help the poor and needy in the area. Our group has grown exponentially in such a short time and has found ways to plug in and help with fund raising and filling a great many needs in various areas. We’ve been able to be a part of the Back To School Store, The Christmas Store, The Prom Dress Drive, The Food Pantry, the Resale Stores, etc. Our latest venture was our very first Annual CCACL High Tea. Lots of planning and preparation went into the event and, if I do say so myself, it was a huge success.
One of the main needs for the event were beautiful tables for the guests to enjoy so a group of us volunteered to take on the challenge. I scrounged up “tea themed” décor from around my house like these teapots above to create my table.
I bought an inexpensive soft green sheet to act as my table topper. (Notice my teapots here?)
Fortunately I used to collect English china and dishware so I had quite a bit on hand. I decided to mix and match my china and chargers just for fun.
Since I had friends from different groups coming to the event I used place cards to seat them for easier conversation.
Me at my table just before the crowd arrived.
Everyone did such a fabulous job decorating the tables. Here are some of the beautiful table displays:
We decided we needed one extra table so we all pooled our leftover decor and efforts and managed to create this table in a pinch. Not bad for last minute and leftovers, huh?
My friends, Margaret and Leslie, who had never met before, became fast friends that afternoon. (I do believe there was even a little conniving going on between them for the auction items!)
My sweet friend, Cindy, was one of the first to arrive.
My husband, Doug, volunteered to be a server. A much needed asset for the High Tea to function smoothly. Thanks hubby, you’re the best!
We had a wonderful turn out. Susan, our president, informed the ladies of the agenda for the day and CCACL’s function and goals.
Our “High Tea Expert”, Michelle, explained the protocol for the High Tea and the flavors we would be sampling.
Friends Julia, Diane and Susan were also in attendance. Thanks, girlfriends, for coming!
Thanks to Terry, we auctioned off lots of wonderful prizes.
My sweet friend, Leslie, and I.
All in all considering it was our first High Tea, and considering we served 185 ladies or more, it went – surprisingly – very smoothly. A great time was had by all, a substantial amount of money was raised, great gifts were auctioned off and the message of CCACL was spread to more and more women. We expect to grow by leaps in bounds this year as a group and in our efforts to help those in need.
We’ve already had several comments from guests who are looking forward to next years High Tea! How cool is that!