Monday, August 11, 2008

MHA Tea Photos

This is what I spent the last few days doing, which is why I was so tired I could barely stand at yesterday's tea...

I also decorated one of the 10 tables. Of course, I couldn't let well enough alone and had to come up with a chair cover as well...

We put the food on clear plastic plates and then lay those on top of the china.

I was quite infatuated with the mini pumpkin bread loafs with the butter star on top. The only problem is that each of these things takes time... some of them lots of time. The biggest problem I have in pulling off the tea is that I'm the only one that knows everything that's going on and I don't have a solution for that. It's different every time and I'm literally changing the menu up until just a few hours before tea, depending on what I can buy or get out of my garden. I also do a ton of little things around the church that people don't notice individually but make an impact overall.

For example, in the restroom near the hall where we have the tea, there's a small white table that holds a silk plant and some supplies. I put those on the floor, covered it with a tablecloth I brought from home, and used the church's live plant on it. It still needed something, so I added some doilies and a little note. How could I possibly write all of that down so someone else could do it?

It's not something you do by rote, it's something you do by intuition. It's different every time. You have to be able to sense it. I don't know how to explain that to people.

I still have a lot of photos to work on to post, with photos of each of the tables. I'll try to get it done soon.
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Linda Jennings said...

Your table is gorgeous and the food looks fabulous. I know exactly what you mean by not being able to write every little detail down because some of the extras just come from you and your genuine hospitality. I look forward to seeing more photos. Girl, you deserve a rest after this tea event!!!

Patsy Terrell said...

Thank you, Linda. I know that people like you who "get it," will understand. But it's sometimes hard to explain to people who think everything can be boiled down into an excel spreadsheet with a timeline on the left hand side.

I'm hoping to get motivated enough to get the photos up in the next few days. Greg took lots so there are a bunch for me to go through. I'm so fortunate to have the pix to use.

Thanks. I do intend to rest some!