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I Threw A Tea Party

A most terrifying thing happened to me. Someone asked me, Hildie McQueen, non-southerner, to organize a tea party at my church!

After almost twenty years in the South, I’d yet to attend one, but I did read Southern Lady’s tea magazines, which gave me lots of fabulous ideas.

I began by setting up the room and placing decorations about in the colors I chose of lavender and green. Inexpensive plastic tablecloths, silk flowers and Wisteria from the vines in the church’s own backyard completed the pretty theme.

Several ladies brought beautiful teapots and I also purchased some simple white ones from a local discount store to ensure we had enough. Tea in different flavors were placed on each table along with honey, sweeteners and cream.

Finally the ladies came, some even wore pretty hats.  It was a fun entertaining evening of tea talk, door prizes and a guest speaker.  Inspirational Romance Writer, Lindi Petersen.


Easy Peasy!!

One Commenter will receive a tea gift set from me!  Have you attended a tea party or hosted one?


Hildie McQueen



Marilyn Baron - April 1, 2013 - 2:51 am

You tea party sounded absolutely beautiful. I love the color scheme and decorations and you look fabulous. What a great idea to have a speaker and an inspirational romance writer was an inspiration. I’ve never been to a tea party or held a tea party although I’ve been to tea at hotels or restaurants. One of the nicest was a mother-daughter tea at a tea room in Roswell for someone’s bridal shower and someone threw me a surprise birthday party at the same tea room and that was lovely. I like that you asked people to bring their own teapots.

Mary Preston - April 1, 2013 - 4:20 am

I’ve never been to a ‘formal’ tea party, but your party looks like it was fabulous. I can’t carry off hats, but I admire them on those who can.

Of course, my family has practically taken tea drinking into an art form over the generations. When we get together, the kettle goes on & the tea cups come out.

hildie McQueen - April 1, 2013 - 5:34 am

Thank you Marilyn and Mary, it was a great time. I like the idea of a tea party bridal shower, will have to file it away.

Melissa Robbins - April 1, 2013 - 6:29 am

Pretty color choices. I love Wisteria. During my high school years in Ga, every girl in my school threw a sweet sixteen tea when her birthday rolled around. We dressed up, but didn’t wear hats.
Much to my southern mother’s utter disappointment, my non-southerner born self didn’t want a sweet sixteen tea. Instead, I took my four closest friends to a Japanese steakhouse. We had a blast.

Oddly enough, I drink more tea now living in the Midwest because I hang out with a couple of Canadian ladies who love their pots of tea.

Linsey Lanier - April 1, 2013 - 7:35 am

What great photos, Hildie. It all looks gorgeous. Wish I could have been there. :)

Pam Asberry - April 1, 2013 - 8:40 am

Everything looks beautiful Hildie, especially you! For the most part I am a coffee drinker but tea has always held a special charm for me. Maybe I will throw a tea party one of these days!

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - April 1, 2013 - 1:29 pm

You did a great job, Hildie. I can tell from the pics that it was a lovely event. Beautiful color scheme and you look FAB as well! Susan is the tea party queen in this group. She’s done numerous teas, but I’ll let her chime in on that.

Anna Doll - April 1, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Love it! I’ve only been to high tea once, in Victoria, BC. It was lovely. I adored their scones and miniscule cucumber sandwiches. Now that I’m a Downton Abbey fan (the end of season 3 has me a bit infuriated, I might add) I can see me sponsoring a couple of teas this summer! Love the pictures!

Maxine - April 1, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Hildie, I loved the pictures. I have not been to a tea party since I was five or six and drank imaginary tea with imaginary cookies, but even that was fun.

Heather - April 1, 2013 - 8:17 pm

The tea party looked beautiful, and I loved your hat. Thanks to Netflix and Sherlock, my husband has gotten on a tea kick lately, so we have been sampling lots of different teas.

Sandy Elzie - April 2, 2013 - 7:08 am

Sorry I’m late…is there any tea left in the pot?????

You did a beautiful job and you may not be Southern, but we’ll give you a welcoming hug anyway. :-) Love all the pictures.

Susan Carlisle - April 3, 2013 - 7:01 pm

I love a tea party. You did a wonderful job. It is beautiful. I go to afternoon tea as often as I can.

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