Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Tablescapes {Christmas Tea 2013}

I blinked during Halloween and suddenly Christmas is here. In our family, Christmas is in full swing by the first Saturday in December because I participate in our church's annual Christmas Tea.
This is a wonderful tradition at our church attended by almost a thousand women with men from our church serving as our butlers. Last year I decorated three tables for the tea, one table for my personal guests and two tables for guests of the church.

My first table was classic and traditional with a touch of whimsical. I used my beloved vintage glass snack plates and cups. The napkin rings are paper towel rolls covered in gift wrap.

For the centerpiece, I simply put ornaments from the dollar store in an apothecary jar. I added matching "peace" and "joy" plaques  also from the dollar store.
I've had this "be merry" platter forever and it matched the table perfectly.

For favors, I wrapped up some hand cream. Everyone needs extra hand cream in the winter, right?

The inspiration for the second table I decorated came from these paper plates I bought on clearance back in 2012. I normally would stay away from using paper plates at the tea but these plates were so pretty.

The centerpiece for the table were pine cones in a cylinder vase with silver glitter branches
For favors, I picked up some hand soap at Bed, Bath and Beyond. The soap bottles were $1 each but I bought 15 bottles and used my $5 off coupon making them less than a buck each.

Oh the sweets! I made these chocolate cups and filled them with cream cheese frosting.
For my final table, I went with a sparkly blue and black theme. For centerpieces, I mixed some cone trees from the dollar store, Home Goods and glass trees I found at Costco

 As I write this, I am prepping my supplies for this year's tea. I am wishing all of you a wonderful Christmas season filled with crafting, friends, laughter and the love of Jesus.

Friday, June 6, 2014

S'mores class favors

So, I've been MIA from blogging. I've been busy, lazy and everything in between. But this week I received several emails and messages from people who guess what---  Read my blog! Specifically, they've been reading my post on an end of the year class gift I made. I posted a free printable 3 years ago but apparently, Scribd now requires a paid membership to download, so my "free printable" isn't free to download unless you're a member. Sorry!

Anyhow, this reminded me that although I've been updating the facebook page, I haven't blogged in six months.  So I'm going to try to get back into it and I'm starting with a revamp to my S'mores favors.

We first gave these out when my oldest daughter finished kindergarten. I blinked my eyes and here we are giving them to her THIRD GRADE class. My second grader is also giving them out to her class. We changed schools this year so I'm not technically recycling an idea-- these classmates of theirs have never received them so they're "new."

There are tons of s'mores flavored snacks out there. It was hard for me to decide which snack to choose.

I ended up going with Pop Tarts because the size of the package worked perfectly with the printable I designed. Here's the thing-- we've never bought Pop Tarts at our house. The box said 16 Pop Tarts so I bought 4 boxes thinking that would be enough for a total of 60 kids. Here's the thing I learned after opening two boxes-- each packet has two tarts. So one box only made 8 favors.
I had already opened the box so I went with it anyway.

For the remaining favors, I used Goldfish crackers because it came out cheaper than buying more Pop Tarts. I filled a 3x5 lollipops bag with approximately 1/4 cup of crackers and sealed them.

I think I like the Goldfish ones better since you can actually see the contents of the bag.
So summer is here. I don't quite know if that means I'll have time to blog more, but I'll certainly try.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas table decorating {Christmas Tea 2012}

Christmas is here again and my favorite way to welcome the season is with our church's annual women's tea. The tea is a wonderful tradition where the women of the church decorate and host tables and the men serve as butlers.

This post is about a year late as I am sharing photos of last year's tea. Hopefully I will get photos up of this year's event much quicker. I don't know what I enjoy more, preparing and setting up my tables or walking around and admiring the talent and creativity displayed in the other tables.

I decorated three tables last year, two for my invited guests and one for guests of the church.
My first table was a black and silver. I was going for a glam look with lots of silver and sparkle.


My second table was peacock theme. I found a gold peacock with blue and purple ornaments at Ross and I just knew I had to use it. The same week, I spotted gift bags and napkins at Home Goods that matched. I love it when things just come together.

My last table was a brown and gold table. I like adding brown  tones to my Christmas d├ęcor as I think it complements all the glitter of the season.

The following photos are of tables decorated by other women from our church. More than 70 talented women hosted and decorated tables.

For more pictures of the 2012 Christmas Tea, check out the facebook page