Wednesday, December 9, 2015

TEA PARTY AT THE VILLA


The Tea Party at the Villa was a delightful success.  A first for the Villa and the first for most of those attending.  I used my hat boxes, tea books, pictures, my straw hat and a bouquet of fresh flowers for the main decorations.



  •   A variety of scones, coffee cake, chicken salad mini sandwiches, fruit, banana bread, cookies and cream puffs.  All so yummy.  
  • I chose my favorite cup and introduced these ladies to English Breakfast Tea ~ with cream and sugar.  
  • Rosemary with the cup she chose.  
  • Barbara liked my yellow rose cup and made the cream puffs for the party.


  •  The food table
  •  Some nice visiting.  
  • Willie the maintenance man joined for a few minutes, and demonstrated how to hold their tea cup with a "pinky" finger.
  • Priscilla is our "Key Lady" at the Villa if you get locked out.
  • Irma is on the left and lives downstairs from us.  I didn't get the name of her friend.
  • We used pump thermoses for the hot water.  Worked out very nice.
  • Another view of the decorations.
  • Cups, saucers, sugar bowls and creamer graced each table with a bouquet of fresh flowers.
I was humbled with the love and appreciation I was shown by everyone for hosting the Tea Party and make all the goodies except the cream puffs.   

One lady hugged me when it was over and said "I love you from my heart".  It brought a tear to both of us.  I'm so God planted me at the Villa and is giving me a ministry here.  (I almost felt like a Pastor's Wife again)

25 comments:

  1. That looks wonderful! I know you put a lot of effort into all of that...so glad they had fun and appreciated it, too!

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    1. Betsy, it was everything and more that I could have expected. Last night I had nightmares that it would be a flop. I hate those evil dreams. When I woke up....I said not on your LIFE!! And it was a beautiful event.l

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  2. Wanda, your heart is so BIG!
    I love what you do to show the love of Jesus to everyone at the Villa. God really planted you where you are blooming like crazy.

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    1. Thank you dear Sue. It's such a wonderful feeling to know you are right where God wants you. Think of you and Dave daily in our prayer time. Miss you.

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  3. Wanda, this TOTALLY TOTALLY warms my heart. You really are the BEST neighbour one could ask for, esp in an apt complex. Where were you in all the ones I've lived in? :)

    "I was humbled with the love and appreciation I was shown by everyone.."
    -- Totally deserved too I might add. Making it from scratch is major kudos too. Those scones and sandwiches sound amazing but I only wish you took some close ups of all these delectables -- I want to be licking the screen! hee.

    Yes, your ministry is foundational and so good. Truly loving your neighbour as it is. We try to do that too. This year Alex made christmas match box gift boxes decorated u p each with a little gift in it as an advent calendar for two of our neighbours, one family of whom we had over for Thanksgiving. We will have more during our own xmas party.

    Keep on loving, keep on shining. You do it so well.

    Thank you for bringing joy to my heart with this post. I loved reading it and seeing the pics too.

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    1. Oh Michael, what a sweet words you bring to me. I mentioned you to the ladies and told hem how you had sent me my first "English" tea . It was a smashing success.

      I know you and Alex have a heart for people and ministry too. God is good.

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  4. I love you from my heart, what sweet words to hear and to know from that that your efforts were appreciated.

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    1. Probably the highlight of the party.

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  5. What a lovely tea party, wish I could've been there. You have been making me hungry today Wanda!

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    1. Christine, I wish you could have been there too. You would have enjoyed it. The goodies turned out really nice too. The ladies loved the little sandwiches....all new to them.

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  6. what a beautiful time you all had, you bring joy everywhere you go!

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    1. Like yourself, Laurie.... I chose JOY, and somehow it becomes contagious.
      Sending hugs and warm thoughts.

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  7. I've always thought a pastor's wife also has the heart of a pastor... I'm so glad God continues to use you both...

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    1. Thanks Joyce. That was the hardest part of retiring. Love being by our kids and grandkids but a "call" from the Lord never goes away, so this was a wonderful opportunity for me to play "pastors wife" HaHa
      Thanks for the visit to the blog.

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  8. Once a pastor's wife, always a pastor's wife! A thoughtful and generous thing to do. The Lord Himself knitted the group together with love.

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    1. You're right...it's a calling and doesn't stop when you retire, just changes places. That's my goal, that the Lord Himself will knit this group.

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  9. How lucky they are to have had you move in with your spirit and love.

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    1. It goes both ways, Janet. I've met some lovely people here at the Villa that have blessed my life too.

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  10. What a pretty, delicious tea time! Everything looks perfect and how wonderful to introduce people to something they've not experienced before.
    Smiling at Willie, the tea party crasher - too funny!
    You are a gift, Wanda. A true gift. xox

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    1. They were very brave...and were so glad they took the "tea plunge"

      Isn't Willie just the cutest. He is a sweet man with a heart as big as his smile.

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  11. Wanda, you are such a blessing. What a generous gift to give your neighbors. I love the yellow rose tea cup, too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. When you are a blessing, it's amazing, but the blessing comes back to you double.
      I have over 20 teacups, and it was fun to watch which ones the ladies chose to use.

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  12. I love your tea party.
    Maybe I should have a Ladies' Tea Party too.
    :0)

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    1. Oh I think you should...It was so much fun, and worth all the work and effort. You would be a great hostess.

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  13. Oh how precious! I would love to have been there. I know these folks will treasure the memories of the tea party. Sounds like it was a blessing to everyone. I enjoyed your photos so much. I hope you'll visit my new blog and follow along...I have missed you.

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