This weekend was really something to chirp about! Yesterday, Saturday I hosted my First Mother's Day Spring Tea for my co-worker friends. Everyone has been so kind to me...it has been one of my heart's desires to invite them all to a special tea.
Yes, hosting a tea in my country home is kinda a big deal for me...I work real hard preparing and always have a lot of dusting & shaping up the place to do. Was it worth it? OH YES! I have so many new memories to treasure! What super ladies I am blessed to work with! Today I am watching the fresh pink roses bloom on my kitchen table and the aroma of cherry cupcakes lingers sweetly. Because I was running a bit late...my son put together two types of tasty sandwiches. One of my friends commented "He even cut off the crusts". I must include my husband helped in a big way...he ran our heavy vacuum without a complaint. I so appreciated their assistance. What a wonderful husband and son I have!
One fun part of having a tea is rediscovering my lace table clothes, the tea cups with matching saucers. Over the years I've collected quite a few tea cups and pots. Some come out of their hiding places bringing a smile to my face every time. I invited my guests to pick a cup and variety of tea that they favor. Later it's aways fun (if I remember) to ask "Can you share with me why you chose that particular cup?" I often encourage friends to try a new tea. For every Tea party, I bring out my beautiful wooden Tea Chest which was a Christmas gift from my daughter years ago and will always be treasured...it reminds me of her and her sweetness and is filled with every flavor of tea you can think of. Smells so good! She knows having teas makes my heart smile...love her so much!
The invitation to all the ladies was inspired by 'Swap for all Seasons'. I created a special (letter/invitation combo) rolled up with a map to my house tucked into a Tussie Mussie. A few weeks prior I was literally wrapped up a few evenings with ribbons, wall paper cones, yo yos & beads, artificial flowers, ivy, birds & butterflies. And oh that glue gun. Yikes! Glue guns are one of those 'must have' items and they are so dangerous! I don't think anyone knew why I wore a band aid on my finger for at least four days. Oh well, now they will.
I think the funniest event was delivering my homemade invite to the ladies in their departments & offices. If they were present I would say "shut your eyes" & quickly hang the Tussie Mussie on their door, cabinet, drawer or anything else I could find. The legend goes somewhat like delivering a May basket...if you are seen delivering...you're suppose to kiss that person. Lots of smiles and giggles. About 43 invites were put together with love and care and luckily I implored the help of a friend to deliver some invites to the ladies in the other building. I really appreciated her help...a sweet heart. Being a busy weekend...many ladies weren't free or maybe they just didn't feel as though they knew me well enough. I was careful to include all the ladies so that no-one was left out.
The company of my friends was delightful and it was especially fun having a new beautiful baby boy with us! We took turns holding him all afternoon. He looked adorable in his baby blue hat, sweater & shoes! To make a new memory everyone was invited to bring their daughter or Mom or baby, something to share about their Mother, being a Mother or something unique about their relationship with Our Heavenly Mother Mary. What beautiful sharing... the lovely pictures, memories and we shared some answered prayers with one another. As a Catholic I often ask Mary to intercede for me in prayer and she has never let me down. I just love to remind girl friends "Take your prayer request to Mary. Mary understands because she was a woman and Jesus would never say no to His Mother."
Tea time is all about getting to know one another better. It's quite amazing too...what a feeling of joy it is when friends share a memory that has touched their heart. That memory is passed on and lives on inside us. If you have been thinking about having a tea...I encourage you to do so. Make a memory! Be creative and come up with your own theme. My library on Tea Parties is growing by leaps and bounds. The Public Library has free resources if you need a little motivation. I hope you had a fun weekend and have a great week ahead. I plan is to post some new photos soon. The little frosting pink hearts I painted on the sugar cubes came out so pretty. Talk about the final touches...I was painting the last heart on one as a friend and her daughter drove into the driveway...
A Mother's day tradition I have is to share this writing by- Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty
The Most Important person on Earth
The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has build something more magnificent than any cathedral - a dwelling for an immortal soul, The tiny perfection of her baby's body. The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creatures. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation...
"What on God's good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?"