Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tea Time

Those of you who know me very well, know that I love tea parties! For my ninth birthday, my mom planned a Victorian tea party complete with every detail from sugar cubes to tea sandwiches and scones. From there, my love for all things tea-related blossomed.  In college, I frequented the Swan House tea room in Findlay, Ohio (one of my favorite places!). And now, thanks to a friend, I discovered another tea room here in the South.

Devonshire cream, lemon curd
& strawberry jam

Chase accompanying me
to the Swanhouse :)
Glenwood Tearoom
(4 days before Hannah Rose was born!)
I've often had friends over for tea parties at my house but now I've discovered a great ministry idea thanks to Bear Valley Bible Institute. BVBI is a preaching school that also includes a women's program with courses specifically tailored to the role of a preacher's wife.  I would absolutely love to have the opportunity to attend this program. You can view a list of the women's courses offered here

I heard about a tea ministry that was discussed in both The Art of Hospitality and Evangelistic Women classes. The woman who does this ministry, takes her tea basket to someone's home and shares tea with them. Their only responsibility is boiling a pot of water! Obviously, it wouldn't have to be tea - you could also bring coffee, pastries, lunch, etc. My preference will always be tea and scones though ;-)

I was inspired by this ministry idea to get my tea ministry "fixings" together. I found an old basket and spray painted it to use for my tea basket. For now, it is mainly used when I'm taking food to someone's house but I hope to someday have my own tea ministry :) Thank you also to my dear friend Helen who just gave me these beautiful hydrangeas! Don't they look perfect in my basket?


  1. I love this idea Kristen! I will be making my own basket this summer.

    A tea-house opened this fall nearby our home. Carrie and I love having tea parties just the two of use at home. I'm looking forward to taking her for tea at the tea house.- Holly

  2. That sounds like so much fun! The closest one around here is about a 2 hour drive but it is totally worth it :) Ellie is really into tea parties now too.