Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Goodbye Della

Tea Server Della Snyder

Today I said goodbye to a 6 year employee and a friend. Many of you who visit A Spot For Tea have been served tea in the Queen's Room and in the Red Room by Della. I told her today as we hugged goodbye that A Spot For Tea became what it is today in part because of her and her willingness to serve others with the love of Christ.

Many times I would pull into the parking lot and Della would be sitting in her car praying for A Spot For Tea and the day ahead before she walked through the doors. One thing I came to love about Della was her ability to pray for whatever season or emergency we were going through. She truly was a prayer warrior for the tearoom and for me personally.

Della's husband Ted, worked for a contractor that worked for Homeland Security and he recently got transferred to Corpus Christi, Texas. Della will soon be living on the beach in South Texas. We will miss her very much.

How do you say thank you for that?
Della you exemplify Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with your heart, as working for the Lord not for men."

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tearoom Travels Revisited II

On Sunday, June 10, 2007, a group of Magnolia & Ivy graduates and their guests attended Vintage Tea in Alpharetta, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. Brenda Lain, owned this wonderful tearoom and was a fellow Magnolia & Ivy graduate, and her staff served a splendid full afternoon tea. I brought home her cookbook and have tried some of her recipes. Brenda has since sold her tearoom and now has an on-line shop.
Outside Vintage Tea
Alpharetta, Georgia
during the World Tea Expo in June 2007

Inside the gift area...lots of tea goodies.

Its always a treat for me when I get to visit other tearooms.

Tea books on shelf

It was a time of meeting new people, catching up with old friends and
enjoying the spirit of having tea.

Vintage Tea dress up area.

Teapots on sideboard

Vintage Tea Menu

Chilled strawberry soup and spring salad

Ashlie and I got to enjoy tea with some of our fellow tearoom owners.
Karen Henderson, co-owner of Belamari Tea Room in Hawthorne, NJ and Marcia Franks, owner of Homestead Manor Plantation in Thompson's Station, TN.

Three tiered stand with petite desserts and tea sandwiches.
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour
dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
Henery James

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cara Richardson/Drew Spivey Wedding

Cara Richardson/Drew Spivey Wedding
Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3:00pm
Walnut Creek Chapel
Light Hors D'oeuvres

Chandeliers on the table

Looking back towards the food table

Sparkly and robin's egg blue

Spring bouquets

Cake table with cheesecakes and bridal cake.

Kieran Rose Mahoney's Sweet Six"TEA"n Garden Tea Party and Barefoot Dance

Kieran's Sweet Six"TEA"n Garden Tea Party and Barefoot Dance
Saturday, May 15th, 2010
Coles Garden
Garden tea party on the lawn.
Setting all the tables up and dressing them up in pink
Menu: Light Afternoon Tea on three tiered stands
Kieran and her mom Debi Mahoney

Teapot cake and mini teapot cupcakes around the hat box.

Perfect evening with the sun setting.
Her guests enjoying three hot teas: Pink Bouquet, Sweet Serenitea and Lemon Ginger

Two Iced Teas: Raspberry and Peach

In the glow of the setting sun

No wind and it was an 80 percent chance of rain but thank God no rain.

Oh to be sixteen again.

And your bright future ahead of you.

Kieran also wanted her guests after the tea party to dance barefoot on the lawn.

Kieran getting ready to blow out 16 candles
Everyone singing Happy Birthday.

Making a wish....

Happy Birthday purse and necklace in pink of course.

Highpointe Mpact Ministries Mother/Daughter Tea 2010

Mother/Daughter Tea 2010 Wonder Woman/SuperGirl
Invitation to Brunch at 10:30 on Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Psalms 139:14
Because I'm fearfully and wonderfully made...

Program of events

Mothers and daughters...

Mini filled muffins

Brunch Menu:
Bacon & Red Pepper Quiche
Baked French Toast
All ages in attendance

Sharing with each other

Balcony seating
Sweet babies

Smiling teenagers...

Moms and girls

Having time together

even grandchildren

reflecting on God's goodness

Rebekah and Sarah Lowder

Leader Maressa Treat's Opening remarks
Jenny Lockheart and Susan Weed were the mother/daughter speakers.