Yay! We finally had another book club get together and I think this one was my favorite by far. Any excuse to have a legit tea party is always great!
For the evenings ACTIVITIES, I kept things pretty simple-
1. Thanks to Pinterest those who didn't come wearing TEA TIME HATS made one. Here's mine...(directions included below)
Wrapping or Butcher Paper (I got some from the $ store)
Embelishments (flowers, ribbon, tissue paper, anything to create some pretty fru-fru)
- Cut your wrapping/butcher paper into large squares (approx 3'x3')
- With the paper on your head, have someone tape around the crown of your head (this creates the hat part, keeps the paper on your head, and distinguishes the brim)
- Trim pointed edges of square to be round if you like (you can start with a round piece, but I found it to be easier to cut a square and then just trim)
- Tape the brim of the hat up in the front
- Add embelishments (I used a ribbon to cover the tape around the crown, and made a bow with long tails hanging down in the back, and then added a pretty flower in the front)
2. We took a short QUIZ to refresh our memory of what happened in the book (we had a longer lapse between reading and actually meeting this time) and for an excuse to give fun little prizes.
*side note* Prizes included: a small letter writing kit-since the book is written in letter form, a tea cup and saucer candle-reminiscent of our tea time and those had in the book, and a small candle with an artistic interpretation of the eventual relationship development at the end of the book.
4. Then we discussed the book
As for FOOD-
- We just had to represent the roasted pig which brought the society to fruition, but lets be real, I wasn't about to get too literal so we had thick deli sliced ham with swiss cheese on entertainers crackers.
- I selected some nice assorted berry tea to represent the plentiful berries that were available post war
- And as for everything else, (Pecan Sandies, Cranberry Shortbread Cookies, and Watercress Mini Sandwiches) they were simply great tea time treats.
- I did provide a couple alternate beverage options for those who don't fancy tea- Apple Cider, Hot Cocoa, and water infused with lemon and orange slices.
Now the best for last...DECORATIONS-
I must give credit where credit is due, and I couldn't pull this together without great neighbors and a sweet momma. Most items were gathered from them. Thank you ladies!
I had to come up with a tea time theme, which seemed easy after reading this selection from the book:
“In every nook, I find little things that tell me about her… shells, bird feathers, dried sea grasses, pebbles, eggshells, and the skeleton of something that might be a bat”So there you have it...my work was done!