Submitted by LindaFor those who have followed us from the beginning, you may remember that our very first post on Front Row Friends was a tea party, where I used my Grandma's Noritake china, back from her early days of marriage in the 1920s. To read about the origin of the FRF blog, click HERE.
As for the china, I was lucky enough to be her only granddaughter, so I can now set a table for 12 with this lovely stuff, complete with gravy boat and serving pieces. If only she had gotten the teapot.
It is beautiful, and in great condition. It's always a pleasure to pull it out for a special holiday or event. This last Wednesday, I was watching students on the kindergarten playground, when Craig texted me and asked me to call him. It turns out, he needed me to host a table at the "Mother-Daughter-Friends" tea at APU as part of their homecoming/parents weekend. Apparently, they kept getting signups, and needed another table set for eight.
Normally, I like to plan for these types of things way ahead, but when push comes to shove, I can make things happen in a hurry. I immediately pulled out a plate, and set out to create a quick favor. For what is a tea party without a favor (which should include chocolate)?
I picked up some roses from Vons, and some navy satin ribbon to tie the napkins, and we've got us a tea party! A friend loaned me a Leedsware-type teapot, along with a sugar and creamer to round out my table.
Now the linens are washed and ready for the next time, and the china is all packed up, for now. But I'm already looking forward to pulling it out again.