Saturday, May 3, 2014

Seasonal Sundays #201

Each year my school district hosts a tea for senior citizens. This is the fifth year. The tickets are free and despite increasing the number of tables every year, there is always a waiting list. This year we had over 150 people attending. Some of the food is donated by local merchants and some of it is prepared by our cafeteria staff. I design and lend my china for the tea related centerpieces. We have approximately an hour and half from when the High School cafeteria is filled with 300 or so students to transform it for afternoon tea. The custodians descend, clean the room, and change out the table. Then a bevy of volunteers help set the tables. The individual plates and cups and saucers are lent for the day by our local hotel. High School students volunteer to serve the tea, scones, tea sandwiches, and dessert.

Senior Citizen Tea Cover - The Tablescaper

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This is after the lunch tables were stacked away and the floor was cleaned.

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Tables set.

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Guests are seated. The grand prize of the Hat Contest was Brunch at the Local Hotel.

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The entertainment included snippets from school plays.

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Orphans from the Middle School production of Annie.

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The High School Chamber Orchestra performs, as does the Middle School Late Night Jazz Band. Art work from all of the schools is displayed. The High School ceramics class made fused glass necklaces that were given out as door prizes. Other items donated by local merchants were additional door prizes. In our planning this year, we realized that other than in photographs our Primary Schools weren’t represented so the Primary School students made book marks that were laminated and handed out by these precious students.

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It is a huge undertaking, with many people working in various capacities, and a huge success! Now to put it all away!

- The Tablescaper

42 comments:

Simply Suzannes at Home said...

Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

Dear Alma, Oh my goodness, what a wonderful tea. It's definitely an event that I would enjoy taking my mom and best-friend. Loved seeing all the beautifully set tables.
Thanks so much for sharing!
And thank you for hosting another great party.
Have a beautiful week,
Suzanne

Gail said...

You and the other volunteers need to be commended for such a lovely setup and execution. Looks like everyone, young and old had a fabulous time! I especially like looking at those wonderfully decorated hats. The ladies look real cute wearing them! Great job, Alma!

Diane said...

I look forward to seeing this event on your post each year. What a wonderful thing everyone does for these adorable ladies. Thanks for including us and for hosting!!

Nancy's Notes said...

What a fantastic and special Tea! It's so awesome to host for senior citizens, just truly wonderful. Love how so many participate in creating such an event! Pictures are great, everyhing looks just beautiful! Love the hats!
Thanks for sharing!
Nancy

Kathleen said...

It looks lovely! Huge undertaking. The addition of the liitle ones is great. They steal the show, so cute! No little boys wanted to do it?

Kathleen said...

Oops, thanks for hosting! Mea culpa, so impolite not to thank the hostess!

Sarah said...

Alma, it always looks like a fun event. I know it must be popular! Eager to see your tables for this year. I hope you'll post photos.
Thanks for hosting Seasonal Sundays!

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Sounds like a lovely community, so giving! Looks like a lot of work, but well worth it. Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

Absolutely wonderful event Alma!

Sylvia said...

What a hear-warming event, Alma! What's better for senior citizens than a special tea party; a wonderful idea! Thank you for having me at Seasonal Sundays. My intention was to share my post at Oh, The Places I've Been party as I though it opens on Thursday, but obviously, I am wrong.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a wonderful event, may God bless you all, Alma! The tables are lovely and the food sounds great! The children are so beautiful and happy!
Thank you sweet lady for hosting.
FABBY

Jonell Harrison said...

I am AGAIN Inspired..would love to help put together something like this

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the bouquet of tulips. It's gorgeous! It looks like it was really fun. I love the Annie costumes!

AshTreeCottage said...

I am so proud of you and the members of your community for putting on this tea every year. While I know it's a big undertaking I am sure you all feel very gratified when you see all those charming seniors enjoying themselves. What a great town you live in. And what a beautiful program you put on! Bless your hearts.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

the cape on the corner said...

those sweet bees! thanks for hosting.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks for the party!! Looks like a great time was had by all at the Tea!!

Hugs,
Debbie

thepaintedapron.com said...

Oh goodness, I didn't realize the time frame was so small to get everything set, amazing! What a special event, and I am sure everyone appreciates your huge contribution and effort every year!
Jenna

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

You lovely ladies put together a beautiful tea party....I loved the decorated hats! Thank you so much for having us every week, I always look forward to dropping by for the party...hugs, Penny

Lady of the Manor said...

This tea is such a great idea! I love how the different grade levels were included. The tables look great. Hope you can post more pictures soon. Thanks for hosting!!

kitty said...

I'm sure all the seniors look forward to the tea each year, Alma. I'll bet the young people enjoy sharing their talents. What a lovely thing for you to undertake. Thank you so much for hosting and happy weekend!

Pondside said...

What a lovely tradition! The cafeteria is truly transformed and everyone in attendance looks to be having a grand time!

Denise said...

This is a terrific idea, Alma, and I can tell it's a huge undertaking. I'm so impressed that you do such a large part of it yourself! Your first picture makes me swoon -- love all that pink!!

Thanks for sharing and for hosting Seasonal Sundays; have a wonderful weekend. :)

Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Patricia Krank said...

You are a rock star Alma! How wonderful for the seniors and how good you must feel to take part in this. Thanks for the party and blessings to you,
Patti

Christine Graves said...

I commend you! I still cannot believe you get all that done so quickly and efficiently...You have some serious powers of organization and tablescaping. And I loved the hat contest...

Holly said...

Hi Alma - What a heartwarming afternoon! My favorite was the hat contest of course. Those ladies were rocking it! Thanks for hosting. Hugs, Holly

Mary said...

Oh what a fun and worthwhile event! You're so generous to donate the use of your treasures and time! Love the hats :)

Jennie Schumann said...

This is such a labor of love, Alma. Your community is blessed to have you participate.

Kimberly Lewis said...

Love your pictures! Thanks for hosting such an amazing party! Please stop by our party on Tuesday morning and share one of your amazing creations. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

Rita C. said...

Hi Alma! I'm happy to join your party - thank you for hosting - and this is my first time to the table! I'm sharing a Mother's Day brunch idea, all with vintage finds. I look forward to following your ventures on your blog! Great party post here that you've done - kudos!
Rita C at Panoply

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I came back! Thank you for having me again Alma, with my 5 de Mayo tablescape! I just realized that is tomorrow!
Have a great week ahead.
FABBY

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

That is an amazing event! It's great that it involves so many different factions of the community. Needless to say, the table settings are lovely. Really wonderful!

The Vintage Chateau said...

What a fabulous event. So nice to see the school kids doing something for the older generation, a fun way to teach them to serve and respect!You are so generous to share your time and talents.
Karee

Babs R said...

Oh, what fun! Love that the children were so involved.

Shelia said...

Hi Alma! Oh, this looks like such a wonderful event and the little children are so precious! I'm so glad I can join your party, finally!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Laurie Ritchey said...

Beautiful, as always. Love all of the spring colors you used on the tables. Did somebody build that wonderful tiered stand in the middle of the room. That looks so pretty with the teapots on it. laurie

Candy S said...

I think the afternoon tea for seniors is a wonderful idea. I love to see children interacting with our seniors. The hats all looked so lovely. Thank you for hosting. Have a wonderful week.... Candy

The Charm of Home said...

What a wonderful event for the Seniors! It looks fantastic! Thanks for hosting.
Sherry

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a lovely event! Thanks so much for hosting each week!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Alma, what a marvelous event - everyone looks so happy - I do appreciate you hosting and hope you have a blessed day,
Kathy

Poppy said...

Hi Alma,

What a lovely gesture! Everything looks so beautiful and the cooperation of everyone involved is so inspiring to see!

Thanks so much for hosting and have a wonderful week!

Poppy

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thanks for hosting! Wishing you a happy week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

RobinfromCA said...

It all looks so terrific! I love seeing the little faces of the kids taking part as well as those great hats! Well done to you and all of the volunteers!
Robin