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Dishing It Out To The Navy Wives

I am a proud former Navy wife.  My husband retired after spending 23 years in the Navy.  Many of his Navy years he spent stationed at Kings Bay Naval Submarine just north of our home in Fernandina Beach.  When I happened upon the Facebook event page for the tea party to honor the Kings Bay Navy wives I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

I contacted the event planner and we spoke about her plans for the tea party. She wanted the wives to have a proper tea party and we planned for me to provide teacups, lunch plates, and goblets for all of the wives.  Set up was to be the evening prior to the party with finishing touches the morning prior to. 

I dished out 100 of my floral lunch plates, teacups, and goblets for the wives.  Many of them had never been to a tea party.  It was wonderful seeing their delight at all of the lovely teacups.  Several wives commented how extra special they felt using formal tea party items.  

The wives had a proper tea party complete with scones, cucumber sandwiches, and an assortment of teas.  They were even taught how to use jam and pot de creme' on their scones.  Many of the wives had a great time saying, "Please pass the pot de creme'."

 I was able to meet many of the wives and commiserate about the struggles of having your husband gone for long periods of time.  Sitting back with a warm cup of tea made chatting with these ladies relaxed and enjoyable.  Tea parties aren't all stuffy and pinkies up!  They are a great way to enjoy the company of other ladies.

It was such a pleasure being a part of that special day.  A truly special day for some very special wives!

Dishing It Out....

Mara

 

 

 

 

Unique Uses For Teacups

Who says teacups are just for tea?  Certainly not me!  I'd hate to think all of my rental teacup lovelies need to be kept shelved until it is time for a tea party.  They are just too pretty to stay on the shelf and there are lots of great ways they can be used.

Teacups are perfect for serving many desserts.  Serve a sorbet or a mousse in a vintage teacup.  For a fun idea, fill a teacup with Nutella or melted chocolate and serve animal crackers or strawberries on the side.  Having a milk and cookies bar at your wedding or party?  Put the milk in a teacup and place a few cookies on the saucer.  Your guests will love these ideas and think you are just brilliant!

Every May is the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach.  When it rolled around this year I had shrimp on the brain.  This had me thinking of shrimp cocktails.  I've seen shrimp cocktail served in martini glasses, and thought wouldn't it be great to serve a shrimp cocktail in a teacup?  Just put the cocktail sauce in the cup and hang the shrimp on the rim.  The saucer is the perfect spot to put those pesky tails!

Teacups can make beautiful centerpieces/tablescapes!  Line your reception or party tables with vintage teacups filled with flowers, succulents, or tea light candles.  For added interest put the teacups on some stacked vintage books or stack one or two on a teapot.  To really make them pop on the table put the teacups on some gilt rimmed vintage mirrors this really adds a vintage wow factor!

Use teacups as place cards.  Add a pop of color to your reception/event tables by using teacups for your place cards.  Use colored ribbon and tie a tag with your guest's name to each cup.  This makes for a pretty way to let your guests know where they are sitting.

I have a very large inventory of teacups I'd love to pull out for your wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, ladies lunch, Mad Hatter party, or any other event you want to make extra special.

**Photos taken by me**

Dishing It Out...

Mara

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