Tea Party Shower for Kelly
Kelly's 'Hope Chest' Part 1
We had the Tea Party Shower at the Tea Rose Cottage in Ybor City (Tampa) and it was perfect! The cottage itself is adorable, and the ambiance was perfect. I booked the largest room and had ample space for the 18 guests. The food was truly delicious and the service was wonderful. Although I was sorry that I couldn't host the party at my home, hosting it there was the next best thing and it couldn't have been better.
|My beautiful sister, Kathleen, and her gorgeous daughter, Kelly, at the Tea Rose Cottage.|
|With Kathleen's daughter-in-law, Christie, her best friend, and my daughter.|
|I almost forgot to take photos of the delicious food but remembered soon after we started eating.|
Kelly is my only sister's only daughter. (Kathleen has two sons, too.) She has delighted the family with her sweet and funny personality and her kind and caring nature all her life. I wanted to show her just how much I love her with the shower and with my gift. I have been reading a special blog over the past couple of years that greatly influenced my choice of a gift: Miss Abigail's Hope Chest (click here to check it out). Abigail's mother has been blogging about the things that she is making and putting into her young daughter's hope chest since 2010. She has wonderful tutorials for all kinds of useful and lovely kitchen and household items.
A hope chest was traditionally what a young woman and her family would ready with all the things her household would need for at least a year after she was married. Dishes, pots and pans, linens, heirloom garden seeds, photo albums, clothing, etc. would all find a place in the chest. Recipes, sewing kits, bible, books, and family mementos were important to include. As her family helped her prepare for her coming marriage, the young girl gained all the skills (cooking, cleaning, nursing, sewing, child-care, etc.) she would need in her new life.
|A great resource book about Hope Chests and what goes in them.|
Kelly has a masters degree in counseling, has been a missionary in Africa, and has been living away from home for several years. She is a modern girl and didn't even know what a hope chest was, much less have one. (I am the very old-fashioned auntie in the family. In fact, that is what my sister's children call me: "Auntie"!) Now, Kelly didn't have a hope chest, but she did have some things that would be considered essential parts of a hope chest: notably, my father and my step-mother's wedding china and silverplate flatware and her father's mother's chocolate china service. I determined to make my gift representative of the things typically found in a hope chest of yesteryear (updated, of course). I wrapped all my 'bits and pieces' and added special tags explaining everything and placed them in a large white laundry basket. When I gave Kelly a brief history of hope chests and explained why I wanted her to have one, she was very touched and nearly cried. She loved it all: the concept, the gifts, the thoughts behind each one.
The first gift was the tea set below, complete with infuser and special tea measuring spoon. Victoria-Rose gave her several tins of good loose tea as part of her gift. Recipes were collected from all present (and sent by those who couldn't come) and one of mine was how to brew a good pot of tea from loose tea leaves. Every home needs a teapot, etc. for relaxation and the proffering of hospitality and friendship, right?
|Teapot, sugar bowl, and creamer purchased at Home Goods. The infuser, medal, and spoon were purchased at another great tea room, Milk 'N' Honey, in Tampa.|
|I included the medal with the little angel charm for Kelly to tie onto the handle of the pot if she desired.|
The next gift set in the 'hope chest' (basket) was all about eggs. For thousands of years, eggs have symbolized new beginnings, making this set a perfect addition to the hope chest of a new bride. And our entire family LOVES deviled eggs and has them at almost every gathering. I found the vintage gold-edged milk glass egg platter at our local Hospice Resale Shoppe. It must never have been used as the gold edging was just perfect. (The picture doesn't do the platter justice.) The jello egg jiggler mold is another tradition in our families. There are always a platter of 'jelly eggs' at every Easter gathering at our homes. You can purchase them at the Jello website. The shipping cost more than the molds! (While I was at it, I purchased a mold for Victoria-Rose's hope chest and one for her friend, Lyda's.)
|Auntie (me) & Kelly|
Edited: January 19, 2014 and linked to Tea Time Tuesday HERE: