Monday, December 10, 2012


Last week was a busy time for me as I had a Holiday Tea Event at my store.  That means on Friday I bake all day starting early and ending late.   I have a strategy and a plan that is followed to the letter of the law.  By Tuesday I have the menu typed and printed and by Wednesday night the groceries are purchased.  I bake all day on Friday and finish up on Saturday morning...enough food for 75 people.  A reward for the customers who have supported my business through purchases.

I am so glad this is behind me now and time to show
 off my new tea cozy and have a cup of tea!

Bev the "Queen of Tea Cozies" gave me this one below as a gift.  I had given her a number of vintage drapery fabrics to make cozies for my store (I pay her to do this of course) and I especially liked the green fabric.

I will be linking this post to:  A Delightsome Life's Return to Loveliness and also Tea Time Tuesday and Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Since Beth asked about the food at my event:  I made 2 types of cheese logs from scratch, 2 bread bowl dips, Spinach Salad, Hot Pepper Peach Ham Biscuits, Little Smokies in Barbecue Sauce, 2 English Trifles, 2 Marmalade Loafs and  Thumbprint Cookies with Scottish Jam and 2 Cranapple Cranberry Crisp.


Antiques And Teacups said...

I know your customers must really aprreciate your open house...even if they don't know how much work and love goes into it! Love your tea cozy and the teaset is lovely. Hope you had a successful weekend. Take a deep everything yet to do! Whew! This is a bust season for a shopkeeper!
Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Terra said...

I want to get in my car and drive to your store, it sounds so welcoming and that tea service you show is lovely. All those dainty flowers and the gold!

Beth said...

Hi Bernideen, What a special event you sponsored. I am hoping you tell us a little more about it. Glad you got snow! We need moisture too. They are talking about water restrictions for our area - that's crazy for wintertime! It does emphasize the severity of the drought.
Christmas blessings, Beth


Hi sweet Bernideen! Wow, you're busy and how wonderfulevent, your customers are soo lucky!! I'm sure this is a busy season for shop keepers and many blessings to you, darling. Your tea service is adorable, wish I could just drive to your store...but me, I will have to fly for long hours, lol Happy holiday season.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
the Tea Cozy is lovely and looks in a beautiful way comfy and romantic. And the Chintz pattern with the rich golden trims is so shiny and festive. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tea setting. I wish you a blessed Christmas time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen
How kind of you to repay your loyal customers, and I'll bet they look forward to your Christmas event each year.
How I wish I could visit your store in person, it would be nice to browse all that you carry.
The tea cozy is nice and not something that is found easily to purchase.

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful event for your customers! I love the tea cozy!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen,
What a lovely event and the treats you made sound just scrumptious! I would love to be able to walk in and join your customers! I'm sure it's looked forward to every Christmas season.
I adore that chintz OCR pattern and the tea cozy is gorgeous; love it! Thank you so much for coming to my special tea and leaving your lovely comment. It's always a pleasure to have you join me.

Christmas blessings,

Anonymous said...

these cups of tea are amazing! I love them.
In the past I had some very amazing cups of tea but my cats destroyed it.
Nathan from Green Tea Koutea

NanaDiana said...

It is so beautiful. You can tell you treasure your customers ad I bet they feel loved and pampered! It's wonderful! I hope you don't get too stressed out over the next couple of weeks- xo Diana

janice15 said...

I would love to drive over as well and visit your sounds like a lovely event...Would like to know if I can purchase a tea cozy. I just love it...and it funny but at the tea shop I haven't seen any. with love Janice

Millie said...

What a menu!...and beautiful cups for tea...

Marilyn Miller said...

How nice to have this special event for good and faithful customers. Everything sounded just delicious.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Wow, you have been busy! The food sounds delicious and I'm sure your customers appreciate it very much. Such a cute tea cozy and love your choice of teacups!

xinex said...

This looks very cozy. I wish I could go to your store, I know I will enjoy it very much, sounds lovely...Christine

Clara said...

Hi Bernideen!
Your tea cozies are so pretty and as always I love all of your pretty china. your customers are very lucky and I wish I could visit myself. You have some very pretty things.

Tea in Texas said...

What a thoughtful event for your loyal customers! That is so sweet of you to share all the wonderful food and it was a big job for you! Your tea cozy is very elegant! Thanks for sharing. Thanks, Pam

Michele said...

What a wonderful event, Bernideen!

I sure would love to visit your shop one day!

I understand being happy it all went well and is behind you....I feel that way as we tonight (well yesterday I guess, I am typing this at 20 to 3am, haha) had our Candy Cane Gala dinner for the women's club, and my being an officer meant lots of beind the scenes worry and work. LOVED it, but glad it's over.

Happy Tea Tuesday!!

snow white said...

Hi Bernideen,
How pretty and delicious everything looks! I love your cups. Thank you so much for coming to my blog and leaving your comment.

Kathy said...

Oh, yum! I am glad Beth asked what the menu was! I do know how you feel - I planned our party out the very same way - although the meatballs I cooked a week ahead and froze were among the things I cooked ahead of time. Love the tea cozies -what a great talent - I hope you're enjoying a well-deserved rest - your customers must feel very special! My friend Maria will be hosting an appreciation evening tea next week - can't wait to go! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness

Sylvia said...

What beautiful teacups,Bernideen! Your menu sounds ymmy, would love to have the recipe for the cranberry crisp.

Angela McRae said...

Wish I were one of your lucky customers there in Colorado! Yum!

The Teaist said...

Linking up for the teacup link ups :)

That's a very sweet tea set and I really do like your Tiffany-style lamp a lot! :)

Take care :)