There's not much besides gold and flowers to make a girl feel special, so we decided to create a glamorous Happy Valentines Day Golden Tea!
I love creating family traditions that are both fun and memorable. Here's a run down of our set up for this memory-making occasion.
This post is in partnership with Oriental Trading. I received free product in exchange for this post, but all ideas and opinions are my own.
Silver and Gold Table Setting
My friend Cathy graciously offered to host our little get-together, and she had the chargers, tea set and fancy mis-matched glass water goblets, fit for a queen. (Side note: Water is so much more exciting to drink when served in goblets, don't you agree? Try adding a vitality essential oil to your water and you'll find you drink more as well!)
We added golden doilies, golden napkins, clear plates, candle sticks, gold wrapped mints, a gold printed table runner, and the best touch: golden foil-wrapped choc tulips! The kind of thing every woman thinks it would be fun to receive – but can never justify buying for herself!
A Golden Menu
You can't have a Valentines party without chocolate, so we included chocolate/caramel balls, York peppermint patties, and chocolate pudding parfaits along with my favorite rock candy sticks (They're nostalgic and fun on their own, but also great as tea or coffee stirrers!)
Golden Photo Props
It was cold outside, but we warmed up with the conversation, the fire in the hearth, and the warm tea and coffee we consumed throughout the afternoon.
And we took fun photos to commemorate the occasion with these life size antiqued gold cardboard frames!
The best part of the day though, was not the tea, the fire, the gold and glitter, or even the chocolate. The best part of our Golden Tea was spending time together, encouraging one another, sharing stories, lessons and Scriptures that the Lord had been teaching us lately.
And isn't the the heart of Valentines Day? Loving one another, and encouraging one another?
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” Hebrews 10:23-24
“And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” 2 John 1:5-6
This Valentines Day, I challenge you to look around for someone you can purposefully love on and encourage. Do your daughters need some fancy one-on-one time with mom? Do you have a friend or friends in need of a refreshing afternoon tea and conversation? Does a neighbor need an encouraging hour away from the normal schedule of life?
You can share the glitter of God's love with others this Valentines Day by hosting a Valentines Day Golden Tea! It's not much work to throw together, but you'll treasure the memories forever! You never know the impact one afternoon can have.