Saturday, May 19, 2018

Making Tea Time Special

A quick Google search on "afternoon tea with mom" will give you many images of elegant tables set with flowers, numerous suggestions for tea houses, and Mother's Day events.  What we offer in our annual homeschool tea is an opportunity for moms and daughters to carve out time at the end of the school year to slow down and enjoy each other--far from the books, PSATs and SATs, and deadlines.

Some families do take the time to hang out--maybe at a cafè for "girl talk"--or perhaps schedule a more casual girltime with movies and shopping.  But in many ways, dressing up the parish hall and sipping from pretty tea cups, listening to an inspiring speaker about authentic femininity and Christian virtues, and pausing to see how we've all grown since the last tea time--experiencing all these with other like-minded homeschoolers makes this tea time different, and special.

It all starts with that first scroll, and the surprise tea cup that the girls receive from their moms.

It continues with some little craft they make, or card they write for their moms.

At the end of the afternoon, we all feel a bit richer with thoughts to take home and ponder.  The moms had time to catch up with other moms; the girls, perhaps divested of their pretty shoes, found time to play.  In very simple ways, we make our afternoon tea special and memorable.  Until the next time.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

You Are Invited

Threats of snow and the delay of "real" springtime only makes our Afternoon Tea in June very inviting.  Please save the date and look forward to floral outfits, a sunshiny day, and sharing a pot of tea with your daughters.

Sunday, June 10
2:00 - 4:00
St. Rita Catholic Church
3815 Russell Rd
Alexandria, VA

Friday, June 9, 2017

Steeping Our Tea

In just a few days, we will be steeping our favorite teas and listening to our guest speaker, Sister Clare Hunter, F.S.E. at our annual afternoon tea with our daughters.  It is good to stop, especially at the end of our homeschool year to spend time, and actually enjoy a few hours with our dear girls.  Even more exciting is that every year, we get to listen to and be inspired by a speaker who shares with all of us some bits of advice and lesson to ponder over the summer months.

Our speaker this year hails from Connecticut. Sister Clare is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.  She is the Director of the Arlington Diocese Respect Life Office, and frequently contributes to the diocesan blog, Encourage and Teach.  She lives with her Franciscan community at St. Philip's in Falls Church.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

You are Invited

It may be rainy today but picture this--sunny skies, warm breeze, pretty dresses.  That image should last you till we sit and chat over a cup of hot tea with our friends and the young ladies that we are hosting.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tea is Always a Good Idea

I shouldn't think even millionaires can eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.  Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Saturday, April 16, 2016

An Invitation to Afternoon Tea

You are cordially invited 
to join us for Afternoon Tea
on Sunday, June 5, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
at the transformed All-Purpose Room
of St. Michael Catholic Church in Annandale, Virginia.

It is that time of the year again, when we look to sunny days and pleasant conversations over a nice cup of tea, and marvel at a year's worth of growth in our daughters!  Our baby girls are becoming young ladies.  Please join us for an afternoon of sweet and savory treats, elegant manners, and an inspiring talk from Abby Sasscer.

Click on our Sign Up button to tell us that you are attending, and what delectable offerings you plan to bring.