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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Herbal Favors for the Table ~ Thursday Ladies' Luncheon

 A very simple & practical table adornment you can give your guests to take home with them. A herbal gift that offers guests something pretty, practical, and useful .
 This Thursday Ladies' Bible Study I am featuring in my Tea-Cup Tuesday post was very special. The lesson was one I have taken to heart and impressed me with truths from God's word ( the Bible ) that has impacted me in many ways I may relate later. ~Anyway, I cut herbs from my herb garden to adorn each place setting the night before the study / luncheon and formed them into 8 bundles, each containing rosemary, thyme, and sage wrapped with burlap and tied with raffia.. I put each bundle in a bowl of water to make sure the sage did not wilt, then decided the individual bundles grouped together looked pretty good. I didn't need a fancy centerpiece, I'd keep the short herbal bouquet that way until my guests were leaving. They were each able to take away their bundle of herbs to possibly be used for their upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.This tiny bundle can be stuffed into a chicken or turkey as is ! If my guests are not roasting poultry, the herb bundle can be hung in the kitchen, dried, and used for any other recipe calling for such herbs. Practical too.
 We also celebrated my daughter's birthday , along with sharing encouragement and inspiration in God's word. ( the Bible ) A special blessing is to have one of my granddaughters at the table with us, reading aloud the scriptures, learning from older women about what is truly important.
The china I used in this table-setting is Rosebud Chintz by Spode. The china was a precious gift from my Aunt Ruby. Our luncheon consisted of shrimp pasta salad, deli sandwiches, tossed green salad, and birthday cake for dessert. There was coffee, peppermint tea, and cranberry juice to sip as we ate.

I enjoy the many tea-time blogs & posts I read from so many other ladies. I especially appreciate seeing how they use the china and teacups they are richly endowed with being used practically. Using the lovely china and tablescapes to set a table for sharing good times, celebrating family & friends, to encourage and uplift people in their lives. Do you have a friend, relative, or neighbor who would be cheered and delighted to be invited for a cuppa and a snack ? If you need any inspiration for a tea-time recipe & good time then check out the blogs listed below.( Just remember you don't need anything fancy , expensive, or even too much fuss to offer what is most important, hospitality that shows you simply care ).

* Sandi
*Terri
*Martha
*Bernideen
*Antiques & Teacups

19 comments:

Ruth Weston said...

Fabulous! What a blessing to share this special time with your sisters. And I love your china! Just beautiful and such a special family treasure!
Ruth

Deb said...

Your china is just gorgeous, Kathy. I had an Aunt Ruby, too. She passed on far too young. I love your get-together photos that show off your friends and your beautiful dining-room. Take a peak tomorrow at my blog. I will show you where 3 of your lambs are living now.I just adore them. Thanks again. Deb

Daisy said...

The herbal favors are such a great idea! Your table is beautiful, Kathy! :)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Kathy, what a delightful time and how wise you are to share the older women with the younger women. There's far too little of that these days and so younger women have no mooring and are led astray.
Your herbal favors are such a treat: rosemary for remembrance, thyme for courage and strength and sage for wisdom...so very appropriate!
You are such a blessing to me as well as others; one of these days, we'll share eternity together. Until then, God bless you richly.

Terri said...

Hello Kathy,
Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter!
What a beautiful group of women! You must have had a great time together.
Placing herb bundles at the place settings is a great idea. What a welcome.
Hugs,
Terri

Bernideen said...

Wow - there's that fabulous Spode! I love the table with all the ladies! I know they loved it! Beautiful herb bouquet too. so glad you shared at Friends Sharing Tea!

Martha's Favorites said...

I so enjoy visiting with you. I am so sure you are one fun lady to be with. Have a great Thanksgiving. Blessings, Martha

Bee Lady said...

What a lovely table setting. And I'm so glad to see you using your heirloom china and not just displaying it. I love the herb bundle idea. What I want to know is how to keep rosemary alive throughout the winter. I have never, ever been able to do it. I bring it in, in a pot, and it always turns black and dies.
My husband just bought me a rosemary Christmas tree about a month ago, it's already dead!
Cindy Bee

Snap said...

Happy birthday to your daughter. Your Spode china is gorgeous. What a lovely group of women. Love the herb bundle idea. Who doesn't like fresh herbs. Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Kathy,
What a lovely gathering! I love that pretty Spode pattern; just perfect for the occasion! Your gifts of herbs are thoughtful too. I too have an Aunt Ruby. This morning I received a big answer to prayer concerning my mother which has been two years in coming. We must never give up hope! The Lord is so good!
Thank you, my friend, for sharing your beautiful post at Tea Time and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Blessings,
Sandi

xinex said...

What a lovely get together! I am sure you all had fun. The table setting looks fantastic with the beautiful Rose Chintz china. Happy Thanksgiving to you all, Kathy!...Christine

Poppy said...

Hi Kathy,

You have set a lovely table, with plenty of goodies for your sweet friends and family members, pretty colours and thoughtful gifts; seasonally scented bouquets for beautiful mementos of a most enjoyable gathering!

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo
Poppy

Beth said...

Your china is beautiful and I love your herbal favors. Happy Thanksgiving!

kitty said...

Kathy, what delightful, and practical gifts you shared with your guests. I love your china pattern and also your wonderful menu. Happy Thanksgiving blessings to you. xo

Karen said...

Kathy you should figure out a way to get in the photo. Looks like you all had a wonderful time together and your table beautiful as always :)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

What a gorgeous idea, giving each of your guests a herbal bouquet.

How wonderful to have the beautiful Spode china from your Aunt - a very special gift you must treasure.

Happy Thanksgiving
Shane

Eggs In My Pocket said...

What a wonderful time and a blessing to have all of these ladies to join you! Wonderful idea with the herbs! Such pretty and charming china!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such a charming and beautiful way to entertain! What a happy bunch around your pretty table!

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