This past weekend, I (along with my mother and a friend visiting from Germany) attended the annual “Spring Tea” at the local Teen Challenge Pacific NW Men’s Center. My mom works there and is in charge of organizing this banquet/fundraiser (and has worked there 7-8 years), yet this is only the second time I have gone to this function! I had SO much fun and cannot wait until the one next year.
If you aren’t familiar, Teen Challenge is a Christian drug and alcohol rehab program which is a year-long commitment. The men (all ages! 18-60′s) live there for the year, work through their program of changing their mindset of drugs/alcohol (instead of just a detox time without changing their thinking of their addictions), work around the facility and also in the local Teen Challenge Thrift Stores, and learn about God. The changes that these men go through is miraculous! I always love going and hearing the stories, straight from the men, of how their lives have done a 180 change. It’s not just for men either – they also have women’s facilities.
This particular function is geared towards women and is a tea banquet, as well as a Silent Auction and “Teen Challenge Boutique” (where they sell some new and some gently used items, garage sale style). After enjoying DELICIOUS food and tea, there was a skit by some of the men in the program, as well as a time of sharing stories of lives changed by the men and one of their mom’s. A couple of the men performed a couple songs for us and this year, the program ended with a PROPOSAL! (From one of the male employees to his girlfriend, a long-time supporter of the program.) It was very very sweet and was so fun to get to be witnesses to it!
My mom and our friend Bitja (whose parents both worked at the Teen Challenge in Germany for several years) doing door prizes.
A couple of the men performed a few songs for us.
My mom, so pretty, even with her silly dainty hat. ;)
A surprise proposal at the very end of the event! So fun to witness!
She was a tad embarrassed..
But she said YES!
Every table had a hostess who decorates and sets the table however she chooses, sometimes themed and sometimes just pretty. :) This was so fun to walk around and look at all the tablescapes! Some people were really very creative with theirs!
This Dr. Seuss table’s host was the lady who got engaged. So fun!
I LOVED this giant table doily! I wanted to snatch it! ;) Such a pretty spring table.
Oh, this table… Our German friend came to me and said, “There’s a HEAD on the table!!!” I had to explain the Red Hat Society to her. :) We had a good chuckle over her reaction to this headed table.
They actually won the prize for “Best Table Centerpiece”.
This table was really elegant, “Princess” and fun!
Every lady at this table proudly donned their tiara’s!
This one was one of my FAVORITE tables! I loved the “Preapproved” signs and lavender tucked in the napkins.
I also loved the flowers in the vintage tea pot, and the beautiful white teapot with roses! Something about that “vintage romance” that gets me every time. :)
And finally, the table I hosted:
My mom asked me to be a hostess only a couple weeks ago and I didn’t have much time to put a lot of thought into it. I just shopped my house and grabbed things that were vintage and had touches of gold! I think it turned out pretty cute though! I especially loved the white roses (my favorite!) – I think it really helped pull it together. :)
Have you ever had this flowering tea? It’s so pretty and tastes really good too!
These were apricot scones, which I didn’t know how much I’d like them (not a huge fan of apricots). Turns out, I really liked them. In fact, I enjoyed three of them. (Oh yes I did.)
Our lovely spread: White Chocolate Apricot Scone with Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd and Jam, Chicken Salad, Cucumber Sandwiches and Egg Salad Sandwiches. Everything was super tasty! There was also a separate plate of bite-sized desserts which we devoured.
Some of the ladies at the tea! You can see that some of them really get into it. :)
It was SUCH a fun event, and I’m really looking forward to next year. I’d like to host a table again and this time really think about it and plan it out. :) Do you guys have anything like this in your area? Have you heard of Teen Challenge before? Even though my mom has worked there for several years, it was really great to go and learn more about the program and hear from the men directly of how it has effected their life. (Plus, shopping the Silent Auction and Boutique was fun too!)
Until next year…