Last Saturday I went back 150 years and for a little while I pretended that the year was 1868...............After going to Her Majestea's Salon tea garden it was really laid on my heart to do a Victorian tea party there,the place was perfect, the ambiance was great and on their menu they actually serve a high tea, perfect. To "advertise" the tea, I had a few minutes to talk in church before the church services, and to make it interesting I created, and wore a hat and in my best poshest English accent invited all the ladies to attend........ in fact when I had finished some people clapped, I think they forgot where they were, did the minister laugh, I think I missed my calling perhaps I should have been on stage.
It was an absolutely perfect day and one of the great things for me was there was no preparation and when it was over there was no cleaning up and NO DISHES. We sold tickets to 29 ladies and they were asked to dress up Victorian style but the minimum requirement for entrance was a hat , no one would be allowed in without a hat.
The place looked absolutely beautiful, the tables were stunning and the food looked and tasted fantastic.
I was the MC and was a cousin to "Vicky" ( Queen Victoria) I had done some googling on what was happening during that time, what life was like, and did a whole comedy skit on the current happenings, the casting of Big Ben, the first steam train in London, the Imperial Penny Post, I was a personal friend of Frank Turner and William Wordsworth was a secret admirer and he wrote most of his love poems with me in mind.............. it was a challenge to maintain the British accent and remember the skit, but it turned out great and everyone had a good laugh, I still haven't decided if they were laughing at me or with me.
With "Vicky' being a cousin I threatened anyone who laughed at my "hat hair" when I took my hat off with a beheading, it did not work, I love hats but just cannot wear them.
Noreen Hart, a member of the church and a phsycolgist gave a talk on love, really thought provoking stuff, during the whole talk she linked song titles such as , "I think I love you" "Love changes everything" "Never ending love" and movie lines like Love Stories famous, "Love means never having to say your sorry" in to the real world,in to real relationships and ended with the fact that love is a verb, it is a doing word, it is something we need to work on, all day everyday in order for it to be a success, it was really very apporpriate since it was just a few days before Valentines day.
I had everyone write a love note which they would like to receive from our Heavenly Father and then when everyone left they were each given someone elses note as inspiration, it was amazing how many people received the message that they needed.
As we were leaving I got my idea for the next tea................ I just love the way God works never a dull moment.................. we truly serve an awesome God