Friday, June 24, 2011

White Elephant Tea

It is amazing how quickly the time flies  and three  months  have  passed  since  our Victorian  Tea.  The  theme  for  this  tea  was  "White Elephant"  at the  back  of  the  invitation  was  the  instructions for those  ladies  "brave"  enough  to join  us.........

Please  bring something from your home
that you have bought and never used, or seldom
used, DO NOT buy something new.

Please wrap your "White Elephant Gift" 
attractively in gift wrap,  not a gift bag
the fun is not  knowing what the  "gift" is...

The  table  was  "decorated"  with the  most  amazing looking  gifts.......  that  looked  almost  too nice to be  true.....  and they  were.......

All the  ladies  were  given  a number  and they could choose  a  gift,  did  we  laugh  people  had   really used  more  than  a  little  imagination  when  deciding  on what  to  bring, I have  not see  such  an  array  of  useless  gifts,  there  was  a car  coffee  maker, (apparently  by the  time  you get to  Durban  the  coffee  would be  hot  enough  to  drink), there  was  the  ugliest jam  server  I  have  ever  seen, and  I  mean  ever,  there  were  icing  pipers,  foot  massagers, there  were plastic  beads  to make  your  own  jewellery, there  were  some  quite  cool things  as  well..............  strongly  fought  for  I  might  add, the  twist  however  was  that you  were  allowed  to steal   the  gift from the  person before  you.................  at  one  point  I  thought  I  would  have  to call in  some  additional  help  and  911  was  already  on my  speed dial............ thankfully  we  were  all  good  Christian  ladies.........well almost  all of  us.

The  talk  for the  day  was  getting  rid  of  your  White  Elephants,  materially,  emotionally and perceptionally,    a friend  shared  with  us  her  life,  and how she had  to get  rid of her White  Elephants,  one  husband killed in a  car  accident,  one  husband  committed  suicide,  one husband had a stroke and is  completely paralised and one husband  divorced....................   and  how  she  has  had  to overcome anger, grief  and disappointments  and  I  know  that  a number  of  people were more  than a little  affected by  her  unique  life  story
We  shared  some  laughs,  and  drank  some  afternoon  tea,  we  played  some  games it  is  absolutely amazing  what  women  have  in there  hand  bags.  I was the  MC for the afternoon,  director  of  games and  sole  judge  and  jury.................  I was  not responsible  for the  photo's  that  was  Kayla's job,  all of which  she  took before  everyone had  arrived,  5 in total...........  thanks  Kayla................. thanks  Penny for the  idea,  it  was  great  fun.


  1. This is indeed exciting Karen. And you are indeed right, time runs so fast that it does not even wait up for us. I liked the theme for this teatime. It is quite unique and worthy of an evening. Have a good time. xo

  2. Elephant White Tea has been gently infused by the flagrant scent of freshly harvested white tea with lemon grass. White elephant tea is conducted like a white elephant gift party.

  3. I was just thinking about you today and there you are with a fun post about a really great idea for a ladies day! We do the white elephant gift idea at Christmas with my family...always a crazy, fun time! We also have one at work. It's really funny to see what people bring. Once a co-worker brought a frozen, albino raccoon..(Her hubby found it dead on the road)I kid you not! The look on all our faces was priceless..that silly frozen raccoon was passed along as a white elephant for years. It made you always pick the tiniest gift box when it was your turn! Not only was the gift idea a good one for your tea, but getting rid of the white elephants in our lives is also a great topic...good job!

  4. Looks like the ladies are having a great time!

    We love to play the White Elephant game at our church's Women's Ministries Christmas party we have every year. It's so much fun. It's amazing what they think to bring in! :)

  5. I love this idea!!
    It falls to me to come up with the ideas for our church's women's ministry events. We had a "House Slipper Tea" last year and it was great fun too...I signed up to follow so I'll be baaa-ck!!

  6. What a fun idea! I'll have to tell our ladies group about that.

  7. Yeah It is very good idea for ladies. It is very funny. I love this idea. I hope al enjoyed on this idea and have a great fun!!

  8. I really enjoyed to read this fentastic post about white elephant tea. It is really very funny post. I will share your idea to my neighbours and friends. White elephant tea is conducted like a white elephant gift party. Wonderful post.
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  9. Those all photos are awesome. White Elephant Tea is one of the my favorite tea. It also looks great as a decorative item. I like this ideas.

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