The tablecloth is a small blanket, called a "throw" and when I actually serve the tea, I put a piece of clear plastic over it. I removed the protective plastic for the pictures.
The heart shaped box looks good plain, as you see, above.
I wanted to use the miniature baking cup liners but they are hard to find in stores, so I analyzed what the paper cupcake liners looked like, and tried to make my own with parchment baking paper. You can get this now at the dollar stores. I remember when this baking paper was so expensive I rarely bought it, and when I did buy it I was reluctant to use it. The dollar store makes it easier for women to have luxuries to use in the kitchen, without the price tag
If you are a paper-crafter and have a special cutter, you can make circles really quickly, but if not, just trace around a small saucer.
I used a tiny little glass to make the miniature cups for the chocolate box.
Just center your circle of paper on the bottom of the glass and press a shape.
Move your fingers around the paper, pleating it as you go,
As you can see, these hand made cupcake liners look pretty good. You can also make your own baking cups this way, to insert in the muffin tins when you are wanting to make miniature or regular muffins.
Filled with strawberries and arranged in a heart shape.
To make the box, I first placed the arrangement of muffin liners on a piece of scrap paper, and drew a heart shape around it. Then I folded the paper and cut half a heart and opened it up.
I used this as a pattern and traced three card stock hearts.
Then, because I did not have time to find crepe paper or lace, I used more of the parchment baking paper to cut in strips and join together with tape for the pleated ruffle. Pleat with your fingers by folding and taping it around the box.
Cover the edges and tape by gluing another heart on top, so that it looks finished.
Decorate both sides of the lid with cut-outs from scrap papers, or leave it plain.
After experiencing the length of time this took, I would recommend making a tiny box with one strawberry. If you are a busy homemaker, sometimes a craft that takes too long will end up being less relaxing and more stressful to finish. I do not expect any reader to think they have to make this, because it was simply something I wanted to try. Sometimes reading about it and watching someone else do it is just as enjoyable as doing it.
The parchment paper can be used as a vellum paper for an invitation,place card or menu. I found colored staples at the dollar store a few years ago.
Instead of using staples, Punch holes with a hole-punch and tie ribbon through the vellum and card board, to make it even prettier.
In other news, I have been thinking more about stress. It is important to develop good health habits when you are young, in preparation for the life ahead when you might not have as much energy to handle a lot of stress. Someone recently sent me an article about learning to breathe more healthfully. It is done by breathing deeply through your nose, and out again slowly. This makes the sinuses and lungs work properly and is very good for your heart. At the slightest indication of tension, breath in slowly to the count of ten and out again slowly. Do it as often as you like and you might see a change in the tension all over your body.
You might find as you remember to breathe better, that a whole day can go by without a bit of tension, no matter what you hear or what happens.
I took a moment today to search for themes for Special events for ladies, and came upon a wealth of ideas from this site http://www.juliabettencourt.com which has theme ideas using seasons, spiritual subjects, and objects from the Bible that apply to women, using hearts, crowns, food, clothing, lights, and dozens of other things.
I hope you have a lovely, productive and stress free day.