Those of you experienced in extending invitations to tea or any kind of hospitality will know the outcome of no-show guests! This time, it was due to a sudden ice storm.
Here is what the party looked like when the guest list came down to just the hostess!
I had planned to post photos of the whole shebang anyway, so might as well show some:
What you see on the plate are called Devonshire Splits, a roll with cream and jam. The recipe is from The Little Book of English Teas, of which I will post a photo at the end.
Below: some hand made things given to me...
...and a guest book made for me by someone who created it out of a box in which waterproof dishwashing gloves are sold. She cut the box open on three sides, covered it in scrap papers...
Without guests, there was more time to do all the projects that cover every room in the house:
...urgent, unfinished sewing,
urgent unfinished correspondence,
So far, only the room where the guests were to sit is in order:
This brings me to something I was taught when I was in my 20's:
Always have another plan in place for disappointment! Have somewhere to go or some interesting thing to do when there is a cancellation that spoils all your plans for company. Do not just sit there thinking it is a wash-out, spoiled day. Just continue as though there were no plans for a party and do what you want.
It is good for Mothers to help children overcome disappointment by having other things to do by creating substitutions. In this case, I am looking forward to getting the sewing done and have also planned a care-package to take to someone.
My husband was always good at thinking of alternate plans, even at the last minute when anything fell through, and he can find interesting things no matter what the set-backs.
Hope you are having a lovely day and will attend worship in the Lord's church tomorrow.
The festive lights are still up in my home because they are so cheeful in dark days!