Etiquette and Encouragement with Esther

This past weekend the girls and I enjoyed a wonderful mother daughter tea party. We had a lovely speaker, wonderful food and a great time of fellowship. Our Speaker started out sharing the story of Esther with our girls, explaining to them why etiquette was important and the steps Esther had to go through in order to be chosen as the queen. We then went outside to our tea party where she taught them simple etiquette skills like how to sit down at a table and get in and out of a car with a dress on, how to fold your napkin onto your lap, and eat a sandwich? Yes. She taught them the proper way for a lady to eat a large sandwich is to carefully tear it apart into small pieces as you are eating.

After we were served our meal she shared with us mommies some encouraging words about motherhood and biblical sisterhood. It was great refreshment for my soul.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the idea of morning and afternoon tea times. Sitting with a good friend and chatting about life, offering each other encouragement and sharing in our struggles.  Doesn’t it just seem like time was simpler back then, quieter and slower? I need some of that in my life.

I’m thinking of incorporating a little bit of tea time with our children during the week. I have a good friend who has a “tea party” with her children during story time. How fun! What a lovely time to sit and chat about all things important. We could do this during our devotions, or story time, or just for fun. I won a cute little tea set at the tea party that will be perfect for this!

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Tea is a cup of life. ~Author Unknown

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There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

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The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft

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Manners maketh man- William of Wykeham

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Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential. –Will Cuppy

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Remember the tea kettle – it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings! ~Author Unknown

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Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things. ~Author Unknown

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A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future. ~Author Unknown

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