I know my MIL had many, many parties over the years and used this tea set quite a bit. When your husband is a pastor and then dean of a seminary, I guess you host a lot of parties.
I have seen this tea set used many times myself when my MIL used to have Christmas parties. Then when I was first married, I borrowed it every time I had a party, until I bought my own silver tea set, that is.
I’m keeping this one to pass along to my daughter when she gets married. Besides, is it possible to have too many tea sets? As I was going through and organizing the hundreds of old MIL photos, I ran across this one, that I had never seen before.
Don’t they look cute? (He really was crazy about her.) I knew the church where my FIL was pastor gave them the tea set ages ago, but I didn’t know that we had a photo of the event. My FIL was studying at Yale Divinity School at the time. You might be able to see some of the inscription in the tray.
I know that silver is completely out of vogue these days, except here in Bloggyland, so it concerns me that my daughter may not value these things when she gets older. I hope so, because there is an elegance and beauty in old silver that seems to be missing today.
I know, I know, it’s a tired old phrase, “They don’t make it like they used to.” but it is so true, especially in today’s world of disposal “everything.” Why put any effort into making anything when it will be tossed in the trash next year? I am sorry, but if I have to drink my tea from a Styrofoam cup, I just don’t want it. Tea is not a drink, it’s a celebration. (And if you are reading this blog, I suspect you might feel the same way.)
I only have a few years left until my little baby goes off to college. I guess we better have lots of tea now, so she can see how delightful it is to have tea served in a silver teapot. But here’s the good part; if you use your silver often enough, you don’t need to polish it.
In fact, I’m going to put the tea kettle on right now.