Charity begins at home

We are seeing a major swing towards vintage again in home decoration. There are new wallpapers on the market with classic small florals reminiscent of Laura Ashley, and prints of cowboys and fairies like the wallpapers I had as a child.

Sipping tea from a pretty cup in a friend’s home is comforting and familiar

Sipping tea from a pretty cup in a friend’s home is comforting and familiar

We are seeing a major swing towards vintage again in home decoration. There are new wallpapers on the market with classic small florals reminiscent of Laura Ashley, and prints of cowboys and fairies like the wallpapers I had as a child.

Maybe it is the state of the economy, but this new trend is about adding a little nostalgia to our rooms.

It also fits in with contemporary style. A beloved collection of hats, or purchases from an exotic holiday, or granny’s old armoire can still have a cool, new look in today’s modern homes.

There is also a new movement to take our antique collections and involve them in doing some good.

As the holidays approach, I have many viewers and readers sending me ideas of what they are doing this season to give back. I heard from my friend Ann Francis Oakes, who is an Art Therapist and is passionate about raising funds for her charity, Therapy Through the Arts.

Recently Ann hosted a tea party, the invitation read “Tea and Talk.” Ann gathered tea cups from her family collection as well as borrowing from friends and neighbours.

Embroidered linen napkins, heirloom tablecloths, silver bud vases and tea spoons were brought out, washed, pressed and shined up for the occasion.

To herald the event, Ann added some whimsical touches to her front door and porch. Two tea cups were tied to the seasonal door wreath, with tiny dried flower arrangements in each cup. For the outdoor urns, Ann drilled a hole in the bottom of three small tea pots, inserting metal rods through the holes and included them in the regular display.

Inside there was a donation table set up in the front hall. Make it a focal point with an intriguing display of old tea containers, a large tea pot with a great story behind it (make one up if you don’t know for sure), or any tea collectibles that you have, such as an antique tea strainer or sugar tongs.

Although the purpose of fundraisers is to fill the coffers, make the party fun and educational. That’s what the “talk” bit is all about.

Be ready with success stories about your chosen charity, be up to date with precisely where the donations will be going and what they can accomplish. The more informed your guests become, the more they will want to be involved.

Your local Tea Emporium will have good advice on the most popular teas to serve, as well as tips on how to prepare tea for a large group. Let them know that you are holding a charity event and they might even give you a discount.

Everyone loves the decadent array of party sandwiches, fresh berries and dessert bars that are the expected fare. Whether you enjoy preparing these yourself or buy them ready to serve, the idea is to make your guests feel pampered for a few hours in your home, knowing they are contributing to a good cause.

This in itself is therapy.

Debbie Travis’s House to Home column is produced by Debbie Travis and Barbara Dingle. Please e-mail your questions to house2home@debbietravis.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer Public Schools says that in the absence of additional funds from the provincial government, there was no consideration of using alternate classroom sites in the district. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Red Deer Public Schools launches online engagement process

Red Deer Public schools is seeking community input to help ensure a… Continue reading

Red Deer Rebels defenceman Mason Ward battles with a Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward during the WHL Central Division season opener. (Photo by Rob Wallator/ Red Deer Rebels)
Tigers come back to spoil Red Deer Rebels home opener

It’s been nearly 345 days since the Red Deer Rebels last played… Continue reading

Students walk into Hunting Hills High School, which is one of the Red Deer Public Schools with solar panels on its roof. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)
Red Deer high school was placed in lockdown following potential threat

Hunting Hills High School was placed in a lockdown Friday after Red… Continue reading

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer says some details of the provincial government’s 2021-22 budget need to be ‘sorted out’ when it comes to the hospital expansion funding. (File photo by Advocate staff)
More detail needed regarding hospital funding, says Red Deer mayor

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer says some information is unclear regarding the… Continue reading

Alberta Health reported two new COVID-19 deaths in Red Deer Friday. (Image courtesy CDC)
Two more deaths linked to Olymel outbreak in Red Deer

Province reported 356 additional COVID-19 cases Friday

An arrest by Red Deer RCMP is facing online scrutiny. No charges have been laid and the incident is still under investigation. (Screenshot of YouTube video)
Red Deer RCMP investigating violent arrest caught on video

Police say officer ‘acted within the scope of his duties’

Thorough sanding of a table top is usually the first step to renewing a finish. Wax contaminants can sometimes still remain on a surface like this after sanding. Cleaning with rubbing alcohol and a rag gets rid of these contaminants without leaving a residue behind. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)
Houseworks: Fixing wood finishes

Q: How can I stop polyurethane from beading up on a mahogany… Continue reading

Need a knife? There are knives of all shapes and sizes at The Kitchen Store.
Hints from Heloise: Finding a good set of kitchen knives

Dear Readers: A good set of knives in the kitchen is a… Continue reading

Runner Melissa Bishop-Nriagu speaks to the media at the opening news conference at the Canadian Track and Field Championships Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canadian athletes struggling to find competition as they try to qualify for Tokyo

Canadian athletes struggling to find competition as they try to qualify for Tokyo

New York Red Bulls midfielder Jared Stroud, right, vies for the ball against Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio during an MLS soccer match in Harrison, NJ., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Entering his ninth season with Toronto FC, Jonathan Osorio said his off-season regimen was no different than in the past. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Eduardo Munoz Alvarez
Veteran TFC midfielder Jonathan Osorio looks to take it to the next level this season

Veteran TFC midfielder Jonathan Osorio looks to take it to the next level this season

Powell, Lowry help depleted Raptors beat Rockets

Powell, Lowry help depleted Raptors beat Rockets

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes the save on Toronto Maple Leafs' Zach Hyman (11) as Tyson Barrie (22) defends during third period NHL action in Edmonton, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. Toronto continues to lead the North Division standings, but hard-charging Edmonton is now just four points back on the all-Canadian circuit heading into a three-game series between the teams in Alberta's capital beginning Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Maple Leafs, Oilers set for key three-game series atop North Division

Maple Leafs, Oilers set for key three-game series atop North Division

Angela James stands on centre ice in front of the Toronto Maple Leafs team after being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame before Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey action in Toronto on Saturday November 6, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Hall of Famers James, Lowe, Hay named to Order of Hockey in Canada

Hall of Famers James, Lowe, Hay named to Order of Hockey in Canada

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse talks to center Aron Baynes (46) and guard Norman Powell (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris O'Meara
Nurse, five Raptors assistants sidelined to due COVID-19 health and safety protocols

Nurse, five Raptors assistants sidelined to due COVID-19 health and safety protocols

Most Read