Ladies Retreat ~ Gift bag

Over the past few months, it has been my pleasure to be involved in the planning stages of our church’s Ladies Retreat.  This year it was held at the Old Orchard Inn, in the Annapolis Valley.  My responsibilities were gift bags, table centerpieces, and holding a workshop on decorating that included a craft.  

Today I am sharing with you our gift bag.  Watch for more posts on this retreat. 


As the ladies came into the dining room on the Friday evening, there was a “gift bag” for them at their table place.  On the table, there were beautiful bead bracelets scattered for the ladies to choose one as well.


The Committee decided we would like to use teacups as the “bag” part of the gift.  After checking at some thrift stores, I concluded that they were too expensive when you were buying one for lots of ladies.  You know that saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”  I went on Facebook and asked my friends to check their cupboards and closets as they were doing their spring cleaning.  I told them I would gladly take any teacups and saucers off their hands, if they no longer had a use for them.  My friends were so supportive, and we gathered enough to use for the gift bags and a couple other ideas. (more later) 

Purple was our theme color, so I filled the teacup with some purple Easter grass.  Tucked in the grass was a tea light, a teabag, and that item that every woman can’t do without…chocolate!!  My mom helped me complete them with the cellophane and purple bow!  

A great idea for a ladies retreat, a teacher’s gift, mother’s day or any time a pretty little thank you is appropriate! 

Photos courtesy of Nicole Payzant Photography.



April 26, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Diann - What a beautiful table! Everything looks so pretty. And your tea gifts were such a lovely thought for your guests! have a great day.

April 26, 2012 - 6:53 pm

Holly - Such a nice idea. Good job Tanya!

April 26, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Coloradolady - very cute, I have used tea cups before for guest, only a different way. They are a charming gift. Happy VTT

April 26, 2012 - 8:27 pm

Pamela Gordon - Now I know what you were doing with all those teacups! What a sweet idea. I’m sure the ladies are thrilled.

April 27, 2012 - 12:13 am

Designs By Pinky - YOu have given me a great idea!!! I love to have a little take home gift whenever I entertain. I ahve a collection of tea cups and saucers that I never use so that is what will be my next gift to my guests!!! Thanks! Great idea. XO, Pinky

April 27, 2012 - 1:30 am

Perfectly Printed - What a wonderful favor! Getting together for tea is so much fun!!
I am a new follower!


April 27, 2012 - 2:41 am

The Vintage Chateau - I love the teacup “gift bags”. Such a beautiful presentation!

April 27, 2012 - 2:49 am

myric andreasen - These are wonderful, and great idea too 😀


April 27, 2012 - 3:56 am

Jann Olson - So sweet and what a clever idea to ask your friends. We all have a little extra that we don’t mind giving up but don’t always think about. Great job! Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup!

April 27, 2012 - 1:32 pm
April 27, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Sheila - I did this very thing for our mother/daughter banquet last year. I was lucky enough to find a huge box of teacups at a local thrift store for just a few dollars. I added a few tea bags, one of which had a scripture on the tag (bought from Cracker Barrel) and tied an inexpensive spoon to each one with ribbon. The ladies loved them. Looks like your retreat was a huge success.

April 29, 2012 - 11:08 pm

Pam~ Virginia Retro - Love your teacup idea! So pretty, and I’m sure the ladies were thrilled to have them. Visiting from Seasonal Sunday.

April 30, 2012 - 12:04 am

Di Lewis - Hi! Your retreat wonderful..and to be in charge of the fun stuff too! How creative you are! The teacups came out perfect. Have a great week, Dianna

April 30, 2012 - 1:43 am

elizabeth - You are the kind of lady every women’s group needs…you made the ladies feel so special, I’m sure.
Thanks so much for your kind comment on my post about my old watering can.

April 30, 2012 - 4:42 am

Jo's This and That - Beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing Joann

April 30, 2012 - 2:25 pm

cathy@my1929charmer - A beautiful table setting, and I’d wish I was one sitting there. Love the teacup idea! I love feeling special and I’m sure the ladies did feel that way. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best!

April 30, 2012 - 8:24 pm

Tricia - The teacup gifts are darling — and how wonderful of your friends to contribute the teacups! I know all the recipients were thrilled with the special take-home treat!

April 30, 2012 - 10:30 pm

kitty - What a perfect gift, Tanya! You certainly did a wonderful job.

May 1, 2012 - 2:49 am

The Tablescaper - A beautiful favor and quite industriously executed. Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

– The Tablescaper

May 2, 2012 - 12:50 am

Six Sisters - Looks absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for being a part of our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Hope to see you again real soon!! -The Sisters

May 2, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Nann from At Nann's Table - Love your idea…especially rounding up the tea sets! You and I think alike (smile). But never would have thought of facebook. I need to remember that. Its a charming gift and I have alot of grandaughters and think this would be a charming gift for them. Also I give alot of luncheons….oh mind is going wild here with all the possibilities thanks to you. Saw you on TCofH linky party. Thanks for sharing. And I’m now following you. You have a delightful blog.


May 2, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Sherry - Wonderful idea! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

May 4, 2012 - 12:53 am

Deana@CountryMommaCooks - Thanks for linking up this cute idea @CountryMommaCooks link and great party. Hope to see you again tomorrow:)

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