Many years ago now, I stopped going to those popular home sales parties, cold turkey. I'd found them to be a vicious cycle: You go to your friend's jewelry party and desperately want the cute "hostess gift" you can only receive for having a party. Then you have to go to the 10 parties that your friends throw because *they* want the hostess gift. Or if someone doesn't have a jewelry party but they have a home decor party, then you have to go to that. I met all my outstanding party obligations, gently let my friends know I didn't "do" such parties anymore, and that was that.
But just before Thanksgiving, a friend who didn't know me back then sent me an invitation to a new home sales party, Blessings Unlimited, and I broke my decades-long pledge and decided to go. I was (and am) impressed by the idea of a home party business featuring an inspirational line of products, especially since my town no longer has a Christian bookstore. While I didn't book a party, I did purchase this teapot and two teacups, and I love that many of the products have scripture on them. The teapot says "Flowers appear on the earth, the season of singing has come" (Song of Songs 2:12).
From overhead, the teacup and saucer set sports a sort of tiled, mosaic looking design, but remove the cup and you can see that the saucer reads "Moment by moment grace unfolds."
I actually have a plan for this new tea set. Have you ever read about those thoughtful women who surprise their friends one day by just showing up with a basket full of ready-to-drink tea and teatime treats? Well, I want to *be* one of those women. I have no idea who or when, but I dearly hope to "bless" someone with these tea blessings in the coming year. That's probably the most fun New Year's resolution I could make!