Romance Suits Me to a Tea

Fresh flowers. Fine China. Creative Flair.

All were in evidence when I behind the beautiful settings prepared by the hostesses of the tables at my church’s Women’s Ministry Tea this past week. The talented ladies of Discovery Hills outdid themselves. Here’s proof.

The Tea proved immensely enjoyable. A barbershop chorus, an array of tasty treats, and a funny fashion show I was asked to MC made for a delightful event–and a romantic one.

As I drove home, my mind whirred. I’d had a good time and wondered if I could create such an experience for Gwynly, albeit on a smaller scale–and on a budget. Since he’s a frugal fellow, I knew he’d appreciate my efforts more if I used what I had on hand.

Oftentimes I spring surprises on my guy, but this time I chose to include him in the preparation, which served to heighten his anticipation. We did the shopping together, set the table together, and prepared our repast together. And then we feasted on our meal and reveled in a delightful sense of togetherness.

Our Tea brought back memories of breakfasts during the years we lived in Germany, as I felt certain it would. Gwynly and I munched and talked and had a lovely time together. In fact, he rated the experience a 10!

What made this work so well? I know not every guy would enjoy attending a Tea for Two, but I have a history with Gwynly. I honored his desire not to break the bank and tapped into treasured memories from our early days as a couple. And it worked.

We recaptured the romantic atmosphere of mornings lingering at the breakfast buffet in German Gasthauses or at the dining table in our tiny apartment in Flexdorf where we spent four wonderful years. And we made yet another memory, which suited me to a tea.

Afterward Gwynly grinned at me and said, “This will make a nice blog post, won’t it?” How well my fellow knows me. I think he likes the fact that while I fill my stories with romance, I make sure to infuse our marriage with it, too. I wasn’t always good about doing so when I was younger, but I’m learning. πŸ™‚

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How could you serve up romance in a way that would honor your special someone?

Would your special someone go for a Tea for Two? If not, what about donuts and coffee on the deck, hot chocolate and s’mores around a campfire, or . . .?

If you have young children and find arranging time for some togetherness tough, do you have a friend who would swap childcare, so you could both romance your sweethearts?

Do you find a Tea with lovely tables and yummy treats as enjoyable as I do?


About Keli Gwyn

I'm an award-winning author of inspirational historical romance smitten with the Victorian Era. I'm currently writing for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical line of wholesome, faith-filled romances. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, was released July 1, 2012. I'm represented by Rachelle Gardner of Book & Such Literary. I live in a Gold Rush-era town at the foot of the majestic Sierras. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, other Gold Country towns and historical museums. When I'm not writing I enjoy taking walks, working out at Curvesβ„’ and reading.
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36 Responses to Romance Suits Me to a Tea

  1. Renee says:

    I follow you on FB . . . well, I lurk actually. I just had to hop over to your blog and say–What a sweet post! I enjoyed the skiing pics, too. You and your hubby are so cute together. Blessings!

  2. Sherrinda says:

    Keli, you are truly an inspiration! I am so convicted to do something romantic for my husband and show him I love him in a tangible way! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  3. Okay…..could you two be any cuter of a couple?

    What an amazing example you are setting for your daughter and for us!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      I had to smile when I read your comment, Katie. Our college daughter arrived home last night for her spring break visit. One of the first things she did was ask why the table was still decorated with the flowers and birdhouse. When I told her about the Tea her dad and I shared, she rolled her eyes and said, “Oh, yeah. I saw that post on Facebook.”

      I remind myself that we are setting an example and that one day our gal might remember this and plan something similar for her hubby, should she marry. Not that I’m rushing her. I want her to live her own life and follow the Lord’s leading and His timeline.

  4. Lindsay Harrel says:

    How precious, Keli! I love that you are taking the time to find ways to infuse romance into your relationship. Lately it’s been a struggle for me and my hubby to just get time together (he’s had court all week and had weeks of prep leading up to it). I’d like to do something fun on Friday night when he is done to celebrate a job well done, so maybe I’ll have to think up something…thanks for the inspiration!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lindsay, I feel for you. It can be tough to find time for romance when work keeps both partners busy. I remember the days when our daughter was little. Gwynly was getting used to a new school and was writing lesson plans for a new subject. He would arrive home tired and ready for a nap, and I would fall into bed exhausted. Just getting dinner on the table was a chore. (OK, since I don’t like to cook, it still is, but you know what I mean. :-)) I had to find small ways to let my guy know I was thinking about him. I’ll be sharing some of those in upcoming posts.

      I hope you and your hubby have a fun time celebrating the end of his case. Have fun planning the special event.

  5. wendypainemiller says:

    My word, you are such an inspiration! Do you remember Starr and Divi (spelled wrong) in Germany? That’s where we shopped for groceries. Did you ever drive to see the wall? I think you were there then, right? I remember seeing it.
    ~ Wendy

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wendy, I think it’s cool how we have our German connection. I don’t recall having seen markets with the names Starr or Divi. Even though Gwynly was a teacher and a civilian, we had Commissary privileges, so we did most of our grocery shopping there. We had some German foods we loved, though, and would go to Tengelmann or Aldi for them. Sometimes we’d venture to the superstore, Meisters, which is somewhat like Walmart.

      We lived down in Bavaria and never made the trip to Berlin. Before the fall of the Wall, one had to get permission to ride a special train there. Afterward, we did visit Eastern Germany a couple of times, but we went to the area famous for hand-carved Christmas decorations and nutcrackers. We’re more small town people than big city folk I guess. We do have a small piece of the Wall that someone gave us, one with some graffiti on it, though.

  6. Darlene says:

    Love the pictures! You two look so happy. Nice to bring back good memories too. As you know, I think tea is so romantic and fixes many things. My British hubby introduced me to the art of having a relaxing cup of tea when I first met him. So we often do this, even after 35 years of marriage. My most recent blog tells another lovely tea story:

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, tea does have medicinal purposes. I’m certain of it. A nice cup of tea has certainly lifted my spirits on numerous occasions.

      Thanks for sharing the link to that moving story. Who knew that a cup of tea offered at just the right time could save so many lives? Awesome!

  7. jessicarpatch says:

    Keli, I know these posts about keeping the marriage full of romance will encourage so many people. I’m blessed to be able to read them. Sometimes hubby and I fire up the fire-pit and sit beside it with coffee and usually he plays his guitar and we sing. I love those moments!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wow, Jess! Sitting by the fire with your hubby playing and singing sounds very romantic. Do you have a collection of songs that hold special significance to the two of you?

  8. Melissa Tagg says:

    Oh, this is soooo sweet.

    Actually, for the past four years, part of my day job has included coordinating an annual tea for 800 women. It’s…exhausting. So, the thought of a tea for two sounds amazing. πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melissa, I’m so impressed that you plan a Tea for 800 women. I’m sure it’s a lot of work, but think of how many people are blessed through your efforts. You deserve an β€œAtta Girl” for this!!!

  9. cynthiaherron says:

    Keli, what a fun post, and ohhh, so beautiful visually! I love teas (& romance!!)

    You and Gwynly are so cute together. (Oh, and your table setting is lovely, too. πŸ™‚ )

    Sometimes, to make dinner special, we’ll eat by candlelight and I’ll make something that we don’t often have. Cornish hens and a special dessert set the stage nicely.

    Since WP has changed their settings, I’m no longer able to comment on some sites using my current website addy (doesn’t make sense, since my website is also powered thru WP), but I think I figured out a way around this by logging in to my old WP acct. We shall see…….

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Cynthia, I can imagine how lovely your table settings must be since you have such a creative flair. I think Cornish hens by candlelight sound awesome. I’ll have to keep that in mind.

      Glad you figured out a way to leave a comment. I don’t understand what changed, but you’re not the only one who’s had trouble. I trust the situation will be resolved. I’m sure the WordPress Happiness Engineers are on it.

  10. Those are beautiful pics and I agree, you are an inspiration to younger couples. My husband would not sit down for tea but he is very aware of aesthetics so if I set a table like the ones above, there’s the chance he’d like it. I don’t know though since I am very decorating-challenged.

    You two are wonderfully sweet. πŸ˜‰

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jessie, I have a hunch you could set a table that would wow your guy. What it you were to go with a My Awesome Adventurer theme? You could pull out some photos of him holding those ginormous fish he catches, using them, shells, and other nautical items as decorations. Serve some fish he caught. And tell him you’re sure glad he reeled you in. That would be romance spoken in a language he would totally get, right?

  11. Erica Vetsch says:

    You are so adorable! I love that you included Gwynly in the process and that he responded so favorably. πŸ™‚

  12. Donna Pyle says:

    I just love our annual Women’s Tea at my church, as well. Ours happens the first weekend in December, so they are Christmas-themed and breathtaking. Your photos show that it’s a girl-thing no matter where we live!! How wonderful that you involved Gwynly and enjoyed quality time together. πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Donna, a Christmas Tea would be awesome. Gwynly and I were married in December, and decorating was a breeze because we made use of the traditional flowers and such. I can envision some amazing tables. And the atmosphere is so festive that time of year.

  13. Loree Huebner says:

    You guys are so cute!

    Tea time is such a special time, and even better when you share it with someone dear.

    Not too long ago, Eric and I stayed at this Victorian B&B in Gettysburg. The entire weekend was so romantic. They had a tea time every day from 2 to 4, and the tables were set with such delicate china, fresh flowers, and wonderful biscuits and cookies to munch. It was a pleasant moment spent together out of a busy day of sight-seeing the battlefields.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Ooh, Loree, how awesome that you got to enjoy Tea at a Victorian B&B in Gettysburg. With your love of the Civil War era, that must have been an amazing experience.

      Gwynly saw Gettysburg when he was single, and he was quite moved from what I gather. Wonder if I could talk him into taking his California gal back East to see that famous site as well as some others. I’d like that.

  14. Keli, the tables at your tea were divine and there was something very special about your romantic table for two. It takes hard work and love (much like writing) to keep the embers burning in a relationship. You two are so very special and lucky to have each other for inspiration πŸ™‚

    You are also a “catching” duo … smiles abide and love shines through!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Florence, I was so inspired when I saw those gorgeous tables. My first thought was, “How romantic!” My second was, “Wonder what Gwynly would think if I prepared a fancy Tea for him?” That led me to proceed with my plan but tailor it to suit my man. πŸ™‚

  15. What beautiful tables, Keli! When I read your question at the end, I had trouble identifying what my hubby would like…until I saw the bonfire and s’mores. He’s definitely a bonfire kind of guy. πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sarah, sounds like you’ve got a good reason to stock up on graham crackers, marshmallows, and Hershey bars. If you have them on hand, you could create your own backyard s’mores whenever you’d like. Yummy fun.

  16. the table settings reminded me of a bible study i was able to participate in when maddy was a newborn (b/c it was in the middle of the day and i was off work). we had a different tea every week, complete with real English cream and scones and the works. we didn’t dress up for it, but it was so much fun to hear the china tinkle together…felt very important.

    my husband is not a tea drinker. i’m hooked on chai latte (using ONLY oregon chai….keli, i’m sure you know what this is!), but he’s coffee/espresso all the way. i served up some romance with him just last week when i handed him a little bag of specialty espresso beans i picked up for him on a whim. πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jeannie, it’s great that you know what makes your guy happy. I’m sure he appreciated those specialty espresso beans from his special someone. πŸ™‚

  17. I used to love to go to the tea house in Folsom. Kathy always made a fuss over her customers providing beautiful china and hats if you chose. My husband would never gladly go to a place like this. In fact, I had no idea what would make him think I’d prepared a romantic table so I asked. You’re going to love his answer – German bratwurst. Didn’t need beer, or German music or anything of the like. Just me fixing him the bratwurst. I couldn’t believe his words. In fact, the only time he has used the word romantic was on a ferry crossing from Copenhagen, Denmark to Malmo, Sweden. We were standing at the rail, the seagulls squawking overhead and he looked at me and said, “Isn’t this romantic.” Wonders never cease. BUT in his defense, he picks roses from his garden and brings them to me, stepped up and took extra special care of me after my cancer surgery and broken arm. To me, that is his romantic side. πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Paisley, kudos to you on taking the initiative to find out what your guy considers romantic. Sometimes we gals think that what we like will appeal to our fellows, but that might not be true. I knew Gwynly would appreciate the Tea because it would remind him of our breakfasts in Germany. Our shared histories help make us experts in what our guys like, but they can still surprise us at times. At least you know now that Bratwurst can go a long way with your hubby. πŸ™‚

      I love the story of how your guy was there loving and caring for you when you battled cancer. That’s love in action and is quite romantic.

  18. duhpaynes says:

    Y’all are such a sweet couple! I have made a candlelight dinner for two in the past, after the children were all in bed. But, we established a regular tea time each evening many years ago and continue still to this day, just the two of us πŸ˜‰ Our children all know not to bother us then. It’s mom & dad’s time and they respect that. In fact, sometimes they initiate it and make the tea for us! I think it’s one of the things that has been a strength to our marriage.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      How neat that you and your hubby have such a special tradition of spending time together each day. I love how you’re modeling romance for your children and that they’re getting into things themselves by preparing your tea.

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