Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FABBY: "Gringa Tea Party"

Hello sweet friends!

     I just got over my "Gringa Tea," we were fifteen with me and I wanted to host it this year, sort of a belated Christmas Tea party.  The first ladies who lived here took me under their wings back in 1975 and thus the name, 'Gringa Tea' as they already had a tradition to get together with all the new American ladies and make them feel welcomed and show us the ropes.

There are no great pics as I was busy and didn't want to bother my guests.

Most ladies live here, some are retiring here and some are married to Ecuadorians and live longer than me, even! Some are ladies who lived in the USA but are native ladies from here, relatives and friends as well.

Ok, just a few photos of the event which was just great, I enjoyed having them so much and it seems they all had an awesome time. The Tea Party started at 4pm and they left at 8pm!

My friend Stephanie from NJ sitting at your left, who's also married to my hubby's friend and has been my best friend for 33 years and we live in the same building...we are so lucky!

The other ladies next to her all live here longer than me and are married to Ecuadorian men. I was so very lucky to meet them so many years ago in 1975, when I had just arrived here!

Some ladies in this table are originally from here, but lived many years in the USA and are back, as well.

Roses by "Altaflor, Cuenca-Ecuador. " A 'shadow shot' as well.

So here you have it, a little glimpse of my 'Gringa Tea' and we always have such an awesome time together!

Thanks for visiting me, wish I could have you here for tea too, as you been 'Gringas' you all qualify, perfectly!

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  1. Thank you for sharing pics of your Gringa Tea...would have loved to join the fun! I'm still in love with that gorgeous Christmas tablecloth...hugs, Penny

  2. Looks like everyone is enjoy that wonderful tea party. Wish I had a plate of those delicious goodies.

  3. What a sweet party and so many beautiful women! It looks like you had such a wonderful time.

  4. Your tea party looks very elegant and enjoyable! I did not realize you lived in a high rise. I think that would be a lot of fun!

  5. Fabby,
    What beautiful tables and food! I know you and your friends had a fabulous time! Happy New Year!!

  6. What a wonderful thing. It is great when someone takes the time to set a table this fine for so many great ladies.

  7. Me encanta la idea Fabby. El de para las Gringas es genial. What fun and lovely gathering for your friends. I am sure you all shares lots of stories and laughter.

    Have a happy week,


  8. So nice to see dear friends enjoying such a lovely time together'

  9. What a wonderful tradition---you are blessed to have so many long-time friends! :)

  10. What a fun event. You ladies look like you are enjoying yourselves..and who wouldn't - how fun!

  11. Friendship is a precious thing - friendship and support through the years is even more special. I love the thought of all of you, connected in one way or another, enjoying such a festive tea.

  12. Dearest Fabby,
    What a sweet way for taking you under their wings at your arrival in 1975. That is almost your ruby anniversary!
    Wow, how time passes... we got 30 years already.
    It is amazing how you can seat such a group with ease. Looks very comfy and elegant and the time of four hours for tea proves that they felt very much at home and enjoyed it!
    Hugs to you,

  13. Fabby, Your Gringa Tea party looks so friendly and inviting. Your friends all look as if they are having a marvelous time. It is good to have great friends and to show your appreciation of their friendship with such a charming tea party.

  14. Beautiful! What a lovely tablecloth too!! All the food and fellowship looks wonderful! Happy VTT

  15. What a great idea, Fabby! It's so wonderful that you were able to make so many good friends and keep them after all these years! This is a delightful way to end the holiday season. Your table looks beautiful!

  16. Oh how fun, Fabby. I should have married an Equadorian so I can join your group, lol....Christine

  17. What a wonderful little get together you do each year. The food looks delicious, too!

  18. Looks like such a fun party! Happy Pink Saturday, Marti

  19. Wow what a nice get together! All the food looks delicious and seeing people seated at your tables is so nice. I think it's wonderful that you have such a nice group of friends and that some of them were there to help you get started in your new surroundings.

  20. How simply wonderful to have such a great group of friends!! All so very elegant!!

  21. Dear Fabby, Looks like a lovely tea party. Blessings, Catherine

  22. Hi Fabby, seemed like everyone were having fun. You are so blessed to have so many friends. And having a best friend just next door. I love your candle holder-centrepiece. Is that a horse? I could see lots of beautiful bits and pieces. But my most fave is the grand chandelier.
    Happy new year to you my friend.



  23. This is a pretty post.Looks you and everyone had a great time.Everything been arranged so beautifully.Thats the specialty of you dear Fabby...Love and Hugs...Sujatha..:):)

  24. what a beautiful table setting.

  25. me encantan tus mesas.
    El "gringatea" es una costumbre encantadora, lo debeian hacer en todos los países.
    Cordialmente, Gasparina.

  26. FABBY,
    Hi! Looks like a nice gathering for a tea party.

    Pat ( Patricia Hinkel)

  27. Have a sweet week ahead, Fabby.

    Just drop by to see you and say "Hi".

    /CC girl

  28. What a fun gathering and they all must have had a great time to stay so long! And how wonderful for you to have your best friend live so close to you. Happy New Year!

  29. Beautiful Fabby. Looks like everyone had a fabulous time. Your tablecloth is fantastic.

  30. C'est un joli post avec beaucoup de convivialité et c'est bien agréable à voir!
    Bonne semaine à toi, Cath.

  31. Looks like a wonderful gathering, I had to smile at the title of your post.

  32. I love your setting, I love your tradition and grateful heart and I love each one of them for caring about and for you.
    Bless their generous hearts,

  33. So glad to see your blog working, Fabby! I am delighted to share that your post will be featured in this week's A Return to Loveliness,


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