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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Host A Mother’s Day Tea Party

For a truly upscale and proper Mother’s Day celebration, fashion a tea party that takes a traditional approach to British tea and then add an American flair.

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Lolita Healy, a nationally known celebrations expert and founder of Designs By Lolita, shares her ideas to create a relaxing and enchanting afternoon. It’s a classy, chic way to pay tribute to the special women in our lives.

Dress up your table with a pretty pastel palette. Proper attire is required—flowery dress and hat for the ladies, shirt and tie for the gentlemen. Don’t forget the kids, too!

Keep the menu simple and elegant. A selection of assorted finger sandwiches pair perfectly with tea. Cucumber and dill, smoked salmon with cream cheese, egg salad, ham with mustard, and chicken salad with grapes are all appropriate options. A cheese board with a variety of international cheeses and grapes compliments the sandwiches.

For dessert, serve shortbread cookies, fairy cakes, miniature pastries, such as éclairs and petite fours, and a decorated cake on a cake stand, perhaps a lemon chiffon cake with white icing dotted with fresh raspberries. Decorate an ice ring with sherbet or ice cream, as well.

And now, for the most important part of a tea party—the tea!

Set up a traditional tea service with teapot, cups and saucers, and a selection of teas. For the traditional take, Tetley’s Black Tea, Green Tea and British Blend are great-tasting classic choices.

For those looking for something a little bit different with a little more flair, Good Earth’s Sweet & Spicy Iced Tea is the perfect solution. It is unlike any other iced tea out there—it’s a refreshing, unique tea that tastes sweet without any added sugar or sweeteners, has zero calories and maintains a rich flavor thanks to its blend of cinnamon, orange, anise seed, and ginger root.

Champagne punch or mimosas served in an elegant punch bowl along with a kid-friendly non-alcoholic punch round out the beverage selections.

These are all of the components to create a sophisticated, charming and romantic gathering to cherish the mothers everywhere. Sip tea, relax and enjoy the company.

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