Last November, I had the opportunity to host a tea seminar for work. Even though it was for my job, it felt more like a personal project to me, one that I put a lot of heart and soul into. I was satisfied with the outcome, but because it was my first time organizing and running an event there were things I could have done better and lots of room for improvement. I wasn’t sure if I would ever get the chance to plan another class (at least at this job), but another opportunity sprung up randomly and the last two weeks were frantically devoted to putting together another tea class.
(Pictures courtesy of my coworker)
Although the class was for a smaller group, it was a much bigger event with more “important” people involved. Nobody put any pressure on me to do better than last time, but I knew I had to create the 2.0 version of my first class. This time I put a lot more thought into the details, especially the table setting. I arranged all the flowers, made the tea sandwiches, and gave every fork and tea leaf a designated spot on the table. I’m sure there were times when my coworkers didn’t understand why I was being so anal about a teaspoon and fretting over exactly how the lemon should be cut, but I think in the end, when the whole spread came together, they understood my efforts. Everything worked together to create a lovely and authentic tea time setting while also supporting the seminar aspect of the event, which was longer and more in depth than last time.
Again, there were lots of things I could have done better, but overall I definitely think I showed a lot of improvement. Next time, and I hope there is a next time, I know it will be closer to perfect!