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Silver Tea

Silver Tea, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is a tea at which voluntary contributions of money are given usually for special fund-raising or charitable purposes.

Historically, silver has been the leading substance used for money.  Following the expansion of industrial use of silver, silver was eliminated from U.S. coins in the 1960s.  The many forms of silver; tableware, coins, and jewelry, convey a message of value or wealth and thus, a “Silver” Tea, aids in the concept of sharing one’s wealth for the benefit of others.

Silver Teas have been reported as far back as the early 1900’s.  Churches and charitable organizations have been hosting Silver Teas to benefit a multitude of worthy fundraisers.  A Silver Tea is a special gathering, creating a sense of community; enjoying one another’s company while savoring special treats and a sense of nostalgia.

Typically, food, entertainment, and labor are donated by volunteers in the organization or community.  People are invited to attend the Silver Tea and upon attending make contributions to the fundraiser.  Contributions have included silver dollars (way back when…), books (for a library in need), money, and other items as specifically needed by the fundraising organization. 

In the past, some Silver Teas were quite fancy.  One would wear their finest attire and drop their donations upon a silver tray or into a silver bowl.  The food can be quite fancy including a full afternoon tea service with sandwiches, scones, sweets, and tea; or a simple offering of desserts and tea following a church service. 

Enjoy a Silver Tea and share and give to the needs of others.


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