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A new cup of tea for moms

A new way of celebrating mothers and grandmothers will take place in Osakis.

The Osakis Women's Association will host its first-ever Mother's Day Spring Tea on Saturday, May 12 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Osakis Lutheran Church.

The event is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted to help defray expenses.

"Our goal is to celebrate the mothers and grandmothers for all they do, for who they are, and all they bring to their families and our community," said Heidi Ciepielinski, OWA member. "It's a great opportunity for daughters/children to bring mom out for a special activity that they can do together, something unique that they might not have done before. Young daughters who have dreamed of a tea party with mom will love this too, just as adult women who want to honor their own mothers."

The Osakis Women's Association will serve a light lunch, delicious desserts, and, of course, tea in as many fancy tea cups that can be rounded up. Sugar cubes and honey will be available too. There will also be lemonade and coffee for the non-tea drinkers.

Another highlight will be cucumber sandwiches and cream puffs.

The dress code is wide open. "Our guests can come in whatever they feel comfortable in," Ciepielinski said. "They can come as casual or as fancy as they would like."

She added if you come with a fancy hat, gloves or pearls, you will be very likely be photographed.

To help set the mood, piano music will be playing throughout the event.

There will also be a special display area to write mom's or grandma's name down on flowers, including those who are thought of every day but are no longer here on earth, Ciepielinski said.

"There will also be a photo area where attendees can take silly pictures to remember their time at the tea," she said..

Drawings will take place for door prizes for the mothers/grandmothers. When they leave, each attendee will be given a little something sweet to take home.

The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. but to guarantee that you get a cream puff, or other delectable dessert, you may want to get there sooner rather than later because it's first come, first served.

"If our tea is as successful as we hope it will be, we may consider making it an annual event," Ciepielinski said.

For more information, call 320-217-3341.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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