Category: Member’s Tea Party

Members’ Gathering  September 13, 2023  12pm

Members’ Gathering September 13, 2023 12pm

September 13, 2023 Welcome Garden Party
Home of Barb Graham

Join your fellow club members for a lovely afternoon at the home of Barbara Graham. A wide variety of appetizers and desserts plus beverages will be enjoyed in her spacious garden. Garden Art and floral designs by members will be featured.

Check your email for details. You should have an Evite to this event. Please add your food/beverage contribution to the Evite listing.

2019 Member’s Tea

While planning the Garden Club August Tea, we were struck by the fact that so many members of the club are so creative. Member’s creativity has been expressed through many aspects of gardening, flower arranging, garden hats, and photography. Please consider sharing one of your creative expressions with us at the August Tea. The full range of creative expressions are welcome, from art to music to writing. Your creativity may be expressed in an exceptional garden planning method, a poem, a photograph, a story about getting inspired or inspiring someone to garden, needlework, or a song. Anything gardening related that you think others my find interesting will inspire us all to find our inner creativity. Please let Joan Meister know if you will be inspiring us with your creativity. (

An Evite was sent to all members on July 15, 2019. Please check your email, RSVP, and sign up for a contribution. Due to space constraints there is a limit of 40 members for the August Tea.

Garden Club August Tea
1316 Jackson,
River Forest, Illinois

August 14, 2019

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The annual Tea Party was a great success. The weather had a slight threat of rain, but held off until after the back yard party. We had the pleasure of sharing in some of the members creative pursuits, including home crafted fairy garden structures, a unique garden theme art book “How Does Your Garden Grow” by Mary, and original poetry.

We enjoyed Todd & Holland tea with a wonderful assortment of food. This was a wonderful low key afternoon, with great conversations.

Tea Party at the Art League

Tea Party at the Art League

Had a delightful time at the annual Garden Club tea party, held at the Oak Park Art League — what a pleasant event! (And free to members, though you needed to be quick to sign up, since there were only forty spaces available.) Much lovely and delicious food contributed by members, and lovely conversation too. Thanks to organizer Pat Blevens, and all the other volunteers!!

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Words to live by

Words to live by

“It’s all about the food” is usually said at least once at a Garden Club Board meeting.  And true to our nature, the GCOPRF June tea was certainly about the food.  Lisa Cederoth’s dining room table was covered with plates of beautiful homemade sweets and savories.  The staff at Downton Abbey would have been impressed.


Lisa, who had already hosted a graduation party the week before our event, was a gracious hostess. Lisa, her lovely daughter Annie, Pat Allabastro, Elaine Allen, Irene Williams, Joyce Vitullo, Mary Ellen Warner, and Barbara Graham (I hope I didn’t leave anyone out) prepared an almost overwhelming amount of scones, clotted cream, fruit, sandwiches, and cookies to accompany the tea and mimosas. Marilyn Moore helped Lisa set up and kept the serving platters full. I can’t even tell you accurately what was on the table as I was trying to avoid gluten and sugar!  Bad place to be. I confess that although I tried, I did not succeed in avoiding all the temptations before me.


Due to weather conditions, the tea was held in doors, but the bad weather didn’t prevent the guests from enjoying a garden atmosphere either.  Fragrant peonies and roses were resplendent in silver hollow wear on every table. The terra cotta girls’ table had a bouquet of pea shoots. Bobbi Raymond showed up with a car full of basil seedlings from her garden, which she gave away to nearly the entire crowd.


Pat Allabastro, the grand dame of gardening, was crowned Garden Queen for a day and acknowledged for her ten plus years of service to the Garden Club. Pat has served as VP in charge of programs and membership, as Co-Chair of the Garden Walk, and as Co-President of the Club. Her many civic beautifications include the design and installation of the Euclid Avenue garden in front of the Oak Park Firehouse.  Those are just some of her accomplishments in Garden Club OPRF.  As a forty-year resident of Oak Park, she has beautified St. Edmunds, Cheney Mansion, and numerous private gardens in Oak Park and River Forest.  We wish we could clone her before she moves to Portland in July!  You may say your good-byes and wish our good friend good luck and happy trails at her last official function, the Garden Walk, on June 22, 2014.