Monday, September 26, 2016

Another excellent Tea-kend starting with a Downton Abbey-inspired tea in Hudson, Michigan



Hudson Carnegie Library, established in 1904 with funds from the Andrew Carnegie

What is a teakend?  It's a term we use at Barb's Tea Service to refer to a weekend filled with tea events. We just wrapped up another wonderful teakend, starting Saturday in Hudson, Michigan.

With Librarian, Joann Crater

At the invite of Librarian, Joann Crater, and the Friends of the Library, Barb's Tea Service presented a Downton Abbey-inspired Afternoon Tea for over fifty guests. The event was held at the nearby Congregational Church which had ample room for all attendees.


Beautiful banquet table set with afternoon tea fare and fresh floral arrangements

Banquet tables were filled with scrumptious tea fare of assorted scones, sweets and savories. The tablescapes were beautiful with arrangements of fresh flowers and cut glass serving dishes.


Exquisite silver samovar on display. It would be right at home in Downton Abbey

An exquisite  silver samovar held court at the head of the banquet table. It would be right at home in the Crawley's dining room at Downton Abbey.

Pretty tea cups from a collection of English bone china

Some guests brought their own tea cups. One lovely lady brought three from her collection - all pretty English bone china.


Guests selecting their afternoon tea menu

Once the ladies selected their tea fare, Joann Carter presented opening remarks and then we began our time travel back to Edwardian England.


Joann Crater introduces the program


Speaking of time travel, the town of Hudson is filled with its own amazing history and hidden treasures. The full name of the library is the Hudson Carnegie Library which was built in 1904 with an endowment from the Andrew Carnegie.

The Hudson Library

We truly loved our visit to Hudson and plan to be back soon. There's a lot in store at this historic town, so stay tuned for more!

Hudson is a charming town with many hidden treasures

After our travels west, we headed back home in time for a tea and etiquette program on Sunday for a lovely bridal shower in West Bloomfield.

We concluded our teakend back home with a cup of tea and a pumpkin spice scone to celebrate the first weekend of fall.

A joyous teakend to be sure!


Wrapping up this teakend with tea and pumpkin spice scone

1 comment:

Jennifer Bliss said...

What a lovely event! LOVED seeing the photos!!!!
I know you aren't really near the San Fran area but in case you are looking for tix for the upcoming tea festival there The Sororitea Sisters are giving away a pair! http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/09/27/sf-international-tea-festival-ticket-giveaway/ we would love for you to swing by and enter or if you know of anyone else interested.