|Our visit to Highclere in Jan/Feb issue of Tea Time|
|Our new book is out and available for purchase!|
|First DA tea of 2015 at White Lake Library with librarian Denise Harris-Fiems|
|Downton Abbey-inspired afternoon tea at Baldwin Library|
The first full weekend in February, we presented a Downton Abbey-inspired afternoon tea at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham to a "sold out" crowd, attendance maxed out to the number of seats available. Rachel-Rose served Republic of Tea herbals and black tea blends to a crowd of over 60. We were also featured in the next edition of the Birmingham Eccentric along with librarian Kathryn Bergeron.
|Downton Abbey-inspired afternoon tea covered in Birmingham Eccentric|
|Valentine's Day Tea Etiquette corporate event at the Townsend Hotel|
|Something sweet waiting for us from the "home team".|
|Meadow Brook's "A Servant's Life" was very informative|
|Downton Abbey elegant tea at the Townsend|
Mid-April we headed north to Light of Day in Traverse City and took in a class given by the tea farm's owner, Angela Macke. We brought back some matcha for our next tea event.
|Light of Day class presented by owner Angela Macke|
That tea event was for the "What's Cooking" series held at the West Bloomfield Library. I was invited by Loretta Harris, my good friend of many years (going as far back as junior high -you creative types can do the math) and a member of one of the library's event committees. It was a Tea 101, covering tea history and etiquette, as well as a tea tasting of four different types of tea. Over 70 guests attended and it was a wonderful evening with old and new friends.
|Tea History Etiquette at WB Library with longtime amigo, Loretta H.|
|Rachel starts the steeping for the tea tasting at the West Bloomfield Library|
In May, we continued our annual Mother's Day tradition of the family gathering at Goldfish Tea in Royal Oak. We were sad to find out just this week, that this lovely tea venue will be closing its doors permanently the end of January. (But folks in the Detroit area, take advantage of some great sales going on now). After eight years in business, it had a tremendous run and will be greatly missed.
|Mother's Day tea at Goldfish a yearly tradition with the family|
|Afternoon tea at the St. Regis Hotel|
|A toast at our hotel, the Waldorf Astoria|
|Entrance to the "conservative" Vanderbilt estate|
|The Roosevelt Home at Hyde Park|
In September, we journeyed across the pond for a week in England. Highlights (although, they were all highlights!) were afternoon tea at Claridge's and The Wolseley, Highclere Castle/Bampton Village, and Buckingham Palace.
|Afternoon tea at Claridge's|
|Tea time at Highclere Castle|
|More tea at The Wolseley|
The Friday after our trip to England, I presented a Tea History and Etiquette program at the Clarkston Independence Township Public Library. The librarians turned their event space into a lovely tea room and provided deliciously brewed tea and homemade scones.
|Tea presentation at the Clarkston Independence Library. Attendees were a delight.|
The end of September, we presented an Eleanor Roosevelt tea at an event co-sponsored by the Townsend Hotel and the Baldwin Library. What a delightful group of guests! One simply can't go wrong with Townsend tea fare served up with a bit of inspirational history.
|Eleanor Roosevelt Tea at The Townsend Hotel|
|Rejuvenating at Essencha tea house in Cincinnati|
|Taft museum - who knew it was only a day trip away?|
Mid October, we served up tea and an etiquette program for a local charity, hosted in a beautiful home in Bloomfield Hills. Lovely ladies and a special cause - providing college scholarships for young women.
We wrapped our tea event season as a participant of "Michigan Tea Week". We were thrilled to be partnered with Socra Tea, an absolutely awesome tea room in the heart of Detroit's cultural center. We presented "What is Tea" and Socra Tea's co-owner, Meg Provenzino, served up several amazingly delicious teas for guests to sample.
|Getting ready for the event at Socra Tea|
What a year it has been and we are grateful to all those who supported and teamed up with us this year. We have met so many wonderful people and can't think of a a better community than those who come together over a cup of tea!
The new year is already off to a bang with almost as many events in the first quarter as we had in all of 2015. Check our website's upcoming events and news page at barbsteaservice.com and come join us! We'd love to see you.
Happy New Year to all our Tea Friends!