Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Clayson House Tea

Clayson House Tea

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I attended a tea at the local historical society museum, the Clayson House. It was a fundraising event that included eight seatings over two weekends.

When we arrived, the butler greeted us at the door. What a fun way to start the event!

Clayson House Tea

They had turned the 1874 home into a tea parlor, with guests seated in the two parlors and in the dining room.

Clayson House Tea

Clayson House Tea

We were seated in the dining room near the kitchen. The ladies who volunteered were dressed as servants, with long black dresses and white aprons!

Clayson House Tea

The fine china and silverware was set out. Everything looked so nice!

Clayson House Tea

Each table had a tiered tea tray filled with finger sandwiches and sweets.

Clayson House Tea

There were scones with strawberry butter,

Clayson House Tea

Lemon curd tarts and cream puffs,

Clayson House Tea

And fancy candies and cookies!

Clayson House Tea

I thought these Wedgwood cameo candies were adorable!

Clayson House Tea

Darjeeling tea was served in a variety of pretty tea pots.

Clayson House Tea

One lump or two?

Clayson House Tea

Our table was next to the sideboard. On it I spotted the most beautiful gold cup and saucer!

Clayson House Tea

Needless to say, this set was not being used for guests today!

Clayson House Tea

After the finger sandwiches had been eaten and the beautiful sweets were gone, it was time to have another pot of tea and listen to the presentation given by the volunteers. This year's theme was "Things Found on a Lady's Dressing Table." Items from the 1890's, the 1920's and the 1950's were shown and passed around to each table. It was fun to see how these items changed over the decades.

Clayson House Tea

I didn't get any photos of the presentation items. Before we knew it, it was time to leave.

Clayson House Tea

Have you been to a Victorian Tea lately? If you get the chance, I highly recommend it! You'll be transported back in time to a more genteel era. And it really is delightful if the setting is a beautifully restored Victorian house!

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Blogger Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Pam: I can only imagine how wonderful the tea was in the old house. I've been to tea shops and those are lovely but it would be so special in an old Victorian house..Happy Wednesday..Judy

May 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Sounds wonderful - the perfect setting for afternoon tea.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

May 9, 2012 at 2:37 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Judy-

Happy Wednesday to you! The house setting felt more like being served tea in someone's home back in the nineteenth century. I kept looking at things like the wallpaper and furniture and pictures on the wall, etc. Quite a different feeling!


May 9, 2012 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Liz-

You would have loved it! I know you would have liked all the pretty china. :-)


May 9, 2012 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

I have never been to a tea, looks like it would be fun. Happy Mothers Day Pam. I enjoyed
the Tea.


May 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Yvonne-

Happy Mother's Day! You really must go to a tea. Maybe next time you're in New York!


May 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger victorian parlor II said...

What a great post!!! Thanks for sharing such a lovely tea! You and your hubby look wonderful:).



May 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Kim-

Thank you very much! It was a lot of fun, something that we don't get an opportunity to do very often. :-)


May 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Pam: I have been getting comments from your blog to Kim on my g-mail. This is such a mess, I can't even find the way to get back to my blog half the time, and that just started tonight all of the sudden. It's a whole new thing happening. I don't know what they have done. I wanted to tell you just because maybe your comments aren't reaching Kim if they are coming through my mail?? Maybe it's something that Blogger or Google? should be notified of. It's not putting me out in the least, I just wanted to be sure that she is getting them too..Happy Wednesday..Judy P.S. I just published this message and it didn't go anyplace. I'll try again.

May 16, 2012 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Judy-

I think I know what's happening. When you posted your earlier comment, you probably also checked the box that said "Email follow-up comments to..." so now you're getting all the comments to my post! Next time a comment comes in your mailbox thatt you don't want, I think you can Unsubscribe from comments to this post. Although this post is getting old, and probably not many more people will comment LOL!


May 16, 2012 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger The Dusty Victorian said...

Oh Pam! How lovely. You both fit in so perfectly in this genteel setting.

May 17, 2012 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Anyes, it's amazing we look presentable! I think we both just decided what we'd wear minutes before running out the door LOL!

:-) Pam

May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Bernideen said...

I would have loved attending this event. Everything looks wonderful here!

May 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Bernideen-

I wish you were there, too! I know you love tea events!

:-) Pam

May 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Sea Witch said...

Oh Pam, I am sea green with envy. I adore teas and the best are in the midwest where people take the whole process so very seriously with dainty and tasty little sandwiches, properly brewed teas, dessert treats and lots of period clothing. Oh how I miss those.

May 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Sea Witch-

I never really thought about the Midwest being serious about our teas! I have been to some lovely ones, though. I would love to travel around the whole country, sipping tea and eating the sweets everywhere I go!


May 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Miss Sandra said...

Dear Pam,
Such a wonderful setting for afternoon tea and I must add you both fit right in perfectly. You look lovely! I haven't been to a tea like that in quite a while. Thanks for bringing us along. I know I've not been around as often as I used to be, but please know that I always look forward to reading your posts and stopping by to greet a dear blog friend. xo
Blissful Tidings,

May 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Miss Sandra-

You're so sweet!

I haven't been around often, either! So much going on and being pulled in so many directions. I don't think anybody will mind if we pop in now and then. The hard part is playing catch-up, seeing what everyone is up to!

Take care. :-)


May 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Pam! I just discovered your wonderful blog! I too love Victorian! What a nice tea party, the house looks pretty and the food looks really yummy! I hope you will visit my Victorian blog. Have a great day!

May 23, 2012 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Gina-

It's great to meet another Victorian! Thanks for your sweet comments. I joined your blog, and will have to read all your older posts. I love your Victorian decorating and antiques!


May 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

What a lovely setting for tea! Everything was so beautifully presented. I can see why you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for sharing these pretty photos with us.

May 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Pam,
Looks like a beautiful place to have tea. I love the Victorian decor. Those treats look delicious. I'm your newest follower. Have a wonderful day!

May 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Heirlooms-

Thanks for the nice comments and for stopping by today! Have a great Memorial Day!


May 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Lisa-

Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower! I'm now following you at Magnolia Cottage too! I'm going to have fun checking out your posts... seems we probably like a lot of the same things! :-)


May 28, 2012 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Aunt Jane's Attic said...

Hi Iam Julie, just found your gorgeous blog whilst looking for christmas images and your 2 cats came up from 2010 how cuddly they are, love your tea party all so elegant and all that lovely china and food!. Hope to be following your blog now. xxx

July 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful Tea Room!! It reminds me of Tea's that i have attended at the Stegmaier Mansion!!
Thanks so much for sharing!!
I really enjoyed this post!!


August 3, 2012 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Debbie-

Thank you for the nice comment. I've really enjoyed your posts about the Stegmaier Mansion! What a beautiful place!


August 3, 2012 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

Dear Pam,
I noticed the date on post. Hope you Are OK. Let me hear from you Dear.

August 14, 2012 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

The Victorian Tea looked like so much fun!!! The treats looked delectable and it must have been neat to have it served by uniformed "servants". I couldn't help but notice the pickle castor on the sideboard...we've been looking for one for our dining room forever!!!!

September 21, 2012 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Katie-

It was so nice being able to visit the house museum and having tea there! Wow, it's been four months ago, and I've been away from blogging all that time! I'll need to catch up with you and all my favorite Victorian bloggers soon. Hope all is well. :-)


September 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger SavannahGranny said...

Hi, I came by here as I was investigating a Russian blog. Just recently I aquired two followers from Russia. It seemed strange to me,as I was taking a blogging break.
While snooping around I arrived at this blog:

I noticed a lot of blog posts in the center portion of the blog listed as "My Blogs". I found this post of yours there. It just seemed strange to me as I have been reading about "scrappers" coming in copying entire posts and reposting them as their own.
Just thought you may want to check it out.
I did notice that this Russian blogger is a new follower on your blog.
Savannah Granny.

September 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

Pam, hope all os well.
I am getting out my China for Holidays. After this post I'll make a cup of constant comment,
my favorite tea. yvonne

October 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

wishing you a Happy New Year Pam.
I hope all is well with you.
love yvonne

January 7, 2013 at 5:01 AM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

I am thinking of you..


January 17, 2013 at 5:31 AM  

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