Monday, May 14, 2012

Fifth Annual Ladies' Spring Tea - "Hudson's, the Grande Dame of Woodward Avenue"

The church Ladies' Spring Tea was held this past Saturday, May 12th at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. 

Banquet Facility Entrance [We were in room two - right of the fireplace]

The theme was J. L. Hudson's - The Grande Dame of Woodward Avenue
- Printed Program -

Tablescape:  I chose potted plants as centerpieces because the Riverview Restaurant on the 13th floor used potted plants for their decor in a photograph I acquired.  I gave them away at the end of the tea -- three of which went to former Hudson employees who were attending.

Bars aren't always used for serving alcohol and soda pop.  It was the perfect spot for my two tea urns. I served Harney and Sons Mango black tea. [Thanks Linda for the "taste test" at your house!]

Each table selected a hostess to take the silver teapot from their table to the urns to be filled.   Filling their teapots in the photo below.


It's always a little unnerving signing a contract for a specific number of people, but I made my quota of 50.   They all seemed to have a good time.

I took Hudson's recipes to the banquet facility and the chef prepared a meal that would have been available at one of the five restaurants located inside the flagship store.  We started off with Canadian Cheese soup.

Hudson's famous Maurice Salad

Dessert - Hot Fudge Ice Cream Puff

The program focused on three areas: [1] Hudson's two tea rooms [2] J.L. Hudson - the man, and [3] J.L. Hudson's magnificent store. At the conclusion of the program, attendees who wanted to share some of their favorite Hudson memories had the opportunity to do so.

Display case my hubby built for my J.L. Hudson memorabilia.

Between our annual Christmas Teas and Ladies' Spring Teas I have used several banquet facilities, but Sycamore Hills Golf Club has become my all-time favorite, and we will definitely go back there.   Their food was delicious and their staff  extremely accommodating.  Thank you, Sycamore Hills!


  1. Lovely event, Phyllis. The tablescapes looked so 'springy' with the pots of pansies and lovely green placemats. Nice menu...and fun collection of Hudson's memoribilia. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh my goodness, what a fun tea! I love everything about it, from the pansies to the programs with the "H" from Hudson's to the menu of Hudson's fare (Maurice Salad, yay!) ... and how wonderful that some former employees were there! I'll bet they were as thrilled to be there as you were to have them! LOVE that display case your husband built for the memorabilia--it's perfect!

  3. Congratulations on a fantastic event!

  4. How fun! I am glad you met your is unnerving for sure!! LOVELY place!!


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