Thursday, November 16, 2017

Shirley Temple at the Purple Door Tearoom

Yesterday was the amended date for Afternoon Tea at The Purple Door Tearoom in Ferndale, MI.  The last time I was there was shortly after they opened in their new location in 2014. It's a lovely 'by reservation only' tearoom, and I highly recommend it for readers who live locally.  

I arrived a little early to set up my Shirley Temple memorabilia and take some pictures of the tearoom.

Below is the Shirley Temple doll I purchased at an estate in April this year.  She's dressed in the costume worn in the 1935 movie, The Littlest Rebel.

My friend, Linda, who coordinated the event, brought her Shirley Temple doll from the 1934 movie, Stand Up and Cheer.  She passed out envelopes for ladies to put an amount of money of their choosing inside for a needy family this Christmas.  They wrote their name on the envelope for a drawing, and that lady got to take the Shirley Temple doll home.

~ Tearoom Interior ~

Loved the quote sitting on the fireplace mantel.

~ One of my dearest friends, Lori ~

23 ladies were present.  The tearoom can accommodate up to 30.

~ Lovely Jennifer ~

Me, Christine [former owner who turned the business over to her grandsons], and Linda.

Christine's grandson, Matthew, explaining the menu.

The menu was in a booklet for each lady to take home.

~ My place setting ~

Yummy Miniature Muffins and French Macarons were on each table. 

~ Tea prepping room ~

~ Each table had a pot of Pumpkin Spice Tea ~

~ Bourbon Butternut Squash Soup ~

Fresh Green Salad with Raspberries & Blueberries with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

I began my Shirley Temple presentation before the savories were served.  Everyone loves Shirley Temple and the ladies seemed to enjoy hearing about her life.

I decorated flat lollipops with Shirley Temple's picture as a favor for each lady in keeping with the song, "On the Good Ship Lollipop" sung in her 1934 movie, Bright Eyes.

Savories were English Cucumber Sandwich on White Bread; Cajun Turkey with fresh Strawberries & Guacamole on Raisin Bread; Wedge of Spanakopita [Spinach & Feta Pie]; Sundried Tomato, Artichoke with  Olive Tapenade Flatbread; and in the center, Chicken Pasta Salad.

Dessert was Strawberry Cake and Lemon Double Cream in a Chocolate Cup.

Our great servers, James and Brandon.

It was a lovely afternoon and we'll be going back in February 2018 when the program will be Lucille Ball/I Love Lucy.


  1. What a lovely, fun tea! I like the lollipop favors, very cute idea.

  2. How much fun. I love the Shirley Temple theme. All of you ladies look so lovely and elegant. Thank You for sharing this fun post. I felt as if I were there with all you classy ladies. I look forward to the Lucille Ball post theme in February 2018.

  3. What a beautiful tea! I am sure the ladies enjoyed your presentation! And those cute favors!
    Wishing you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving, my friend.


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