Thursday, May 15, 2014

An Elegant Affair of Roses and Royalty

After four months of planning, the day finally arrived for the elegant Afternoon Tea with Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund.  Committee members arrived at Glen Oaks Country Club at 8:00 a.m. today to oversee last minute details before the Market Place opened at 10:00 a.m. with six vendors.  What event would be complete without giving ladies an opportunity to shop?

The Country Club is a beautiful English-style stone building.

~ Glen Oaks is a Michigan Historic Site ~

Calendar Girl's booth - beautiful vintage jewelry and accessories.

~ Janet Wedell with Premier Designs Jewelry ~

Below are the tables with Silent Auction items.  The clothing racks in the background were from Joseph Ribkoff and The Clothing Cove, who presented the fashion show.

~ One of the Gift Baskets ~

Another Silent Auction Item - An Enchanted Fairy House

Special raffle items. All proceeds from the event went to the Kirsten Haglund Foundation which provides treatment for individuals struggling with eating disorders and body-image issues.

Committee members pictured below [minus Iora Haglund].  Linda Pudlik [center] was the event coordinator.

~ Ladies in charge of registration ~

[L-R:  Me, Mary, Judy and Suzanne]

Haley Williams, Miss Michigan 2013 [center].  The girls on each side of her will compete for the 2014 Miss Michigan Title - Left: Victoria Lines, Miss Saginaw, and right Tiffany Rogers, Miss Capital City.

An exclusive VIP Reception was held from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  It included a glass of champagne, and a meet and greet and photo op with Kirsten.  Below is Kirsten's Miss America crown. 

Carolyn [left] chatting with Kirsten before having her picture taken with her.

Strolling musicians at the event.

Everything's Coming Up Roses!

~ Beautiful tablescapes ~

Each table was given a name instead of a number.  My table's name was "Goodness."

Beautiful red napkins were folded into the shape of a rose in keeping with the theme, "An Elegant Affair of Roses and Royalty."

The tea luncheon began at 12:00 Noon.  Below is the event program cover.

Approximately 200 ladies [and a few gentlemen] attended the lovely event.

The tea began with Sweet Royal Delight Tea [a black flavored tea] served with a Blueberry Scone, Lemon Curd and Devonshire Cream.

Next was a delicious "Michigan Salad" with dried cherries and candied walnuts, served with raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

The main entree was Chicken Strudel, Broiled Tomato Parmesan, and Green Beans with Wild Mushrooms & Leeks.

~ Dessert was Chocolate Biscuit Cake ~

Following the meal Kirsten sang, then there was a beautiful fashion show - tomorrow's Part II blog post.  Please come back!


  1. What a delightful event! I'm looking forward to Part 2.

  2. What a lovely event! You have been a busy tea lady in May!

  3. Oh my 'Goodness'!! Fantastic!

  4. My goodness, what an elegant tea -- I can see that all that hard work paid off! And I LOVE the red rose napkins!


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