Friday, August 28, 2015

First Ladies 'Tea and Talk' at the Warner Mansion

We hurried home from Lakeside, Ohio last Sunday to attend a First Ladies 'Tea and Talk' at the Warner Mansion in Farmington Hills, MI.  The mansion is the former home of Michigan's 26th Governor, Fred Warner, 1905 - 1911.

I attended a tea there in September 2013 that was held on the large wrap around porch, but this year's tea was held in a tent in the backyard. 

One section of the large wrap around porch was used this year by hat and fascinator designer, Rachelle Willnus, and another section was used to sell teapots - a fundraiser for the mansion.

~ Tea Party Tent ~

On the way to the tent we passed a garden sculpture of Mrs. Martha Warner, and her daughter, Edessa [behind her mother's skirt].

Servers getting things ready for the tea party.

~ Welcoming words ~

~ Place Setting ~

~ Hat Centerpiece ~

~ Earl Grey Tea ~

The entire tea meal was gluten free to promote the business of a local gluten free caterer. Savories: Lemon Tarragon Chicken Salad on Belgium Endive, Spinach Crunch on Vegan Wrap, Prosciutto on Italian Bread, and Egg Salad on Oat Crunch Cracker.

Desserts:  Chocolate Whiskey Cupcake, Lemon Cheesecake, and Vegan Fruit Tart

I forgot to take a picture of the scone and jams . 

Joan McGlincy did an excellent job of impersonating First Lady Edith Wilson - 2nd wife of Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States.

It was a lovely event to conclude a fun-filled weekend!


  1. It's a pretty place - right in my backyard :-)

  2. Gosh, such a lovely setting, such delicious sounding food and a wonderful program!

  3. Such s lovely afternoon. The lacy 'aprons' on the servers looked very pretty! And did you buy any of the teapots?

  4. What fun! You have so many interesting events in your area - and I enjoy reading about them all.


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