Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Last Rose of Summer Tea

On Sunday, September 20th, I had the privilege of attending The Last Rose of Summer tea - a fundraiser for the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.   The tea was held at Biddle Hall in downtown Wyandotte.

~ The tables were set and awaiting attendees to fill them. ~

~ I was assigned to table #2 ~

~ Beautiful teacup at my place setting. ~

~ Harpist, Sherry Sukenic, played while ladies [and a few gentlemen] arrived. ~

 Louise Doute, one of the Directors, and Coordinator of Volunteers at Taylor Conservatory. 

~ Board of Directors ~

Award winning milliner, Gena Conti, of Wyandotte, presented the program on hats.

There was a raffle for everyone who wore a hat.  Jennifer [pictured below], sat at my table. Isn't she lovely!  

~ The tea meal was catered by Victoria's Tea Salon.  ~

Sandwiches: Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce on Rye; Cucumber with Dilly Cream Cheese on Wheat; Chicken Salad with Grapes on Cinnamon Raisin; and Egg Salad with Gherkins on Italian.

~ Apricot Cream Scone with Devonshire Cream and Lemon Curd. ~

Desserts:  Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts; Mandarin Orange Cupcake with Pineapple Whipped Frosting; and Mini Cheesecake with Cherry Topping.  The tea was Dorchester English. Kudos to Vickie for a fine job - everything was delicious.

Gena Conti giving the history of hats.  The first recorded milliner was Rose Bertin, milliner and dresser of Marie Antionette.

After the meal there was a fun shoe contest.  Participants paraded around the hall to the tune of These Boots [Shoes] Are Made for Walking.  Semi-finalists were given a fan by the judges.

And the winner was... Naomi.  I don't have a picture of her shoes, but they were orange stilettos that matched her fall outfit perfectly.

[Photo courtesy of Taylor Conservatory Facebook page]

~ Naomi and the Semi-finalists ~

[Photo courtesy of Taylor Conservatory Facebook page]

Everyone in attendance received a tea wallet made by Sew Great Detroit, Alternatives for Girls - a social enterprise launched in 2014 to foster teamwork, and help participants learn the fundamentals of sewing and job readiness skills.  

Thanks Taylor Conservatory for a wonderful afternoon!

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Today I'm linking to Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Tea in the Garden
Martha's Favorites for Teacup Tuesday


  1. Oh, what fun! Every detail, from the harpist to the tea wallet favors, looks delightful. Of course, you had me at the title - one of my mother's favorite songs. (I've enjoyed hearing it again more recently by one of the original Celtic Thunder guys.) Thank you for sharing this lovely event with us.

  2. So many teas and so much FUN! I love this one!

  3. Oh my, what a fun outing, Phyllis! Everything looks delightful and I ADORE the hats! I am a real hat lover and I truly wish ladies would start wearing them again. I started wearing hats at our last church hoping the ladies would follow my example but they didn't. Once in a while one would show up and tell me I had inspired her to wear one but for the most part women are convinced they don't look good in a hat which is very sad.
    Your tea menu is fabulous and what a treat to partake of this very special occasion. I'm so glad you shared with us.


  4. Yours is the second tea party fundraiser I have read about this week and I think it is a marvelous idea. It looks so much fun to take part in.
    Have a lovely day.


  5. What a lovely tea! What a fun idea with the shoes and of course I like the hats!

  6. What an extraordinary tea party! Everything is fabulous--from the pretty teawares, gorgeous hats, yummy foods, to the lively games!

  7. A lovely tea afternoon with games and sweet favors. The menu sounded delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  8. You must have all had so much fun. Looks like it was carefully and lovingly planned! So nice you could attend and then share it with us! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!


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