The Ladies' Tea Guild

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Photos from the Cat Rescue Tea party this weekend.

This is the literature table (to the left of the photo) in the front hall of the Victorian house where we held the tea party.

This is the brochure that we put at each place setting.

This is the largest table in the dining room, all set and ready for guests. All the seats at this table were sold out each day!
These are the two tables in the back parlor. You can just see the china on the low tea table between the yellow and striped sofas to the left! The windows to the far left of the picture are the original stained glass on top. They are beautiful.

Here is another view of the low tea table between the couches.

And here is another view of the other table by the fireplace. That is the original mantel, with lovely tile work and carving decorating all the niches for bric-a-brac. Very High Victorian.
Here are the four small tables in the front parlor. The window that is visible in the upper left corner of the picture is a small bay window, that had a small table for two placed in it. Those were some of the best seats in the house!

Altogether, the event was a success. We helped to raise about $2500 for the 13th Street Cats (, and there has been talk of doing it again next year!

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Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)