The Ladies' Tea Guild

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring teas in the San Jose area.

Me making the tea in the kitchen!
Photo: Joanne Santner
Well, I started getting over my bad cold (still not completely better, though!) just in time for last weekend's 4th annual Cat Rescue Tea to benefit 13th Street Cats.  All the tea was donated by Satori Tea Bar in San Pedro Square and Peet's Coffee & Tea downtown San Jose and at Santana Row.  We served around 150 people over two days with a completely homemade afternoon tea menu in a lovely Victorian mansion in downtown San Jose's Hensley Historic District!  I'm so tired and my feet are sore, but it was worth it!  This was our first time using a larger venue -- our original venue is also a lovely Victorian house but we can only seat 35 at a time in the house, whereas this house sat 60 at a time -- and yet we sold out every seat in advance and had a waiting list!  Didn't think that would happen right away when we almost doubled our space!  We're already planning for next year, so keep your eyes on this blog for the notice when tickets go on sale (sometime in January or February of 2013) ...

Soda bread and butter with your tea.
Photo: Catherine Hadler,
Coming up, we have a busy spring season.  The South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild will be meeting on St. Patrick's Day for an Irish-style tea, and to look at some goodies brought back from the San Francisco International Tea Festival a few weeks ago.  If you're interested in joining the South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild, click on our link at the top left of the page, and all the information is right there!

R.M.S. Titanic, ca. 1910.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
April marks the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.  There will be many Titanic-themed events going on throughout the Bay Area, including Edwardian period dinners, balls, picnics, and other fun things.  Click here for a list -- although it's always being updated!

Tea events in April include an Etiquette Tea for Young Ladies and Gentlemen at Lisa's Tea Treasures in Campbell at the Pruneyard.  The etiquette lessons will be given by Miss Erika Robertson, Miss Silicon Valley 2013 at 4 p.m. on April 10th and 12th.  The price is $25 per child and $35 per adult, with tea and treats, tax and tip included.  Visit the website for more information and to R.S.V.P.

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Sunnyvale Historical Society is also gearing up for their Victorian Spring Teas on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.  The teas will be held at the Heritage Park Museum, 570 East Remington in Sunnyvale, and the cost is $27.50 per person.  Museum tours will also be offered.  Call (408) 749-0220 to R.S.V.P. and for more information.

Any other local South Bay tea or Titanic events we should know about? 


Rosemary said...

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing the link to the Titanic events around the country. I sent them information about our event. I loved reading about all the teas in your area, and truly wish that I wasn't in PA! Loved the photos you shared on ATAA from the cat benefit.

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said...

I'm glad you liked the link and photos, Rosemary! I'll look forward to hearing about your Titanic event on the ATAA list ...

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)