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Meadow Brook Downton Days: Photo Album (Part II)

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 15:51

As part of Meadow Brook Hall's "Downton Days", Barb's Tea Service presented "A History of Tea and Cora's Story" during afternoon tea on February 23. "Cora's Story" is what we refer to as the Downton Abbey Prequel, an era where  Gilded Age Americans and British aristocracy came together for mutually beneficial unions. In the spirit of such a sumptuous lifestyle, we donned our  best Victorian dresses and, against the elegant backdrop of Meadow Brook Hall filled with handsome guests, our professional photographer, Karri Brantley, captured the event beautifully. Here are just a few of the photos from that special afternoon.


Barb's Tea Service (Barb and Rachel Gulley) present in the Christopher Wren dining room at Meadow Brook Hall
Presenting "History of Tea/Cora's Story" in Christopher Wren Dining Room

 Lynn Anderson, Doreen Raynak, Rachel, Barb, Shirley Moon Koebbe, Donna Kenske, Connie Sonnenberg, Gail Raynak
Having a cup of tea in the Sun Porch


In the Living Room of Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall Sun Porch




Sharing a cup of tea in the Sun Porch 
A wonderful afternoon shared with delightful guests at the beautiful Meadow Brook Hall - amazingly captured by Karri Brantley, of Karri Brantley Photography.


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Dining Tutorial at The Townsend Hotel: Etiquette Program featuring Barb's Tea Service and many lovely guests!

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 21:10
Barb's Tea Service presenting etiquette at the Townsend
Last Saturday, Barb's Tea Service presented a  "Dining Tutorial", second in a monthly etiquette series at Birmingham's Townsend Hotel. As part of the afternoon tea, we presented a short program on proper protocol for a multi-course formal dinner.

During the program, guests enjoy scones and savories.
Guests were treated to spectacular afternoon tea fare:  tasty scones, savory sandwiches and extraordinary mini-pastries all served up with bottomless pots of deliciously brewed tea.


This table had one special  birthday girl. Everyone asked a lot of great questions!
There was a great turnout of absolutely wonderful guests. Two young ladies were celebrating birthdays.


Wonderful group of ladies enjoying afternoon tea together at The Townsend
In the "Dining Tutorial" we discussed the three different toasts that can take place in a formal dinner. In that spirit, we ended with a toast of our own:   "To all the special ladies and gentlemen who attended this month's tea and etiquette program. Cheers to all!"


Special celebration with these lovely ladies and another delightful birthday girl!

We hope you will join us for our next etiquette program at The Townsend Hotel on April 8th! We'll cover "Eating Various Foods" including, oysters, lobster, corn on the cob, shrimp and kumquats. (Don't always play it safe with grilled chicken breasts and simple cake!). For more information, see The Townsend Hotel Afternoon Tea page on The Townsend's website.