If you truly want to feel elegant, a Victorian High Tea is a great way to do it. We have a historic home in Milwaukee that is now a bed & breakfast, called the Schuster Mansion. They also open the home for afternoon guests to relax with tea and a meal comprised of sandwiches, sweets, and homemade jam. You can dress up for the occasion if you like, but it isn't necessary.
My friend Sue and I came to the beautiful redstone home and were greeted by the gentleman of the house, Rick, who took our jackets and led us to the tea cup shelves where we could choose a cup for the tea. There were plenty to choose from in both porcelain and bone china. Lovely! The tables were set with lace and china. Rick went straight to work making a variety of teas which were on a sideboard where we could help ourselves, while the hostess, Laura explained a little about the mansion, teas in general, and the Victorian era. It was so interesting!
|Sue on the steps of the mansion|
|Many tea cups in floral designs|
|Rick preparing tea|
|Laura giving us a lesson|
|More than enough and elegantly presented|
|The small gift shop|
|The owners in front of the beautiful fireplace|