Afternoon Tea in New Hampshire

On Sunday, my tea group met at the Inn By The Bandstand in Exeter, New Hampshire for afternoon tea. There were eight of us in attendance.

As the tea hostess, I had to come up with the idea and make the arrangements. I gave everyone a favor as a thank you for attending. Orange tea cakes made by my friend Mary were wrapped in a cellophane bag and tagged with a vintage Victorian calling card. I just have to say that Mary's tea cakes are delicious and I am so excited that her recipe made extra cakes! There are six in my freezer as we speak.

We shopped before the tea. Although this shop, Portobello Road was permanently closed, the name remained attached to the building. If I could have pryed this sign off I would have. I want it!!

I guess you can tell where the Inn got it's name!

Most of the food items were set up on the buffet We had scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts.

Look a cloche!

Look two cloches. Those little lemon cakes were yummy! I do love a silver tea service.

Mmmm! Red velvet cupcakes. I think I trampled a few people to make sure I got one.

Another view of the buffet.

I think this photo could have been taken in another time. Deborah and Lori Lee look like they are from another era.

Lisa is deep in conversation. And why not? We usually see each other but once a month at the tea event.

Karen and Erica knew their photos would be posted on the blog.

I asked if we could also have a tour of the Inn and our hosts graciously obliged. So the following photos are from our tour. First stop, the dining room.

This is the Cambridge Room. I loved this room because of the black toile. Tres jolie!

But then I saw the softer shades in this room and I thought this was the room for me.

What a sweet desk. Yup! This room is the best.

This room was grand.

And just look at the handiwork on that canopy.

That's what's missing from my bedroom at home. A breakfast nook and a chandelier. I'm getting great ideas from this tour.

A four poster bed completes the scene. Beautiful!

A touch of whimsy. Cute!

This is a clever idea.

The dining room light was perfect and so was the weather.

An impressive staircase.

One last shot before departing. We had a wonderful, relaxing afternoon at the Inn. If you're in the neighborhood, check out the Inn By the Bandstand, 6 Front St, Exeter, New Hampshire.


The Curious Cat said…
What a beautiful place...I'm sure I've seen this before on another blog...hmm...It looks so vintage and quaint- it could be the uk really too... I love the look of that tea and cake've got my tummy grumbling! xxx
What a really lovely inn! It looks like you all had a wonderful time. I particularly loved the bedroom with the soft pastels and whites!~Patti
What an absolutely charming place! Wow! My favorite room would be the one with the American Flag pillow... so lovely ♥
LissyLou said…
wow that looks wonderful xx
I'm so glad you ladies had a nice time, and nice weather! Wish I'd known you were there as I would have enjoyed meeting you.

Exeter is so quaint. I just love it! So do my girls. Such a safe town too.

Wonderful photo's Elaine!
Roberta said…
what a great idea...a monthly tea!
I have that very same desk painted in the very same color!! xoR

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