A Christmas Tea at Hartshorne House
You may remember I attended an ice social at Hartshorne House last Summer. That summer event was held outside in the garden area. Today's Christmas tea was held indoors thankfully, as it was a rainy, dreary day.
I think the house is at it's prettiest at Christmastime. The doors are so beautifully adorned with natural elements.
The volunteers who helped with the tea did a fantastic job. The tea was piping hot as was the coffee. Yes, I had a cup of each.
The cookies were made by the Board of Directors of Hartshorne House. Very yummy I must say.
The tea service was elegant.
Even Colonel Hartshorne could not stay away from this event.
The caretakers of the house are reflected in the mirror.
There was quite a crowd at this annual event.
Every corner of the home was tastefully decorated.
I was surprised at how many rooms were on the first floor. So much to explore.
I am thinking I should use some dried fruit in my holiday décor.
No real flames are allowed in the house for obvious reasons. This display had a beautiful glow to it just the same.
I was impressed with the condition of the house. Remember, this house is well over 300 years old!
This is one of several fireplaces.
As a tea drinker, I was immediately drawn to this tree. It was perfect for the occasion.
And here's a closer look.
Again, the use of dried fruit gives a little color and interest.
Who loves a built-in? I certainly do.
There certainly was no lack of food or drink at this event.
More greenery to add to the festive event.
A woman from the Wakefield Garden Club said she dug up some of the kale from an outside display earlier in the week and then she put them in a plastic container until it was time to decorate Hartshorne House.
I bought a few cards and gave a donation. I realize how much work goes into the planning and execution of this event. It was greatly appreciated by this blogger and I hope the tradition continues for years to come.