My ticket was in hand and we were ready to go! Just needed to finish our teatime look with appropriate vintage hats, gloves, and purses . . .
My friend, Nikkole, and I were going to tea. A very special tea – on Princess Kate’s due date a couple of weeks ago! It was hosted by our tea shop friend, Karan, at Across the Pond Tea Shop – often featured here. She worked in concert with the operations manager of the historic and restored (from the foundation up – but that’s another story) Levoy Theatre. We would be served tea ONSTAGE in the elegant setting.
Upon arriving, the theatre sparkled with atmosphere that was a replica of it’s early 20th century heyday when the stage would host popular vaudeville shows.
Later on, in the 1930’s, it was a popular movie house, falling into disrepair towards the late 20th century but saved and now re-opened as a prime performing arts center in the quaint arts district of Millville, New Jersey.
The foyer displayed a poster celebrating another history maker from Millville – All Star Baseball sensation, Mike Trout – whose career we hometown folks have been following for years!
Karan’s shop is directly across the street from the theatre so moving all her china and place settings there for the event was convenient. She involved other area vendors securing some of the elegant decor and tea treats that would be served, too.
A small gathering of tea lovers and Anglophiles gathered at 1:00pm to find their table and make introductions.
Some brought baby shower gifts that would be donated to a local charity.
Karan outdid herself on the tablescapes with candelabra centerpieces boasting teacup floral arrangements by Colonial Flowers on High Street – a block or so from her shop.
Framed pictures of the royal family celebrating past royal births provided opportunities for table conversation while we waited for tea.
We all were tasked with trying to guess the name of the baby while Karan served the Orange Blossom Tea Spritzer.
Our table liked Diana Elizabeth – if it was a girl; and George was the popular choice in case it was a boy. Little did we realize that in just about 24 hours from our teatime date . . .
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Blue water would pour fourth from Trafalgar Fountain announcing a young prince – and a few days later . . .
Young Prince George was introduced to a waiting world eager to catch a first glimpse of a very famous little fellow!
No prizes for guessing the name – but no one worried about that. The tea tiers were brought to the tables with the anticipation of delicious!
Our setting and menu was impressive:
Some of the specialty tea sandwiches came from another High Street vendor, PC@Nite Internet Cafe & Juice Bar and Something Sweet by Sherri provided signature sweets – of course! Soup and salad were the perfect start as our tea orders were taken. Nikkole and I both chose the Bangkok Green Tea blend and enjoyed a number of refills.
Filling my plate with the sweet and savory selections was not nearly as enjoyable as clearing my plate of the same!
I loved everything but the chicken salad croissant was a favorite – and the scones with clotted cream and jam never disappoint.
Door prize drawings were awarded so I made sure to have my camera ready for the first happy winner. But, when no one claimed the number drawn, I thought to look at my own and SURPRISE!
I won the first draw! A lovely rose patterned teacup with fresh flower arrangement that is enjoying prime display space on my tea cabinet at present. More prizes were forthcoming.
Then, all too soon it was time to say farewell – and wish well the new mother and father across the pond who would soon be welcoming their little royal charge.
And, need I say . . . a good time was had by all would be an understatement!