Royal Baby Shower Teatime

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 . . .

Daily Mail Photo

Blue water would pour fourth from Trafalgar Fountain announcing a young prince – and a few days later . . .

Getty Images

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!

Bravo, Across the Pond & Levoy Theatre!  
Encore!!

Sharing Royal Baby Shower Teatime this week with:

Sandy’s Tuesday Teatime at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
 

Comments

  1. As always Katherine, I was hanging on every word and enjoying each photo. Such a lovely tea you attended with a fun theme. The food looks yummy, and the variety awesome.
    You and Nikkole look pretty spiffy all dressed up.
    Judith

  2. Hi Kathryn: You always get to go to the such great events. This one looks so elegant. Love the center pieces. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  3. What an amazing tea you attended and so much effort went into this! Very clever ideas and tables! I so enjoyed this and am glad you shared it at Tea In The Garden!

  4. I would go to such a tea party gladly, it was full of lovely things, dainty floral tea cups, delicious treats and ladies dressed up in style.

  5. What a lovely way to celebrate the birth of the Royal Baby! The photos are so lovely and the theatre is gorgeous. I would have enjoyed each moment ate the tea party. How wonderful you won the first prize and you attire was so appropriate. Thanks for sharing this fabulous occasion!

    Pam

  6. What fun! And what a lovely theme for the party! So glad that you had a great time with your friend.

  7. Good morning Kathy,
    What a most enjoyable outing you and your friend had. I’m so glad you won the first prize teacup arrangement. Those tea treats look wonderful and I so enjoyed your post from start to finish. Thank you for sharing with us at tea time and enjoy your Summer, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  8. OK, I am seriously envious! This looks like the very best time! I wish I could have been there! I just loved every single detail of the whole thing – and what fun to celebrate such a very special birth. I think that Kate and William are going to be good parents – they seem to have a genuine love and close relationship.

    Cheerio, carry on.

    (P.S. Oh, and we LOVE Mike Trout here in Southern California, too. My hubby is a HUGE Angels fan, and an even bigger fan of Mike. Love the way he plays all-out every single game!)

  9. How special! You must have had a fabulous time! Everything looked perfect and congrats on your win!
    Ruth

  10. Oh yay! What a fabulous way to celebrate the new baby! Wow, you all really did do it in style! I can’t imagine how much fun this was to do!
    And lucky you to win the first prize…and a tea cup too!
    Hugs,
    Terri

  11. Love your blog! Always an inspiration. Thanks for coming to share our Royal Baby Shower Tea – lovely pictures!

    Cheerio!
    Karan

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