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Saturday, April 30, 2011

High Tea at the Inn at Irwin Gardens

In honor of the Royal Wedding, the Inn @ Irwin Gardens hosted a Royal Tea.
Friends and I were lucky enough to get reservations.

The house and gardens were built by a prominent family in town in 1864. 
It is now a Bed-n-Breakfast, popular for weddings, receptions, and High Teas.

The gardens have been closed for years, and I had never toured the house before, so it was a great opportunity.

The home is filled with beautiful antiques.

The tea was served before a short historical lecture on 3 previous British Royal Weddings.

We were served cucumber sandwiches, mini scones with lemon curd and raspberry preserves, shortbread, mini quiches, and individual strawberry trifles.  I opted for the raspberry tea.

The strawberry trifle was sinful - and something I plan to try to recreate soon.
But, the cucumber sandwiches were my favorite.

After our tea we enjoyed a brief history of some of the more interesting facts about Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert in 1840 (see the movie "The Young Victoria"), the Queen Mum's wedding to George VI (see the movie "The King's Speech"), and Queen Elizabeth's wedding to Prince Phillip.

It was extra special that many of the attendees were friends from the UK who now live in town! 

Then we toured the gardens which are partially finished at this point.

Stacy, me, and Sunny

While we didn't get to attend the actual wedding, it was still fun to celebrate!

1 comment:

Paula said...

What a lovely home and a great setting for high tea. Glad you had a fun day with your friends.