Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kelton House Valentine's Tea

I attended the Kelton House Valentine's Afternoon Tea last week, 
and thought I'd share it with you today before Val Day comes and goes!

Each month this wonderful old downtown historic
 Victorian mansion hosts a truly wonderful themed tea.

I try to always attend the Valentine tea,
 there's just something about tea in February that makes me happy. 

Perhaps I need a reason to dress up and possibly because I seem to need a pick-me-up during these winter grey days, who knows.

Oddly, what we thought we'd like least on the menu 
we ended up liking most.

Can anyone guess what it was?

It was unanimous to us six at our table.*

I really liked my seat this year - the hosts always have two more
giant tables there - which made it dangerously crowded.

It always has been so difficult to move to get food or fill cups of tea.

This year they seem to have less coming by 12 count-
 so it sold out FAST.

Two long tables of 6 of either side are gone now.

I sat in that seat empty right above where the plates are stacked.
(see first foodie pic)

Easy in and out - loved that.

Little tiny doughnuts was quite a surprise,
very unusual.

The caterer who does the Kelton teas
has long been retired and moved to a different city-
but comes back every month to give this gift to
the city and Kelton House.

It is run on donations and charitable work,
and is the #1 philanthropy of the city's
Junior Women's League.

There's always a raffle to off-set the cost
of running the house and such.

I always bring a box of themed gifts for them to raffle off.

It makes me feel good to see the smiles.

No one ever knows it's me, which makes it even more fun.

Valentine's Day and chocolate
 just seem to play well together,
do they not?

They don't over-do the decor, keeping it simple.

These pretty heart tealight holders were on the tables.

For information on Kelton House <click there.
(great info on this important Underground Railroad home)

There is always a program after the tea.

This year is was all about the history and maker's
of Art Deco jewelry.
Fascinating bit of history there.
I learned a great deal.

Also on the back of our menus was all sorts of interesting 
trivia about St. Valentine's Day.

The info was found here if you care to read it.
There's a lot of info but it is fascinating!

If you haven't yet signed up to win my teacup giveaway
I pick the random winner on Tuesday!

Click here to take you to the post!

As always, thank you for visiting!



* The pickled radish and sweet butter tea sandwiches is the answer.
 And there is a misspelling on the menu for it.



  1. Wow! That would be a fun tea to attend....not surprised the tickets sell out quickly.
    So nice that you donate a themed gift secretly to auction off.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. This looks like so much fun! Girl time for a good cause is a wonderful thing. :)

  3. So beautiful.. you reminds me my afternoon tea experience in Wolsley in London.. :)

  4. Everything looks so beautiful! Colorful and pretty! I'm always happy when I see little sandwiches and tidbits though since I can't eat sugar. I don't feel left out when there are plenty of goodies. Hugs Diane

  5. I wished that I lived closer so that I could attend this amazing feast! I was hoping to go to a Valentine Tea this year, but the local church isn't hosting one this year.

  6. Oh- what fun!!! I just love the idea and what a production they put on for all of you. So...what did you think you were going to like the least and ended up liking....I am guessing the radish and sweet butter goodie......
    Hope you have a wonderful night- xo Diana

  7. Looks like a fun tea to attend. Glad you had such a good time.

  8. A very pleasant Valentine tea. (I would not particularly want to try the crab and artichokes, but everything else sounds great.) I read the link...fascinating just as you said...sounds like purely vile origins.Yikes. I once knew a pastor who preached most vehemently against the day. He must have read that site. 🙂

  9. What a delightful tea to celebrate Valentine's Day! How nice of you to donate a gift for the silent auction, too, Michele. You always share such fun outings! Happy ❤️ Day!

  10. That looks like it would have been fun, glad you had a great time.

  11. Oh that looks like a wonderful time! I love seeing all the teas you go to!

  12. The whole menu looks delicious! What a fun time to go to tea with friends, and especially Valentine's Day!

  13. Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the tea. It is so much fun to go to a special occasion with friends.

    Happy Valentines Day.


  14. Such a wonderful menu and so nice to have an interesting presentation afterwards.
    We decided to have our own Valentine Day party/tea with the family staying with us in Florida but are going for afternoon tea on the 15th for an early birthday present for me.
    Happy Valentine's Day Michele.

  15. What a lovely gathering, with sweet and savoury treats, charming decor and plenty to entertain all, with an exciting raffle (kudos to you for your offerings!), and the presentation on the jewellery. How kind and generous of that retired caterer to return once a month to see that all goes well!

    Happy Valentine's Day, Michele!


  16. Well, somebody had to "pick" those radishes! That was my guess when I saw the menu. I am only having cheese and crackers for dinner so these food photos are killing me! Sounds like a lovely tea, and it is just like you to prepare a special basket for the raffle. xo

  17. Dear Michele:
    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful tea event and such a spread of lovely food. I am so glad you took photos and blog about this. I am sure it was a great success. I am also sure they loved your basket!

  18. Michele, Thanks for sharing this event. It is a lovely thing and we can all use a pick me up around this time of year. All the goodies look great. Love the welcome sign. Sylvia D.

  19. Michele, I do love a beautiful tea event! And your photos are lovely.

  20. I guessed right! I don't care for radishes generally, but I found a radish tea sandwich recipe a few years ago that I love.


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