My chorus, Top of the Rock, recently had our 4th Spring Tea. Mom and I once again co-chaired the event. This year the Tea was at the historic Albert Pike Masonic Center in downtown Little Rock on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon right before Mothers’ Day.

We had 120 guests–the biggest crowd yet! We will plan for even more next year!

Tables were decorated by members of the chorus. We gave the ladies free-range as far as decorating goes. You’ll see a variety of themes–from Christmas to farm to jewelry. Mine is the one with the yellow tulips!

Click on each gallery below to see the pictures better.

You must have some fancy food to go on those fancy plates!

Here is the menu we served:

Tea Menu2016

I had fabulous help in the kitchen, as always!

Some of the men from Accapella Rising, the Little Rock men’s barbershop chorus, helped us with the serving.

We had a FABULOUS vintage fashion show. A friend of Mom’s from high school, Wanda Cook (aka The Coca Cola Lady, be sure to check out this article from a few years ago) provided the fashions. Top of the Rock provided the models! Wanda has displayed her collection at Red Hat conventions, women’s luncheons and other events. She was so generous to loan her collection to us for the day! The fashion show was a HUGE hit! The models really got into character and made the clothing come alive.

Of course there had to be some singing!!

It looked like everyone had a good time!

A big thanks to my husband, Chip, for taking all the photos! He took over 500 pictures and walked over 11,000 steps that day!

 

Mom and I both sing with Top of the Rock Chorus, the Little Rock Chapter of Sweet Adelines International.

This Spring, we were co-chairmen of our third-annual fundraiser Tea. Mom does all the scouting around for donations, recruiting members to volunteer and securing the venue. I’m in charge of the food.

This year, the Tea was at the historic E.O. Manees House, home of the North Little Rock Junior League. It was a picture-perfect Spring day.

Junior League NLR

E.O.Manees House

Our Tea Party has been at the Harper Alexander House for the past two years.  The caretaker there, D’Arlyn Ball, has all the rooms furnished and decorated beautifully. You can see pictures here.

The Manees House, however, has just a small amount of furniture. That is where some of our volunteers really helped out this year. Mom recruited ladies from the chorus  to decorate tables with their own china, flatware, etc. The result was wonderful! No two tables were alike. From fresh flowers to Wedgewood-everything was lovely! I think the ladies enjoyed getting to “show off” a little as well.

Take a look:

Wedgewood

purple and green table

TOTR centerpiece

quilt and hydrangeas

purple tulip centerpiece

purple table

Fiesta Ware

silver teapot

vintage teacup

vintage floral china

table for two

toille seatcovers

daisies

arranging flowers

hydrangea napkin ring

blue and yellow quilted placemats

yellow roses arrangement

Stay tuned…there will be details about the FOOD coming soon.

 

The Sweet Adeline group I sing with, Top of the Rock Chorus, recently had a fundraiser event. Wanting to do something different, we decided to have a Tea at the historic Harper-Alexander House.

Harper Alexander House

Everything was just lovely! The weather even cooperated. It was sunny and the temperature was in the low to mid 70s.

Porch exterior

I’ll give you a little pictorial tour of the house. Be sure and follow the link above to learn more of what goes on at the Harper-Alexander House.

Beautiful pressed tin ceilings….

Ceiling Tiles

…and wide winding staircases were typical of homes built in the early 1900s.

Uptairs looking down

Meet some of the Harpers.

The Harpers

Beautiful details were at every turn.

Lamp Details

vintage Hershey's Cocoa tin

Roses in water

Tea Tray

Decorated Mantle

Every table was eloquently arranged.

Living Room Low table

Living Room,

Porch

Porch table

table for two

table for two centerpiece

table for two china

yellow room

Blue Room full table

Blue Room

Blue Room Table

Big Room 1

Big Room 2

downstairs bedroom

Front Room side table

Front room

Front Window Table

Bride's room

As guests arrived, handsome gentlemen escorted them to their tables.

Greeting at the door

ushers

Of course there was some singing. That is what we do best!

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock singing

While folks enjoyed their tea and treats, some members of the chorus acted as fashion models. Fashions were provided by Chico’s in Little Rock and Fashion Corner in North Little Rock. (Unfortunately, we were all so busy serving and so taken with the food and surroundings we didn’t get pictures of the models. If some turn up somewhere, I’ll be sure to add them here.)

And, of course, there was food…

Savory Tea Plate 1

and food

scones with clotted cream and jam

…and more food!

dessert plate 2

Watch for more to come about the food.

It was a wonderful day!

Top of the Rock partnered with P.A.T.H. and His Kaleidoscope Ministry for this event. Being able to share with these groups made the day that much more special.

Top of the Rock would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to Walmart, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Atwoods, and Bonnie Plants for making our event possible.