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High tea among the books

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Choosing the proper tea and enhancements
Choosing the proper tea and enhancements
Choosing the proper tea and enhancements
Choosing the proper tea and enhancements

A variety of herbal and flavored teas accompanied dainty treats and sumptuous sweets at the third annual afternoon tea party held at the New Buffalo Township Library Sunday, Jan. 29, in honor of National Hot Tea Month.

Sweet delights
Sweet delights

Over 70 ladies, and a few gentlemen, gathered in their finery in the Pokagon Room to enjoy a social afternoon while indulging in high tea in the proper English tradition. Many of the guests donned fancy hats as they assembled around the beautifully appointed tea tables. Fresh floral centerpieces highlighted the garden party theme on the tables, which were set with hand painted china tea cups, saucers and dessert plates, vintage crystal condiment holders and silver utensils. As a special accent, the library staff provided handmade cloth napkins for each table setting.

Guests were treated to a large selection of teas to accompany chicken salad finger sandwiches and traditional cucumber dill sandwiches. The sweets table overflowed with treats prepared by the staff and by Chef Jackie Shen of Jackie’s Café. The party also offered vegan and gluten free selections.

Eight lucky winners took home gift certificates to local businesses. There were $50 gift certificates from New Buffalo Inn & Spa, courtesy of Lisa Werner and private donors and a $25 gift certificate to Jackie’s Café.

As the afternoon drew to a close, guests raved about the delightful winter afternoon spent enjoying tea and crumpets the old-fashioned way.