Guests attend whimsical tea party


GRAFTON—The International Mother’s Day Shrine’s assembly room was the scene of a picturesque garden tea party this past Saturday, as the Taylor County Public Library hosted their Third Annual Mother’s Day Tea.

The room was decorated with delicate flowers of pink, purple, cream and white, books, butterflies and, of course plenty of beautiful tea cups in varying patterns.

“This year, we wanted to move to an area with a little bit more space, after the success of year’s past,” shared Library Director Alesha Whitehair. “We were so excited when we found out we were going to be able to host our tea at the Shrine. What better place to celebrate mother’s than there?”

During the event, guests both young and old, were treated to four courses of delicious light foods, along with refreshments including iced and hot teas, lemonade, juice and water.

Some of the fabulous foods included scones, cucumber sandwiches, caprese skewers, yogurt parfaits, and cream-filled strawberries. For dessert, guests were treated to lemon cakes, shortbread cookies and French macarons.

Each course was served to mothers, daughters, sons, aunts, friends neighbors to allow them time to talk and honor each other. In total, over 70 place settings were arranged for guests during the event, which filled up quickly.

After the dishes were served, children attending the event were treated to some fun crafts. Each child was presented with a pair of fairy wings, to make their day a little more special.

The younger guests were also given butterfly wands, and the adults were treated to a beautifully wrapped memento, a feather keepsake and a handkerchief.

“We just wanted to give each guest a little something special to remember the day,” Whitehair noted.

Whitehair said that the event could not have been such a success without the support of the community. She would like to thank Bonnie Woods for catering the event, Espresso Yourself Coffee House for providing the delicious scones, Chick-fil-A for offering the chicken nuggets for the children and Roberts New and Used for the handkerchiefs.

“And on behalf of the Taylor County Library Board, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the International Mother’s Day Shrine Board for the use of their assembly room,” Whitehair expressed. “It is such a beautiful location, and we were thrilled to be able to host our tea there.”

Those in attendance could be heard praising Whitehair and the others for another wonderful tea.

“It was an absolutely beautiful event,” shared Patricia Henderson. “You all did such a great job with everything!”

Sarah Coulson echoed Henderson’s sentiment, sharing that everything was done perfectly, just like in years past.

“The whole event turned out really well, and it seemed as if all the guests really enjoyed themselves,” Whitehair voiced. “We had an amazing turnout for the event again this year, and it was wonderful to see everyone enjoying their time.”

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