Ladies come together over tea, forget virus woes


GRAFTON—On Sunday, amid the hustle and bustle the COVID-19 virus outbreak has caused, some of the area’s ladies donned their hats and Sunday best and decided to slow it down, enjoying tea, delicious delicacies and friendly conversations.

Espresso Yourself Coffee House’s back room was turned into a beautiful garden tea party, complete with ornate teacups, saucers and teapots.

Guests were welcomed with bright spring flowers displayed in vases, birdcages and other centerpieces on the tables, which were lined in pink cloths and lace runners.

Each lady’s place setting included delicate teacups, and a variety of teas were offered up for their choosing including Earl Grayer, Mango Ceylon, Caramel Vanilla and Super Fruit Tea. Sugar cubes, lemons and honey sticks were available to help add a little more flavor to their cups.

Crystal serving towers were placed on the tables, filled with tasty food items for guests. They we served egg salad, chicken salad and cucumber sandwiches, white chocolate raspberry and blueberry scones, chocolate chip, raspberry, strawberry and traditional mini cheesecakes, lemon tarts and gilato macarons, in delicious flavors of chocolate, sea salt caramel, pistachio and vanilla.

Hart even whipped up a light and scrumptious chilled strawberry soup, served in beautiful teacups.

The afternoon was a success, with ladies enjoying the fun event. Hart expressed that it was truly a special event.

“Thanks to all the fine ladies who came out this afternoon for our Ladies Afternoon of Tea,” said coffee house owner Donna Hart. “We had a great time!”

Hart said she would like to extend a special thanks to Toni Skinner and Christina Flohr for all their help and hard work to make the event happen.

“I also want to thank our girls Morgan, Rachel and Emily for serving the guests,” Hart added.

The ladies in attendance were able to enjoy an afternoon of casual conversations and laughs with friends.

“We had such a fun time today! I can’t wait for the next one,” expressed resident Jill Sturm. “Thank you for hosting Donna Hart!”

Sturm’s sister-in-law Leisa Jones added, “First ever tea party for me and I loved it!”

Hart left the ladies with an inspiring sentiment, quoting Eleanor Roosevelt, “A woman is like a tea bag…You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”

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