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Friends of “R” House Annual Spring Tea

A great tea gift idea: take a friend out to a special afternoon tea hosted by the staff of an historical venue.

“R” is Rengstorff House, the oldest historic home in Mountain View, CA, located at 3070 N Shoreline Blvd AND one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the West Coast hosts an Annual fundraising Spring Tea.

I heard of their event from a tea meetup group and learned it sells out. So I stayed up late the night before the tickets became available and at the stroke of midnight, I was able to access Eventbrite and secure two tickets for a favorite friend and I.

We were very pleased with the entire event from start to finish. A volunteer greeted us in the parking lot and directed us both to parking and where to sit once we entered the house. A thoughtful, welcoming touch.

My friend and I were seated in the cozy music room at a table for four with two other women, with whom we enjoyed chatting and getting to know. The table was set beautifully. We each had a mismatched teacup and saucer set to enjoy with our meal. We were given the opportunity to purchase our teacup and saucer set after the tea, all proceeds going to Rengstorff House.

Design with Flowers and Ralston Florists  provided the unique and attractive table centerpieces, they were available for sale after the event too.

Prompt volunteers kept our tea cups filled with Peach Strawberry, Earl Grey Floral or Boysenberry Decaffeinated teas. We enjoyed Mimosas or Punch cocktails to start. The tea foods were catered by Lisa’s Tea Treasures.

Rengstorff House Annual Spring Tea was catered by Lisa’s Tea Treasures located in Santana Row, San Jose, CA.

For the scone course, we were given one each of peach passion and cranberry orange scones accompanied by lemon curd, strawberry preserves or Devonshire cream.

The sandwiches were fresh and tasty. We each were given a tea sandwich of pesto, traditional cucumber, chicken waldorf, classic egg salad and aged cheddar cheese and tomato fillings.

Desserts were sweet and simple: chocolate iced eclairs and tartlets.

Rengstorff House volunteers encouraged us to come back on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11 AM to 4 PM for the 150th Anniversary Rengstorff House event. For the 150th Anniversary celebration, “R” House will host an antique car show, demonstrations, lectures, crafts for kids, live music and food trucks. Sounds like another great gift idea!

When we were finished with our meal, one of the docents volunteered to bring us on a tour of the house. It was a great way for my friend and me to end our delicious afternoon tea at the Rengstorff House. This is an event we recommend and in which we plan to attend again.

 

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Find discounted gift cards for national tea purveyors

ImageI don’t know where I’ve been all this time! I was reading an article about how to save money eating out. One of the suggestions was to buy a discounted gift card for the restaurant you’d like to visit. Gift Card Granny.com  and ABC Gift Card.com were listed as two places to go to find discounted gift cards.

What a concept. Those of us with gift cards we will not use can sell or swap gift cards. The person who gifted us the unwanted card will never know. Or we can just go and buy a discounted gift card to any of many businesses we already shop with.

Testimonials shared on the Gift Card Granny site were remarkable. Folks doing remodeling projects bought discounted gift cards from home improvement stores like Home Depot for percentages off the card’s face value. They turned around and made home remodeling purchases saving hundreds of dollars. Amazing.

While searching around, I found four other discount gift card sites: Raise, Monster Gift Card, Gift Card Bin and JunkCard.  I liked Raise because it was easy to see the conditions under which I am buying the card. I liked JunkCard because it had more of the stores I frequent. There are even discounted gift cards for airfare and drugstores. I am not endorsing any of these sites, I have not tried them out yet.

Of course, I had to check out the tea offerings. This blog is about tea gift ideas after all. I found discounted gift cards for Peet’s, Teavana, Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Not bad. Too bad there is not a national tea gift basket chain or tea room chain to offer discounted gift cards similar to Spa Finder and BedandBreakfast.com. Yes, find discounted gift cards for those.

I did notice the smaller the denomination of the gift card, the less percentage discount usually applied.  Frontier Airlines percentage off was just over one percent but I saw others offering up to 26% off.  I’ll take that. I believe all the sites offered free shipping. JunkCard states all their cards have free shipping and no expire dates. Discounted gift cards can be real, plastic cards or e-cards. They can be sent to you or someone else.

afternoon teatime tea lover gift baskets If you do not know what to get for the tea drinker on your gift list think about these ideas. First, shop at your favorite local tea shop or tea room, have them put together a gift basket for you, many will do that  and ship it too. Or bring the goodies home and create the gift yourself and ship it to your special tea drinker.  Support local, small businesses.  If you don’t have the time or creativity,  buy them a gift  certificate from their favorite local tea shop or tea room. If all you know is that your tea drinker loves tea and orders it when they go out, go ahead and take advantage of a discounted gift card from a national  coffee/tea chain. Save money, enjoy the convenience and know your tea drinker will be delighted. If they are not delighted, now you know they can swap it or sell it. You can’t go wrong.

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The perfect gift for an Afternoon Tea Lover celebrating a special day…

Tickets to an historical home whose volunteers host an Afternoon Tea as a fund raiser make a great gift to honor a tea drinker on a special occasion. If you can attend with the event with them, all the better!

Start by checking historical homes and museums near where you live or where your tea drinker lives.  You may be fortunate to find an event near the time of the special date, but likely you will have to buy tickets a good bit in advance. Your honoree can then look forward to spending time with you and enjoying afternoon tea at a later date. Many historical homes with volunteers who host afternoon tea will also provide a tour of the home as part of the tea event. Do not be surprised if the fund raiser event also has other fund raising opportunities like a raffle and gift shop. You will be treating your special tea drinker to a fun afternoon for a reasonable cost.

Harris Lass Museum volunteers host the annual fundraising Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show in June.

One such occasion is the Harris Lass Museum Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show held annually in June in Santa Clara, California. http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=41&recordid=7177 OR http://www.meetup.com/Lets-Go-to-Afternoon-Tea/events/43874102/. There are similar events held year round throughout the country.

Friends and I attend this event regularly. They bring friends, mothers bring daughters or their mothers – to enjoy a delightful afternoon tea, raffle, entertainment and gift store shopping.  For just $25 person, this noon until about 4 PM event is worth the price of admission.  Be warned, quality events like these, that have been held for years will likely sell out. If you find an event with tickets available, act quickly.

Tea sandwiches, scone with clotted cream and lemon curd, and fruit skewers – Afternoon Tea treats at the Harris Lass Museum sell out fundraising event.

This year I conducted an informal survey of the 8 women at our table. I asked each what they thought would be in the perfect tea gift basket. I was surprised by the answers, maybe you will be too.

  •       An equal number of women expressed a preference for white tea as well as for black, green and herbal tea. One person also added they enjoyed Oolong tea.
  •       Four mentioned loose leaf tea instead of tea bags.
  •       Whether or not the tea was organic or fair traded was not noted as significant.
  •       7 women would enjoy a tea cup and saucer in their gift; 3 would want a teapot and; 4 a tea spoon.
  •       For accessories; 4 women would want an infuser of some kind; 2 a tea thermometer; 2 a tea measuring spoon and; 1 a tea scale.
  •       A couple of women mentioned adding a tea book, stationary or tea wallet – a tea gift to the basket.
  •       Whatever else you add to a tea gift basket, do not forget the cake or cookies! Even more than candy, everyone wanted either cake or cookies to enjoy with their tea!

To make my friends happy with a tea gift basket, and maybe yours too; include any type tea, with loose leaf tea and tea bag selections.  Add a teacup and infuser to the basket and maybe a gift. Do not forget to add cake or cookies, your tea drinker if they are like my friends, will be disappointed if your gift does not include a sweet treat too!

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