I attended Christmas High Tea at the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum this morning - as a paying guest! 33 attended at this sitting – spread through the museum rooms at tables dependant on the booking size. In my case I was in the main meeting room with a number of other groups. A similar number attended yesterday morning and afternoon. This afternoon was booked out, with fifty expected.
I was there with my mother and sister and it seemed that high tea was very much a female pastime.
Orange juice and sparkling wine was served to the tables to start us off. Platters of hot finger food and fresh sandwich quarters followed. Tea from the pot or plunger coffee was served at the table and re-filled as desired. With savouries polished off, we progressed to sweets. An array of small slices and cakes, topped with Christmas cake, appeared in a three tier platter. It was accompanied by a plate of scones, jam and cream. By this stage we were slowing down and several slices went home in serviettes for afternoon tea!
The atmosphere was promoted by ‘Muriel’, the ‘owner’ of the establishment, who visited each table to welcome guests and check on progress. Mints arrived with a lucky number which won a door prize.
Many guests visited the Gift Shop, which was expanded with Christmas craft items, and had a wander in the garden which is looking magnificent at present. Many flowers are in bloom and over the last year John, one of our volunteers, has laid a cobblestone path through part of the garden.
The occasion was over too soon. For me, it was a very pleasant way to farewell a hectic year and look forward to the Christmas season. We left as the volunteers started setting the tables for the afternoon sitting.
For the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum, our last Heritage on Sunday for the year was last weekend, with the theme ‘A Musical Interlude’. The Christmas High Tea this weekend completed the year for the general public. A garden wedding and a car club visit will wrap up another successful year.