Tea Party Wonderland

Channeling the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, the Bosque Museum docents' Afternoon Tea & Style Show draws vast array of fashionable “high tea” guests

CLIFTON – In the Victorian Age, a formal tea party was a function at which ladies of standing practiced the highest form of social etiquette. It was always a grand affair with the finest, nearly transparent tea cups, tiers of dainty sandwiches, scrumptious scones and cakes, hats, gloves and lace galore. But Alice in Wonderland’s tea party is deliciously chaotic, without rules, but so much fun.

With the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in mind, docents of the Bosque Museum hosted an Afternoon Tea and Style Show on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 1. The tea party was a docent fundraiser with an elegant yet whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme, complete with a real-life Alice – Isabella Powers – who greeted guests throughout the social hour and fashion show.

Over 80 guests – many of whom bought into the “High Tea” idea wearing hats and pearls – enjoyed a beautiful afternoon complete with imaginative décor, light appetizers and teas, door prizes and stylish fashion available at Bosque County retailers. Docent models Ginger Albrecht, Cindy McAfee, Kate Robinson, Carla Sigler and Mimi Wright each modeled three fashionable outfits provided by show partners Albrecht’s Pharmacy, Lady Bugs, and Market at the Mill, all of Clifton, and Main Street Antiques & Interiors, Meridian.

Tables were beautifully decorated with settings provided from the personal collections of several cocent collections. The tables held centerpieces of white hydrangeas and pink roses. Guests were served hot tea tableside, while iced tea and coffee were also available. The food table was filled with an assortment of elegant finger sandwiches, mini quiches and assorted sweets.

The Bosque Museum Docents are a group of some 30 volunteers, women and men, who work to enhance the educational programs and enjoyment of the Bosque Museum and are an integral part of each program the museum features.

In her welcome, docent President Cindy Upton thanked her event committee and especially Karen Cornett for her assistance. Other members included Mimi Wright, Sue Megarity, Darlene Thomas, Shirley Dahl, Joanne Blossom, Linda McDowell, Pam Sitler, Carla Sigler, Ginger Albrecht, Cindy McAfee, Bryan Davis and Laynie Miller, along with fundraiser sponsors Peggy Sue Reed, Marge Schafer, Stacy Brooks of Brooks Wealth Advisory, John and Darlene Thomas, Mike and Cindy Upton, and Barry and Mimi Wright. Donated door prizes and raffle items were provided by Cheerful Hearts and Gifts Boutique, Donna Levesque, and Laynie Miller.

Raffle winners included Amanda Cornelius, who took home an original oil painting by Elisabeth Montgomery and purchased by Docents at the Sights and Sounds Art Show in May, while Peggy Sue Reed was winner of the beautiful handmade quilt. Melissa Christensen was winner of the bird feeder door prize while three bottles of wine went to Abby Moore. The Vera Bradley tote went to Linda Bates.              

Please visit the Bosque Museum website at bosquemuseum.org to learn of the many educational exhibits and upcoming events being offered during the holiday season and beyond. The museum, located at 301 S Ave Q, Clifton, may also be reached by calling (254) 675- 675-3845.


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