First, the first weekend in January, I attended a yearly Holiday Tea - each year the theme or time period is different, and the hostess/s try to keep it relaxed and inviting since it's usually the last event just after Christmas or the first event of the new year. This year the theme Isabella chose was a really loose Victorian period, stretching all the way from 1830-1920.
|Turn of the century outfit - |
Holiday Tea Jan 2016
We met for tea at a tearoom in a little town by the water south of Baltimore, and this was the first time I'd been to the tea room, and likely also the town (unless I went as a little girl and don't recall). The town was busy, with all these cute little shops (no time to check them out) and it was cold and parking was a pain, but the tea room was run by a staff who was welcoming and gracious, had a lovely big table for us in the upstairs, and we were served absolutely delicious tea food, including a cinnamon 'scone' (more bread cake then scone) but absolutely yummy and I'm still dreaming about it! I sat in the back corner with Isabella, so no possible way to move about or get up, so I only took a few iPhone photos, and I missed having conversations with folks on the end, but I did have a wonderful time, chatted with friends and met 2 new costumers, and chatted with a few friends more outside and in the parking lot after, so all in all, a very successful and fun day!
Here's the full outfit:
|Edwardian outfit with black silk|
mourning cape, antique muff and hat
|2016 Annual Holiday Tea|
Second, my honey and I got tickets for the Riversdale Twelfth Night Ball and Supper which was the following weekend, and it was a Regency ball. My honey wore his cobbled together gentleman's outfit (a quick vest, some thrift store finds, a walking stick and an antique top hat to finish it off) and looked very dapper. I wore a drawstring dress I made for Regency pumpkin tea about 7 or 8 years ago from $2 a yard sale 98% cotton 2% metallic silver thread from JoAnn's. I also wore my recently finished Regency 'fichu' out of burgundy silk and black marabou, securing it around my waist with ties.
Riversdale were wonderful hosting again, with a delicious light supper including gluten free and dairy free options for their guests, with much of the delicious vegetables and fruits grown in their garden, including most of the berries from the berry compote desert. It was delicious, and they were gracious in their welcome to their guests and in the way they served the food and drink. It was lovely to wonder the halls a bit, dance with my honey and with my friends, and also partake in the yummy repast they provide that evening. Definitely a place to come back to many more future balls!
Here is my honey and I (courtesy Maggie):
|TheLadyDetalle and her honey|
|2016 Riversdale 12th Night Regency ball|
|Regency wedgie shot|
All my pictures can be found here.
My honey and I dancing (courtesy InTheLongRun): it was such a fun night.
|Dancing with my best friend|
Hopefully we'll get to do more of these, what great events to start the year off!