We are decking the halls for the holidays at The Empress! Next week, the owner of The Empress, Sharon Welch-Blair will be visiting with the morning crew on KATV Channel 7. The segment will air after Thanksgiving on the Saturday morning show. Sharon will talk about all of The Empress’ holiday plans including the 2nd annual Christmas Grand High Tea and our New Year’s Eve bash. She’ll be making our delicious tea blend on air and showing off our new teapots! See our tea recipe below and be sure to watch!
The Christmas Grand High Tea is the public’s first opportunity to see The Empress in her finest holiday garb. We use only quality Douglas and mixed fir wreaths and boughs. The Empress staff spends three days making sure each of our decorations are sure to delight. One item that continues to wow our guests is our fully restored wooden sleigh. Hand made and painted in the 1860’s, our sleigh has all it’s original parts. It also includes the red, hand-tufted velvet driver’s seat and cushions. The sleigh has been used in many local parades.
Start the new year off in luxury! We still have a few rooms available for New Year’s Eve. We have been throwing the classiest New Year’s Eve bash in town for quite some time, and this year will be no exception! Come dressed in your furs and tuxedos and relax in our formal dining room while the house chef prepares a four course offering-each paired with a unique libation! After dinner, retire to the parlors where pianist Jeff Long will entertain guests with his large repertoire of musical selections. You’ll keep dancing until the champagne toast at midnight! Call us today!
Empress Special Tea
2 1/2 quarts water (4 cups = 1 quart)
7 raspberry zinger tea bags
2 cinnamon sticks
4 slices orange
Seeds from 1 pomegranate
Place all dry ingredients into water and bring to boil. Continue boiling for 30 minutes
Reduce heat and cover. Simmer ingredients for approximately 2 hours
Pour tea through strainer to remove dry ingredients
Serve and enjoy!