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Mother’s Day High Tea Highlighted on Channel 11

May 14th, 2012 by Assistant Innkeeper

Mother’s Day High Tea was one of the events going on in the Quapaw Quarter this weekend, but it was the only one devoted to Mom! Each Mom received a rose following a time-honored tradition: red if living, white if not. Guests were entertained by a musical presention that brought a tear to the eye of several mothers. “Think of Me,” from Phantom of the Opera was performed by Jena Blair, Sharon’s granddaughter. The highlight was a recitation from a May 30, 1909, article from the New York Times describing the country cousin who drank from his “finger bowl”, not understanding the quintessential and legendary use of the finger bowl for cleansing dainty fingers.  Guests had a good chuckle and sampled the custom for themselves. Lots of tea, scones, and clotted cream, not to mention specialty sandwiches and tradtional English desserts, whetted the palate of male and female guests alike.

Channel 11 heartily agreed and aired a lovely segment on the news highlighting a romantic experience and past traditions, all designed to make Mom’s day very special and unique. We hope you all enjoy reading about the event and seeing the video to follow from Channel 11. Catch us again next year.


Mother’s Day Grand High Tea-A Day to Share and Remember!

April 27th, 2012 by Lisa

Pricing Details: $40 per person

Because we think Mom is so special, The Empress is throwing a party just for her on Mother’s Day!  Join us for a Grand High Tea with home made English Scones, clotted cream and lemon curd, dainty gourmet finger sandwiches, elegant desserts, and specialty tea all freshly prepared and served with Victorian Pomp and Circumstance.  Finish with our specialty hand-dipped chocolate covered cherries.

Converted in 1995 to The Empress of Little Rock Small Luxury Hotel and Conference Center, the mansion has an amazing history…which we will happily share with you!  Step back in the past for an hour of genteel tea and good company during which your hostess will introduce you to the Victorian beginnings of The Empress!  So don your gloves and wear your hat.  This is an occasion to celebrate, share with your Mom, and remember

Teatripster gets a taste of The Empress

June 28th, 2011 by Lisa

The TeaTripster is a branded Airstream, ready to spread teawareness with people who appreciate loose-leaf teas and want to share this passion with others. The TeaTripster tour begins June 13, 2011, covering 24 U.S. cities, including Charleston’s 300-variety tea plantation… the zen of San Diego tea… and Chicago’s hip tea scene. Follow on and on Facebook, and share your own tea experiences.

Here is what the teatripster had to say about their recent visit to The Empress:
it’s in the dining room that you’ll find beautiful tea accoutrements (and tea). this is where overnight guests are offered tea at breakfast. it’s also where afternoon tea on sundays is served, an affair that consists of tea sandwiches and sweets and an amazing pomegranate tea that is steeped with fresh oranges, cinnamon and cloves and served in teacups that change with the season (red and white china today to match the fourth of july theme).

the sunday tea (by reservation) includes a tour of the house and swelled to 40 guests for mother’s day this year. besides sunday tea and special events such as showers and receptions and even an upcoming 90th birthday celebration for 20 people, the empress of little rock offers daily tea with 24-hour advance reservation.

after a tour of three floors of the inn today, we relaxed with the wonderful pomegranate tea, a chocolate-dipped cherry, cranberry scone, clotted cream and fabulous lemon curd, making an afternoon in little rock memorable. wish we could be here for the july 4th brunch!