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Is Grand High Tea An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

May 13th, 2018 by Antonio

Grand High Tea at the EmpressIs Grand High Tea an idea whose time has come?  “Maybe so”, say’s Sharon Welch-Blair of The Empress of Little Rock, known as the “Downtown Abbey” in Little Rock, Arkansas, for it’s keeping of elegant traditions of more than 100 years ago.  “We started serving “Grand High” Tea as a way to fill an otherwise slow day since most guests check out on Sundays after staying the weekend.  Little did we realize we might be filing a void in the lives of our guests”.

Grand High Tea seems to have caught on as a way to share a special time and unique experience with loved ones and friends, when everything else seems to take people away from simply enjoying the company of another.  It also allows people to share some long forgotten traditions of a bygone day.  “I think these rituals and traditions give us a connection to our past in a way that we long for,” adds Welch-Blair.

So just exactly what is “Grand High Tea”?  “It’s an ‘Americanized” version of the British tradition of serving a tiny meal in the middle of the afternoon to tide one over to dinner time”, says Welch-Blair.  “It wasn’t unusual for dinner to be served much later in the day a century ago, and Queen Victoria made it popular when she began to invite friends to her apartments to share her “little tea party”.”

As is often the case, American’s have somewhat hijacked the idea and made it their own.  Grand High Tea is “an occasion” to dress up, steal away, bring your daughter or special someone and call it “grande” by getting out grandma’s silver, crystal, and china and adding  a little “pomp and circumstance”, with some special traditions here and there.  “ The English would be thumbing their noses at our ignorance right now,  since “high” tea really was originally an evening meal among the working class”.  But it’s a tradition for American’s to hybridize good ideas and make them their own.  After all, didn’t we take the idea of the British Parliment, a bicameral legislature, and hybridize to our House of Representatives (the people) and the Senate (representing States).  While some would argue whether that works today or not, it has certainly served us well for the last 200 years.

So if you have a yen for some old fashioned 19th century hospitality, an  excuse to ban the electronics, and actually connect with someone special while be “fussed over” by aproned maids serving specialty tea (definitely not Earl Grey) and scones with all the trimmings, Grand High Tea at The Empress of Little Rock just might be your spot on a Sunday afternoon, and maybe start some new traditions of your own!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

 

 

 

So Much to Celebrate in May!

May 1st, 2014 by Antonio

Swing Garden at The Empress

 

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Welcome to May!  Especially after  cold winters  like the past one, we’re excited to WELCOME SPRINGTIME!!  May is a month full of  holidays, so The Empress staff wants wish all of you the best as you celebrate Mother’s Day, as well as  Cinco de Mayo and most of all remember our nation’s service men and women on this Memorial Day.

Looking for the Best things to do with  Mom on this Mother’s Day?  The Empress is once again hosting Mother’s Day Grand High Tea. Step her back in time to the Victorian Era where  beautiful big hats & gloves  were the norm.  Or book her one of our beautiful Spa Suites and let us arrange for her hour long relaxing message with Leslie.

History buffs, this one’s for you. Located in downtown Little Rock, the Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour of Homes May 10 & 11th, The tour contains Little Rock’s most historic homes and mansions, some predating the Civil War and many on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wanting to celebrate  Cinco de Mayo?  Visit South Main Street restaurants for your Cinco de Mayo  celebration.

Travel Rally Day!  Tuesday, May 6th from 2:00-2:30 The Bernice Garden, South Main District (SoMa)  1401 S. Main St. National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3-11)

Riverfest Weekend in the Rock!    Music lineup  includes: Chicago, Cello Green,  Hank Williams Jr,  The  Fray, Three Days Grace, Lee Brice, Buckcherry,  Easton Corbin,  Robert Randolph,  Jamey Johnson & The Wallflowers. The Family Zone will offer free entertainment for families!  In the Family Zone, you will find tons of activities and entertainment including the Family Stage, the Super Retriever Crown Championship Series, the Weenie Dog Derby, the K-9 Friz-B-Crew, Ruff on the River Pooch Parade, the Rock ‘N Ride Poker Run, the Rock ‘N Stroll Fun Run 5K, Arkansas Renewable Energy, International Village activities, a Baggo Tournament and much more. Or you may choose to visit part of history at The  Clinton Center while at Riverfest!  End your weekend with the Fireworks Show on Sunday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m.  Music will be simulcast throughout Riverfront Park and broadcast on The Point 94.1. You don’t want to miss Arkansas’ most spectacular show!

Mark your calendars  now to enjoy Springtime in May with us at The Empress,  call Lisa  and book your  reservation now.

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