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Holiday Tea at the Castle - Virtual Event - SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 12 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM

Holiday Tea at the Castle - Virtual Event - SOLD OUT
Salisbury House & Gardens for Tea Kit Pick-Ups
4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312
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Salisbury House Foundation    515-274-1777
Event Details


History of English High Tea

In the mid-19th century, it became customary for the English aristocracy to enjoy their evening meals late at night, occasionally as late as 8:00 or 9:00 pm, leaving a large gap between the noon meal and supper. To stave off hunger, historians say that the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, would enjoy a light snack of tea, cheeses, sandwiches, and fruit between the lunch and evening meal. The tradition of an “afternoon bite to eat” caught on with the social elite and became a fashionable event observed to this day. Traditional offerings include various fine teas, finger sandwiches, scones, small cookies, and fruit.

If you would like to participate in our festive, entertaining and delicious December 12, 2020 Virtual Holiday Tea event we still have tickets available!  If you live out of town and would still like to participate, we can mail a condensed kit (TEA ONLY) to your door for just $30.00.

So how does a virtual tea work?
We provide everything that would be at our regular Tea event, all wrapped up in a beautiful package for you to safely enjoy at home with your guest(s). Each package will include two different varieties of tea, two types of finger sandwiches, madeleines and tea cookies, mini scones, clotted cream, and jam to enjoy. We will email you our private website link to log on to experience a variety of short, fun and informational hosts sharing history of Salisbury House and collections, tours, music, tidbits about the tea that you’re drinking and more. On Saturday, December 12, 2020, the day of the Holiday Tea at the Castle event, between 10 am and 12 pm, you will drive up the Salisbury House parking lot and we’ll deliver your tea package(s) to your vehicle. At 1:00 pm you can log into our private website link to view the programming while you enjoy your delicious afternoon high tea with your guest(s) in the safety of your home.

Standard Tickets are $40.00 per person; Salisbury House Members $36.00; Tea Only shipped to you $30.00 per person.

Holiday Tea at the Castle - Saturday, December 12

10:00 am - Noon - Drive-thru Tea Kit Pick-up at Salisbury House

1:00 - 3:00 pm - Log into your private link to the Tea program and enjoy your afternoon tea.

Tickets are limited. Ticket sales close December 6, 2020.
Actual tickets are not issued. A ticket list will be maintained. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable to other events or tours.

Please Note: Salisbury House cannot guarantee the authenticity of tickets purchased from an individual or reseller. Tickets purchased through any other source may not be valid and you would be refused admission without refund.

For more details, visit and follow Salisbury House & Gardens on Facebook @salisburyhousedsm and Instagram at @salisburyhousedsm. Questions? Contact