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Holiday Tea at the Castle - Virtual Event

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

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

Actual tickets are not issued. A ticket list will be maintained for check-in when you pick up
your Tea Event Kit on the day of the event.  

Tickets are non-refundable or transferrable to other events.


Qty: Standard Admission Cost ($40.00);
Qty: Member Cost ($36.00);
Qty: Materials Cost ($30.00);
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 at 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 fun, 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! Just choose the $30.00 option listed under Materials. 

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.

Contact Lynn with questions at or 515-274-1777.