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A Beautiful Spring High Tea Recap

This past Sunday we hosted our second annual Spring Grande High Tea event at Revival House and it was a beautiful afternoon spent with friends and loved ones...

It was a rainy morning in downtown Stratford, Ontario, which perfectly set the tone for staying inside Revival House and warming up with exquisite teas from Sloane Fine Tea. Over 100 guests arrived to a stunning room lit perfectly by Revival House's impressive stained glass windows. Tables were beautifully decorated with Sloane tea caddies filled with fresh spring florals designed by Amanda from Stratford Blooms and tiny bottles of tulips with a secret message attached...

Photo Courtesy of David Charlesworth Photography
All photos courtesy of Davidiam Photography

Sloane Fine Tea Merchants is a small but growing company based in Toronto that believes tea should be more than just a beverage: it’s an experience, an escape, a lifestyle... Sloane Tea wants you to be swept away by the intense aroma and flavour that is the result of careful selection of ingredients, meticulous blending techniques inspired by worldwide travel and influence. Sloane tea is sold globally and is individually sourced and chosen from hundreds of tea gardens and are carefully processed in Canada using centuries old artisanal techniques. You can find Sloane Tea at Bradshaws, and served at Revival House, as well as in prestigious locations like Harrods in England, beautiful hotels and restaurants around the world and now on Via Rail passenger trains! 

Beautiful tiered bone china cake plates from Miranda Kerr's collection for Royal Albert arrived filled with pistachio and raspberry almond macarons, white chocolate and lavender madeleine cookies, passionfruit pate de fruit, lavender lemon and cheddar chive scones, Revival preserves, clotted cream and fresh butter and Coronation curried chicken salad finger sandwiches, cucumber + whipped herbed cream cheese savones, and delicate avocado egg salad sandwiches, were all lovingly prepared by Chef Loreena Miller of Revival House.  

Sloane Fine Teas; Rouge Provence, Tropical Green and Heavenly Cream

Guests were encouraged to enjoy each tier of tea-time treats with 3 different Sloane Fine Teas;

ROUGE PROVENCE Signature Blend herbal tea - Rooibos, also known as Red Tea, is an anti-oxidant-rich herbal plant from South Africa. This tisane (tih-sayne) is non-caffeinated. Light, fruity and fresh, this tea is comprised of rooibos, blueberry, blackberry, rose and lavender. It is naturally sweet and has an intoxicating fragrance and a honeyed floral linger.

TROPICAL GREEN - A smooth Japanese Sencha blended with the sweetness of pineapple, papaya, and a welcomed hint of citrus. This stunning green tea bursts brightly with flavour and promises to warm and delight your senses.When steeped as an iced tea, it very simply transforms into a remarkably refreshing thirst-quencher.

HEAVENLY CREAM Signature Blend black tea - A divine tea, full of creamy richness and velvety smoothness and it is heavenly in every way. This beautiful long leaf Ceylon tea (of Sri Lanka) is blended with Assam tea and fragrant notes of bergamot from Sicily and creamy vanilla,  with pretty purple cornflower petals throughout.

We all enjoyed the beautiful music by local guitarist Rick Francis. Rick spent 17 years as a Producer and guitarist for Canadian Singer Ali Matthews. He's enjoying playing intimate, local gatherings such as weddings and events.

Rick Francis - Producer, Guitarist

Something very special that we added to this event was having the talent Davidiam Photography not only photograph the beautiful event, but to take portraits of all who attended, many of whom were celebrating Mother's Day! Everyone's portraits turned out so beautifully! We really love this mother and daughter portrait... 

View more portraits taken at Bradshaws High Tea by Davidiam Photography!

The rest can be found here, and David has generously made them available for you to download for yourself! David has photographed many weddings at Revival House so he was right at home.

davidiam photography

Our guests left with a special gift bag from Bradshaws containing one of Sloane's newest items - a Variety Pack of individually wrapped pyramid tea sachets to encourage everyone to continue to explore Sloane's entire line of black, green, Oolong, white and herbal teas at home!

Sloane Fine Tea Co. Variety Pack - 15 Individually wrapped tea sachets $16.95

We host two High Tea Events each year, our Spring Grande and our Holiday High Tea right before Christmas... Did you know that Revival House hosts mini-high teas on the last Sunday of each month serving the same Sloane Fine teas and a delicious curated tea-time menu?  

Bradshaw Co-Owners Carrie & Jeremy Wreford and their kids Ezra and Gigi

As current owners of Bradshaws and the 6th generation of Stratford families to run our store as a leading shopping destination for over 122 years, we appreciate all who attended and helped make this such a lovely and memorable experience. We hope you all enjoyed, and we look forward to the next event that we host which you can find on our events calendar!

We would love to hear from you! If you attended this event please take a moment to leave us your feedback here.

Read about past Bradshaws High Tea Events hereand here!

All photography courtesy of Davidiam Photography, 2017.

Shop our pretty Spring High Tea collection below!