Monday, November 4, 2013

Kentucky Living Magazine Christmas Afternoon Tea

I received a phone call in June from a writer wanting to interview
me for Kentucky Living Magazine.  I was told the
editor wanted an article about someone in Kentucky who
has an annual Family Holiday Tea in their home. 
Bruce Richardson of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas shop in Danville, KY, 
had given the editor my name and blog contact information.
The writer told me the article deadline was July 1st,
with photography by a professional photographer in July,
and would appear in the November or December issue.
Christmas Tea in July.
My question:  "Do you mean with guests, a Christmas tree and decorations?"
The answer: "Yes."
Hello!  We had family travel plans for nearly all of June and two weeks in July.
Where ever Glenn travels on business in the summer and during school breaks,
Austin and I go with him.   Plus, we had a family week at the beach, and plans to
host a Japanese middle school student with many group activities the first week of August.
  The writer said they could "send the photographer to my home in August
 to photograph my annual Christmas Tea."
After discussing the project with Austin and Glenn,
they agreed to pull out our Christmas decorations from storage
IF I would agree to leave them up until after Christmas. 
Less work for the guys that way, of course!
After I decided to limit the decorations to the tea room for simplicity,
I agreed to plan and host a "Christmas in August Afternoon Tea" for the magazine.
Thinking.... oh my goodness!  A Christmas menu to plan,
Christmas decorations to put up, Christmas china to wash.
In August, you can't buy Poinsettias, or fresh cranberries,
 or candied fruit for Christmas cookies, and no red berries on the holly. 
Planning a Christmas Tea in August is a bit overwhelming!

So, I contacted my friends,
Lynn, Mary, Patty, Alice, and daughter Melissa to help.   
My friends and family are the BEST! 
They all volunteered to do whatever was needed to provide
an elegant Christmas Tea for Kentucky Living Magazine on Monday, August 19, 2013.

Christmas clothes, Christmas foods and all, on a very hot Monday, August 19th. 
The photographer, Tim, and graphic designer, Penny, from Kentucky Living
were in my home for 4 1/2 hours.

Please read the previous post for details about the
menu and tablescape.
Many more details are to come....
Link to the article in the  November issue of


Beth said...

Hi Linda, How interesting to be photographed for Kentucky Living! And to have to make Christmas in August! You have done a great job. I enjoyed hearing about this, Linda.
Hugs, Beth

Tanya Rachelle said...

Lovely post! Sounds like it was a bit of work-- but so worth it! Lovely photos and such fun to read about.

Antiques And Teacups said...

How fun! I'd always heard they did it out of season for publications. A friend once told me of a friend who had the same thing happen in Texas for a regional mag...they were sweating with a fire in the fireplace and lots of candles. So wonderful you have resourceful and helpful friends! Great post! Thanks so much...and we look forward to seeing it!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh WOW!!

What fun, but so difficult, too.

I am so excited for you - well deserved, my dear tea friend!

You don't look very happy in that pic, but I know this is all very exciting for you, what a delightful honor!

Marilyn said...

Look forward to more posts on this special event. Though it was Christmas in August, it sounds like you did it well and thought out all the small details.

Karen's Place said...

Hi Linda, How interesting and I think it is wonderful your friends were such troopers. But that's how tea friends our. Love it! Can't wait to read more....

Steph said...

Oh, Linda - this is just wonderful! Congratulations.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

How exciting for you and such an honor! Your tea is so beautiful! Now you can enjoy your tea room for the whole holiday season!


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