Monday, April 29, 2013

Allow Us To Cater Your Next Event

In addition to our lunch service, children’s parties, afternoon teas and singer/song writer events, Emma’s Tea Room also offers catering service.

Our specialty in catering is for parties of 150 or fewer. We offer a wide variety of choices for your event that include only the freshest homemade entrees and treats.

There is no need to fuss with menus, grocery shopping, and organization or clean up. Emma’s Tea Room can take care of all your catering needs.

Consider using Emma’s Tea Room for your next catering event whether it is for a wedding, business affair, private party or  any other social event. 

If you do decide to self-cater your event, allow us to share some tips with you to make it easier:

·         When estimating how much food and drinks to purchase, always round up. It’s better to have leftovers than leave someone out.

·        Consider the length of the event – how long will the food be out for consumption? Use chafing dishes and beds of ice or coolers to maintain proper food temperatures.

·         Plan ahead and know what serving dishes you are going to use for the event.

·         Remember that there might be special dietary needs of some of your guests.

·         If you are hosting a themed event, be sure that your menu matches the theme.

The above tips are just a few things to consider.

Emma’s Tea Room and owner Rebekah Klein possess years of catering experience. Allow Emma’s Tea Room to take the stress away from you for your catering needs. We provide professionalism and organizing skills that will make your event a huge success.

Rebekah Klein, owner of Emma’s Tea Room – call for an appointment so we can discuss how to best meet your needs. 256-489-5850

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The History of Mother's Day

Did you know that Mother’s Day is an American invention? The holiday was created in the early 1900s by Anna Jarvis. It is celebrated all over the world during the months of March, April or May.  There have been celebrations of motherhood all over the world predating the American version. It was Miss Jarvis who campaigned in America to make it a nationally recognized official holiday.

Interesting fact: Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day.”  She also wanted the spelling and grammatical usage to be a singular possessive –  Mother’s, for each family to honor their mother and not to confuse it with the plural possessive that would pay tribute all mothers in the world.

Emma’s Tea Room has several events planned for May and Mother’s Day. Allow us help celebrate the mom in your life.

Mommy and Me Breakfast
May 11th  - 9:00-10:00
Join us for a light breakfast and craft.
This fun event is intended for preschoolers and their adult friend or parent.
$15 for one adult and child
$10 for each additional child
This is a pre-paid, by reservation event.

Spring Cupcake Decorating Class
May 11th - 9:00-10:00
Join us for another FUN cupcake decorating class!
$15 per person includes six cupcakes
This is a pre-paid, by reservation event.

Annual Mother's Day Tea
May 11th  - 4:00
Join us for our Annual Mother's Day Tea
This is a pre-paid, by reservation event.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Host your next birthday party at Emma's Tea Room

When planning your next birthday event for your children, why not give Emma’s Tea Room a try? We provide a different and unique experience for children’s birthday parties.

Every little girl likes to play “tea party.” Don’t you remember being young and pretending to give a tea party and feeling all grown up?

Let us give your child a tea party she will be sure to remember on her birthday. Participants will be served sandwiches and tea, get to dress up with jewelry and boas and attend a fashion show!

Parties start with a party of eight. You can also opt for a tea pot birthday cake and a dozen roses for the birthday girl.

Parents of guests may stay upstairs and will be served tea and scones. Toward the end of the party, we invite all parents and friends to attend the fashion show.

To learn more about our birthday packages please see our Children’s Parties page.

Here are some tips to make your tea party a success:

Choose a date and time – decide whether a morning tea or afternoon tea would best suite your schedule and age appropriateness. Try to avoid days around a holiday.

Make your invitations – plan to send out your invitations at least two weeks in advance of the party. Sending handmade invitations with a tea theme is a great idea and fun to do. Think Mad Hatter or include an actual sealed tea bag with the invitation.

Some other things to consider – let parents know that caffeine free tea will more than likely be served. Also, be prepared for spills. A spray bottle of seltzer water works nicely to help with spills. However, we at Emma’s Tea Room will make sure that you have a great time in a stress-free environment. Let us take care of things for you.

Call us today to schedule your child’s birthday party at 256-489-5850. It will be our pleasure to serve you.

Monday, April 8, 2013

A sampling of what's happening at Emma's Tea Room

Here at Emma’s Tea Room we offer a variety of services. Today, we’d like to share a little bit about each of those services.

Birthday Parties for Kids
You know every little girl likes to play “tea party” so why not bring them to a real tea party for their birthday? Dress them up and let them enjoy a birthday they’ll never forget. Birthday events include tea party bingo, dress up with jewelry and boas, and a fashion show.

Cooking Class – Tea Party Food
Are you entertaining someone in your own home soon? This two hour class will teach you all the basics of how to put together a tea party. Learn how to put together a menu of tea party food and prepare each menu item. In addition, you will also learn about the formal etiquette of a tea party.

Private Tutoring –
Rebekah Klein, owner of Emma’s Tea Room, has her M.A. and with 15 years of teaching experience at the college level. Tutoring services is for 4th – 12th grade students and subjects range from basic vocabulary and spelling to college literature and composition.

Etiquette Class on Dating –
Does it seem like the dating scene has gotten complicated? Let’s go back to the basics, shall we? This class focuses on appropriate dating behavior. Learn tips on how to stay safe, modest and polite in difficult situations.

This is just a sampling of what Emma’s Tea Room has to offer in classes and lectures. For a full listing of services please visit our Coming Events & Classes page.

Because we need to prepare and purchase items for the classes, pre-payment is required. Classes can be scheduled at your convenience with a minimum number of guests. Our classes and lectures are for both adults and youth.

Please visit the main page at Emma's Tea Room and call us at 256-489-5850.

Don't forget about our Tea Tasting
April 16th - 5:30-7:00
Join us for a 6-course Tea Tasting
Each tea is served with food containing the tea in some way!
This is a pre-paid, by reservation event.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Afternoon Tea - What To Expect

Traditional Afternoon Tea is normally served earlier in the day and consists of a delicate menu of foods such as scones, other various pastries and finger foods.

At Emma’s Tea Room, we serve our afternoon tea between the hours of 3:30 and 5:30 and it is by reservation only. We offer a variety of options for your afternoon tea group and these options can be found on our main website.

Afternoon Tea is a great way to slow down and unwind a little bit from every day life. Whether you bring a group of girlfriends, want to conduct a quiet business meeting, or bring the family and enjoy a relaxing afternoon, please allow Emma's Tea room to provide an intimate atmosphere for your group.

Because each item is made fresh for you, a party of four or more is required unless we have another tea scheduled for the same time.

Here is a sampling of what we have to offer for our Afternoon Teas.

On the savory side we offer choices in delectable petite portions of the following (images provided):

• Goat cheese, red onion, and almonds on multi-grain bread
• Chicken salad on croissant
• Cucumber tea sandwich
• Turkey, Swiss, tomato rollup

We also offer a variety of sweets, such as:

• Blueberry lemon jam parfait
• Brownie bites with homemade whipped cream topping
• The ever popular cake pops
• Apricot scone

These are, of course, only a sampling of what we offer for our Afternoon Teas. To see all the options for an Afternoon Tea, please visit our main website.

Please join us for our tea tasting on April 16, from 5:30 – 7:00pm. We will serve a 6-course tea tasting. The food served will also contain tea in some way. This is a pre-paid event and by registration only. [$24.95 per person]

Monday, March 25, 2013

All About Tea

On April 16th we’d like to invite you to our tea tasting. This will be a six-course tea tasting and all of the food served for this tea will contain the tea in some way. You can expect to taste white tea, black tea, oolong tea, green tea, rooibos tea and herbal tea! You will learn how tea is harvested and processed and you’ll learn a bit about cooking with tea!
This is a pre-paid event and by registration only. $24.95 includes tax and gratuity.
Did you know that all true tea comes from the same plant called Camellia sinensis? Whether the leaves will end up as White, Green, Black or Oolong depends on how they are processed or oxidized.

White Tea contains the highest level of antioxidants and is considered to be the healthiest of all teas. It is virtually unprocessed so a fine silver-whited down remains on the leaf. White tea is harvested by hand only a few days each year from tender infant leaves that bloom in early spring.

Green Tea is also very minimally processed and retains its natural appearance and high levels of the plant’s natural, healthy properties. The taste varies dramatically from grassy and sweet to floral and fresh to nutty and roasted. Green Tea is believed to aid in weight-loss and overall good health.

Oolong Tea (pronounced Wu-Long) is semi-oxidized and a favorite among tea connoisseurs. Oolong expresses characteristics between both Green and Black teas. Oolong is said to lower cholesterol, boost metabolism and aid in weight loss.

Black Tea is the most popular tea in the western world and comes from leaves that have been exposed to oxygen, which changes the leaf’s properties and accounts for the dark, rich colors and strong, brisk flavors characteristic of Black Tea.

Rooibos (pronounced Roy-boss) is also called Red Tea because it is made from a ruby-colored herb. It has a sweet, full-bodied flavor without a trace of bitterness. Rooibos contains some of the highest known anti-aging properties of any plant on earth. This therapeutic herb offers many of the same health promoting properties as Green Tea but is 100% caffeine-free.

The information from this guide to tea comes from the Octavia Tea Company.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tis the Season, For Weddings!

According to The Knot, a popular wedding website, wedding season is about to be upon us. June, August, September and October seem to be the most popular months for saying “I do.”

Emma’s Tea Room offers many ways to meet your bridal needs. After 16 years of happy marriage, Rebekah Klein, owner of Emma’s Tea Room, remembers clearly what fun it was choosing her special venues for events leading up to the wedding. She looked forward to sharing every special moment with her friends and family.

If you are not familiar with Emma’s Tea Room, we are located in a charming older home in the 5-Points area. The Tea Room is a refreshingly elegant way to go back in time to a slower way of life. We serve on china and use silver utensils. Your experience at Emma’s Tea Room will be an unforgettable one and you will leave feeling well pampered. Our goal is to give you a serene and intimate atmosphere to relax and take in every moment of your bridal occasion.

A return to elegance is trending in wedding themes for 2013. With popular shows such as Downton Abbey and the remake of the literary classic The Great Gatsby coming to theaters soon, the roaring 1920s are making a comeback. Emma’s Tea Room fits right in with the return to elegance theme for weddings this year.

Here is what Emma’s Tea Room offers to meet some of your bridal needs:

Breakfast with the Bride
This is an elegant and stress-free way for you to host your bridal party and out-of-town guests on the morning of the wedding or the morning of the rehearsal. The tearoom is closed to the public until 10:30a.m. So there is plenty of room for you to mingle with your guests. [$13.50-$15.50 per person + tax and gratuity]

Bridesmaids' Luncheon
Consider honoring your bridal party with a refreshingly elegant luncheon at Emma's Tea Room. We have a private dining room which seats up to 10 guests, as well as a couple of larger rooms that can accommodate up to 30 guests. We will be happy to do a charm cake for your special luncheon to make it an occasion to remember. [$15 - $25 per person + tax and gratuity]

Bridal Shower
Emma's is a wonderful place for a bridal shower. We serve Elegant Afternoon Tea by reservation on Friday and Saturday from 3:30-5:30. Your guests will feel honored as they nibble on yummy tea sandwiches, scones, and teacakes. [$12.50 $22.50 per person + tax and gratuity]

Rehearsal Dinner
Emma's Tea Room is a lovely venue for an intimate, relaxing and elegant private rehearsal dinner. We will be open only to your party, so you will feel free to relax with friends and relatives. We ask that there is a minimum of 10 guests. [$18-$37 per person + tax and gratuity]

We specialize in catering small weddings of 150 or fewer. We have the proper licenses to work in any of the venues in town from Burritt on the Mountain to the Botanical Garden. Please allow us to give you a quote for your catering needs.

Thanks for reading.