Success of the Mourning Tea

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Success of the Mourning Tea

The Mourning Tea was a huge success! All of the ladies (& gents!) enjoyed the tea and the mourning talk immensely! Kim Poovey started the tea by giving a talk about the mourning practices of the Victorian Period, which included dress regulations, portraits, traditions, and hair jewelry. It was quite informative, and I believe everyone learned a lot. Much of what the Victorians practiced for mourning are still with us today. Did you know that women have to wear mourning clothes for a certain number of years (depending on who had passed) while the men only had to wear mourning clothing for three months!

Once Kim was done giving her talk we served tea and food. The tea was Charleston Breakfast Tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation! It was very well received, which is good because we did have a mix up with the tea order. The tea we originally ordered was lost in the mail, and we were worried that the tea we had over-nighted wouldn’t make it on time. So we set out to find the tea, and thankfully Le Cookery on Hilton Head had some! They saved the entire tea and we are so thankful for their help! The Sugaree did an amazing job at catering the event! The food was delicious and almost all the plates were clean by the end of the tea!

The staff at the Heyward House is very appreciative for all the of help that we received from our event committee in planning the tea, and thankful for all of their hard work. We are also appreciative that so many people wanted to come to our event! We sold out of tickets just a few days before the tea was held, and people still wanted to buy tickets! We are glad that it was such a success, and we are pretty sure that the Mourning Tea might be a regular event!

Here are a few pictures from the Tea:

Set-up for the Tea 

Exhibit for the Mourning Tea 

Exhibit for the Mourning Tea 

Examples of Mourning Clothing 

Mourning Clothing 



Hair Jewlery 

Mourning Wreath made entirely out of hair 

More examples of Hair Wreaths 

3 Tiered Servers with Food 

Mini Eclairs & Lemon Bars 


Finger Sandwiches 

Dianne, one of the docents. 

Behind the Scenes Action! 

Kim Poovey giving her talk

Best Always, 

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