Last weekend I spent the most enjoyable afternoon of the whole year. Together with my granddaughter, Taylor, and her teddy bear, Flora, I attended a Christmas tea at Callanwolde, the former home of the Coca Cola founders here in Atlanta.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Callanwolde was built in 1920 as the home of Charles Howard Candler, eldest son of Asa Candler – famed founder of The Coca-Cola Company. From December 6 to December 17 the house, now a fine arts center, is dressed for the holidays by some of Atlanta's major interior and floral designers. Every room inspires and captures the spirit of the season.
Christmas at Callanwolde offers a variety of opportunities to celebrate the season, including tours of the house and special events like the Teddy Bear Tea I attended with my granddaughter. To say it was memorable for her, and for me, is a major understatement. I had never been to Callanwolde but, having been to a lot of these houses in my lifetime, I sort of knew what to expect. What I was not prepared for was the hospitality, warmth and holiday spirit of the event. Everything, to the last detail, was carefully and beautifully planned.
|The main entrance|
|My granddaughter and Flora, her teddy bear, arrive for tea at Callanwolde|
|Lindaraxa in the making|
|Okay Nani, this is getting boring.....|
|The main staircase|
|Taylor, Flora and Nani|
|The guests having tea served by volunteer members|
|Each place setting had a teddy bear cookie, a wish list for Santa and real porcelain teacups!|
|The tea buffet, including tea sandwiches, cookies, scones, cakes|
|'Getting ready for Santa|
|Santa meets Flora|
|An in-depth discussion of the gift list.....(notice Santa's goggles)|
|And here we are....the end!|
As my readers know by now, Lindaraxa is not easily impressed. This tea, on the other hand, will go down as one of the most memorable events I have ever attended. I know that being there with my granddaughter had a lot to do with it but, notwithstanding, the way it was planned and presented also deserves a lot of credit. Everything was top notch. No paper plates or tablecloths and real tea cups with real tea! It was more, much more, than I expected.
People have asked me if I will take her again next year. Of course I will if she wants to go; but when something this special happens by surprise, it's best to leave it alone and look forward to the next . I have always said a good time can't be planned, it just happens. It can be New Year's Eve in black tie or New Year's Eve in jeans by the fireplace or at the beach. Don't try to plan in anticipation of a good time, but enjoy it when it comes and savor every moment of it.
Merry Christmas to all
and to all
a good night
All photos Lindaraxa except #2 and #9 Callenwolde