The moment you enter Linda Schwarz’ secret garden room with its magical frogs, fairies and fantasy, the cares of the world disappear.
Her tea party tables are set with pretty, whimsical china and green ceramic frog tea pot for teddy bear and his friends. The welcoming “fairy godmother” proprietor is dressed in pearls, lace and pink satin.
Schwarz’ downstairs fantasy tea room was created after months of tapping her decorating, culinary, secretarial and seamstress skills and dipping into about $10,000 for renovations.
“The (fantasy forest) murals were ordered from the U.S., the fairies I’ve collected from all over and I make my own silk flower fairies too.
“I sewed (lime green and yellow) slipcovers for the chairs and the special place mats designed for round tables. The idea is for people to book a theme for their tea parties right now it’s fairies, princess or movie star and they can dress up in costumes. I will be creating a pirate theme soon.”
Adults who believe are not forgotten in the scheme of things.
“Parents can sit at one table with children at another and they can all take part in activities which include crafts, mini-cures, make-up glamour sessions or games such as Pin the Wings on Tink (played like pin the tail on the donkey.)”
Guests can book ahead for their tea party, choosing items from a list of tea sandwiches including delicacies like butter and berry or sweets, teas and beverages. Fresh fruit (pineapple, strawberries) chips or pretzels are included. Bottomless drinks for youngsters have mouth-watering choices like pink lemonade, ice tea, pop or juice. Fancy finger sandwiches or sweets are served on three-tiered china cake plates and guests go away with a lasting memento.
“I take pictures of everyone at the party sitting with my mural backdrop so they’ll have a memory of their time at Wymsical Tea Parties. The photos are also a good record for me of who has come out to have tea.” said Schwarz.
The converted lower area which includes a wardrobe of dress-up clothes, mirrors and change-room, dining room and kitchen area upgrades as well as doing market research, buying tea supplies and getting her business license took months of planning and lots of money. However Schwarz is ready to reap the rewards of her investment with her new home-based business.
“I hope people hear about this and pass the word around,” she said. “It cost lots of money and time for me and my husband to set up the tea room but people who have booked parties have been very happy. I’m still changing menu items and I’m using all my skills right now I’m taking a floral design course at Flowers, Flowers, Flowers. I have ready-made dress up clothes for the kids but because I’m a seamstress, I want to find the time to sew my own fantasy costumes.”
Special features of Schwarz’ unique fantasy tea room include artificial trees with hiding fairies and ceiling draped with mini-lights in a sheer fabric netting.
“When you turn off or dim the lights, it creates a very nice, cozy atmosphere that people tell me is very magical. I want kids to experience fantasy and know that anything can happen.”
For more information about Wymsical Tea Parties phone Linda Schwartz at 250-964-7625 or email email@example.com.