Princess Tea Party and Princess Diana Exhibit at the Frazier History Museum
I had the pleasure of attending a special event the Frazier History Museum hosted on Dec. 30th, the Princess Tea Party, sponsored by Sisters Tea Parlor. It was a delightful afternoon with my mom and my 6 year old son. Yes, I realize he is not a princess, but they made over him just the same and he got to see what it was like for my mom and I to talk about a beloved princess of our time, Diana, and to learn about history at the same time.
The afternoon started off with us being greeted by a Knight in Shining Armor who showed us upstairs to a special area for this unique event and then a fair maiden who showed us to our table.
The tables were beautifully set with china and plates that included mini scones, cookies, mouse and more! While we sipped on the “Lady Hannah Tea,” a pre-sweetened, caffeine-free, pink tea made of strawberry and blackberry, we got a tea etiquette lesson from the ladies of Sisters Tea Parlor themselves. We then got to participate in a “Fairytale Princesses vs. Real Princesses” trivia presented by Miss Rosie of the staff of the Frazier History Museum.
After enjoying all of the delicious treats on our table we were invited to get up and sample other tea flavors at the tea stations set up around the room. These included a Princess Tea, a vanilla spiced tea accented with gold dragees; a Paris in a Teacup, French caramel crème brulee and even pink lemonade for the kids. Stations were then set up where kids could decorate their own crown shaped cookie and could make their very own fascinator. The afternoon was filled with delight and joy!
We were then escorted to the third floor where we got to visit the “Diana: A Celebration.” This was truly a breath-taking experience. From the jewels to the childhood momentos, to the gowns, I just couldn’t soak in enough of it. We chose not to partake in the headphones which walked you through the exhibit, but they do make them available. Instead, we strolled and read the plaques as we went. We loved seeing the Fleur de Lis crown!
After learning a little about the Spencer Family women, we got to see a room full of Diana’s childhood artifacts and watched a short home video. It was oddly ironic to learn that she too was once a normal little girl, just like me.
We then entered into the room that held Diana’s wedding gown. We stood and watched the event from years ago play on the large screen tv and felt like we were right there! Being able to turn around and take in the fullness of that wedding gown was quite something! The length of the train and the accessories were just mind boggling!
We moved on to rooms that held numerous gowns and outfits from her time. One of my favorites was a light blue Easter suit, with matching coats for her sons. As a mom of two little boys myself, I loved seeing how great of a mom Diana was!
It was sad to move onto where her funeral and memorial was highlighted, but it was nice to remember her. To have lost such a beautiful person who did so much philanthropy work is a travesty. But, hopefully others who see her exhibit will let her spirit live in their hearts!
As we finished with the Diana Exhibit, we even took time to tour the Christmas around the World Exhibit to see all of the beautifully decorated Christmas trees that were themed from different countries! This is something the Frazier does every year and is definitely worth seeing!
Diana, a celebration runs through January 13 at the Frazier History Museum. For more info go to: http://www.fraziermuseum.org or to order via phone call (888) 71-TICKETS (888-71-842-5387). Tickets are $21.50 for non-member adults (ages 15 to 59); $19.50 for seniors (60+) and $10 for children (4 -14). Online and phone service fees will apply to all ticket orders. Special rates for museum members are available. Admission is $12 for adult members (18 and up) and $5 for members ages 4-17. Admission for all children age 3 and under is free. During “Diana: A Celebration,” museum operating hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday until 8 p.m. While there are currently no more Princess Tea special events planned, the Frazier sure knows how to do special events and I would highly recommend future events to anyone!