Celebrating Elegance and Joy: The 3rd Annual Hat Tea at Fasig-Tipton, Lexington KY
Welcome to the recap of the highly anticipated and enchanting 3rd Annual Hat Tea, held in April at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, KY.
I hosted this fabulous day, as always, in collaboration with Holly Hill Events and Chef Ouita Michel.
Once again, this hat tea proved to be an extraordinary celebration of fashion, culinary delights, and connection!
When the doors opened at 11:00 a.m., over 100 guests began to arrive, each greeted with a refreshing cocktail or mocktail as the rich sounds of cello and violin drifted through the air, courtesy of a very talented stringed instrument duo.
The ambiance was immediately set as attendees perused the pop-up hat shop, featuring my 2023 Spring hat line, The Rainbow Queen Collection.
For this collection, I drew inspiration from the late Queen Elizabeth II and her vibrant sense of style.
The hats displayed a kaleidoscope of colors, and I was honored and grateful to receive such a positive response to my new designs.
For this distinguished afternoon tea, and in honor of the Queen, I had specially dyed rainbow flowers made for my hat and they turned out beautifully!
In true Holly Hill Events fashion, every detail was meticulously planned and executed. The tables were dressed in striking rainbow-hued tablecloths, creating a stunning visual tapestry.
The attention to detail extended on to the plates themselves, which were adorned with flowers, handpicked from the property, adding a touch of natural beauty to the culinary artistry that Chef Ouita and her team put together.
Promptly at noon, guests were invited to take their seats and embark on a delectable journey of afternoon tea service, expertly crafted by Chef Ouita Michel and her culinary team.
Chef Ouita’s skillful presentation and culinary prowess brought forth a 5-course afternoon tea that was utterly heavenly and a truly satisfying dining experience.
Chicken salad gougere
Smoked salmon, cucumber & Benedictine
Kentucky silver dollar hoe cakes with mascarpone and cranberry pepper jelly
Dressed egg salad with shaved radish and caviar
Asparagus Bisque with creme fraiche, asparagus tips, chive and buttered croutons
Local spring lettuces, macerated strawberries, Capriole goat cheese, sugared pecans and sorghum vinaigrette
Mini Betty Ann Scones
Mini Cinnamon Scones
Whipped Sorghum Butter, Blackberry Jam, Apple Butter
Orange & Fennel Shortbread Cookies
Pavlova with Lemon Curd & Blueberries
Hummingbird tea cake with cream cheese icing
Each of these fabulous courses were paired with teas from my Polly Singer Loose Leaf, Artisan Tea collection.
As the Sweets course was beginning, I welcomed my special guest, Suzanne Smith (@crazyblondelifeblog), a North Carolina lifestyle blogger who traveled to Lexington to join us for this very special event.
Suzanne and I sat down together, engaging in a conversation that explored the joys and challenges of middle life, sharing our experiences in starting our businesses later in life, cultivating gratitude practices, and embracing a positive mindset- the idea being to inspire resonance with guests and create an atmosphere of camaraderie and personal empowerment.
As the tea service came to a close, it really felt like something special had just taken place.
My sincere gratitude to Suzanne Smith for coming to Kentucky and helping to bring something extra special to this year’s hat tea.
To Ouita, Teresa, Donna, and the entire Holly Hill Events team- thank you, thank you for your exceptional efforts in bringing this magnificent event to life.
And last, but certainly not least, my gratitude and appreciation to my guests who earmarked a spring Saturday to spend with me and then came dressed in vibrant attire and exquisite hats, contributing to the already festive atmosphere.
The culmination of passion, creativity, and collaboration made this day an extraordinary celebration of elegance, joy, and friendship.
If you missed this year’s Hat Tea, please know that I am already looking ahead to next year!
My mind is always turning as I think of new ways to make this annual Hat Tea a continued unforgettable and cherished tradition.
I hope to see you next year!