The John Paulding Historical Society hosted its first Tea & Hat Show on Saturday, May 10 at the museum in Paulding.
Museum volunteers beautifully decorated the dining area with fine china, fresh flowers, linen tablecloths and table favors for a lovely afternoon tea time. The table decorators included: Bargain Bin, Ethel Clark, Judy Wells, Mary Friend, Oakwood Arbor #759 (Gleaners Insurance Co.), Pam’s Prime Cut, Paulding County Area Foundation, Paulding County Carnegie Library, Paulding County Republican Women, Paulding County United Way, and Romaine Boundy.
The afternoon began with three young women – Jacee Harwell, Stephanie Habern and Treanna Bidlack – serving a luncheon of chicken salad on croissants, fresh vegetables and fruit, butter cookies, decadent petit fours, and bite-sized cheesecake cups. Each table had a “host” who tended to the hot water for the guests’ choice of teas.
After everyone was refreshed, Kim Sutton, JPHS president, introduced the three girls who then walked among the tables with their favorites of the collection of 500 vintage hats the museum owns dating back to the 1890s. They modeled a vast array of styles, including bucket, straw, pill box, juliette caps, and whimsies.
The tea and hat show was such a success, many attendees hope it becomes an annual tradition of the John Paulding Historical Society.
The museum’s next event is “Celebrating the Arts and Artists of Paulding County” exhibit from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 17. This exhibit will feature oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings. Admission is free.