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Tea Parties in the Parlor

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Photo courtesy of Lucas Jensen

Parlor games were entertaining activities for both children and adults during the age of the Victorians. Whether Blind Man’s Bluff, Balderdash, or anything in between, games in the parlor were something to look forward to when visiting with siblings, cousins or friends.

Afternoon tea, in contrast, was often a quieter time for polite conversation and good manners. The snacks were sweet and the sugar cubes were hopefully plentiful. Does this sound like a relaxing way to spend an afternoon?

Fairlawn Mansion offers tea parties that can be part of a birthday get-together, a club meeting, or just about any occasion. For younger party-goers, there is a two-hour party that includes dressing up in hats, feather boas and gloves, ending with a fashion show in the grand hall. The kids also enjoy parlor games, making tussie-mussies (flower bouquets), and a tea party with pink lemonade and sweet frosting-covered wafers. These tea parties start at $120 for a group of eight little party-goers.

For the still young at heart but slightly older crowd, catered luncheons and a private tour of the mansion are often the interest. These parties work well as bridal showers, baby showers, or other celebrations, but you won’t need any excuse to enjoy Fairlawn’s beautiful interior as you spend time with loved ones and friends! These parties, which include a tasty catered meal for a minimum of 10 people, start at $25 per person. If a tea party sounds like a delightful event for your next occasion, give us a call to chat about options for designing a party at Fairlawn that can easily include your personal touch.

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Photo courtesy of Lucas Jensen

Want Fairlawn to be the setting for your next party?
Call our Museums Administrator at 715-394-5712 for more information.

The Season of Weddings

Tying the knot during warmer summer months has long been a tradition, so what better time to talk about weddings at Fairlawn Mansion. Beginning with the Pattison family in residence, weddings have been celebrated in the mansion and on the grounds with both lavish extremes and simple, quiet elegance.

No less than four brides descended the grand staircase of Fairlawn when it was home to Martin, Grace and their children, beginning with Martin and Grace’s  nieces, Eva Irene Thayer and Mary Ann Growling on the occasion of their double nuptials, June 3, 1896.

Two later weddings followed in rapid succession when another niece, Grace Margaret Frink was wed September 7, 1902 and daughter Ethyl Mary exchanged vows in October of the same year.

Such weddings were considered high social occasions in the town of Superior, often times with numerous fetes being held for days before the big event, all described in great detail by local news reporters.

One historical account from our archives reported on a wedding breakfast at the mansion, “The breakfast room was most handsomely decorated and was a marvel of exquisite taste and skill.”

For the wedding of Grace Frink, another archived report describes the lavish decorations throughout the mansion. “The spacious dining room was in pink with the mantle banked in sweet peas and ferns, while pink roses graced the table. The hall, where the wedding ceremony was performed had been transformed into a bower of beauty. The mantle was banked with sweat pea and ferns, while festoons of ferns hung from the ceilings, and were caught in the center by a large ball of white asters. The stairway was draped with sweat pea and Elysium.”

Modern Fairlawn couples prize the mansion for its elegant décor and intimate setting to host a wedding that transcends the ordinary. Whether they chose to fill the mansion with floral arrangements as did Fairlawn brides of the past, or opt to go sans decoration, their wedding ceremony is a beautiful sight to behold.

For more information on rental of Fairlawn Mansion for weddings and other special occasion events, email our Events Coordinator or phone 715-394-5712 during business hours.