Guests donning “Downton Abbey” attire arrived at the home of Jennifer and Fred Heebe to music of the era performed by pianist Bill Malchow. Balmy weather allowed for “An Afternoon with WYES/’Downton Abbey’ Tea” to flow from the interior of the home to the expansive lawn where attendees could relax and sip tea or other beverages and specialty cocktails, such as a Carson’s Collins or a Lord Grantham’s Martini. Stunning floral arrangements were created by Dunn & Sonnier and life-sized cut-outs of the cast were scattered throughout the home. Lady Mary, Lord and Lady Grantham, Carson and a Highclere Castle backdrop were popular photo opportunities.
Moss Antiques sold jewelry, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting WYES. Guests could also peruse a silent auction, which included items such as signed prints from artist Terrence Osborne; metal sculptures from Luis Colmenares; a Beth Christina purse and wallet; Monique Lafontaine vintage-inspired cultured pearl and topaz necklace with chandelier earrings; gift certificates to various restaurants; a “Downton Abbey”-themed cookie basket; and myriad others.
An actress portraying Mrs. Patmore took up residence in the vintage-style kitchen of the home and greeted and chatted with guests who sauntered by. Tea service was set at either end of the dining room table and gracefully served by Tea Committee members and volunteers. Pigéon Catering provided the delicacies for the afternoon tea and passed hors d’oeuvres.
Tokens of appreciation were presented to home hosts Jennifer and Fred Heebe and Event Chair Jean Rice. Each received a commemorate “gong” engraved with the event name and date and a set of official “Downton Abbey” teas.
Proceeds from the event supported WYES’ mission of serving Greater New Orleans, southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast with educational, entertaining and enlightening programming.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “An Afternoon with WYES/’Downton Abbey’ Tea” benefiting WYES
When: Thursday, January 29
Where: Home of Jennifer and Fred Heebe