Destination Tea: Tate House

Where:  Tate, Georgia
Style:  1920s mansion
Tea Selection:  6 loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Seasonal Tea Events
Reservations:  Required
Contact:  770-735-3122
Cost:  $60 Christmas Royal Tea Tour
Destination Tea Tips:  Come early if you want to visit the gift shop, which closes for the day at teatime. This beautiful venue is the perfect setting for a photo shoot, so leave time to explore the grounds and pause for pictures.

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Georgia afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia

Destination Tea Notes: In the words of one of our reviewers, “Tate House has everything you could want in a Christmas tea.” The “Pink Palace” — as it is known in the National Register of Historic Places — is built of Etowah pink marble that is said to be rarer than diamonds, sourced from the quarry in Tate House’s own backyard. Renovated to serve as a wedding venue, in 2007, Tate House began the tradition of welcoming the public for a holiday open house. We happily discover that their Christmas royal tea reflects the all-encompassing excellence of an experienced event venue. This afternoon tea menu wins our approval for being perfectly portioned, with a satisfying, balanced dose of savory and sweet.

After tea, it’s time to visit a Christmas wonderland. Tate House is dressed from head to toe in lavish Christmas glory that will have you humming carols as you enjoy your included self-guided tour of this 1926 mansion. General manager Marsha Mann says that every year, her team shops at Dallas and Atlanta marts to select the house’s decorations, and it takes them two weeks to decorate (you’ll see why). Smartly, these decorations are offered at a Christmas in July sale each year, to make room for the next year’s theme. The one-hour drive from North Atlanta is certainly worth it, especially if you make this an annual tradition to celebrate the season and while you’re there, snap some group photos in the dozens of beautiful holiday scenes throughout the property.

front porch at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Larger-than-life wreaths decorate the French doors overlooking a marble patio
English courtyard at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
The English courtyard entrance
back entrance decorated at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
The Italianate entrance with double staircase faces the pond
Christmas sleigh at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
So many scenes set for Christmas photos
Enter for tea at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Enter here to check-in for your teatime. We are asked to wait outside until teatime when names are called for seatings (if you have time to spare, this would be a good time to stroll the gardens).
Nativity at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Many couples are married in this outdoor gazebo, but for now, it’s home to the Nativity.
brick walkway at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Another beautiful spot for pictures, the brick catwalk
Christmas baubles at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
We see several friends taking pictures in front of the baubled birdbath.
Grand ballroom at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Entering the grand ballroom – picture perfect festive elegance!
candelabra centerpiece at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Holiday centerpieces with flickering electric tealights and frosted red berries
sequin covered tables at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Tables are set with champagne-colored sequin tablecloths
pink teaset at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Naturally, the Pink Palace must have pink teasets.
Christmas tree at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
This decked out 14-foot tree is only a hint of what’s to come on the self-guided mansion tour.

Tea Service

roses at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Loving the fresh roses for Christmas color
Champagne at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Delicious champagne starts off this tea on a proper festive footing.
teapots arrive at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Our server Julia is fabulous, accommodating and kind. Love this moment when the tray of pink teapots appears.
White Ginger Pear tea at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Each guest is served a 5-cup pot of tea, allowing us to share, which works out well as there are several delicious teas to try. The White Ginger Pear is a scrumptious white tea with just a hint of spicy ginger that recalls a certain partridge in a tree, and the days when fruits were given as holiday treats.
Holiday Spice tea at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
The Holiday Spice tea is perfect for the occasion…
lemon in Holiday Spice tea at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
..and its flavors are lifted by dropping in a slice of lemon. So good!

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Scones at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Smartly, 3-bite scones are perfectly sized to allow us to try the herb, plain and cranberry scone without getting overly full. We also appreciate our personal condiment trays with lemon curd, cream and orange marmalade.
butternut squash bisque at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Butternut squash bisque with toasted pepitas is served in the perfect cup to allow us to indulge in this creamy, fragrant soup without filling up on it.
savories at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
For the savories course, we enjoy Cucumber with Veggie Spread on Naan Round, Shrimp & Blue Crab Salad on Hearty Wheat, (my favorite) London Broil with Horseradish Cream Cheese on Rye, and Cranberry Chicken Salad on Bed of Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette.
desserts at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Brownies can sometimes be underwhelming, but at Tate House, they are the star. This decadent brownie drizzled with salted caramel is followed by a macaron and orange cranberry bar. Again, the mini desserts allow us to indulge without eater’s remorse.

Holiday House Tour

bride at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
In the ladies’ room, a bride of yesteryear
entering the self-guided tour at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
After tea, guests have about 30 minutes to tour the mansion, which is covered in Christmas regalia.
dining room decorations at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Rich reds in the dining room
gorgeous decorations at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
So many beautiful scenes for a family portrait
tree on the landing at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
At the top of the spiral staircase (with painted mural), Santa stands near a golden tree
beautiful mantle at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
A table for visiting by the fire in this bedroom
Angela Renals of Destination Tea at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Of course I must be photographed with a teapot
Christmas teapot collection at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
And speaking of teapots…this Christmas collection!
more teapots at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
In another room we find a cabinet of whimsical teapots galore
gift shop at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
The Pavilion next door houses a gift shop during the holiday season.
gift shop at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
Tables of Christmas decorations and gifts await, many of which echo the decorations chosen for the house each year.
scone mix for sale at Christmas Royal Tea Tour at Tate House in Georgia
We spy scone mixes in Orange Cranberry, Lavender and Gingerbread.
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