Where: Ball Ground, Georgia Style: Early 1900s Southern home Tea Selection: 20+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Tuesday to Saturday, 11, 1 or 3 Reservations: Reservations required Contact: 770-568-3945 or reserve here Cost: $35 Seasonal Afternoon Tea; $30 The Southern Charm Afternoon Tea; $25 The Duchess of Bedford Afternoon Tea; $20 Teen Tea (ages 11 to 17); $18 The Light Afternoon Tea; $16 Princess/Superhero Tea (ages 6 to 10); $13 Cream Tea Destination Tea Tip: The Grande Event is reservation only, for their lunch service as well, which includes salads, sandwiches and tea plates.
Destination Tea Notes: About one hour north of Atlanta, Carolyn Lyle opened The Grande Event teahouse this summer, in a beautifully renovated early 20th century home. With preserved original walls, floors and hardware, the rooms here are picture-ready for elegantly dressed friends to capture a memorable teatime photo. Don’t come here expecting the dainty finger sandwiches of a British afternoon tea. Cara’s years of catering experience show in how she styles her menus, featuring many of the favorites served in a traditional Southern tearoom, with scone and dessert selections changing daily. Each guest is asked to choose their own menu, perfect to accommodate friends with varying appetites. Friendly, accommodating servers check on us to make sure we have everything we need, but never make us feel rushed. It’s early days at this new teahouse, and we look forward to return visits to see how The Grande Event develops its offerings (like new Harvest and Christmas afternoon tea menus) and expands its gift shop to feature more local vendors.