Fouke, AR-Elaborate and fancy tea party stories filled the imagination of a young girl named Ashley years ago. Her father would tell stories about her great grandmother attending tea parties at such places as the Grim Hotel in Texarkana. Participants would attend the formal dressed parties, many on the roof top of the hotel, where the ladies would talk of fashion, the news, the events around town and naturally they would drink tea. Ashley thought these stories of a bygone time were like fairy tales where noble ladies would chat for hours on end and make remarks about “how fair the weather is for this time of year,” or “how the clouds provide just enough shade for a cooler gathering.”
Years after those stories were told to the little girl, she grew up, and has a family of her own. Ashley Mathews is now at a stage in her life where she is remembering and telling others about the fairy tale tea party stories of her childhood. She realized that she had never been able to participate in such a party and had never had the excitement of dressing up before tea. It was during conversations with some friends that the idea struck and stuck…. why not have a tea party now? Instantly the idea developed from talk, into plans, and into a date. Ashely stated that the general feeling in Fouke was “How fun it be to bring this tradition alive again!”
With a little thought and planning, the group has their first Tea Party scheduled in Fouke. The ladies will be at the Scoggins house Saturday, October 7 at 2:30 P.M. Tea and refreshments will be on hand, yard games, and socializing will be on the schedule of events. Ashley says the event is open to any ladies, any age wishing to attend and a photographer will be on site to take pictures. They even have a make-up artist available for “make overs. When asked if formal dresses are the requirement for the event, she stated that they hope to have donations of dresses, costume jewelry, over the top hats, long elegant gloves and “all things girly” – and yes, your Four States News just published the word “girly” – for those who may not have access to such dresses or formal wear. The group plans to make this a seasonal event in the Fouke area. Ashely stated that anyone wishing to donate the costume jewelry, over the top hats, long elegant gloves or dresses should contact her directly. Ladies, church groups and non-profits from the area are being encouraged to sponsor a table at the event which would mean you could provide some of the decorations. Those interested in attending may contact Ashley, Courtney Miller, Brittany Gearlds, Angela Swatsell or Melissa Mims for more details on Facebook. You may also call 903-824-3942.