First Christmas Dinner at Belle Grove Plantation

Dec. 27th 2013

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Down in Belle Grove-ville

Liked Christmas Dinner a lot…

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Yummy morsels

Tidbits, nibbles and dollops

Were greatly sought!

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 When those, young and old, sat down to the feast.

And they feasted! And they feasted!

And they Feasted, feasted and Feasted.

They started with ham, a spiraled brown sugar glazed beast

And followed with Horseradish Mash Potatoes to say the least!

And Then

They passed the Harvest Vegetables and Sweet Potatoes Mashed

And the Butternut Squash with Cranraisin and Spinach was even passed.

There was Chutney made of Orange and Cranberry

A sweet and tart delight that is red as a cherry.

And crescent rolls that were lost to those that tarry.

Lastly upon the plate sat deviled eggs by the dozen

Enjoyed by all down to the last one.

The last was saved for the chef as reward for a job well done.

And what happened then…?

Well…in Belle Grove-ville they say

That each small stomach

Grew three sizes that day!

And the minute their pants didn’t feel quite so tight,

They whizzed around the Mansion Tour until the last light.

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And as the last left Belle Grove-ville

And drove out of sight,

The Darnell Family called after

“Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!”

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Tea for Two . . . Days!

Dec. 26th 2013

This past weekend, Belle Grove Plantation hosted not one but two Holiday Afternoon Teas!

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On Saturday was our Holiday Afternoon Tea that was open to the public.

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On Sunday, we hosted a Holiday Afternoon Tea for a private party.

On the menu for our tea:

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Cranberry with Pecan Scones and Apricot with White Chocolate Scones

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Ham and Cheese Mini Quiches

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Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper Tea Sandwiches

Roast Beef with Roasted Red Pepper and Blue Cheese Tea Sandwiches (Saturday’s Tea)

Roast Beef with Roasted Red Pepper and Horseradish Tea Sandwiches (Sunday’s Tea)

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Italian Puff Pastry Shell with Orange Cream

Coconut Bonbons

We served a choice of two flavors of tea:

Classical Earl Grey

Spiced Apple Cider

Saturday’s Tea gave us another first for us!


We had our first young ladies attend Afternoon Tea with us! They were so wonderful!

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Sunday’s Tea also brought us another young lady! She was just so sweet!

Sunday’s Afternoon Tea had also requested a special guest!


The Official Plantation Dog

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They brought him treats and lots of hugs!

It was an elegant weekend filled with wonderful ladies!

Thank you to all the ladies who attended our First Holiday Tea on Saturday!

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Thank you to the OXOX Ladies who attended our Holiday Tea on Sunday!

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