Grand Victorian Tea Reception

Contemporaneous with Galveston’s Dickens on the Strand, the Palmers and the Wiggses are hosting an elegant afternoon tea reception for the third year in a row. It will take place from 3:30pm-6pm on Saturday, December 1st at the historic Lasker Inn, located at 1019 16th Street in Galveston. As it is considered a semi-formal event with Victorian sensibilities (arms and legs covered please!), period costume is encouraged but not required. Adults and children 12 and over are invited to join the party by purchasing advance tickets by clicking the Purchase Tickets button below.

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Afternoon Tea vs. High Tea

The most elaborate and formal of teas is the afternoon tea reception. Historically speaking, the tradition of a more formal light meal was begun in early Victorian times by the Duchess of Bedford, a friend to the Queen. Often, it was served in the afternoon preceding special evenings of dancing and socializing. Therefore, guests would arrive in their evening attire to a multi-coursed light meal of excellent variety and flavor! The term “high tea” has been erroneously adopted in the U.S. to signify something special and dressy, when it was historically an afternoon meal served to hungry workers while standing up at a “high table”.

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Our Menu

You will be welcomed in and offered light refreshments before being seated in the dining room for the reception. After being seated, you’ll be treated to a four course light meal, beginning with a hot soup served with your choice of breads. A wide variety of tea-sized sandwiches will follow. Next will be the salad course, including a seafood salad and a fruit salad, served with a cheese tray. The grand finale will be a beautiful display of sweets and pastries. The meal will be accompanied by your choice of unlimited teas.

Your hosts are prepared to accommodate dietary restrictions. This can be noted in ticket purchase or you can contact us below with comments or questions.


Lasker Inn

Our setting, the Lasker Inn, is a Grand Colonial Victorian home, built in 1870 by attorney Marcus McLemore. It survived the Great 1900 Storm, and has been recently restored after Hurricane Ike to its former glory. Our guests are welcome to come early and take photos in the sitting rooms, especially since the Inn will be beautifully decorated for Christmas.

Tickets for the event

Tickets are limited and can be purchased on a first come first serve basis. If you find you are unable to attend refunds are available until 30 days before the event.

An updated link for ticket purchase will be posted soon.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the event or need to communicate dietary restrictions please use the following form to get in touch with us.

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Lasker Inn

1019 16th St
Galveston, Texas 77550