Simple and Delightful
Glauser’s customers prefer Afternoon Tea served in their
homes. “People are so much more comfortable in their own
homes,” she explains. “They don’t have to be on their best
behavior like you feel you must be in a fancy tea room. Can I
use that spoon? My fingers? Does cream go in first or second?”
She often serves Afternoon Tea for book clubs and, on
occasion, will also cater for local events, including in 2016 when
the Cleveland Public Library hosted the original 1623 Shakespeare
First Folio. Glauser served tea at the exhibit’s opening.
To be sure, Glauser makes hosting Afternoon Tea simple and
delightful. Customers select from three options, named for her
two daughters and daughter-in-law: Queen Emma’s Tea, Princess
Sarah’s Tea, or Lady Jane’s Tea for a traditional Cream Tea. Each
option includes four different teas and Glauser’s scrumptious
homemade scones, which she bakes fresh on site.
“When the guests arrive, they can smell the scones
baking,” she explains. “It’s a lovely smell.” The scones are
served with Glauser’s homemade preserves, lemon curd,
and Devonshire cream.
Customers select two types of scone. There are seven on the
menu, including classics like lavender and lemon poppy seed,
as well as more contemporary takes – chocolate chip – and a
seasonal variety. She’ll also take requests. She did a tea over the
winter holidays with a gingerbread with a rum sauce frosting.
Depending on the option, Glauser’s Afternoon Tea can
also include a selection of finger sandwiches – the menu
again offers seven kinds – and additional sweet or savory
items, like Fairy Cakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, or
vegetable quiche. (View packages, pricing, and menus at
Best of all, her customers don’t need to lift a finger.
Glauser provides everything, including the vintage china,
table linens, silver, and the traditional three-tier serving
platter. “I only need a working oven,” she says.
Her Afternoon Teas get rave reviews, especially from
fellow tea-room enthusiasts. “I’ve had clients who have said to
me, ‘We have been to the Ritz and yours is much better,’” says
Glauser. “I take that as a wonderful compliment. I really do.”
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