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Teas at Ruthmere

Ruthmere is known for tea.  We have a beautiful teapot collection, we have a tea and crumpets option for tour bus groups, and we've become famous for our "Downton Abbey Tea" events.  Ruthmere also offers "Tuesday's Teas at 2," featuring more casual teas every Tuesday in September and October. All teas will be open to the general public to attend.  Limited seating for each date, so register early.  It's tea time! 

Tea for All Seasons 2024

Wedding Etiquette Tea

Sunday, March 10th, 2024

Join us for our Wedding Etiquette Tea! Let Ruthmere guide you through the process of planning your perfect day from the big decisions to the smallest of details while you enjoy tea, sweets and champagne! Come learn wedding etiquette and planning from a panel of wedding professionals to answer all your questions to help you create your perfect day. Celebrate with your bridesmaids and mothers as you toast to your upcoming wedding!

The Panel of Experts consists of:
Dresses: Lily Reynolds Miller, Stephenson's of Elkhart
Photography: Beth Ann Anderson, Anderson Photography
Receptions: Matthew Sowers, Hotel Elkhart
Cakes: Doni Watson, D's Nutz Donuts of Edwardsburg, MI

(Note - this is not a regular Ruthmere Tea event. Recommended for brides & their wedding parties.) General admission $25. Reservations required with advance purchase or call 574-264-0330 ext. 103.

Mother & Me Tea


Sunday, April 28th, 2024

Join us for our Mother and Me Tea on Sunday, April 28, 2024 with tea food, sweets and an assortment of teas. This year's theme is Just Like Buttons, Mothers Hold Everything Together and special speaker Janet Sever Hull, author of The Button Box and other books, will give a talk on everyone's favorite fastener! Bring your button box to show off what holds your family together!

Our speaker for the Mother and Me Tea is generously sponsored by Debbie Kulwicki. Thank you!

Tuesday's Teas @ 2

September 3 - October 22, 2024

Let your day slow down every Tuesday afternoon, 2-3:30pm, during the months of September in Ruthmere's garden and October in Ruthmere's game room (unless weather permits outdoors). Watch the butterflies chase the dragonflies while you sip your tea. Bring your own favorite tea cup, or borrow one of ours. Meet your friends, make new friends, or enjoy a quiet seat alone to read a book. Our Tuesday Teas reflect a traditional afternoon English tea, offering scones and selected sweets with your favorite tea. 

[Note that if the tea is moved indoors, the Ruthmere Game Room is NOT ADA Accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience.]

Registration and pre-payment REQUIRED and registration is only accepted up through the Saturday before each tea.

Tea with Mrs. Claus

December 8 & December 15, 2024 from 2-4 pm

Come celebrate the holiday season at Ruthmere at our Tea with Mrs. Claus. Come hear the secrets that only the wife of the 'jolly ole' elf ', himself would know. The tables are set with our best china and linens, and our young ladies and gentlemen enjoy sweet tea, cookies and tea sandwiches made for little fingers while our grown-up guests are served an assortment of fine teas, sweets and savories. 

We are having Mrs. Claus come on two days this year! Come in your most festive attire and bring your lists, too! 



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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