* What: Holiday English Tea and Open House.
* When: 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.
* Where: Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, 201 High St.
* Admission: $25 adults, $5 children 4-12, $20 seniors 65 and older (includes museum tour).
* Phone: 423-267-7176.
* Website: www.thehoustonmuseum.org.
Officials with the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts hope to set a mood for holiday shopping with the annual Holiday English Tea and Open House.
This year, the Houston is partnering with Tea M'Lady to co-host the event on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. The event is a fundraiser for the Houston - the gift shop will be open.
"Attending a tea at the Houston has always been a delicious experience," says board member Marilyn Hoke. "But with our new partnership with Tea M'Lady, we will be treated to an added authenticity."
Delicacies will include trifle, scones, tiny sandwiches, tarts, cheese straws, petit fours and other specialties - and of course, tea, properly served.
Those taking tea this year can enjoy the exhibit, "The Allure of Tea." Some of museum founder Annie Houston's more memorable pieces have been displayed along with quotes of famous tea drinkers. The exhibit will run throughout the cooler months.