Year after year Bonnie ensures the tearoom is decorated inside and out, from the hats pinned to the wall to the pictures a dear friend painted directly onto it to a painted teapot carved from a dead tree that stands post in front of the house. As the seasons and holidays change, so does the décor. “We are always taking things down and rearranging and decorating,” Bonnie says. “People love to see the changes inside and out.” In late April, visitors will see 25,000 to 35,000 daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths throughout the garden. In December, 10 Christmas trees are stationed throughout the entire tearoom, including one that stands year-round in a shower.
If you ask Bonnie, two components are key to her success: the food served for High Tea and the staff. Since the opening, many people have worked for her, including mothers and their children, even former customers. “People rave about my staff,” she says. “I’m so fortunate to have nothing but the best of gals. They are very interesting, they talk with the customers, and they tell them about the old house. We’ve had a lot of fun over the years.”