2022 High Tea Information

Dear Friends of Lura Turner Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities,

Greetings from Lura Turner Homes. Like you, I am heartened with the encouraging news that the COVID-19 infection rate is decreasing. We, however, are maintaining COVID-19 protocol at our facilities, the better to keep residents and staff and their loved ones safe and sound.

However, in light of the fact that the virus remains widespread in metro Phoenix, I decided to forgo an in-person High Tea, opting for a “drive-through” High Tea on Saturday, March 5. Two weeks ago, I invited past and current High Tea hosts to participate in this “alternative” High Tea. Now that they’ve given their input, I’m inviting LTH’s wider community to take part in our most popular fundraiser.

Hostesses will conduct their own High Teas in their homes, patios, church halls, club houses, etc.

I know the following is a bit lot to take in, but just follow the instructions and together, we’ll pull this off.

How to partake in Lura Turner Homes’ 23rd High Tea with the theme of “Return to Downton Abbey”:

If you’ve previously been part of a tea group hosted by a family member or friend, please contact that host to find out if they are hosting this year. If they are, please reserve a seat at their “in-home” tea party. If you don’t have a host to call, please contact Dixie at or 602-943-4789, and we’ll do our best to reserve a place at a location near you. We still have a need for hostesses, so if you’d like to so do, please let Max McQueen know at . Here are the details whether you are hosting, or just want a High Tea basket or two for you and yours.

Day and time of event? Sat., March 5th. You may schedule the time you want for your personal High Tea. Traditional time for High Tea is 4 p.m. But Queen Elizabeth accepts any time between noon and 3 p.m.

Where? Place of your choosing. Some ladies are hosting in their homes. Some in their backyards, Some in their backyards. Some in their church. Some at their club rooms. Anywhere, you choose. But YOU are in charge of the place, set up and invitations whether you’re hosting two friends on your patio or eight plus friends at your church, club house, etc.

How many: Again, it’s up to you to invite the number of guests. Most are inviting four to six in their homes; eight to 12 in public places, such as church fellowship halls.

How to order: By Tues., March 1st, please contact Lura Turner Homes at or 602-943-4789 to reserve the number of High Tea “baskets” you need. We will make ONE basket PER person, no matter how many you order. This way everyone gets exactly the same items.

How do you get the food, supplies, etc: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., March 5th, hosts (or their chauffeurs) are to pick up their pre-ordered High Tea “baskets” at Cross Roads United Methodist, Central Avenue and Northern. We will schedule pick-up times every 15 minutes.

What will be in the food baskets: Chicken Waldorf Salad on Croissant; Cream Cheese, Celery and Walnut on Raisin Bread; Scones with imported Devonshire Clotted Cream, Lemon Curd, Jam; one Chocolate-Covered Strawberry and assorted desserts, tea bags, and a miniature teapot filled with nuts, mints and lemon drops. Included for hosts are sturdy (cardboard) 3-tiered dessert trays. (Should you need a white round tablecloth or even a tea service, we’ll be glad to let you use ours – just let us know what you need as soon as possible.) The English Rose Tea Room donated 200 scones, so we’ll have to limit orders to 200 first come, first served.

Cost? $35 per High Tea basket, with proceeds benefiting the special needs residents of Lura Turner Homes. Please have guests make out checks to Lura Turner Homes and give them to YOU.

Questions? I know you’ll have questions on how to make your “in-home” High Tea a success. Please reach me at 602-943-4789 or so we can come up with creative solutions.

THANKS for your support and patience. Here’s praying next March, we’ll be back rubbing elbows over tea.

Most sincerely,
Max McQueen, Lura Turner Homes’ Executive Director