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Miss Spenser's Special-Teas & Bed & Breakfast

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3220 Wyoming Street New Virginia, Iowa 50210, United States 641-342-1547 Website

Miss Spenser's Special-Teas hosts monthly 'special tea' events on selected days. Events include: Traditional Afternoon Tea Meals served the British way along with unique and special dramatic programs that are new and different each month. Traditional Afternoon Tea is a FULL meal served in delicious, small bites; an English ceremony to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Each tea tray is specially prepared with love and detail as we strive not only to nourish, but feed your soul as well. Tea Trays include: a variety of finger sandwiches and savories; scones with toppings; and an assortment of delicious sweets along with a bottomless pot of tea. We count it a privilege to serve you and hope that Miss Spenser's will become a favorite celebration destination! Shop on-line for our delicious gourmet teas! www.missspensersspecialteas.com See our articles featured in Tea Time Magazine March/April 2009 and September/October 2011 as well as Country Woman, April/May 2011 In addition to our lovely tearoom - stay in our Carriage House B&B.

Recent reviews

    • Karen B

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      Today, Miss Spenser created a Jane Austin Picnic, brought to us in a Picnic Basket, felt we should have gone out to the lawn to enjoy it in the country setting. Sandwiches, scones and sweets were perfect with the selection of tea today.

    • deborah

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      I was able to attend their special Irish Christmas Tea as my Christmas gift from a dear friend. We had a lovely time! The tea room is filled with all sorts of tea paraphernalia for looking and some for sale. The full menu tea was served quickly to a packed room and we had lots of time to chat and eat and looking about at all sort of nick knacks. The food a beautifully plated and served and tasted excellent. I especially liked the use of the many Irish treats included since it was Irish themed. Someone did a nice bit of research there! The owner's daughter had recently been to Ireland and managed a decent Irish accent in her recitation for our entertainment. Even with another setting after ours, we didn't feel rushed to leave as the staff began ringing up sales they still took time to talk to us about what was served or items on sale. All in all, a lovely time was had by us. Thank you.

      Tearoom response:

      Deborah, thank you so much for the thorough review. We are so glad that you had a nice time last weekend....it is always a joy to read notes like yours

    • Sally Dulinsky

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      Yummy tea food supplemented by delicious black Ceylon tea in a neverending full cup. Four different types of finger sandwiches on four varieties of bread, sponge cake, butterscotch bar, a dainty thumbprint cookie and flaky scones with lemon curd mixed into clotted cream. Everything was delightful to the eyes and the tongue. Miss Spenser provided a historical presentation about a woman suffregette with gusto! It all made for an extremely fun day!

      Tearoom response:

      Sally, thank you for bringing Sarah and Laura to tea this past weekend. So glad that you enjoyed the prairie tea. After we learned what we did about the prairies...we just had to share with our other friends...so glad you enjoyed it!!! Always a joy serving you...thank you for your continued love and patronage.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and family

    • Nancy Friday

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      A lovely event yesterday highlighting the Women's Suffrage movement. Miss Spenser, dressed in an appropriate period dress, hat and gloves, gave a rallying cry requesting our support for the effort. We responded by cheering and clapping our hands. She then shared history about the efforts of the Suffragettes which led to the eventual success of their quest, providing women the right to vote. Our food and tea were, as always, elegantly presented and delicious! Iowa is fortunate to have this lovely family and their tea room!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Nancy thank you so much for your kind words.

    • Teresa Peterson

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      Yet another great experience today at Miss Spenser's! We especially enjoyed the women's suffrage program. Can't wait to return next month.

    • Jon

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      Peace and Tranquility, two commodities in life often sought and seldom found. These qualities offer us an increasingly rare window to the here and now. Allow us to trade in the present and enjoy it's fleeting pleasures. If, indeed, we regard these values as treasured then we must draw a correlation with Miss Spenser's Special Teas. A rare gem that regards their guests as old friends and comforts are gratis. This was a unique experience that should never go overlooked.

    • Toni Kelley

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      This was my first time at a Spencer Tea. I couldn't have been more pleased . They had a wonderful array of little sandwiches and and sweet treats. The Titanic tea full bodied Rich flavor that set the mood for for the program which was very moving. I hope to go again soon, every aspect of the Tea excellent!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much Toni for taking time out of your busy day to leave a review. It means so much. It was our pleasure to have you here...we are so glad that you enjoyed the tea food menu, the Titanic tea that was blended especially for this event, and that you found the program moving...that blesses us. Thank you! Looking forward to your return visit. Warmly, Donna

    • Barbara Lombardi

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      I have enjoyed the Special Teas for close to two years at Miss Spenser's Tea Room and have enjoyed every one immensely. The attention to detail of the menu as it relates to the theme of the day is particularly delightful. The food is delicious and I highly recommend experiencing a tea at Miss Spenser's Tea Room.

    • Myrna

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      Miss Spenser's never disappoints. Their food is tasty, the setting transport s you to a British tearoom and the drama presentation is so believable and professionally done. We are very fortunate to have it in central Iowa.

    • Carol Matthews

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      You leave your cares at the door and you feel transformed into a time where people took the time to enjoy the good things of life. It is such a relaxing experience at Miss Spencer's, I can hardly wait until the next time.

    • Mary

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      Every time I've gone, it has been a fun experience and very relaxing. Very nice tea room and a nice variety of gifts to browse through. And the food is always great.

    • Jan Denton

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      I took my three daughters and daughter in law to experience your real English tea, and they all agreed it was an unusual and fascinating time which we do not have here in Des Moines. The country setting was wonderful as our children were raised on an acreage. Thank you for the unique occasion.

    • Margaret Lee

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      I just enjoy the TEAS!! Mine never tastes that good. The sandwiches are very tasty and not something I would fix for myself. The atmosphere is always relaxing and being an old farm girl, I enjoy the drive there through the country. May God continue to bless your venture.

    • Penny

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      The Jane Austen Iowa Regional group returned to Miss Spenser's for another scrumptious tea highlighted by a wonderful performance of Emma by Miss Spenser. How fortunate we are to have an elegant English Tea Room with such fine interpretations of Austen's work!

    • Lisa Cruchelow

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      Miss Spenser's Tea Room and BandB is a beautiful please. The tearoom is elegant and so pretty great place to bring your friends. The BandB is nice and romantic my hubby surprised me in June and we both really enjoyed ourselves. The best part is we only had to drive 30 min. south to escape the city. So come out and support the locals!

    • Maddy

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      I enjoyed my experience at Miss Spenser's. A beautiful environment. Great food, and great service. Can't wait to go again!!

    • Sue

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      Perfect in every way! A must go to place!

    • Diana Stoll

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      We had a wonderful experience at Miss Spensers special teas. Great food, lovely setting, fun Anne of Green Gables portrayal. It was a delightful evening.

    • Sally Dulinsky

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      Yummy loose leaf tea served along with traditional three tiered tea tray and super good food! There's always the fantastic cucumber sandwich and tasty scones plus other delightful foods aligned with the tea's theme. The program this month was the nursery at Downton Abbey and featured clothes from that era for children and information about the clothes. Very, very fun tea party!

    • Annestasia Alderson

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      I just had my first visit to Miss Spencer's Tea Room and must say that I was very pleased. The decorations were gorgeous, the food was superb, and the service was AMAZING! My family arrived late due to a mix up regarding the time, but the staff was very understanding and welcoming despite our mistake. We were sure to tell the staff upon making our reservation that my 7 year old little sister would be coming, and, to our surprise, upon sitting down at our table she was presented with her own plate of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cheese sandwiches. What service! We plan making visiting Miss Spencer's Tea Room a family traditon.

    • Rene'

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      My recent first visit to the tea room was wonderful!! We were quite late arriving due to a mix up on my part and they were quite pleasant and accomodating about it. My youngest daughter did not like her first taste of tea, and was offerred chocolate milk in her teacup. She was also given a tray of her very own peanut butter and jelly tea sandwiches. She was so pleased!!! We really enjoyed our visit and plan to go again.

    • Rachel

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      Miss Spenser's Special Teas is truly incredible. The tea room is absolutely gorgeous and it provides a relaxing atmosphere with such charm. The food is divine and the service is fantastic. The lovely Miss Spencer's performances are full of eloquence and beauty. I have attended the Titanic tea and the St. Patrick's tea and both were truly brilliant.

    • Barbara Lombardi

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      My daughter and I have attended several themed teas and enjoyed everyone one of them. The tea and food are always perfectly paired with the theme and are delicious. Donna and Spenser are gracious hostesses who make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. We will be back for many more!

    • mary jack

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      Attended the Christmas Tea this afternoon, and was again enchanted by the delicious food, gracious hospitality, and amazing literary performance by the lovely Miss Spenser! Such an outstanding tearoom and most memorable experience. You couldn't ask for a more delectable time!

    • Dawn Kappelman

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      I LOVE going to Miss Spenser's' it holds a special place in my heart:) The service and food is always impeccable!! Donna and Spenser make you feel right at home and love all their guests. No one could ever be disappointed!

    • Karen

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      Miss Spenser's is a wonderful tea room. Food and entertainment is the best. The way the food is displayed on the 3 tier center display is fantastic and the best food you will find anywhere. Their tea room is the way I think of a tea room being and you are always FULL when leaving.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Karen for the review! We are glad that you enjoyed our Valentine Tea party...it's one of our favorite teas...we enjoy all things 'hearts!' Hope you have a great Valentine's Day today!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna

    • Jean Craig

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      Really enjoyed our visit to Miss Spencer's. It was well worth the drive!

    • Karen S

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      Food is Yummylious. guarantee to satisfy every man, women, child. B&B is exquisite for food, romance, price. Can't wait to stay there again

    • Emily Blythe

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      My mother and I attended the Ritz tea today at Miss Spenser's, and it was WONDERFUL! The service was excellent, the location is picturesque, and the food was delicious! The live harp added an elegant touch. We will definitely be back!

    • Candy Hodges

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      If you have a 'Bucket List' and haven't been to Miss Spenser's Tearoom you must make it a point to do so. You will make memories you will never forget. Attending teas at Miss Spenser's is one of my most favorite past times. I am a devout Downton Abbey fan and loved the tea presented by Miss Spenser's. It was fun to pretend that I was a part of that glorious time period of such grace and nobility. Miss Spenser's transported me back in time albeit the atmosphere, fashions,program and food. Nothing was lacking in making my experience a memorable one.

      Tearoom response:

      Char, we are so glad that you LOVED the Edwardian Fashion Show...we consider your review a compliment as you are an avid collector! Thank you for taking the time to write the review and for all your kind words...your continued support and love means so much.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Wendi Taylor

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      Had to upload a couple of photos from the Black Beauty literary tea we attended on 6-21-14. Miss Spenser's always excels in every detail. Lady Donna is such a gracious hostess and Miss SPenser always expresses the heart of each program with finesse and clarity. The Arabian Nights tea served with this meal was astoundingly smooth and flavorful. The food is beautiful, precise and dainty. The grounds are immaculate. What a wonderfully fresh and romantic place Longview Farms is. Do yourself a favor and attend a tea soon!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Wendi...my goodness, what can we say, but THANK YOU for the sweetest review. Thank you so much. This kind of review is what keeps us going! Many times at the end of the day, our feet are tired and we feel weary, but reviews like this are reminders of why we do what we do...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...it was truly a blessing and warmed our hearts.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Jenny N.

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      As always, what a delight Miss Spenser's is to me! The encore presentation of Downton Abbey was a 'sweet' surprise. Thank you Lady Donna and Miss Spenser for a wonderful day. Delicious menu, flavorful tea and excellent entertainment and company! Miss Spenser's never disappoints.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jenny...WOW...you made our day when you said you felt like you walked into a scene from Jane Austen...those are our sentiments too...so to hear someone else agree, we felt very excited!! It truly is pretty out here in the country...makes tea time all the better! Thank you so much for leaving the review; we look forward to sharing the American Girl Teas with you and yours!!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Debbie Sarna

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      One of the most enjoyable experiences! Food was awesome and the entertainment phenomenal

    • Karla C.

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      When patrons are willing to travel during a tornado warning to attend a themed tea party, you know that Miss Spenser's is something special. Everything about Miss Spenser's is lovely, cozy, and delicious - elegant Victorian décor, scrumptious tea sandwiches and desserts, and perfectly brewed tea. I've never been disappointed and look forward to going again and again.

    • Diane

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      This is a fantastic Tea Room! Been there 3 times now and never a dissapointment about anything! Food, tea, program and congeniality are all 5 star! Last time visited was the Downton Abbey program - wonderful!

    • Pam

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      Miss Spenser's Tearoom never disappoints! We had another much needed break from reality. Miss Spenser a.k.a. Scarlett, transported us to a classic scene from Gone With The Wind. So much thought and practice goes into each performance, we are always delightfully entertained. The menu is always theme related and truly delicious, served to you on your own tiered tray. You are also treated to a bottomless cup of fabulous tea. Donna & Spenser are so friendly, they make you feel like the only person in the room. I would highly recommend a trip to Miss Spenser's Tearoom to unwind and relax, if only for a short time.

      Tearoom response:

      Pam, it's always fun having you attend our tea parties...thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your continued patronage!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Marlene Risinger

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      The Tea Room experience was a very special one,,,,we were celebrating our sister ,Molly's birthday,,,& she was so thrilled to have this wonderful experience ,,,to go back in time, is so much fun & Miss Spencer was such a joy to watch as she turned into Scarlett right before our eyes! We definitely be back,,,soon! Thank you for the wonderful memories & superb eats! Yummy!the atmosphere was excitement with the anticipation of Scarlett appearing & our delicious menu!

    • Diane Yates

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      I was very impressed with every aspect of the Gone with the Wind tea experience. I have visited many tea rooms over the years, and this was the best by far. I was particularly delighted with the imaginative and delicious food selections. The attention to detail and the themed entertainment make this a delightful experience.

    • Mom/Grandma

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      We had the privilege to attend the Irish Tea. Our Granddaughter was visiting here from Indiana and we brought our Granddaughter here from Marion. Spenser is our Granddaughter also and we are so proud of her unending talents. It was a very special time for all of us. The presentation of the food was beautiful and tea cup never ran dry. Guaranteed you will not be disappointed. We had a wonderful time.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear mom...what can I say...you're the best cheerleader ever...everything I know comes from you. Thank you so much! Love you, Donna and family

    • Michelle

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      Went to the Downton Abbey Tea. It was a delightful experience, informative of the era in clothing, culture, and food. No spoilers for the show, and the atmosphere was perfect.

    • Stacey and Jim

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      My husband and I enjoyed a lovely overnight at Miss Spenser's bed and breakfast. We were treated with such kindness and hospitality- such a relaxing and enjoyable experience! every detail is looked after. Highly recommended, and we will back for another stay soon.

    • Lani Willi

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      Miss Spenser's Special Teas are indeed special. The tearoom and its ambience are wonderful. Lady Donna and Miss Spenser serve wonderful traditional teas with the Three S's (Savories, Scones, Sweets) on the requisite three-tiered servers. The food, tea, and service are all wonderful, and they are both so warm and welcoming as well as being so talented. Spenser's character-ization of the tea's theme is delightful. Sometime she even offers harp music during the tea. We drive over 3 hours to experience a tea, and it is worth every mile!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Lani: Thank you so much for the very heart warming review...this made our day! We so appreciate the fact that you drive so far to attend our teas...thank you for your commitment...we are pleased that you enjoy them!! <BR> <BR> Thanks again...blessings to you this week,<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Ronda Kelley

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      Always an enjoyable & pleasant experience at Miss Spenser's. We hadn't been able to attend a tea event there in over a year so we were thrilled to be able to attend the Downton Abbey tea. It was such an enjoyable afternoon. Delicious food, warm soothing loose leaf tea & great conversation. Also bought some caramel oolong tea to bring home & had a cup last night. Sooo good!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Ronda - thank you so much for coming down this past weekend...it was such a joy to have you and Jamie here again...been way too long!! We are so glad that you had a good time...thank you for your support and leaving a review, it means so much!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Belinda Stuva

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      The Downton Abby tea was perfect,as always! Love,love,love this tea room!

      Tearoom response:

      Belinda...thank you so much for the very kind review...we definitely feel the love and appreciate your support!! It is our pleasure to serve you and yours tea the British way...thank you for allowing us this opportunity!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Maggy

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      This is the place to go to escape the hectic world, enjoy beautiful surroundings, wonderful tea and food and gracious hosts.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Maggy...thank you so much for attending our Downton Abbey tea this past weekend...it was such a pleasure meeting you! We were so blessed to receive the beautiful china...anxious to use it! We have both been sipping tea out of the pretty cups this week...we think everything tastes better in a Haviland! (SMILES). Thank you again for blessing us with the china and the review!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Donna Akins

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      Today's Downton Abbey tea and program were well prepared and presented. What a warm and inviting place to spend a winter Saturday! Can't wait to go back again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Donna: Thank you so much for attending our NEW Downton Abbety Tea...we are so glad that you enjoyed it and happy that you brought your friend Karen! It was nice meeting her. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Beverly

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      There is no other tea room like Miss Spenser's! Today many women, one brave man and I enjoyed the Downton Abbey tea and treats and a special dramatic presentation about a wealthy young American woman hoping to meet the man of her dreams in England! Superb! Once again, it was fun to introduce someone new to this one-of-a-kind experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Beverly for such a nice review...we are so glad that you enjoyed our NEW Downton Abbey Tea Party...we had a lot of fun planning it. Thank you for supporting us...we appreciate it so much!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Denise Greenlees

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      Tea at Miss Spenser's is always a delight! Donna and Spenser and the rest of their family are warm-hearted and wonderfully hospitable. They do a fabulous job making one feel a very welcome and pampered guest and the food and tea that is served is not only delicious but is beautifully presented. Time spent with them is certainly time well spent.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Denise, thank you so much for leaving a review...it means so much! It is always a pleasure having you and your mother attend and event...it was such a surprise to see you were amongst the group that day! Please come again soon...have a blessed day!<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jana Teachout

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      My mother and I have attended Miss Spenser's tea room twice and both times have been exceptional. The food is prepared with care, and the atmosphere is warm and delightful; it's an experience to share with friends and family. Mom and I will visit again in the future.

    • Carol

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      The hospitality, the presentation, and the excellent food are all reasons to like Miss Spenser's. Donna, Spenser and the other members of her family always make us feel welcome and comfortable. The variety and quantity of food served are amazing. This time, Donna's son Zachary played a variety of holiday tunes on an electric keyboard. The choice of tunes was excellent and the volume allowed us to enjoy the music and continue our conversation. We'll be back.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Carol: What a pleasure to serve you and yours tea! We feel so blessed that guests bring their friends here to Miss Spenser's; our friendship horizon has definitely expanded! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Laura

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      What can I say about my time at Miss Spenser's? Words can hardly express the experience you will enjoy when having tea at Miss Spenser's. You will be greeted at the door (or even in the driveway) with a warm smile and a welcoming hug. As soon as you find your seat, you start to relax. The tables are always amazingly decorated, and soon after sitting, you will be greeted by a warm cup of delicious tea. When the food arrives, you will find it to be arranged on tiered trays, and will find the food to be delicious. When the programs start, you will find yourself hanging onto every word, and when it ends, you will find yourself wanting to hear more. If you haven't had the opportunity to have tea at Miss Spenser's you need to find the time- it will not be something that you regret.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Laura, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...we always love it when you come. We are so glad that tea time at Miss Spenser's brightens your week...we do not take that lightly and feel honored that you feel that way! <BR> <BR> Thank you again!! Blessings to you as you start your new job!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • arLene Shannon

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      Miss Spenser's Tea Room is quite a treat. The ambience is warm and cozy with lovely Victorian touches. The teacup is filled often and the 3-tiered tray is filled with homemade treats to delight any foodie. But the best part is the performance of Miss Spenser when she goes into the character that is the theme of the tea and entertains with panache.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Arlene: Thank you so much for leaving us a review! It means so much. We so enjoyed meeting you and your friend from Indiana!! We hope that you will come again soon...it is our pleasure to serve.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Kathy

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      Just attended 'A Christmas Carol Tea'! What a wonderful time. This was a Christmas present from a very dear friend. It was a perfect gift. Looking forward to attending another event.

    • Norma C.

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      We had a great time as always! It was all perfection!

    • Bonnie Miner

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      Today was my first visit to Miss Spenser's Tea Room and what a wonderful time! The decor, food & fellowship were delightful; will return again.

    • Vickie Robb

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      My first time at Miss Spencer's...This was truly an exceptional Ladies Tea experience! The beautiful Victorian decor played a part in the experience; so elegant! I was there for The European Adventure. The food was so tasty and beautifully displayed. The tea was great as well. The service was great. They always kept your tea cup full. I loved hearing about their trip to England and Germany, and the proper way to have tea! I definately plan on going again soon!

    • Heather

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      What an exceptional experience. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but after attending the Willie Wonka Tea, I am quickly scanning my calendar for the next tea that I can attend!!

    • Claire

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      This was the best English tea I have ever experienced..and that includes teas in London..at Buckingham Palace and Fortnum and Mason. Thank you Spenser, for the harp music.

    • P. J. Krantz

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      Excellent decor, service, and beautifully prepared food. It was far better than tea at Fortnum and Mason. I will go again.

    • Sue Green

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      WOW!! The food was so delicious,the tea was tasty, the entertainment was exceptional,the serves was personable and the atmosphere was elegant.This was my first Tea Time and I'm looking forward going back,Thank you for a wonderful Tea Time experience

    • Virginia

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      Miss Spenser's is one of the most charming place to relax, unwind, and enjoy a good conversation with friends. The food is excellent and made to the theme of the day. The entertainment is delightful and mind challenging. Miss Spenser does a wonderful job with her dialogs and skits!!! Thank you Donna and Spenser for a wonderful place to go! Good to know you are back!

      Tearoom response:

      Virginia: What a pleasure it is to serve tea to you and yours...we are blessed to have met you all through tea...thank you for your continued love and support!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Kaleigh Stevenson

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      A Lovely experience hosted by wonderful people who go out of their way to make their customers feel like honored guests. The tea and food was delicious and the decor enchanting. Well worth the drive.

    • Sheryl Lynne Carter

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      There really is nothing like Miss Spenser's Tea Room! It is truly outstanding--more than just a tea room--it is a not-to-be-missed Experience! A treat for a birthday girl (or boy!) of any age--the food is excellent, the ambiance charming and totally unexpected and the tea limitless in a real china cup. The only way to fly!

    • Dustin

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      I really enjoyed the whole experience. The atmosphere is very inviting and the food went well with the tea that was served. Did I mention the excellent food?! After lunch, the family went over the rich history of Iowa's prairies which was very interesting. If you asked me if I'd go again, my answer would be a resounding yes!

    • Beverly

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      It was such a treat to finally introduce my daughter Jill to Miss Spenser's at the Patriotic Tea in July. I have been telling her about this one-of-kind place for several years, but this was our first time to enjoy the experience together. Because there wasn't a formal program, we had an opportunity to really chat with the hostesses which added an even more personal touch to the day. Always the best of everything!

    • Jill Fuller

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      My two cousins and I (aka the 3 Muskateers) have been here 2 times to stay and 2 times for tea and everytime we are here we feel like part of the family!!! They always make us feel welcome and remember everything about us!!! We affectionately call it our home away from home!!! We look forward to coming back soon to spend time with our extended family!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jill...what a privilege it was having you and your cousins here at the tearoom as well as the B&B. We enjoyed getting to know all of you...and loved the spontaneous fun and laughter that you all shared with each other! So glad to have another tea convert...we hope that you will be back again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Shirley

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      So enjoyed the 'Prairie' Tea 7-27-13. Information was so good, and want to see the virgin prairie. The food was super good, it had been awhile since my daughter and I had been able to attend, since I am now five hours away, it has to be planned ahead, but it is never a disappointment, as it is good to be back with old friends and love the Victorian atmosphere of Miss Spenser's Tea Room! Best fresh-leaf Tea and attractively arranged, delicious Food Ever!

      Tearoom response:

      Shirley...we are grateful to have met you through the tea world...what a fun time this has been. We miss you being here in Indianola...but glad everything is working out so well with you! When you come back to visit...you must stop down!!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Nicole

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      Miss Spencer's is one of my most favorite places to go. It has become a tradition to go a couple of times a year with my mom, aunt, and cousins. I always look forward to it. The food is amazing, and so are our hosts. Can't wait to go back!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Nicole, thank you so much for leaving such a sweet review. It is always a blessing to us when families congregate around the tea table and we feel honored that we are able to do that for you! We look forward to having you again soon; lots of fun things are planned for the fall and Holiday season!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Peggy Benson

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      Took my two granddaughter's to the American Girl Doll Tea.. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. The food was geared toward children but their favorite tea sandwich was the cucumber and dill. The program was entertaining . They made an old fashioned radio and had a broadcast of a radio program of Kit Kittridge which they taped themselves. As a Grandmother I appreciated the tea etiquette lessons at the beginning of the tea. Ms. Spenser was so nice and really connected with the children. We definitely will go back again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Peggy, thank you for bringing your family to tea...it was delightful to meet you and we are so glad that you had a wonderful time! Please come back and visit, lots of fun things are planned for the Fall and Holiday months!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Elaine

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      My mother took me to this tea as a birthday gift. One of the best gifts I could receive! The atmosphere is beautifully Victorian and calming with theme music playing softly in the background. The food was artfully arranged and given names to follow the prairie theme. Absolutely Delicious! A wide variety of savory and sweets. The tea served was a wonderful Orange tea. Miss Spenser gave an awesome presentation on the Iowa prairies and discussed some of the wild flowers in her own garden. Her passion really shined through in her presentation. A totally enjoyable and memorable tea. Warm and welcoming hostesses. Love this place and these people!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Elaine - it was a delight to have you and your mom here for tea...we have missed you so! Thank you for the sweetest words...we are so happy that you enjoyed your birthday gift from your mom!! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to do what we love...we are blessed! Hope to see you again soon - and wonderful birthday blessings to you this year!!<BR> <BR> Summer Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Mary Pendell

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      Would you drive three hours for afternoon tea? We did and it was worth every mile of the drive! This was our first visit to Miss Spenser's and what a delightful prairie themed tea! The ambiance was inviting and relaxing in perfect step with the beautiful Victorian decor. The tea menu was a creative and whimsical reflection of the theme and each delicious bite was served with gracious hospitality. The program was informative and well done. Thank you for a very special experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Mary, thank you for taking the time leave a review and thank you for driving so far for a cup of tea! We are honored!! So glad that you had a good time; it was a pleasure meeting you and your husband....thank you again for the review; we hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Richard Pendell

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      Hospitality, service as well as tea and food quality and presentation are excellent. Victorian room decoration artfully arranged, creating a superb tea time experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Richard, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much! It was a pleasure serving tea to you and yours...we hope that you will return again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Molly Crawford

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      Miss Spenser's is a wonderful place to spend your afternoon. The tea room is beautifully furnished, the food is absolutely delicious, and Donna and Spenser are charming hostesses. You will leave feeling like you've had a wonderful visit with a dear friend.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Molly & Family -- We are so blessed to have met your family via tea parties!! Thank you so much for kind review...it means so much. Thank you too, for your patronage and allowing us the opportunity to do what we love.<BR> <BR> Summer blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Nancy Overmoen

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      You won't find anything better. No details were missing in our two day experience. Excellent food artfully prepared and presented, attentive and friendly service plus more good things were all there.

      Tearoom response:

      Nancy, thank you so much for leaving a review; it was a pleasure meeting you and your husband this past June. What fun it is to find kindred spirits from other States! Thank you for coming; we hope you will return.<BR> <BR> Summer blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser & Family

    • Kim

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      Thank you for making another wonderful memory for my granddaughter, daughter and myself. Anne of Greene Gables is one of my favorites, and we had a great day!

      Tearoom response:

      Kim, it is always a joy having your family come for tea...thank you so much for the sweet card in the mail; those kinds of things are what keep us going! Looking forward to many more tea times with you and yours.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Teresa Colyn

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      Thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Miss Spenser's Special-Teas Teahouse with my daughter Emilie and her friends. The tea, surroundings, atmosphere, food, program and service were excellent. It was a unique event (Anne of Green Gables theme) and I love all things victorian/English. I'll be telling all my friends about this wonderful place and I'll be coming back for sure.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Teresa for your kind review! It was a pleasure having you for tea...and also a pleasure having you and your grandchildren at the American Girl Tea Party...such well behaved kiddos!! Thank you again for coming; we look forward to many more tea times with you.<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Emilie

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      Today was my second visit to Miss Spenser's. We had a wonderful time! This visit I was able to bring my mother along with a few other friends. It was so fun to get to share this experience with them! We are already looking forward to coming back soon and inviting more friends!

      Tearoom response:

      We are so glad that you had another nice time at Miss Spenser's!! Thank you Emilie for sharing our love of tea with your friends and family. Looking forward to having you again soon!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Elizabeth Bauman

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      This tea room is truly a unique and wonderful experience. The food, the atmosphere, everything is fabulous! Take a few hours for yourself to relax and enjoy this wonderful experience. You WILL keep going back again and again. I look forward to every visit. Thank you so much to the Hardin family for making me and mine feel like family when we come to Miss Spenser's.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Elizabeth: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...we appreciate it so much. We have enjoyed getting to know you and your mother and friends...what a blessing you have been! Thank you VERY MUCH for the beautiful English bag filled with English travel notebooks for our upcoming trip...what a special gesture. Thank you again! Have a wonderful weekend!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Teresa

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      A fabulous experience! Delicious food, wonderful service, great environment. We have already made our next reservation. Highly recommended!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Teresa - sorry for the delay. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a note. We are looking forward to your next outing soon! Thank you for allowing us to do what we love! <BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • pam

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      What a lovely way to spend the day. An absolute dream, so relaxing, tasty treats just a truly wonderful time. I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Miss Spencer's.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Pam - nothing touches warms our hearts more than seeing Mom and Daughter taking tea together! It was such a pleasure to meet you both yesterday...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much. We look forward to hosting another tea time with you two again!! Thanks again,<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Nocona

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      First time my husband joined me and he honestly is looking forward to going again! Everyone is always so inviting and everything is always wonderful! So easy to relax and enjoy- Thank You!

      Tearoom response:

      Nacona, you made our day! So glad to hear that your husband had a good time and that he is looking forward to coming again! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; it is always a treat when you and your family come for tea...thanks again!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Carmen Stone

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      My Friends an I attend almost every month. We love the food and enjoy the entertainment. Love the speciality tea's. Can't wait for the next cookbook. (I also need book #1)

      Tearoom response:

      Carmen...thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We love it when you call come...you bring such laughter and happiness!! THANK YOU! We always look forward to your visits. Thanks again for the review. Until the next time!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Leona Swope

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      Had a wonderful time here last week! Food was excellent and the service was heartwarming. I will definitely come back and bring my friends. Thank you so much ladies! Leona Swope 3/19/13

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Leona, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much. We so enjoyed meeting you...Debbie has brought some lovely friends here to the tearoom, we count you as one of them now too! We look forward to having you again...take care until the next time!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Carol Meyer

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      My husband attended your Irish Farmhouse Tea this afternoon, and what a wonderful time we had. Donna, you and Spenser were so warm and welcoming. We enjoyed the tea, the food, and the program so much! Thank you for everything you did to make this such a memorable visit!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Carol, what a pleasure it was to meet you and your hubby for the St. Patrick's Day tea...the tearoom never ceases to disappoint us with the wonderful new friends we make. Thank you so much for coming; we look forward to having you both again in April! <BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Verna Christopher

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      Absolutely loved our visit. The food was yummy, tea plentiful and the historical presentation memorable. Thank You, Spenser and Donna. Can't wait to join you again.

      Tearoom response:

      Verna...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much! What a pleasure it was to meet you and your daughter's friends...such a joy! We cannot wait to serve you and yours again! <BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Lara Steward

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      This was a birthday present for my daughter who turned 7 from her grandmother. We had such a lovely day. The owners (Donna, Spenser, Donna's sons) are the best part! Spenser played the harp which was beautiful--and a nice twist with more modern songs. There was such cheer in the tea room. You have to go just to meet such a neat family! My favorite food served was the scones with homemade whipped cream. I have made them since at home and all enjoyed them. This experience kept us smiling all day. God Bless good people!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Lara: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. What a pleasure it was to meet your family...so much fun when we get younger girls in the tearoom...Miss Spenser and I have enjoyed the bonding that tea has brought to us. We hope you come and visit again soon, we'd love to pamper you again.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Jean Morgan

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      My friend and I went to the Downton Abbey tea and it was very well done. The tea is leaf tea and is served so often that you never drink a drop of tea that isn't the perfect temperture. The food is a joy to eat and always so fresh. The tea and tea trays made you believe you where at Downton Abby having tea with the family. When the house maid came in and shared her duties I was convienced that she rally did work as a upstairs maid. I am always so refreshed and relaxed after tea at Miss Spensers how lucky we are to live so close to a place where we are always treated like we are Ladies of royal blood. One never wants for any thing and always recieves such wamth and kind hospitality. Well done. I thank all of them for a lovely experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jean...we will never forget our first tea experience with you and yours at your surprise Anne of Green Gables Tea...what a blessing that was to have met you and your family so many years ago. Thank you a hundred times over for your faith in us and your patronage...it means so much. What a blessing our tea friends are...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We cannot wait to have you all attend again!!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • pat martin

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      Very good Downton Abbey tea on 2/17/13. We really enjoyed it. Leaf tea (of course) was done quite well. Very friendly and loved the family participation.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Pat, what a pleasure it was to meet you! Thanks for coming...please come again. Donn, Miss Spenser & Family

    • -Marge 1/28/13

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      I am so thankful that I was able to attend Ms Spencer's Tea room with my friends on Jan. 25th. It was just 'awesome'. My friends and I drove 3 hours to get there and then stepped into a whole different world. It seemed like we were in England at the Downtown Abbey. We were greated with warm friendly smiles and the atmosphere was so relaxing.I have attened the March Irish Tea, Titanic and now the Downtown Abbey. Everyone should go there just once and you will be hooked.

      Tearoom response:

      Marge, thank you so much for coming to tea here at Miss Spenser's. it's always a joy serving you! Please come again and thanks for leaving a review...it means so much. Donna, Miss Spenser and Family

    • Marsha

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      A great high tea with excellent service and entertainment.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much Marsha! What fun it was hosting teas for you and your friends! Thanks for your support! Hope hubby is doing better after his surgery...you might need to check in here to recuperate after playing nursemaid! (Smiles). Happy N we Year!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Family

    • Marilyn Miller

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      My husband and I stayed in the B&B in the Spring of 2012. It was just wonderful to be greeted with a friendly smile, lovely accommodations, and tea! The breakfast was just delicious! My mouth is watering just remembering. Marilyn Miller

      Tearoom response:

      Marilyn, thank you so much for your kind review! What a pleasure it was to finally meet in person...please bring Jim back so he can build me a greenhouse like yours! We'll serve lots of tea and treats! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year!<BR> Donna & Family

    • Lynda Richards

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      Donna & Spenser, it is always a pleasure to visit your very special tearoom where the food is delicious, the setting lovely and the hostesses the best. Look forward to future experiences with you.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much for the kind review...it was so much fun reconnecting and meeting your husband too! Come again soon!<BR> <BR> Happy New Year!<BR> Donna & Family

    • Jill Poindexter

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      This tea room is Fabulous!! My first visit was just this last weekend and was truly enjoyable. I will be coming back a lot in the future. The lemon curd I purchased is to die for. The cookbooks are just full of great recipes. I felt very welcomed and the tea was so nice to drink.

    • McKenzie

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      Everything was so sophisticated and elegant!It was so much fun, we went to Miss Spenser's tea party for our lady's retreat/Christmas party/mother-daughter time and all the ladies and their daughters had so much fun!

    • Evelyn Pritchard

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      I took 4 friends with me who had never been to Miss Spenser's and they were so impressed. They just kept commenting on what a lovely place and what a good time they had. It was so cozy and decorated nicely. This tearoom is a class act!!! Looking at the surroundings outdoors, it could be a setting in the English countryside. What a great view they have.

    • C. Paul

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      We decided that we must make this a yearly tradition with my daughter and her mother-in-law to attend a Christmas tea. Wonderful food as always and great program this visit featuring young Grayson! The entire famiy works together to provide a nice experience for the holidays.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Chris for such a nice review. It's always our pleasure to have you here for tea! Glad you don't have too far to drive!! Thanks for your continued support.<BR> <BR> Blessings for 2012,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Trinity Ray Rogers

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      Oh my word, I love this place. MOST amazing family ever. Such polite workers. The drama was so amazing(thought I was in the 1800)And such a beautiful tea room!

    • Jane Martin

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      If you have not been to Miss Spenser's English Tearoom you should put it to the top of your list of tearooms to visit in Iowa. The Hardin family truly welcomes you into their home. The decor of the tearoom is lovely. It reminds me of elegant parlors of the past. The Dicken's sweet potato pear bisque was absolutely delicious. Other foods were served on three tiered trays. The festive mint brownie bites melted in my mouth. There was not a morsel left on our trays. Our teacups were always filled with fragrant tea. Miss Spenser helped serve, but then transformed herself into Mrs. Cratchit. Miss Spenser, speaking with her English accent, was a very convincing Mrs. Cratchit. I have been to other tearooms, but Miss Spenser's English Tearoom remains my favorite one!!

    • Sarah Dulinsky

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      I love going to tea at Miss Spencer's! I went to the pirate tea with my mom and it was fun to see everyone dressed up like pirates. The entertainment was exciting and informative and as always the food was delicious. I can't wait to go again.

      Tearoom response:

      Sarah, thank you so much for the kind review...it's always a joy having you and your mom for tea!<BR> <BR> Warmly, <BR> Donna

    • Jodi Dixon

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      My Husband & I took our 12yr. old Daughter & 7 of her closest friends to Miss Spenser's Special Teas for a 'Mad Hatter' themed tea. Donna got it just right! The girls were thrilled by the Mad Hatter's magic tricks (her handsome son Zach)& found the etiquette lesson not only fun but they learned something too. Spencer, dressed as 'Alice' did a wonderful job w/the girls. By the time we left the girls were already making plans to come back! I would without a doubt say this is the BEST tea room in Iowa!!

      Tearoom response:

      Jodi, sorry this is late...thank you for allowing us the opportunity to share our love of tea! The girls were so well behaved...do come back!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna

    • Sally Dulinsky

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      What a wonderful tea last Friday night: High Tea on the High Seas! Pirates, ghosts, scarily delicious tea and out-of-this-world food, what more could I ask at Halloween? Miss Spenser gave a fantastic tale about ghost ship, Mary Celeste, and the atmosphere was eerily creepy. I absolutely loved the mango green tea, and the pistachio scones and pineapple jam were just unreal in taste and texture. Thanks again for a fun time! Sally

      Tearoom response:

      Sally, thank you for your steadfast love and devotion...we are blessed!<BR> <BR> Donna

    • Judy Hetherington

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      I had such a good time dressing up like a pirate and coming to Miss Spenser's for tea. Such a wonderful place to visit.

      Tearoom response:

      Judy, it's always fun when you and your friends visit! Thanks for your support. Looking forward to more fun events in 2013!<BR> <BR> Donna

    • Lorrie Nagel

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      Miss Spenser's is a favorite of our group! We just made our 4th visit by charter bus and can't wait to get another scheduled. The food is always wonderfully creative (as well as delicious)and Miss Spenser's performances are delightful! I encourage other groups to consider this experience as a 'must do'.

      Tearoom response:

      We count it a privilege to serve Urbandale...as it's the city we lived in before moving to the country, we hold it very close in our hearts. Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to serve you. <BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna

    • Cindy Todd

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      The BEST Tearoom, bar none!!! From the time you walk in to the time you leave, is such an enjoyable experience! You will most definitely want to come back. And bring friends!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Cindy for your kind words...it's always a privilege to have you and yours!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna

    • Charlotte Kralik

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      I had a wonderful recent trip to Miss Spenser's Tea Room for the Pirate Candlelight Tea- it was so much fun! They perfected each detail such as antique pirate decor at each table with spooky pirate music and a fantasic story delivered beautifully by Miss Spenser. We started with a delightful Mango Green Tea and then moved to a delicious Black Tea. The thinly sliced pork and apple sandwhich was so yummy along with tiny tea bites so amazing that I'm still thinking about them. The scones with clotted cream and jam are so good, you will return again and again just to savor them. My mom and I have been coming to this Tea Room for years and feel so lucky to have this perfect little escape just a few miles out of town!! Can't wait for the Christmas Tea!

      Tearoom response:

      Charlotte, it's always a joy to have you and yours here at Miss Spenser's; thank you for your devotion and friendship. We look forward to sharing tea time with you in 2013...Jane Austen is on the menu!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna

    • Clark & Connie Armstrong

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      Where do I even begin to describe the delicious and delightful time we spent at the Pirates of the Caribbean tea? The tea was flowing, the food tasted as good as it looked, and the program was lively! And to top it all off, we stayed in the extraordinarily beautiful Bed & Breakfast. It was our first trip, but definitely not our last!

      Tearoom response:

      Connie, sorry this is so late! What a joy it was to have you visit...it was such a joy meeting you finally! Thank you for kind words! Come again,<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & family

    • Barb Nelson

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      What a delightful afternoon. Our hosts, Miss Spenser and Miss Donna were awesome. They opened their tea room and their hearts to us. They gave exceptional service and made us feel like queens for the day. I have been to a few other teas prior to our visit with Miss Spenser and this far exceeding the others! The tea was excellent and the educational lesson superior. Thank you for a wonderful and delicious tea.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Barb for your kind review; it was our pleasure serving you. Come back in 2013!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna

    • Sue Wirtz

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      My friend and I have have travelled the state of Iowa visiting tea rooms over the years and have just had a most memorable visit here! We loved the english tea room setting, the rural setting and the kindness of the owners. We enjoyed 2 flavorful teas, fresh tea sandwiches, scones and desserts; and were then given a tour of the bed and breakfast rooms. I am planning another gathering for my birthday group there very soon and the owners have gone out of their way to accommodate us!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Sue for your kind words; it was our pleasure having you here. Please come again!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna

    • Shari Kieffer

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      Having tea at Miss Spenser's was wonderful. Enjoyed tasting all the different teas and the food was great. Was nice to learn about the history of tea and how to make the tea I bought at home. The tea room is beautiful and Donna and Spenser were so welcoming. Thank you.

      Tearoom response:

      Shari, it was our pleasure to be of service to you and your family...it touches our hearts when we see family and friends purposely making time for one another! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...we so appreciate it, it means a lot.<BR> <BR> Come back and visit soon!<BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Sally Dulinsky

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      Downtown Abbey tea was so much fun! A parlor maid spoke to us about the life in the main house and what a good impersonation Miss Spenser does of all the characters at tea. The food was fabulous as always and the tea is so graciously served that I never want to leave.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sally - thank you again for your patronage...we are so blessed to have your dedication and love for our family and tearoom. THANK YOU!!! We are looking forward to the next tea party...can't wait to see you!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Marsha Herman

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      What a great trip to Miss Spenser's and the food the program and of course the Hardin's are exceptional........a must for everyone to try......we enjoy going so much we're headed back this fall.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Marsha for your kind words...we love having you come with your friends! We hope you will return for our special holiday teas...we are working diligently on them as we type! <BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Amy

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      My two cousins and I spend a very relaxing weekend at Miss Spenser's of Longview Farms B&B the last weekend in July 2012. It was a beautiful place for the Three Muskateers to reconnect. It was such a magical place and watching Lady Diana and Miss Spenser work together was beautiful. They are an amazing mother-daughter duo. The food, hospitality, and teas were out of this world! My only regret is that I never had the opportunity to share the experience with my own Mother. This is defiantly an experience she would have loved!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much for your kind words Amy...I think it's wonderful that you are so close with your cousins...your mother did a fine job raising you and giving you the value of family. <BR> <BR> We enjoyed getting to know you all and look forward to your next visit.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Sue Myers

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      This is the most awesome,comfortable & relaxing place ever!!! The food is wonderful & the tea, marvelous!! I was apprehensive about the cucumber sandwhich---but now it's one of my favorites!!! My friends & I have had such nice times@ Miss Spenser's Tea Room that we would be hardpressed to have to pick a 'favorite'!!! We love them all & can't wait for the next one!!! The Hardin family are very gracious hosts & it is an extreme pleasure to spend time with them. It is something you'll talk about for a very long time, so if you're thinking about going---do so as you will enjoy your time & maybe even make some new friends!!! Thank You Hardin family for enjoying what you do so that the rest of us can enjoy too!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Sue - thank you so much for your very kind review...I am so glad that you are a cucumber sandwich fan now!! ha. It's always fun having new converts with teas and tea foods!! We have enjoyed getting to know you and yours...thank you for your support it means so much.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Pam B

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      Great people and breakfast....quiet and so peaceful. We stayed in the Garden Room, decor was beautiful and comfy king size bed!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Pam for leaving such a kind review on your stay here at the tearoom/B&B. We enjoyed getting to know you both...would love to have a pot of tea with you one day and discuss craf'tea things!! Thanks for leaving the review!! Should you have an opportunity, please leave a B&B review on bedandbreakfast.com. This is another great source for reviews and is strictly on the B&B side of our business. TX<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Gail Rinderknecht

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      I visited Miss Spenser's for the first time August 2nd. There were eight in our party, and everything was delightful. English tea traditions were explained, the food was all home made from scratch, and we were even instructed on how to best prepare tea at home. I will be visiting again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Gail -- what a joy it was having you here for tea on that hot August day!!! Thanks so much for your kind words...and for taking the time to leave a review. We do hope you will return again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna Hardin

    • Erika

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      This was my first visit to a Bed and Breakfast or even a Tea Room. Me and two of my cousins better known as 'The 3 Muskateers' used this as a get away and time to reconnect. I was in such aww of everything there. My Grandmother is from England so this is as close as I could get to her day to day life as she grew up. The atmosphere was very inviting and relaxing along with the perfect music in the background and beautiful decor. Lady Donna and Miss Spenser are wonderful hosts. I will be back very soon. I enjoyed myself very much.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Erika - It was a joy to have you and your cousins here for tea and a stay at the B&B. How exciting to have a new tea convert!! We do hope you are enjoying your new teacup/set...We think tea always tastes better from a pretty cup!! It was a joy to have you back again with your parents and do hope that you will return again very soon!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Ashley DeFord

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      A beautiful tearoom with warm and personal service. The bottomless teapot was a really nice. We were able to drink as much and as many different kinds of whole leaf tea as we wanted. The food was also delicious and a nice variety. The whole experience was very lovely and relaxing.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Ashley for taking the time to leave a review. It was a joy having you and your family here for tea...how fun to have so many sisters...why you could have a tea party at home every day! Thanks again for coming and we do hope you will visit again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jeanne

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      What a delightful and informative time my friends and I shared at the Rose Tea Party. As usual the menu was excellent - very tasty. Miss Spenser's love for roses was evident in her presentation. Enjoyed the outing -- quiet, peaceful setting.

      Tearoom response:

      Jeanne...thank you so much for bringing your group of friends here to the tearoom! So glad you enjoyed the menu...it ended up being a bit of a challenge for me! (smiles)...It is always a pleasure to serve you and yours and we so appreciate your patronage. Thanks again for leaving a kind review; it means so much. See you again soon!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Elaine

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      Our group had a lovely visit in beautiful English tearoom surroundings. The food was delightfully & deliciously unique. The tea was very tasty (even a seemingly odd combination was exquisite). The owners were charming. Well worth a visit!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Elaine: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much! We are glad that you enjoyed yourself in our English surroundings...we love treating guests to our 'little bit' of England!!<BR> <BR> We do hope you will return again soon...<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Lady Kathy of Ankeny

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      It was a special treat to be able to partake of your tea room with book club friends. Thanks for sharing your tea secrets with us!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Lady Kathy of Ankeny...what a pleasant surprise to see you were one of the guests in the book club! It was so fun to reconnect after so many years...I think the last time we saw each other, our kids were 12 and under! Whew...we made it!! (SMILES). Thanks so much for the kind review; we are so happy you had a good time. Do come back soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and Family

    • Julene Smith

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      Thoroughly enjoyable: soothing teas, delicious food, lovely decor. After a tour of the bed and breakfast rooms associated with the tearoom, I would have stayed for a week!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Julene...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much! We would love for you to come and enjoy our beautiful B&B...we do serve good pots of tea there too! (SMILES). Hope you return again soon. Again, thanks for leaving a review! Have a blessed summer.<BR> <BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Cathy Frueh

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      After I had spent a week attending a houseful of company...it was an absolute treat to be pampered to the max at Miss Spenser's Special-Teas! The drive was beautiful, the delectibles were scrumptious, the ambiance of the gorgeous tea room completely transformed my Book Club group and myself into thinking we were British Royalty! Thank you so much for spoiling me! I loved every minute of it!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Cathy...what a joy it was to see you again after so many years!! So happy to learn that we were able to treat and pamper you after a houseful of guests! That's our goal and we were so pleased you enjoyed yourself...Do come back soon!!<BR> <BR> Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Lady Renea P.

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      Great hospitality, lovely,delicious, delicate,filling food with refreshing tea all in a peaceful, pleasant atmosphere.....all worth the drive in the rolling, country hills to chat with my lady friends. Wonderful experience. I will go again!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Lady Renea: Thanks so much for organizing your book club's tea time here at Miss Spenser's. It was so much fun to reconnect with friends from the past...what a pleasant surprise that was! We are so happy that you had a good time and look forward to having you again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Peggy Appel

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      Our book club enjoyed our 'mini-vacation' at your lovely tea room! All of the decor was like stepping back in time. The quiche, scones with lemon curd, and mint brownies were outstanding! We were served delicious, delightful food and tea, and still able to carry on wonderful conversaitons! Thank you so much!

      Tearoom response:

      Oh Peggy, what a compliment -- to feel you were on a mini vacation here at the tearoom! Next time, book a room at the B&B and you can really be on one! ha.<BR> <BR> Thanks so much for leaving a kind review; it is so appreciated. We are glad you had a wonderful time and do hope you will return soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Karla

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      I was pleasantly surprised by just how lovely Miss Spenser's is. The farm itself looks very nice and tidy, but I was amazed when I entered the tea room and was dazzled by the gorgeous decor! The tea was wonderful (Squirrel Nut and Miss Spenser's special black tea) and the food was simply wonderful ~ zucchini bisque, crustless cheese quiche, delectable finger sandwiches, and perfect cakes! I couldn't help but feel like a British lady at Miss Spenser's!! :)

      Tearoom response:

      Karla, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...we are so happy that you enjoyed your teatime here...it is always a pleasure serving tea up to moms...we know how long some days can be!! Thank you again for your kind words...they keep us motivated and spurring on for excellence.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Rhonda Versluys

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      Donna, Spenser and Zach: Thank-you for the wonderful experience at your tea room! I have been to the Ritz tea room in London and your food, tea, atmosphere and service can compete with them! Thanks for making my birthday special!

      Tearoom response:

      Rhonda, thank you for choosing Miss Spenser's for your special birthday tea outing...you nearly brought tears to my eyes when you compared us to the Ritz...what a compliment that we will treasure forever. It is always our goal to give our tea friends the best English experience they can have this side of the pond!<BR> <BR> Birthday blessings and wishes for a wonderful year,<BR> <BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Yvonne

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      We enjoyed the warmth, hospitality and Victorian decorations. The food was creatively prepared and delicious. It was a fun and memorable experience! Yvonne

      Tearoom response:

      Yvonne: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; we are so glad that you enjoyed our hospitality and that it will gone down as a memorable experience! Do come back!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Patti Stoppelmoor

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      I would highly recommend this tea room - we had a wonderful luncheon celebrating my sister's birthday - everything very delicious in our 4-course meal. My sister had a special happy birthday tea cup, along with her name engraved on the menu and a yummy cake. Thank you Donna, Spencer and Zach for making us feel at home! We had a wonderful dining experience - worth our 1-1/2 hour drive!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much for the kind review Patti - we had such a fun time serving you and yours the birthday celebration! It was a joy. Please return when you need a moment to regroup and relax...a great pot of tea will be waiting!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Jessica Christopher

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      I had a great opportunity to visit Miss Spenser's tea room in Mid-May. When we walked in I instantly felt like I was in an English parlor room :) The tea was delicious and the food was perfect in taste and size! (so cute!) Miss. Spenser and her entire family were welcoming and kind and made you feel right at home!

      Tearoom response:

      Jessica, thank you so much for leaving your kind review!! You made our hearts sing when you said it felt like an 'English' parlor tearoom! That has been our goal...so to see those words in writing is so thrilling! We so enjoyed having you and your friends here...we hope you return soon!!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Kelli Rolfes

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      I used to have tea parties with my grandma when I was younger, and Miss Spenser's Tea Room was like re-living an old memory! The strawberry soup was perfect, the sandwiches were cute AND delicious, and the tea was the best I've ever had. I loved all of the beautiful dishes and antiques they used to decorate. It was also great visiting with Miss Spenser and her mom and hearing about their love for tea, England and each other. :) I can't wait to come back again!!

      Tearoom response:

      Kelli - how that warmed my heart to hear about your tea parties with your grandma!! We are so happy we were able to help you relieve a memory!! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; we cannot wait for your next visit!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Deb Christensen

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      There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as tea. -- Henry James And few tearooms where the atmosphere and fellowship are more agreeable than in New Virginia. A Mother's Day tradition, to honor my own dear mother. ...by the way...the Titanic Tea was the BEST, rivaling Out of Africa! Love, Deb

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Deb, thank you so much for your kind review -- it's always a joy having you and yours here for tea! Especially a blessing when we see you share it with your mom...how special is that?! Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to leave a review...it means so much.<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Sarah Albright

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      Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience, this is the 1st time I have been to such an event, everything was so good, the delightful food, the charming setting and how gracious your family was. Your family speaks volumes of how well they have been taught. I plan to bring some of my family with me the next time I come.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sarah: We were so looking forward to meeting you and what a joy it was! Thank you so much for your very kind words and taking the time to leave us a review...it means so much. We look forward to being of service to you and yours...<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Roma 04-20-2012

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      Who knew that in the beautiful rolling hills south of Indianola, IA a charming tea room exists. One that takes us back to the gentile days of beautiful afternoon teas with sparkling table settings,china tea and delectable tidbits. The Titantic Tea was a wonderful treat. Miss Spenser's monologue skillfully carried us back 100 years to the lives of those dear ones on the ship. Thank you Donna and family for a memorable experience!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Roma - thank you so much for the kind review...we are so grateful to be able to do what we are passionate about! We hope you will come back again...we always say we're a 'bit' of England without the need of a passport!! <BR> <BR> Until the next teatime!<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Joyce

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      I had the great opportunity to attend your Titantic Tea with a friend, Linda. It was such a pleasant experience! The food was wonderful, especially the Waldorf Chicken Salad Croissant. The talents of your family is awesome. I have already shared the delightful experience I had with others.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Joyce, it was our pleasure having you here at the Titanic Tea event...thank you so much for bringing your new friend! Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to leave a post! We look forward to being of service to you again soon.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Nan Willoughby

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      What a treat! Thank you, thank you Donna & Miss Spenser! I just wished I lived closer so I could come more often. My friends and I, all coming from different parts of the country, were meeting in Lamoni to see the one room schoolhouse that had been restored and moved to the visitor's center in Lamoni by one of them. I had read about Miss Spenser's Tea Room in my October issue of Tea Time magazine! We made reservations for tea while we were in the area last week. What a treat....the tearoom is lovely--decorated so tastefully, the food very yummy and lovingly prepared! We felt so special thanks to Donna & Miss Spenser's! What a treat for Iowa folks. Nan 4-15-2012

      Tearoom response:

      Nan...what a pleasure it was to meet you and your friends...we were honored that you chose Miss Spenser's for this very special reunion. How fun it was to have 3 of you from coast to coast and in the middle!! (SMILES). We are still relishing the fun time too...the tea table has brought us so many blessings...and new friends is one of them! THANK YOU!! We do hope your travels will bring you back here again...thanks for the kind review!!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Pat Hesselberth

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      What a treat on a sunny April day in Iowa. The location was so interesting and the tea room was splendid and we will go again in May with a group. We visited the B&B and could imagine ourselves staying there.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Pat, what a pleasure it was to meet you and Dottie this past week...thank you for coming out and allowing us the opportunity to share our passion for tea time! We are looking forward to your group outing in May. Have a great week!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Holly

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      Our group felt pampered by the warmth and attention to detail that Donna and Miss Spenser provided. The food was delicious and the atmosphere refreshing and relaxing. I definitely recommend Miss Spenser's!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Holly - what a surprise it was to see you were apart of the group that came for tea! It was such a joy to serve you and yours...thanks so much for leaving the kind review. We do hope you will return soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Crystal Tommingo

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      Miss Spenser's Special-Teas & Bed & Breakfast is more than a perfect cup of tea, tasty food women love to eat in a beautiful Victorian Tea Room. It is a place where you get to slow time down a little, sit across from the people you love and enjoy their smiles and their words. The face reveals so many more words than are said and when you have tea together you get them all. Miss Spenser has the most delicious buttery scone I have ever tasted. Iowa has been blessed by the Hardin Family and thier Tea Room.

      Tearoom response:

      Crystal...what a blessing tea time has been for us...it was over cups of tea that we met you! What a privilege!! Thank you so much for coming to tea last month...it was our pleasure to serve you and yours...looking forward to many more delightful tea times with you.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Kate

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      It was definitely worth the trip from Des Moines, and I look forward to coming again soon. My six-year-old daughter is begging to come this time!

      Tearoom response:

      Kate, it was such a pleasure to meet up with you last month for tea! Thank you for bringing your mom...we look forward to meeting your daughter one day too...our American Girl Tea parties are coming up for the summer, perhaps she would enjoy one of those? In any event...we so appreciate you taking the time for the review...thank you so much!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Colleen DeLanoit

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      Our experience at our tea/lunch was wonderful. A BIG HUGE Thank You to Ms. Donna and Ms. Spenser. I appreciate all the work they went to, to prepare for our time with them. The food was wonderful and the tea very enjoyable. Our time with them was most enjoyable. It was such a nice break from the busyness of life. A taste of England right here at home. Thank you so much for making our special time..extra special. We will definately go back for a visit again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Colleen, Melissa and Megan...thank you for allowing us to share our love of tea with you! It was such a delight to re-acquaint and meet your girls...so delightful! We are having lots of fun getting to know Melissa and hearing all about her experiences there in England...we were just recently treated with the most lovely tin of shortbread from England, thanks Melissa!! Looking forward to tea with you again in the near future!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Janice Avery

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      Dear Don, Donna, Spenser and boys, Words to describe our experience at the St.Patrick's day Tea....delightful, enchanting, inspiring...Thank-you for meeting us in the driveway...making special birthday tea bags for my March birthday friends and sharing the story of God's blessings throughout the tearoom venture. I can't wait to bring my next group of friends!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Janice...it was such a joy to have you and yours at the March tea event. We had so much fun getting to know each of your special friends...thank you for selecting Miss Spenser's for your birthday bash!! Looking forward to your next group of friends! Thanks so much for leaving the review.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Shelly Priebe

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      Ah, such a fine time was had by old friends at the Irish Tea on St. Patrick's day at Miss Spenser's tea room! Excelling in every detail, it was relaxing and a joy to be there! Loved looking out across the rolling hills of Warren County - kind of gave us the feel of Ireland scenery. And your bed and breakfast is beautiful! Thanks Donna, Spencer, and 'the boys' ~ great as always! Shelly

      Tearoom response:

      Shelly - thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! It was a pleasure hosting tea for you and yours and it was such a delight to see you again!! Thanks for sharing the lovely brownie recipe...I cannot wait to try it out! DO come visit again soon! <BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Anita Doughty

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      DEEELIGHTFUL!! The entire event of traveling and experiencing the pretty and peaceful tea room is a wonderful feeling, one that you would want to give all people you love in your life. It is a memory that every friendship should be able to recall. From the welcome of the young parking attendant to the tasty meal and never ending tea - then to the 'good-byes and hope to see you again', the time is well spent. I am sure that as you drive away, you will be looking forward to returning soon.

      Tearoom response:

      Anita...it's always a joy when you arrive...your energy and zest for life is so contagious! Thank you for your encouragement and kind words...Blessings to you this next year...come back soon!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Terri Douglas

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      Coming into Miss Spenser's Specials Teas was a very special experience. It was very enchanting. It made me forget that I was in Iowa.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Terri...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...we are glad that you had a good time and do hope that you will return soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Dianne McGarey

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      I live and work in the hustle and bustle of the city (Des Moines) so I cherish my time at Miss Spencer's Special-Teas. As I head south on Interstate 35 I'm still wrapped up in the hustle and bustle (70-75 mph). Finally, the exit, I will now be able to slow my pace and start my scenic drive to my destination, teatime at Miss Spencer's. You've just GOT to experience it for yourself, folks!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Dianne...thank you so much for the very kind review...we always love it when you come to tea...especially when you come with your daughter, Deb. It warms our hearts to see mother/daughters enjoying teatime together!! Can't wait to see you at the Valentine event!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Marcia

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      Miss Spenser's was the perfect outing as a treat for my mother and her friend. The warm hospitality, delicious food and tea, service, and delightful entertainment with Mrs. Crachit made for a special time to remember. Even though the drive was worth it, I wish this unique treasure was closer to Des Moines because I would be booking many events there. It is absolutely charming.

      Tearoom response:

      Marcia...thank you so much for coming to tea here at Miss Spenser's. We enjoyed having you and yours here at our table...and hope that we can see you again in this new year. Continued blessings to you and yours, your tea friends at Miss Spenser's,<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • VeeAnn

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      Bouquets to Miss Spenser's Special Teas for a perfectly delightful lunch and performance of A Christmas Carol by Mrs. Crachit, who is Miss Spenser! Her talent is above and beyond. The entire family participated in serving the food and tea and making us feel welcome! I would highly reccomend it to anyone looking for an authentic English Tea experience!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear VeeAnn, what a total delight it was to meet you this past December! I am so glad that Jackie brought you here...it was a joy!! Thank you so much for the kind review and we do hope you will come to visit again soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Elaine Schipper

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      Always a treat to arrive at Miss Spenser's where they greet you with a hug and welcome back. As usual Spenser was wonderful at the Christmas tea along with the tea and food, a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, can't wait to go back

      Tearoom response:

      Elaine...it's always great to have you come for tea. Thank you for leaving a kind review...we look forward to sharing more teatimes with you in 2012!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Karen

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      Miss Spenser's provides serenity,joy,kindness and peace to all who visit the Tearoom. Blessed by God, the ladies share their love and talents with others. God Bless You!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Karen...thank you so much for your kind review of our tearoom....it means so much! Thank you for your continued support.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Barb Driscoll

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      We enjoyed 'Teatime with Mrs. Crachit' during our tea. Everything was wonderfully presented, the food and tea were delicious, it was a delightful evening!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Barb...thank you so much for your kind review. So glad that you enjoyed your outing here. We hope you will visit us again in 2012, we have lots of fun events planned!<BR> <BR> Blessings for 2012,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • vaunnetta S.

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      Haven't been able to come back since my first visit, but was quite impressed. Email all my lady friends the emails I receive about up coming events. The teas are quite unique.Fun and some cultural.Performances excellent.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Vaunnetta for your kind review...we do hope that you will be able to attend in 2012. We have a lot of fun events planned...be watching!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Debbie Sullivan

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      I have attended several teas at Miss Spenser's and when I leave I am always thinking about and planning for the next tea adventure! The wonderful teas and food, the relaxing,inviting atmosphere and the warm hospitality are a rare treat in our hectic and stressed world! I can't wait for my next tea time!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Debbie...thank you so much for such a kind review...we always love it when you come! Looking forward to seeing you in 2012...your honey is sweet to purchase you tea gift certificates!!<BR> <BR> Thanks for your support,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Dawn Vandell

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      I did not like tea until I went to Miss Spensers. Not only is the food wonderful, but the entertainment is great. They make you feel right at home, and a part of their family. They are wonderful!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Dawn...we will never forget our first meeting...it was so much fun to watch your conversion! Glad to have you on the list of tea snobs! ha. Thank you so much for your kind review and support...we look forward to having tea with you again soon!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Vicki

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      I have attended several tea parties over the years at Miss Spensers and every one has been a delight! The food is fabulous and Miss Spenser and Donna have a knack for making you feel at home. Also the entertainment is always fun and enjoyable. Thank you for bringing a little bit of culture to southern Iowa!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Vicki for your kind review...we do hope you will return again soon! We have lots of fun events planned for the new year!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Betty Osgood

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      My dear Iowa friend, Linda Kacer, introduced me to your refreshing and delightful tea. It truly was a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to another visit when we visit Iowa. Betty Osgood- South Carolina

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Betty...what a joy it was to meet you here at Miss Spenser's! We are honored to have you visit all the way from South Carolina!! Linda is such a sweet tea friend who is always willing to share Miss Spenser with others...we are blessed.<BR> <BR> Thank you for the kind review...and do come back the next time you are in Iowa!<BR> <BR> Blessings for 2012,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Misty Phillips

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      This is my daughter's and my favorite tea room. Just the right spot for quiet relaxation and the Halloween tea is the bet

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Misty for your kind review...it's always a joy to serve you and yours at our tea table.<BR> <BR> Blessings for 2012,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Becky Jordan

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      Miss Spenser's is my favorite tea room! While visiting another tea room today, I found myself wondering what was happening at Miss Spenser's. I was at the governor's tea this past spring, and while it was nice, I still missed the creativity that I see at Miss Spenser's. Whether it's the food, ambiance, entertainment or just feeling truly welcome, Miss Spenser's is my favorite tea room. It's worth the drive every time!

      Tearoom response:

      Becky...thank you for your review...we are so glad that you love our little tearoom...we always enjoy your smiling face and encouragement! Thanks for your continued patronage...<BR> <BR> Blessings for 2012,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jody

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      Enjoying an English Tea at Miss Spenser's was a very special treat. We enjoyed our trip from the moment we entered the beautiful tea room. The china, place settings, food presentation, and service were the best! The food, of course, was wonderful. Miss Spenser's Special Tea is truly one of Iowa's special assets. I continue to recommend this establishment to my friends and relatives.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jody...so glad that you enjoyed your outing here eat Miss Spenser's! Thank you so much for your kind words...we feel honored to be considered one of Iowa's special assets! Thank you too for recommending us to your family and friends...that means so much!!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Ingrid Kaut

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      We attended the the shadow of the shade as always the performance was wonderful I have been to numerous tea parties here but it was the first time with my husband. He too was very impressed with the program and esp. with the food! It is so delicious and even for a man plenty to eat. The cups of tea are always filled with special teas. All in all a wonderful night.

      Tearoom response:

      Ingrid...we loved hosting the Victorian Ghost story tea...and so happy that you and Rudy could attend! It was fun to finally meet your hubby!! Glad he had a good time and plenty to eat! Always fun when you come!<BR> <BR> Thanks for the kind review!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and family

    • Frances

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      My sisters, neice and I had a wonderful time today at the tea room. Service was wonderful, food was excellent, and it was a memorable occasion for us as a sister time together. They even gave us hats to wear. What fun!! I will definitely try it again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Frances...we had a wonderful time getting to know your family...we were so honored that you chose to share this special day with us. Thank you for leaving a kind review...and we do hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jo Ann Obermeier

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      My friend, Karen Schurman treated me for my birthday in August to my first 'Tea'. I enjoyed the experience immensely, a very relaxing time and delicious food. I hope to enjoy one of the upcoming holiday events. Thanks

      Tearoom response:

      Jo Ann...so glad you had a good time here at Miss Spenser's. We didn't realize it was your first tea! So glad that you enjoyed it...do come back!!! Thanks for the review too...we appreciate it very much.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Elaine Seuferer

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      Absolutely beautiful, relaxing, atmosphere with wonderful, warm, friendly people serving. I have been there many times and am never disappointed. Whole leaf tea brewed to perfection and exceptionally tasty treats to enjoy with it. Makes a wonderful place to take friends and family for a special birthday treat. My mother and daughter-in-law both greatly enjoy that gift.

      Tearoom response:

      Elaine...thanks for leaving a review! We have had many happy times around the tea table! I am so glad you're never disappointed...we try hard to please all palates!!<BR> <BR> Hope to see you soon!<BR> <BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Cindy Hall

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      This is not my first visit, but every time I am awestruck by the serenity, food,fun things I learn and friends new and old. I cant wait to go back to share with my delightful tea friends.

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      Dear Cindy...what a pleasure it is when you and yours attend our teas. As we enter the thanksgiving season...we feel so blessed to have met 5 years ago! Thanks for your patronage and friendship!<BR> <BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and family

    • Pat McCain

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      A special friend took me to Miss Spenser's tea room for my Birthday and what a wonderful experience the people were the greatest i loved every minute of it.Everyone should have the pleasent experience all i can say is it was wonderful the food ,Tea and entertainment Thanks to my friend Norma Love you my friend

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Pat...what a pleasure it was to meet you this past weekend. Norma is a special lady...so glad she shared the tearoom with you! Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for your kind words and taking the time to leave a review! Hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & family

    • Roberta R.

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      I wanted to give my friends a 'thank you' gift for helping us after a terrible August storm in our area. Finding Miss Spenser's Special-Teas Teahouse was a wonderful, wonderful treasure. It is a 2 1/2 hour drive from our area to Miss Spenser's Teahouse, but it was fantastic!!! We talked about it all the way home! I can't wait to learn more about the many activities at the Teahouse. I think this is one of the best treasures that I have ever found, attending an event at Miss Spenser's Special Teas Teahouse. The food was heavenly and the decor was beautiful. The welcome and hospitality given by Donna and Spenser were very special. Thank you so very, very much for a wonderful day. We hope to come again very soon!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Roberta for your very kind review. It was indeed a pleasure to serve you and yours this past Thursday! We are so glad that you had a good time and we are looking forward to many more tea visits with you! Thank you for your giving heart...to share teatime with these lovely ladies who helped in a time of crisis...it's always heartwarming to hear these kinds of 'caring' stories! Thank you again for taking the time to leave a review...it means so much.<BR> <BR> Have a blessed day!<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Donna S.

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      What a delightful experience!! From the start when each member of the tour group was warmly greeted at the door, to our exit where we were also individually thanked for attending, the time spent at Miss Spenser's Special-Teas Teahouse was truly SPECIAL. The lovely Victorian decor, the delicious food, and Miss Spenser's wonderful presentation from 'Midnight Assassin: Murder in the Heartland' all made our tea time a superb one of a kind experience. Because we were such a large group only one type of tea was served - but it was absolutely delicious, and our teacups were continually being refilled! I'm hoping to be able to come back soon with friends who I know will love the 'teatime' as much as I did!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Donna...Thank you so much for the kind review! So glad that you had a good time here...and that you felt it was a 'special' experience...that warms our hearts! We do hope that you will attend another tea party here...or better yet, come share a delightful Thursday tea with one of your friends or loved ones...those days are special...teatime has a way of lending itself to endearing conversation! Have a great weekend!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Donna G.

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      The presentation of the whole experience was delightful. The reading from 'Out of Africa' was extremely well done and so enjoyable for myself and my guests. Everyone had their own choices of what they liked best of the food that was served, but everyone was happy with all selections. Only one tea was served due to the large group; but that was okay, it was delicious, and if you wanted something different you could ask for it. Will keep checking site for upcoming events.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Donna, thank you for taking the time to leave a review; we appreciate it very much as it lets others know what we are all about. We are very happy that you and yours enjoyed your tea outing here...and we do hope you will come again very soon. <BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Bobbi Schmidt

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      The Out of Africa Tea this past weekend was fabulous! Thank you so much for creating this special time that I could enjoy with my mother. The program was top notch - Miss Spenser, you are so talented! The food was scrumptious, the formal Victorian decor was beautiful and, of course, the tea was delish! Mom and I are already talking about when we can come back and I've spread the word to friends!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Bobbi: It was so nice to meet you and your mother this past weekend! Thank you for coming and for leaving a review...it means so much! We are glad that you had a great time...Out of Africa is one of my favorite programs!! Hope to see you both and many other friends soon!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Debbie Witte

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      Everyone should put Miss Spencer's Special-Teas on their must to do list. It is one of the greatest days around to spend with your friends. I had it on my bucket list and now I keep putting it back on the list and go again. I love to share this special place with my friends. Everyone is ready to go back to the next tea. It doesn't take us long to get their from north of Ames. A great place to take visitors from other states and countries.

      Tearoom response:

      Debbie...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...that means so much! We are so glad that you enjoyed your tea outing this past weekend and that you brought a new friend, Christine! Thank you so much for your kind words about Miss Spenser's being a special place...that means so much!<BR> <BR> Until this next tea...your friends,<BR> <BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Judy Pirillo

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      From my first contact by email to the day my sister and I had our tea date, the experience was great. Donna and Spenser were so welcoming, the tearoom was beautifully set, the food was wonderful! Thank you for a special afternoon with my sister. We will be back!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much Judy for your kinds words...we had a wonderful time serving tea to you and yours...We do hope that you will come back again...maybe when your daughter in law comes for a visit?!<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week!<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Sandra Johnson

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      Our Grandma took us to the American Girl Tea with Kirsten's teacher, Miss Winston. We had a very fun time! The food was yummy and we played some neat games too. We can't wait to go back for another tea time. Thanks Miss Donna and Miss Spenser!! Katelyn Schulze Jenna Lee-Johnson

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Katelyn and Jenna Lee...we had such a lovely time hosting our American Girl events this summer. What fun to share the day with your grandma...we think you have one of the best ones!! (SMILES). Hope to see you two again soon.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Linda Lee

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      One of my Book Club Buddies suggested we visit this tea room and were we ever glad she did! We attended the Young Victoria presentation on Saturday July 16 and it was an afternoon I'll long remember. I work in a very stressful job situation and it was just the escape I needed to relax and unwind. I was transported to another world. I'm definitely going to make plans to go again. The two Sons that work and serve tea are perfect gentlemen and so cute. The food was amazing! The tea was outstanding. The presentation by Miss Spencer was captivating. I just can't say enough about how much I enjoyed experience. Make plans to go. You will not be disappointed! Linda Lee

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      Dear Linda...thank you so much for your very kind review. It blesses us to know that the tearoom offered you 'respite' from your very busy world. This is what tea time is all about and we are so happy and blessed to be able to provide a bit of serenity for others. Thank you again for your kind words...they mean so much.<BR> <BR> Until the next cup...take care!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and family

    • Carol Jordan

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      Another wonderful experience at the tea room. The cherry jubilee cream truffles were heavenly!!!! I have been telling everyone about them. The service is always with a smile and Miss Spenser's performance as Queen Victoria was sweet and entertaining.

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      Dear Carol...thank you so much for bringing your friends to tea last week...what a joy it was to meet everyone...and we especially loved the 'new' theme idea for next year! Hope we can pull that off! Thanks for your encouragement and support...we always look forward to pouring you a cup of tea!<BR> <BR> Have a great vacation with your sisters!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Mary Granzow

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      My Grandmother is from England and when I was a little girl she would tell me all about the tea times in England. Being at Spencer's Tea Room really made me be able to invision what it would have been like to have had tea in England with her. I have never been to England unfortunetly but I feel like I get a little piece of it there. I really loved everything! The atmosphere is very relaxing and I enjoy how she will sometimes put on a theme as well. Talking with Spencer and her Mother it felt as though they really knew so much about the tea they were serving and their hearts were truly in everything they did.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Mary...How fun to learn that your grandmother is from England! We have relatives from England...but much farther down the line! We always secretly dream of having English grandparents...you know, the ones right off the boat! ha. Thanks for taking the time to leave a such a sweet review...we cannot wait to have you come visit again.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Peggy O

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      A return visit to Miss Spenser's Tea Room was just as wonderful as the first. After attending a tea in March as a guest of my sister-in-law, I told my Book Club buddies about the gem I had discovered. They were all on board to give a go. I was excited when the date finally came and could share this experience with 14 of my friends. Everyone loved it. I heard, 'Best tearoom I have ever been to' and 'I want to tell my aunt about this place.' I am sure there will be repeat visits with some of the girls with other friends and/or family. I know I am planning on another event with other friends. Donna and her family makes you feel at home from the minute you arrive. I love Miss Spenser's Special Teas.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Peggy...thanks so much for your sweet note! We were so happy that your second visit was as wonderful as the first!! Makes our hearts happy!! Thank you for your encouragement and kind words...it keeps us going! We cannot wait to have you come again. <BR> <BR> Many blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and family

    • Ilse & Alan Ridgway

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      When planning our trip from England to visit family in Iowa we contacted Miss Spenser's Tea Room to enquire about their Special Events. The warmth of the response and the exchange of emails during the months before our visit resulted in a welcome so warm we were made to feel like lifelong friends. The attention to detail at the tea room is perfect in every respect and the entire Hardin family an absolute joy. The English tea-room definitely passed the test - right down to the delicious cream scones! Our relatives, who had not been to Miss Spenser's before, were really impressed, whilst we left Iowa with memories of our visit as one of the highlights of our holiday.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Ilse and Alan...what a pleasure it was for our family to serve you and yours!! Of course, Miss Spenser and I felt a bit like Mrs. Cratchit were she had her 'doubts about the flour...' Serving tea to 'real' English folks was a bit intimidating...but you made us feel at ease from the moment you arrived! Thank you!! It is so exciting to have new friends now from 'Across the Pond!!' We hope that one day we can have teatime in England with you! So happy the scones passed the taste test!! And thank you so much for the Ridgeway Teas!! We are still enjoying them. Can't wait for your next visit.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Kathryn Sutherland

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      I have loved tea parties for a very long time. When I saw an ad for Miss Spenser's Tea Room in my Tea Time magazine, I immediately contacted my sisters and we planned our tea adventure. I live in California, so I was delighted when the Little Women tea was scheduled for one of my visits to Iowa. The six of us loved everything about the Little Women's tea. The ambience was inviting and cozy. The food and tea were delicious, and we felt pampered and very importaint. Thanks so much for a wonderful day.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kathryn...how fun it was to have you and yours here at our 'country' tearoom! We felt honored that you would select us as an 'activity' to do while on vacation. Thank you so much for leaving a kind review...we are SO happy to learn that you enjoyed everything about it...we are so blessed to be able to do what we love. Thank you again...and hope you will visit again when you are in the area.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and Family

    • Karen Daugherty

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      Lovely decorations, wonderful items to purchase, scrumptious food. What could possibly make it better? Oh yes, daughter Spenser! What a charming young woman with talent galore! You will not want to miss a tea room experience at Miss Spenser's Special-Teas. I guarantee you will be back for many a return visit!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Karen...what a surprise to have you show up at the recent tea party! I didn't know you were related to the family who had booked the tickets...how fun! Thank you so much for leaving a review...we are so happy to learn that you enjoy your teatime experience here...sharing tea with people like you is such a joy...thank you for allowing us this opportunity, we count it a privilege.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Karen Johnson

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      What a wonderful time we had at Miss Spenser's Tea Room! We traveled over a 100 miles to get there and it was well worth it! It was a great outing for the women in our family. I was especially delighted when I was able to purchase a tea pot that matched my China set. A wonderful day especially with Meg (from Little Women)visiting with us. Thank you.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Karen, I am so happy that you found a teapot 'match' for your china! As a china lover myself, I truly know how much that means! In fact, I just found and purchased 12 rose colored teacups from my recent road trip with hubby. They didn't have any saucers...but they were too beautiful to leave there, so I am determined to find them saucers!! I think that's half the fun! <BR> <BR> So glad you had a good time and thank you so much for leaving a review...it means a lot.<BR> <BR> Have a great summer!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and family

    • jennifer bessler

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      Donna and Miss Spencer, i just want to say what a wonderful time i had at the royal wedding tea!! the food was amazing as always. Mostly i want to thank you for letting me make the cookies! i was SO HONARD!!! thank you thank! i know my mom was right by my side and just as honard. your trully the dearest and sweetest! thank you again for letting me be a part of it.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jenny...thank you for all your hard work! We knew we wanted really pretty cookies like that, but didn't have enough time to get it done; so thank you so much for helping us out! So glad you were able to spend the day with your Aunt Char...and yes, I do believe your mom was smiling down on you while you baked up a storm! Thanks again...and thanks for the review. <BR> <BR> Blessings always,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Jackie Morehead

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      Miss Spenser's Tea Room is an excellent destination for groups. We are a bank travel club and just returned from a wonderful visit at Miss Spenser's! The whole experience of the 4-course English Style Tea was given with grace, wonderful food carefully prepared, efficient service and Miss Spenser provides such fun entertainment for the group to top off the tea. We traveled via 54 pax motorcoach without difficulty to the Tea Room. I would recommend Miss Spenser's to any group that is looking for a special place to entertain their members.

      Tearoom response:

      Jackie...thank you so much for bringing your bank travel club to Miss Spenser's. So glad to learn that every one had a great time! It was our pleasure to serve you and yours! We hope you will make a trip back one day soon. Thanks for leaving a review...much appreciated! Have a great summer!<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser and family

    • Tracy Clausi

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      We had a wonderful time and it was my first time at a tea. I will be going back many more times. Every detail was awesome and we loved all the items they had for sale.

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Tracy...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. So glad to hear you had a great time...looking forward many more teatimes with you and yours! I was trying to get ahold of you about the purple picnic basket...give us a call. We ordered more yesterday...should be here by next week! (Smiles).<BR> <BR> Have a great week - thanks again for the review. 641-342-1547.<BR> <BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and family

    • Randa

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      I am 26 years old and I had never been to a tea party. I didn't know what to expect exactly, I honestly thought it would be kind of boring. The women in our family had a girls day out to celebrate birthdays. The tea room was beautifully decorated and you were very welcoming hosts, your whole family! It was a a Gone With the Wind theme and it was a lot of fun. The food was outstanding to say the least! The tea just kept coming until we couldn't drink anymore. We had a very nice time and I would definately like to go to another one! Thank you for making my first tea party experience an awsome one!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Randa...I am so glad that you had a nice time today! It was a joy to host your family's outing...Vicky was so excited to share this with you. We are honored and privileged to be a part of your 'first' tea party experience! <BR> <BR> Do come again and bring your other friends!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • John and Cindy Preston

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      It feels redundant to add one more review laced with superlatives but the teas here are just that special. The entire rest of your day will seem better afterwards!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear John and Cindy, thank you so much for your very kind review...we are happy to learn that you enjoy yourselves and feel honored that you return!! It's always a joy having you and Cindy here...we count it a blessing to call you friends...the tearoom has been so good to us in that respect! Thanks again for your support!!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Pauline

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      I spent a lovely visit with new friends and Miss Crachet last Christmas and had a wonderful time. I am a Victorian Lady at heart and felt at home. Thank for a lovely Christmas memory and look forward to many more.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Pauline, thank you so much for your review! We enjoyed having you attend our Christmas tea party. Hoping you can come again real soon...we have some fun things on the calendar for the summer. <BR> <BR> Thanks again for your encouraging words, they mean so much!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • gale

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      If you are a person that likes thoughtful details, classic books, and food that pleases good cooks, this is the place to go. We always enjoy Donna's writing about the featured book, as well as Spenser's monologue AND her costume (this time a vintage pattern from 1910.) The scones with clotted cream and strawberry-rose jelly were amazing, as well as the blackberry turkey croissant, and (always!) the cucumber tea sandwich, and the orange blossom teacakes..... You can confidently bring friends and family here, and are assured of being welcomed and refreshed.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Gale: We had such a fun time sharing the information on the Secret Garden...it is one of our new favorites. Thank you for bringing your friends...we so enjoyed serving you and yours!<BR> <BR> Looking forward to the Gone With the Wind Tea next week with your friends once again! TX so much for the review and your support.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser, & family

    • Jennifer Graham

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      Lovely food, lovely atmosphere, and lovely service! I was impressed by my visit. It was so relaxing and enjoyable.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jennifer, it was our pleasure to meet you and your daughter this past March...so glad that you had a good time and that you felt relaxed and hopefully refreshed! Looking forward to the next tea outing with you...have a great day...thanks for leaving a review...much appreciated.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Rita

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      Everything was perfect - from Donna's greeting at the door to 'come back, again!' - which, I will surely do. Beautiful presentation: tea, food, and ambience. Relaxing and rejuvenating.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Rita...thank you so much for your kind words...they are so inspiring and press us onward to continue doing what we do! So glad that you had a good time...that you were rejuvenated...that is always the goal!! Have a great week...hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Beth

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      The ambience and hospitality at Miss Spenser's are superb! The food was great too, as was the bottomless pot of tea!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Beth, it was so nice to meet you this past Thursday for Teatime Thursday! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience here! We feel so blessed to share our passion and love for teatime with others...thanks for making that possible! Hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Sally Dulinsky

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      The recent Secret Garden tea was so much fun! Spenser's performance was just what I needed after a dreary beginning to April. She brought all the sunshine and happiness of Frances Hodgson Burnett to tea participants and Donna brought the joy of glorious tea food. The strawberry soup is out of this world, as well as the scones. Thanks, once again, ladies for making my day.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sally...I am glad the 'Secret Garden' was just what you needed! It was just what I needed too...and I must confess...I am working my way through the book again!! (smiles). It's always a joy having you here for tea...thank you always, for your support and love...it means so much. Have a great week!!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jennifer

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      Yesterday I had the pleasure of experiencing 'Teatime in the Secret Garden' at Miss Spenser's and it was an absolutely delightful experience. This was my second tea at Miss Spenser's and it will most certainly not be my last!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jennifer...it was such fun having you and your friends here for tea this past Sunday afternoon...for me, the day was perfect. I enjoyed the fellowship of all the guests and most of all sharing our passion and cup of tea with you and yours. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...and we SO look forward to another teatime event with you. Have a blessed week!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • MaryAnn Mathis

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      You have to visualize driving into the countryside of southern Iowa with its rolling hills and turning into the driveway of a farmhouse towering on the hill like an English mansion and that is just the beginning of your Tea Adventure !!! I was at a Sweet Sixteen Birthday Tea last Thursday. The peels of laughter coming from the girls as they tried on which hat to wear was priceless ! The strawberry soup,apricot chicken salad,cream scones with toppings,brownies with ganache sauce and the full cup of tea always the right temperature !! made this day to cherish forever and what a wonderful blessing for a 16 year old! It was even lightly raining when we left to add the the English tea experience !!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear MaryAnn, what a surprise it was to learn that you were part of the 'group' that came down this past Thursday for tea. It was wonderful to see you!! I am not so sure about the English mansion...but it does sound quite intriguing...sounds like something from the English book, Rebecca! (smiles). So glad that you enjoyed your tea time festivities here at Miss Spensers...Can't wait until the next cup of tea with you and yours.<BR> <BR> Blessings always,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Eva Nichols

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      Very pleasant and pleasurable experience. 'Teatime in the Secret Garden'. Very professional and Tea theme always very interesting and acted out by daughter whom is very talented and pretty. The entire family is involved and very friendly. Menu of food good and attractively served. Please don't miss this experience as it is wonderful. Put it on your bucket list, you won't be sorry.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Eva, thank you for your kind words and taking the time to leave a review. We enjoyed having your group here this past weekend and being able to share the Secret Garden event with you and yours. Please come and visit again soon!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & family

    • Martha Linn

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      When I read the article about the tea room in the Country Woman Magazine, I could not wait to get in touch with my Red Hat ladies. We decided to take the trip and it was certainly worth our while. The atmosphere is wonderful and the hostesses delightful. That doesn't even begin to describe the delicious food. The tea was exceptional. Hot and plentiful. Even though six ladies were all that were able to come this time I'm sure when we tell the rest we'll be making another trip. Can't wait. Martha Linn 3/24/2011

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Martha...thank you so much for leaving a kind review! So happy that your Red Hat ladies enjoyed the event. We are looking forward to having your family come for the Will and Kate Afterglow Tea Party at the end of April...it will be a fun time! Thanks again for the review...see you soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sharon Van Dalen

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      A delightful Irish Tea experience, a surprise gift from my friends, who were trying to cheer me after a dreaded big '0' birthday. It worked! The fresh brewed loose leaf tea was soothing, the themed food comforting, and the entertainment delightful and the service was pampering. Time flew by as we relaxed and enjoyed every detail. Now at home I'm enjoying several tea blends purchased that day and reminding me of a very 'special' birsthday. Thank you so much for the great memories. No one could be dissapointed here.

      Tearoom response:

      Well Sharon...thank you so much for the kind review and I am glad that your friends' plan worked for that dreaded '0' birthday!! (smiles)...I am right behind you...mine comes in MAY!! Thanks for taking the time to leave the review, it means so much. Have a wonderful year...and hope that you will come back again soon!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Ann Gorden

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      What a wonderful time-The Irish Theme was so much fun. And the food was absolutely fabulous. I think it is great how the entire family is involved-and a very nice family it is. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend a Saturday. This is my second time there-and I will definitely be back.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Ann, thank you so much for leaving such a kind review...it was a pleasure serving you and yours tea at the Irish Farmhouse event. Thank you for allowing us an opportunity to share our passion for tea and all the loveliness that comes with it! Come visit again real soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and Family

    • Pam

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      We had an outstanding repeat visit to Miss Spenser's Tearoom. This review is for the Irish Farmhouse Tea. Our special tea was the loose leaf Irish breakfast tea, and it was a wonderful choice. We enjoyed a bottomless cup until we had to leave. The food was delicious and served to each table on a beautifully arranged tiered serving tray. We started with a tasty cup of potato soup. Then 4 small sandwich selections for each guest, on the bottom tier. Wonderful oat scones and 3 dessert choices were on the top 2 tiers. Miss Spenser treated us to a lovely Irish program and soothing Celtic tunes on her harp. The entire family is involved in the business and create a very welcoming atmosphere. They make you feel like a long lost friend. Treat yourself to a themed tea, and you will want to return again and again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Pam, thank you so much for your kind review of our Irish Farmhouse tea. We are so glad that you enjoyed the food selections, the harp and the program! We consider you friends here at Miss Spenser's and always enjoy it when you come. Thanks again!<BR> <BR> Donna, Miss Spenser and Family

    • Judy and Bob Courtney

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      We had out of state guests, and wanted to share a special experience with them. Miss Spenser and Lady Donna never fail to provided a lovely and delicious afternoon. Miss Spenser's entertainment is always tasteful and beautifully performed. This is not just for ladies - - gentlemen are pleasantly surprized by the quality and ambience. Going to Miss Spenser's is like going home.

      Tearoom response:

      Oh my Judy...your words, 'like going home' touched our hearts! We strive to make our place feel like 'home'...so thank you for sharing that! We appreciate your love and support; thank you for your devotion! We enjoyed meeting your new friends...and glad they had a good time too. <BR> <BR> Until the next tea!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Jane Larson

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      What an absolutely wonderful experience we had today at Miss Spenser's charming Victorian tea room! It was breathtaking. The tearoom is perfectly decorated, the tables elegantly set with antique china and crystal and the food delicious and gourmet level. And yes, the tea was excellent and plentiful. Plus, we enjoyed the added pleasure of the beautiful and talented Miss Spenser’s harp playing and character skit during the themed Irish Farmhouse tea event. The whole afternoon came together in a lovely bouquet of sights, sounds, and flavors that will be a lasting memory for my girlfriends and me for many years to come.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jane...Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy that you and yours had a good time...and made a wonderful memory, teatime has a wonderful way of doing that!! We cannot wait for you to return either on a Teatime Thursday or another special event. Blessings to you today! ~Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Lila Konrad

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      There was no better way to spend a snowy Saturday in Iowa than at Miss Spenser's with dear friends, my daughter-in-law and grand-daughter! We enjoyed tasting the various teas and learning to brew the perfect pot of tea. It is always a treat to come to Miss Spenser's.

      Tearoom response:

      Lila...thanks so much for leaving your kind review. We enjoyed having you and yours her this past Saturday! Your granddaughter is simply delightful...what a well behaved young lady! We had a fun time with all of you and look forward to many more tea times with you!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Lesa Klouda

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      I have made three trips to rural Iowa to visit this wonderful tea room. I plan to make many more. Love it!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Lesa, it was our pleasure to have you here for our Valentine's tea! So nice to see you again and to catch up on your life and Kiley's too...thank you for your support and taking the time to leave a review! We cannot wait to have you again!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Cheri

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      My family has their first experience at Miss Spencers on 12/4. We have vowed to make it the 1st ANNUAL!! It was wonderful! Can't wait to return--Great atmosphere, food, tea, and hospitality. And Mrs. Cratchit was excellent!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Cheri: Thank you so much for leaving such a kind review...We are so happy that you had such a good time and that you and yours plan on making it an 'annual' event...Thank you! We love our Christmas program too...we think it should be a part of every one's Christmas...and that's why we bring it back every year. Hope to see you at some of our new events in 2011. While we are not hosting teas until February, we are working very hard on our new events for this new year. Our love letter tea is coming up; can't wait to share that with our tea friends...we have a special surprise this year!! Have a great week.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Kim Horras

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      I have been to Miss Spenser's twice and can't wait to go again. It is so nice to just stop and relax, have a cup of tea and some delicious finger foods and to boot have a little entertainment! Keep up the great work!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kim...what a pleasure it was to meet you this past year...and what a double blessing it was for me, when I learned that you were friends with one of my old buddies from 20 years ago!! We enjoyed hosting tea with you and your family and then thank you for bringing Penny...it was such a delight to reunite, and as mentioned, a double blessing to have met you too! Hope you can come back again in the next year. Thanks for leaving the review, we appreciate it! Many blessings and Merry Christmas!!<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Rena

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      I took my friend to Miss. Spenser's Tea Room for her birthday. We were both very impressed. The decor was what you would want a tea room to be. The atmosphere and lunch was delightful. We hope to visit again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Rena, so glad that you were able to enjoy a bit of 'our' England! I know it's not the same as your recent trip over there...but hopefully, it was close enough! We enjoyed having you both here for tea...thank you so much for the review and we look forward to your visits in the new year! Merry Christmas,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Susan B.

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      We went to the Charles Dickens Tea and it was so fun. This was our first time. We will go back

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Susan, thanks for leaving a review...we are so glad that you had a good time. We think this tea is a Christmas Tradition...it's was refreshing for me as well! Hope to see you again in the new year at our other programs or an afternoon tea time.<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jackie

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      We had a wonderful time, enjoyed great food and sipped fine tea. They were very accomdating to a member of our group with special dietary needs. We so enjoyed the special Christmas tea. Out of a possible 10, I would give it a 10 1/2.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jackie, so glad that you had a good time here at Miss Spenser's. Nothing like being with family and friends! Thank you so much for your most kind review...we are so happy that we were able to meet the dietary request. Please come again soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Barb Winters

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      I love going to Miss Spenser's! The Hardins are gracious hosts, and the food is delicious. The new room they've added is so cozy and richly decorated. When you enter, it feels like you've stepped into a Victoria cottage, and the rest of the world can just wait until you finish your tea!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Barb...thank you so much for your kind words. We are so glad that you were able to enjoy our new addition...we LOVE our new area! As always, it's a joy to serve you and yours tea. Thank you for coming and hope to see you again in the spring after your winter hiatus! <BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Linda

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      Enjoyed a wonderful relaxing time with a friend.Truely excellant teas, food and service with atmosphire

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Linda for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy to hear that you had a good time...and that you enjoyed your visit with your special friend. Please visit again in 2011!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Martha

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      My sister brought me to your elegant English tea room as a surprise and it was delightful. You have created a very inviting atmosphere, excellent presentation and authentic tasting foods, not to mention your delightful personalities which top off the visit. We so enjoyed the time with you. Thank you for inviting us in to experience the true English tea.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Martha, thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice review...We are so glad that you enjoyed your English afternoon tea experience...mission accomplished! We hope that you will return soon and sip a cup with us.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Nancy Friday

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      We had a wonderful and special time at our luncheon today. The sweet spirits of Donna and Spenser are felt in every way - a peaceful and beautiful atmosphere paired with excellent food and tea choices. Thank you!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Nancy, what a delight it was to have you attend an afternoon tea in our new facility. We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself...it was delightful to catch up with you and your life! Please come again! <BR> <BR> Thanks,<BR> Donna

    • Beverly

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      I attended the Autumn Harvest Tea on Saturday at Miss Spenser's ... walking through the tearoom doors brings a sense of calmness that is so welcome these days. The very charming and talented Zach provided the perfect background music for the always-perfect and delicious tea fare and conversation.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Beverly for your review...we always hope to bring a sense of calm to the every day worries of life; it's amazing how a cup of tea, good food and friends can bring the stress meter down!! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review...we appreciate so much! <BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Cindy Van Wyk

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      A ladies group from our church attended Miss Spencers and were delighted with not only the charm of the tea room and the quality of the food, but also the presentation, the attention to detail and the performance of Miss Spencer herself. Highly Recommended!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Cindy, We are glad that you were able to experience tea in our newly expanded tea room. What a surprise it was to see you! The last time, as you will recall, we dubbed your husband as 'the most romantic farmer/husband' as he surprised you with a special 'surprise' outing! It was fun to catch up on your life with grandkids and all. Glad that you had a good time and thank you so much for the kind review, it means so much. Come back again with your daughters one day...or that 'romantic' hubby! (smiles) Have a great day.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Boys of the DTC

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      One would think that the last place you would see a gathering of multiple former college football players, a former marksman and Iowa state rifle champion, reining Iowa Natural Body Building champion, and a handful of self-proclaimed 'manly men' would be a tea room. But leave it up to Miss Spenser & the rest of the New Virginia staff to push the envelope yet again! With service equivalent to your NYC 5-star hotel hot spot, a selection of food and snacks that rival the trendiest buffets of the Vegas strip, and a Black Ceylon tea that brought me back to my days off the coast of Sri Lanka, it is no wonder that Miss Spenser's tea room is among the Midwest's premier. With hosts in character, and an ambiance which stands unrivaled in the state of Iowa, I would recommend Miss Spenser's Special Teas to anyone with four fingers and a mouth. Bottoms up!

      Tearoom response:

      Gentlemen...it was our pleasure to serve you and yours tea here at Miss Spenser's! From the review...you've left us wondering who these former and reigning men are! At your next visit, you must fill us in...we are in suspense! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review, it means a lot. You are welcome here any time!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser & the gang

    • Jill

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      I work at a senior community. Six ladies and I visited the tea room last week and had a wonderful time. Since returning to the community, the ladies have been sharing the experience with other residents. I have had a number of requests to make a return trip. We will certainly come back.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jill, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It truly was a joy to serve tea to you and the lovely ladies from your senior community. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of them...and we DO hope that we will see you again in the Spring! Give a hello to each of them from us.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser<BR> <BR>

    • Missy Wilcox

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      We had a special tea at Miss Spencer's for my daughter's 5th birthday and it was a wonderful experience for everyone. She loved it! She loved the beautiful setting and the food was yummy, her and her cousins had the friendship tea, and the Mommies loved ours. It was a special day, Thank you!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Missy...thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to leave a review...it means so much! Thank you for selecting Miss Spenser's as your special birthday outing for Miss Selah. It was a joy to serve you and yours tea and to celebrate with you on her 5th Birthday! We hope that you will spend many 'mom/daughter' tea days here with us at Miss Spenser's! Thanks again for everything and looking forward to the next tea outing!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Carol Putney

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      just came back from 2nd visit to Miss Spencer's.A wonderful experience was had.The atmosphere is great,the special sandwiches, and desserts were exceent. I now feel part of the family

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Carol: Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review...it means so much to us! Glad that you had a great time...it's always fun making new friends...and, Welcome to the Family!! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna, Miss Spenser & Family

    • Joy Jackson

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      This was my first visit to your 'lovely' tea room, but I will be bringing more people with me next time. In this hurry up stressed world of ours - this was such a relaxing treat!! The program was wonderful and even tho I was arrested - I shall return! Thanks for such a great evening. Joy Jackson

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Joy: What a 'joy' (smiles) it was to have you here at the tea room for the Murder Mystery Event with Clarke County St. Bank! You were such a great sport...even during your arrest! ha. Glad you enjoyed yourself and looking forward to serving you and yours tea soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Diane Ogbourne

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      It was my first visit to this or any tea room, but it won't be my last. The evening was absolutely wonderful. The food was out of this world--service was outstanding, entertainment 'thrilling'. Don't miss this treasure!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Diane: So glad you had a good time at the Murder Mystery event. We had a great time planning it for you...glad you enjoyed the food and service! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!<BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jane E. Schockemoehl

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      On September 25, 2010 I along with 6 of my good friends visited Miss Spenser's Special Teas Teahouse. The experience was far above my expectations. The atmosphere of the tea room is vintage Victorian, quaint and lovely. I am not even a tea drinker and I had at least 4 cups of superb tasting tea of different varieties. The finger sandwiches and desserts were divine. I want to thank Donna Hardin, the proprieter for a lovely memorable day with my friends. We even got to meet Miss Spenser. We will definitely be back again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jane, it sounds like we have a new tea convert!! (SMILES). Glad you enjoyed the teas and various varieties of tea. We so enjoyed serving you and your friends tea and yummy treats that day...the warm chatter amongst friends that day was endearing...so glad you were able to share your time together here in the cozy parlor. Hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Hannah Garside

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      I had an opportunity to visit the tea room on a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon with a group of gals from the city! It was a perfect get-a-way! The atmosphere was so beautiful and warm. The food was every bit delicious and the hospitality so wonderful! I have already begun recommending Miss Spencer's word of mouth and will be planning another trip someday soon. Thank you Spencer Family.

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Hannah, thank you for taking the time to leave a review...It was our pleasure to serve you and your friends tea that day...the warm friendly chatter at the tea table was especially endearing! We cannot wait to have you visit again.<BR> <BR> Many blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Kathy Kester

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      I've been attending themed teas at Miss Spensers' for nearly a year now, and each one has been a real treat! I was finally able to take my mother to Tea with the Duchess today, and she was 'wowed!'. Drinking tea with Miss Spenser and Lady Donna is an experience you will always remember, and one you'll want to repeat!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kathy...can hardly believe it's been a year since we've been having tea!! Time flies when you're having fun!! SO glad that you were able to bring your mom...what a delight it was to meet her and serve her tea as well. Have a blessed day!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Penny

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      I've been able to take family and friends to Miss Spensers on several occasions and have wished each time I could have taken another group the next day! The Anne of Green Gables tea has been my highlight so far but she's a special friend of my daughters so I'm sure I was prejudiced ahead of time. Miss Spenser did a fantastic job with the pioneer women theme as well!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Penny for your kind review...it was so nice to have you here with your mom and sister and then again with your daughter...We hope you will come back again soon! <BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna

    • Linda

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      Thank you for your gracious hospitality and for being part of our Journey retreat.This was an enjoyable way for our young ladies to practice proper etiquette. The tearoom experience and Spenser's testimony were the icing on the cake - the perfect finish to our retreat. Thank you, thank you, thank you for blessing us!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Linda for selecting Miss Spenser's for your Journey retreat outing. It was indeed our pleasure to serve tea to you and yours...every one was so kind and polite...it was quite refreshing! Hope you'll come back next year! Blessings, Donna

    • Joyce Rossie

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      I took a friend to Miss Spenser's to the Beatrix Potter tea and it was well beyond my expectations! The food,program and atmosphere made for a very special day of celebration!!! I can hardly wait til I can take another friend to the experience of Miss Spenser's tearoom it was truly a delight!! I would HIGHLY recommend a trip to Miss Spenser's!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much Joyce for your kind review...we are so glad that you had a good time! Thanks again!

    • Elizabeth

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      The tea with Miss Beatrix Potter was absolutely wonderful! My mom, grandma and I went and enjoyed it so very much! Miss Spenser portrayed Miss Potter beautifully and the food was very delicious and displayed in a lovely way! I always enjoy these special times at Miss Spenser's...and I am looking forward to when we can come back again sometime!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Elizabeth...it's always a joy to have you and your family here for tea. So glad that you had a good time...and so glad that you found a little tea set for yourself when you host your own tea parties! Thanks so much for your kind words...it means so much! Have a great week...looking forward to our next tea event with you!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Karen Thompson

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      A friend and I recently visited Miss Spenser's Special-Teas and enjoyed it immensely. The food was exceptional and the program on Beatrix Potter delightful. It was the perfect girl's day out!! I am already planning another visit. :) Karen Thompson 9/22/10

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Karen, what a joy it was to have you here this past month. We are so glad that you found this to be a perfect girl's day out...we look forward to having you and yours here again in December! Thanks again Karen.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Rose Ridgway

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      We recently went to Miss Spencer's to celebrate my daughter's graduation (a little belated) with all the girls (of all ages) in our extended family. It was wonderful -- even our 8-year-old was thrilled. The entertainment was as enjoyable as the food! Thanks for a relaxing way to just enjoy some girl time!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Rose, what a surprise it was to see you and yours at the Saturday outing! I had no idea you were related to Sandy! So glad that you all had a great time; it was our privilege to serve you and yours. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! Looking forward to the next tea time event!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Joan Schneider

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      What a unique experience. An elegantly decorated room with delicate table settings and delicious food, Miss Spencer's creates a comfortable, welcoming environment for her guests. The theme of each tea is determined by that day's entertainment, a program that both delights and educates. A great place to leave the rest of the world behind, if only for a short time.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Joan: Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We appreciate that very much. So happy that you enjoyed your visit with Miss Spenser's...and your very kind words were very touching...thank you again! Hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Barb Vana

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      A group from Marshalltown recently enjoyed the Beatrix Potter tea. The tea was delicious, the food outstanding and the program great. Miss Potter's English accent was a delight. We actually felt we were in England. When you go, believe Donna when she tells you NOT to use GPS. We did and when the GPS announced to us that we had arrived, we were on a one lane dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately a phone call got us on the right track.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Barb: Thank you for your kind words...we are SO happy to hear that you and yours enjoyed the Beatrix Potter Tea. It is one of our favorites. We also enjoyed knowing that you felt like you were in 'England.' As that's one of our goals, those words were music to our ears! We giggled when you said the GPS announced that you had 'arrived' -- wishing we could have seen your faces! YES...follow our directions, they will get you here safely...Please come again soon!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Deb

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      My husband saw something on the news about Miss Spenser's Special-Teas and thought I would enjoy going there on my birthday. So my mom and I went for The Anne of Green Gables Tea on my birthday. The food was fabulous, as was the presentation. I truly enjoyed the monologue because I love The Anne of Green Gables books. I loved Donna, Spenser, the boys, and their neighbor. Everyone treated us very well. What a fun birthday for me! Thank you very much!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Deb, what a joy it was to meet you and your mom this past July. KUDOS to your husband for thinking of you!! Don't you just love Anne...she makes me smile every time! So glad you enjoyed your outing...we DO hope you return soon!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Ashley Werner

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      What a wonderful experience! I just got back from dinning at Miss Spenser's and cannot quit talking about what a great time I had (my 8 year-old nephew even wants to go now). A bunch of ladies from the Clarke County Moms play date group went for a Ladies' Night out. We had so much fun – we wore vintage hats from Miss Spenser's collection, drank delectable teas, had a menu so delicious we could barely talk about anything else during dinner, and enjoyed Donna and Miss Spenser's company the whole time. Talking to Donna and Miss Spencer added to our experience just as much as the elegant decor and beautiful place settings. We will be back! As a Clarke County Moms group and individually with the women in our families, too! Thank you so much for a wonderful evening! Us moms really needed it!! :)

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Ashley...it was a delight to finally met you tonight! We enjoyed working with you on this outing for your Mom's Group...thank you for all the arrangements and making our job so easy! So happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves...young moms deserve a little break in their busy lives and we were so honored that you allowed us an opportunity to pamper you a bit!<BR> <BR> Looking forward to seeing you again soon...thanks again for coming and for taking the time to leave a review...much appreciated!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Ronda Kelley

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      My husband & I recently attended our second Tea Time at Miss Spenser's tea room, and each visit surpasses the last, even though it doesn't seem that it is even possible. We love the atmosphere, the food presentation, the fragrant tea - it is an incredible experience from beginning to end! I always leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I am originally from Canada, and having a tea room like this in Iowa makes me feel a little closer to home. Miss Spenser's really puts alot of thought into every detail, and it all the little touches that make such a huge difference. I KNOW why you are rated the #1 Tearoom in Iowa - no one can even come close! Rest assured we will be back for many, many more tea times! HUGS to you all!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Ronda...thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a sweet review! We are so happy that you enjoyed yourself and that it helped you feel a little closer to home. We are SO blessed to do what we love...and we are so happy we were able to share it with you...looking forward to many more fun tea times with you and yours.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Cheryl Hull

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      Our whole group seemed to thoroughly enjoy our trip to the tearoom. The food, presentation, service,and tea were excellent. And the Anne of Green Gables sketch was absolutely wonderful. I would love to return for other programs in the future.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Cheryl: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. Miss Spenser and I thoroughly enjoyed the Anne Teas...we actually were a bit sad they were all over so soon. Glad that you all had a good time and we do hope you will visit again soon!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Julie Burkett

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      What a lovely 'tea experience!' My sisters and I took our mother to the Anne of Green Gables Tea for her 80th birthday. It was an enchanting visit from beginning to end. Mother is still talking about it! I have a number of friends whom I know would love Miss Spenser's Special Teas, and I will definitely bring them! Julie Burkett 7/25/10

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Julie...it was indeed our pleasure to be a part of your mother's surprise birthday celebration. Thank you SO much for making the 'day' trip here...we really feel honored when people do that. So happy to hear that your Mother is still talking about her day...it bring us so much joy to share our passion of tea with others...so glad you had a good time. Thanks again for coming, we look forward to seeing you all again in the near future.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Fernette Flowers

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      Attending Miss Spenser's 'Anne of Green Gables' Tea on Thursday was an extremely wonderful and relaxing time. The TEA was incredible, the food tastefully delicious, the 'Anne' skit by Miss Spenser was really neat, and the friends I met really was a heartwarming experience! Needless to say...I look SO forward to the next TEA! Thank you so much Miss Spenser and Lady Donna! CHEERS!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Fernette...I remember when we met thinking your name was so pretty...but I had no idea what your last name was! Your name is truly Victorian!! Love it! It was our pleasure to meet you along with our new friends, Jamie and Ronda...we have been so blessed by our tea room...it has brought us some of the nicest people!! When we first started our experience...we were lonely transplants from the city...the movie line, 'If you build it, they will come...' stands true for us...because the tea room has brought us so many friends! Thank you for coming, your kind words and so glad that you had a nice time! Can't wait to see you all again.<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Susan Hicks

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      I loved my first visit to the tearoom yesterday! The Cinnamon Plum Tea was delightful. Miss Spenser did a wonderful program on Anne of Green Gables. I even went out and bought the book to read again. I look forward to bringing my granddaughter Hailey and my daughter-in-law to the Beattrice Potter teas in September. Thanks for a lovely time that was talked about the rest of the evening with my family.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Susan...we were so excited to learn that you went out and bought the book to read again! We always hope we inspire people to read and learn after our teas!! So glad that you had a good time and that you enjoyed the Cinnamon/Plum Tea...it's one of our many favorites! What a small world it was to learn that Miss Spenser teaches piano to your granddaughter!! We hear lovely stories about her every week...cannot wait to meet Hailey in person! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review...it means so much.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jean Spencer

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      This was a special treat courtesy of my sister, Cathy, while visiting her in Iowa. The atmosphere is exquisite and unique. When they say it is a 'family affair/business', they REALLY MEAN IT! The whole family is involved in the preparation for visitors from the food and decorations, to the program they present. The tea we were served was Ceylon. They sold that, along with several others including 'The Peoples' Princess Tea (a blend of mango/kiwi/strawberry/raspberry/black teas). The program when I went (July 10) was called 'A Tribute to Princess Diana' in her honor. The menu was SCRUMPTIOUS! Chilled strawberry soup, roast beef with garlic cream on croissant, orange marmalade tea sandwiches, and MORE DELECTABLE TREATS! My favorite was ALL of it! Their daughter Spenser delighted us with a 'tour' of Princess Diana's life through a memory book she made. Some of it brought tears of joy & sadness to my eyes! Son, Chase, treated us to his acoustical guitar talent - beautiful!! Donna & her husband make you feel like family!! We ate on and drank from BEAUTIFUL china, with a lace tablecloth, and Princess Diana memorabilia on every table. The tea room was very inviting. By the way, some people come in 'costume' for each occasion; however, it's not required. I DO HOPE/PLAN to visit again when I come back up. They also have quite an array of products for sale INCLUDING their cookbook (#1 & 2)! THANK YOU for sharing your gifts/talents/family with us!!!!!!!!!! It was an experience I will NEVER forget!!! Jean from Texas, 7/20/10

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jean, it was so nice to meet you this past month! We always enjoy it when your sister Cathy comes for tea...this month, it was equally enjoying to meet you too! We are so glad that you enjoyed the tea, the menu/foods, the program, etc...it blesses us beyond belief when we hear how much others enjoy what we do...WE DO HOPE that you will visit again the next time you're up this way. Thanks again for your kind words and taking the time to leave such a glorious review. <BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Rita Bresnan

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      My friend, Joani, had a delightful experience at your tea room. You were gracious, entertaining and the food was wonderful. Thank you so much.

      Tearoom response:

      Rita, thank you for attending our Princess Diana event...it was a pleasure getting to know you, thank you for bringing your friend, Joani. We are so glad you live nearby...you'll have to come for another visit one day! Blessings, Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Dru McLuen

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      This was my first time to visit Miss Spenser's tea room and I'm looking forward to having tea with Beatrix Potter in Aug. The food was delicious and the service was excellant. I felt very welcome and loved wearing a hat. Thank you, what a wonderful family you are.

      Tearoom response:

      Dru...you and yours was such a delightful group! So glad that you had a good time and that you were able to find a hat to wear fro the day! We enjoyed your enthusiasm about what we do...and cannot wait to see you again. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review...we consider it a privilege.<BR> <BR> Warm Regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Michele

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      It was very warm and welcoming. It felt like visiting an old friend

      Tearoom response:

      Wow Michele...thank you so much for your very kind review...we are so glad you felt like you were visiting an old friend, that blesses us!! Our goal is: 'You may arrive as a stranger, but always leave as a friend...' We are happy that you felt this way! Do come back soon!!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Faye

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      Since my daughters were surprising me with this Tearoom adventure I did not know what to expect. Upon entereing, I was impressed with the lovely Victorian decor,the gracious owners with their friendliness and the special attention given each guests' table. The food menu and presentation was delightful, with the food being most tasty. The special program was a 'bonus' we enjoyed which made for a most delightful time at this unique location.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Faye...what a fun we had being in on the 'surprise!' It's always a joy to have mothers and daughters visit...so glad that your girls were able to pull off the surprise! Thanks for coming and leaving the review...Hope to see you again soon.<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Candy Hodges

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      I had such a Wonderful time at the 'Pioneer Woman Tea' and I am looking forward to the 'Princess Diana Tea' with much anticipation. I don't know how Donna and Spenser come up with the perfect combinations of food and entertainment time after time, but they do. Thank you both very much.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Candy...thank you so much for leaving such a nice review...as always, we enjoy when you come for tea!! We are lucky to be able to do what we love...so happy that you enjoy what we do. It was good to see you again today...Come back again soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings always,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Beth Voltmer

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      Miss Spenser's...ahhh! Such a bit of happiness and comfort from all of our everyday troubles. Beautiful decor, an inviting atmosphere. Not too frilly or fancy. The setting is pure IOWA! I encourage you to make a trip to Miss Spenser's be added to your short list of 'things to do'.

      Tearoom response:

      Beth...thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to leave a review! We appreciate it! So glad you had a good time...it's always a joy to serve you a cup of tea.<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Karen Stewart

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      This was my first visit to Miss Spenser's tearoom and it was definitely a 'haven of rest'. The surrounding Iowa countryside is beautiful! The tearoom is very elegant and you are very well pampered. Miss Spenser is a very gifted young lady and her portrayal of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables was delightful. You may come as strangers but you definitely leaveas 'friends'. The family truly makes you feel welcome in their home!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Karen...what sweet words...'haven of rest,' wow, we feel so honored that you would say that. It means so very much to us...our goal has been to make it a place of comfort, rest and relaxation through the foods, the decor and the foods...so glad you experienced that. We felt very honored that you selected our facility for your mother's very special birthday. Your mom was our first 'real' tea 'gig' when we used to cater! She had no idea how nervous we were! (smiles). Come back again soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Diane Ogle

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      Beautiful country setting adds to the over all peaceful experience. Loved Spencer's performance of Anne of Green Gables being the theme!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Diane...how fun it was to meet a neighbor...and now a new friend. Thank you so much for visiting our country home...thanks too for leaving such a nice review.<BR> <BR> Warmly <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Lynn Sargent

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      I've been to several tearooms around Iowa & this one surpasses them all! From the ambience; to the elegant tea(s) & dainty sandwiches & pastries; to the Anne of Green Gables character played by Miss Spenser... I was enchanted! Looking forward to going again!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Lynn...thank you so much for your very kind words! We appreciate it so much...Glad you were able to attend our very special Anne of Green Gables tea...it's one of our favorites! Can't wait to have you again. <BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Keri Comfort

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      I had not been to the Tearoom before and was definitely not disappointed when we arrived. The charming Tearoom is decorated with luxury and the perfect English setting for a delicious lunch. Our friendly hosts gave us time to chat and enjoy the tasty specialities of the theme. Then the entertainment captured our attention with Miss Spenser and her excellent portrayal of Anne of Green Gables. A great time was had by all.

      Tearoom response:

      Keri, thank you so much for bringing your sorority club here for tea this past week. What a pleasure it was to serve you and yours...and a double pleasure when we realized that some of your members are past tea friends! Glad you enjoyed the foods and the theme...I too enjoyed seeing Anne again!! <BR> <BR> Come visit again...thanks,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jeanette Neel

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      It's always a special treat to join friends at Miss Spenser's. A bonus today, as Miss Spenser played the harp for us!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jeanette: It was so nice to have you for tea with your friends last week! I had no idea that you were one of the 14 attending! Thank you too...for mailing me that lovely Tea Cookbook...I meant to tell you how much I enjoy it the other day! So glad that Miss Spenser was able to play the harp for you...it was our pleasure to serve you and yours. Have a terrific summer. Hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Char Massey

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      You will never meet a more warm and gracious or talented family than the Hardins. Each one brings his or her specialty to the tearoom to make your visit a very special and memorable one. 'The Pioneer Woman' was no exception. Thank you all for the WONDERFUL time Candy and I had. What kind, thoughtful, dear friends you are for making it possible. As always the food was carefully chosen and prepared by Donna. It is always delicious because Donna uses special ingredients--Love & Dedication. The imagination that goes into decorating the tables is unbelievable. Each one tells its own little story and is perfectly co-ordinated with beautiful china, glassware & linens. Miss Spenser's portrayal of a young pioneer woman traveling out West was delivered with so much eloquence and emotion that we felt we were right there with her as she journeyed to an unsettled new land. Her lovely, period-correct gown was sewn by her and she very much looked like she stepped out of the past. The Hardin men did their part by keeping our teacups full and hot and making us feel so welcome. We were thrilled with our purchases and look forward to our next visit as we await our next adventure with all of you.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Char, thank you so much for your kind review...we enjoyed hosting the Pioneer teas very much...you and Candy looked terrific in costume, you never cease to amaze us with what you come up with!! We are so glad that you were able to attend this special event and we look forward you coming again soon! Thanks for leaving the review!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Lillie Brandon

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      Miss Spensers' Specialty Teas was a wonderful experience for my Bank Travel Club. We had excellent food and service. Miss Spenser is a very beautiful and charming young lady. Her rendition of Mary Poppins was elegant and entertaining. I am most certainly going to take another group there.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Lillie: Thank you so much for bringing your Bank Travel Club to Miss Spenser's. It was our pleasure to serve you tea and treat you to the Mary Poppins event. We are so glad that your guests had a good time and that you hope to be back again soon! Thanks for leaving a review...we appreciate it!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Hannah's great-granddaughter

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      A special spot off the beaten path with not only charm but good tea, good food and knowledgeable and enthusiastic hosts. Recommended as a place to take an afternoon vacation, worth the trip any time.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much for leaving the review...we love what we do and are so happy to share our passion with others! Do come back soon!!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Marcy Cooley

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      Donna and Miss Spenser, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed visiting your tea room with my sister, nieces, mom, grandmother, and several aunts and cousins for the Celebration of the Spirit of the Pioneer Woman. The food was excellent, as always, your hostessing skills are unmatched, and Miss Spenser's performance was delightful. I'm so thrilled that I purchased a teapot and some of Miss Spenser's special tea...I made tea for my guests all afternoon! Now my sister, nieces, and I plan to enjoy our own tea time! We're looking forward to returning soon. Thanks again for the experience!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Marcy: What a joy it was for us to host the Mother's Day tea with you and yours...it was indeed our pleasure! Thank you too for your very kind words...we love what we do and feel so blessed to be able to do it!! I was also very excited to set you and Molly up with your tea 'things' so now you can continue this fun experience at home! Thanks for your patronage...we appreciate you all so much!<BR> <BR> Many blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Gelene Stevens

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      This is truly a unique, elegant, relaxing dining experience! What a neat setting nestled in the hills of the country with lovely hosts. It was my bank group's favorite experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Gelene for allow Miss Spenser's the opportunity to host your bank outing. It was our pleasure serving you and your guests and entertaining them with the Mary Poppins program. We do hope you will consider Miss Spenser's again in the future!<BR> <BR> Have a great week...and thanks for taking the time to leave the review.<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Barbara Rehmer

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      I have had two exquisite visits to the country tea house. Donna and Miss Spenser have been so personable and accomodating to me and my granddaughter, creating wonderful memories for us. The themed teas are played out in fun and beautiful decor with Miss Spenser's delightful monologues...she is so talented! Come hungry because there is so much delicious food, I usually take some home. The teas can be simple or they have great blended teas that are so tasty to try. You are not just attending a tea, it is a treasured experience. I love it and my 10 year granddaughter feels so special when we go. They have even mailed her a note with a tea sample for her to try. Needless to say, we can't wait to go back and we are about 3 hours away but it is well worth the drive!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Barbara...thanks so much for leaving such a nice review...and it was so nice to have seen you again this past weekend. We so enjoyed meeting more of Anna's family! We hope the best for you in your future job situation...but being 'greedy' we hope that you will stay in the Midwest!! <BR> <BR> Have a great week...thanks again for the kind review; it is always a pleasure to serve you and yours!<BR> <BR> Blessings always,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Marian Mullette

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      I came with a group, and from the journey to find Spenser's Teahouse to enjoying the wide variety of food, great entertainment and perfect friendliness of our hosts, it was a delightful tea excursion!

      Tearoom response:

      HI Marian: Thank you so much for bringing your friends from Deerfield Retirement Center...we enjoyed hosting the event and it seemed they all enjoyed themselves! DO come back!!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Renee Henry ( drama queen in training)

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      Just enjoyed my 2nd tea experience at Miss Spencer's. The wonderful and relaxing environment is perfect for anyone wanting to 'get away' and not have to go very far! The food is great.....the cucumber sandwiches are to die for! I actully dreamed about them last night! Donna is a WONDRFUL host and so pleasent to talk to, and Spencer, you are always wonderful to watch and you are always 'spot on!' Cant wait to come back.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Drama Queen in Training - Renee...I laughed out loud when you said you dreamt about the cucumber sandwiches!! Now, that's a first! Thank you though, for the compliment...that means so much! We always enjoy having you and yours here...thank you for patronage!!! Until the next cup...and the next cucumber sandwich!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Betty Marker

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      We had a group of 7, it was wonderful. We will do it again!!

      Tearoom response:

      Betty...thanks so much for all your organizing with your Grandma Club!! You made it so easy for us! We enjoyed meeting each of you and look forward to hosting teas with you all again soon!<BR> <BR> Thanks for leaving the review! Have a great day!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Amy Deace

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      I recently brought my nine-year old daughter to Miss Spenser's for the first time. She has fallen in love with it and has begged to go back. Miss Donna and Miss Spenser are the most wonderful hostesses and the food and tea is amazing.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Amy...what fun it was to have you and your other adult friends and the children at the Mary Poppin's Tea Party!! It's always exciting for us to see new generations of girls enjoying the 'joy' of tea time! Thanks for the review...until the next cup of tea!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Geri Snodgrass

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      Wonderful outing. I treated my good friend, Ruby Sandy, to a birthday treat. She had no idea where I was taking her, until we were alomst there. We both enjoyed the food, the hospitality, and the entertainment. I had been blessed to have seen some of the childrens talents thru the church. The whole family is wonderful, and very talented. Thanks

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Geri...what a surprise it was to see you amongst the other Indianola residents!! The saying, 'Pretty in Pink' fit you perfectly! So happy you were able to enjoy your birthday celebration with your good friend here at Miss Spensers...I wish I had known that, I would have let her borrow our Birthday Tea Cup...next time! Thanks for your compliments about the children...God has blessed Don and I more than we deserve...we are very grateful parents.<BR> <BR> Hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Ivy Ward

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      It is always a special treat to have tea at Miss Spencer's. Peach tea was superb and I, especially loved the little triangle ham and cheese puffs. The Mary Poppins costume was just perfection. And the Hardin sons are just amazing young men. I love checking out your collections of china! Our table had the beautiful rose pattern. Donna, you make it feel like we are visiting a friend.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Ivy...thanks so much for the very sweet review! You warmed my heart when you said you felt like you were visiting a friend...that's how we feel too! After my hubby moved us city girls to the country...we were SO lonely, so we borrowed the manatra, 'If you build it...they will come...' And you do...friend's that is!! We are so blessed! Glad you enjoyed your tea time with us and that you enjoy all the pretties too!<BR> <BR> Hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Shelly Wanninger

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      Delightful!!! I have been to the tea room a couple times now. It's been a wonderful place to enjoy one-on-one time with my daughters and friends. Each daughter looks SO forward to her turn. What a treat to enjoy visits from the likes of Mary Poppins and Mrs. Cratchit! (Thank you Miss Spenser for sharing your talents. Your singing debut was fabulous! Your brother's too!) The tea, food, and atmosphere are all simply delightful. I'm certain you will find Miss Spenser's Special-Teas a specialty as well!! Thank you Hardins!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Shelly...thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review of your experience here at Miss Spensers. It is our pleasure to serve you and yours, and we are enjoying each new visit with each new daughter as well! Thank you so much for your kind words...they keep us inspired for sure!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • cheryl adams

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      Thank you, thank you, thank you once again to Miss Spenser's Special-Teas ... and this time with Mary Poppins! We so appreciate this one-of-a-kind tea room. Miss Spenser's monologues are always a highlight and this time it was such a treat with her added singing talent (along with two of her brothers in costume as well!). We just love the Hardin family -- They have such servant hearts, friendly, humble personalities, and of course, the food and tea were delicious. And the new, bigger tea room is amazing!!! Thank you for another memorable time with my daughter and our friends :).

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Cheryl...thank you so much for your continued support and leaving us such a nice review! We are TRULY blessed to be able to do what we are passionate about. We are also glad you like the expanded tea room...we love working from it! Cannot wait for the next tea time with you and yours!<BR> <BR> Thanks again,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Dru Eshelman

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      Had a great time!! Wouldnt go anywhere else!

      Tearoom response:

      It was our pleasure having you here Dru...do come back again soon! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review...it means so much.<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • emma

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      Miss spencer's special teas is a beautiful and wonderful place to have tea! my friends are the average teenager but i love to get all dressed to go to tea with my aunt and sometimes my grandma!!!! when my aunt tells me there is a new tea soon like mrs. poppins i say can we go please please aunt sally so she always takes me cause my grandma cannot sit still for that long amont of time! so if your looking for a fine place to have teas with entertainment, Ms. Spencer's Special Teas is the place for you with fun filled plays and sometimes music whcih is played by Ms. Spencer and her bothers. If i were you i would definitely come to Miss Spencer's Special Teas!!!!!!! :)

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Emma...as always, it's a joy to have you come to tea! We are so glad that your Aunt Sally introduced you to our tea room and the loveliness of tea time! So fun too, that your Aunt Sally introduced us to your grandma too!! It's fun when you all come to visit...hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings always,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Kathy Phelan

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      What a relaxing and wondeful time Janie and I had at the Irish Tea. Spenser was quite the Irish lass and the music on the Irish harp was a wonderful background. And knowing what is on the floor is priceless!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kathy...thank you so much for your kind words and for leaving a review...it means so much! It was a delight to meet your friend, Janie...we love it when our customers share Miss Spenser with their friends!! Hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Your tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Jan Webber

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      I can only check excelent however; if there were a bracket beyond that I would be honored to check them. Visiting Miss Spenser's Tea is stepping into a world of tranquility. The food is excellent and the programs are so informative and presented in such a wonderful background -Miss Spenser's talents are amazing - it's a perfect way to pamper yourself and friends-- and the best part it is attainable.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jan...we are always so excited when we see your name on the reservation list! We count it a privilege to have met you this past year or so...we love you and your family! Thanks for your continued support...we always enjoy your visits!<BR> <BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Coleen Brechtel

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      I love everything feminine and Miss Spenser's Tearoom is all things lovely and beautiful. The whole atmosphere from the decor to the tea cups and menu is a presentation of feminine charm and creativity. The different teas are available for purchase and each one is fresh and full of wonderful flavors. My current favorite is Hazelnut! Each visit to your tearoom is a wonderful memory in the making. Thank you Miss Spenser and Donna (and the entire family) for giving your guests the opportunity to experience a lovely haven for an afternoon or evening.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Coleen, thank you so much for your kind words; it makes our hearts happy to think that you and Renee were in the beginning stages of our tea journey...it's such a joy and privilege to share our continued passion with you and yours...we love it when you come!! Who would have guessed our little literary teas would have turned into this?! Thanks again for your kind words!<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Charlotte Massey

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      Outrageously Fun and Entertaining! Suspenseful with lots of twists and turns limited only by our imaginations. The Murder Mystery Tea was all this and more!! What a Wonderful Concept! My friends,family and I had so much fun figuring out what to wear and acting out our characters. Miss Spenser kept the plot changing by adding new information and insights while Donna kept our appetites satisfied with a delicious four-course meal. Chase was busy keeping our cups and glasses filled while Zach was taking photos. I have never met another family like the Hardin's in which each and every one has the ability to make others feel so welcome and at ease. I recommend Miss Spenser's to everyone who is looking for something out of the ordinary as this tearoom is EXTRAORDINARY!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Char: So glad that you had a good time at the Murder Mystery this past weekend. We had a great time hosting the event...and every one was so in character...I couldn't help but giggle in the kitchen while I was preparing the plates! Be watching for the You-Tube video where the cast from Saturday will be highlighted!! <BR> <BR> Can't wait to have you back again,<BR> <BR> Blessings always,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Barbara 'Nana' Black

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      What a beautiful home teahouse! And gorgeous tearoom all decorated just so. The Victorian materials that match so beautifully and all the tables so beautifully decorated to a tea!!! Talented family entertain you to the fullest!!! I would love to go at least once a month, not to miss out on all the wonderful things Donna and Miss Spenser plans for us. Excellent!! Please don't miss out on this wonderful experience, whether it is you and your friends, grandchildren, children or couples only! What a delightful tea time you will experience!!!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Barbara: Thank you so much for your kind words...thank you for noticing all the little details...we do love what we do and we are SO blessed to be able to do that!! Thanks again for taking time out of your busy day to leave a review.<BR> <BR> Blessings always,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sandy

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      this is a family operation that is gracious, charming and multi talented. they provide the most delicious foods and excellent cups of tea which are never ending and a program which included lovely Irish harp music and a recitation form a lass of Ireland. the husband and sons also pour tea, open the door and chat up guests; as for Miss Spenser and Lady Donna they are the stars of the show. I thank them tremendously for a good time always

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sandy: As always, it's such a joy to serve you and yours tea, what a blessing it is for us!! Thank you for your very kind words, so glad that you had a good time! We feel blessed to be able to do what we love. Thanks again!<BR> <BR> Blessings always,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Karen Winkelmann

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      I just love going to Miss Spenser's Special-Teas. I just feel so special surrounded by the elegant setting and treated so well by the hostesses. The teapot was not allowed to be empty or cold and there were so many beautiful choices of foods to try. The atmosphere is so relaxing and refreshing. I am trying to decide who to take with me next time.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Karen: Thank you so much for your very kind words...it blesses our hearts! So happy that we have met over a cup of tea...thank you for bringing your friends and family here! Cannot wait to see who you bring next! Thanks again for your continued patronage...<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Diana Gifford

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      I attended the Irish Farm House Tea with my daughter, granddaughter, my neighbor and her two daughters. Never having experienced a tea party before, I was pleasantly pleased when I stepped through the door into a lovely room that was elegantly set for tea. The atmosphere was relaxing and conducive to good conversation. It was fun watching my 6 yr old granddaughter enjoy this new experience. The food was very tasty and plentiful and the tea, excellent. Everyone was very friendly and gracious, and we enjoyed the entertainment. It was also fun afterwards chatting with others who had attended the tea and learning what had brought them to Miss Spenser’s. I would defiantly recommend an afternoon at Miss Spenser’s and hope to return again some day.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Diana, Thank you so much for making the 2 hour trip to Miss Spensers...and to think it was your first tea party, we feel so honored! So glad that you had a nice time; your daughter and granddaughter were equally delightful! Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to leave a review...we do hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Your new tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sally Dulinsky

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      The fun I had at the Irish Farm House Tea is indescribable. When the Irish lass came to tell us her witty tale and make us laugh, I felt just as happy and bubbly. The tea is wonderful and the food divine. I was happy and relaxed the remainder of the day, despite the gray muddy weather outside this lovely tea room. Can't wait to return.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sally...thanks so much for your review! So glad you enjoyed the program! I find myself excited to see Ms. McGrady back every year too...she's so spunky! (smile). We area always so honored and privileged to serve you tea...thanks for being a steady tea friend!!<BR> <BR> Blessings, always,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Luanne DeZwarte

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      I ATTENDED A MURDER MYSTERY TEA AND HAD A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT I WAS A LITTLE SKEPTICAL SINCE ROLE PLAYING IS A BIT OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE. MY FEARS WERE SOON LAID TO REST. THE HOSTESSES PUT EVERYONE AT EASE AND MADE THE EXPERIENCE A DELIGHTFUL ONE.

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Luanne - you get an A++ on your performance! Was beautiful! Chuckled at your comment 'Laid to Rest' how appropriate! (smile). Thanks for your great participation. Hope to see you again soon,<BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Beryl Presley

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      Gracious hosts,relaxing ambiance, good company,inventive and tasty meal with real loose leaf tea served from china teapots into china cups,clever presentation of home-made tea-bits,rolling hills of southern Iowa, and a bit of shopping--a lovely experience worth repeating! Love Letter Tea 2010 BPresley :)

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Beryl: Thank you so much for your very kind words...we are so glad that you were able to attend the Love Letter tea with family and friends. It was our pleasure to serve you tea and do look forward to doing so again in the near future. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review...thanks so much!<BR> <BR> Until the next tea time,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Robyn Tschantz

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      I attended the 1st Murder Mystery Tea and had a GREAT time! The atmosphere was beautiful, the food delicious and the hopitality fantastic. I would recommend your tea room to anyone! So glad I got to meet you. Hope to come again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Robyn: What a trooper you were...to find out you were attending the Murder Mystery at the last minute! Thanks for filling in for your friend. We are so glad that you had a great time, thank you for sharing that on Teamap...reviews really do help! Hope to see you again soon...<BR> <BR> Thanks again,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Gina Spohnheimer

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      Mis Spenser's is an amazing tearoom experience! From the moment you are greeted at the door you know you are in for a special time. The attention to the detail of the decor, the music, costumes and food is delightful. We have been to Miss Spenser's twice and we recommend it to everyone. We look forward to going again for the Irish Tea in March!! Debbie Witte and Gina Spohnheimer

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Gina for taking the time to leave a review...reviews are so helpful for us...we SO appreciate it! So glad to have come to know you and Debbie, thank you for making the drive down here...we feel honored that you do! Looking forward to seeing you again next weekend. <BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • 'Paulne' Hartog

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      What a fun way to celebrate our 167th month wedding anniversary! My sweetheart and I enjoy events such as the Murder Mystery Dinner you put on and had such fun with everyone that night. Thank you for the yummy food...we especially enjoyed visiting with your lovely family! We have already started telling other friends about this treasure 'off the beaten path.' Looking forward to next time! Simply Love...

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Pauline...what a joy it was to meet you and your husband at our 'first' murder mystery dinner. We are so glad that you had a good time...your costumes were PERFECT!! Thanks for sharing your wedding anniversary month with us! Hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Becky Jordan

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      The Murder/Mystery tea was just so much fun. The food was great and the conversations were a riot! Very well prepared! Loved every minute of it! Can't wait to do this again!

      Tearoom response:

      Becky...what fun it was to share our 'first' murder mystery with a 'regular' tea fan! Thanks for sharing in this fun with us. Glad you had a great time...your costume was perfect!!<BR> <BR> Until the next tea,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jacki & Jim

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      The Murder Mystery was so much fun! It was wonderful the way the diners fit the part that you picked for them. The meal was delicious! I wanted to eat all my lasagna, but knew there was dessert - so controlled myself since I am preparing for Jamaica - no I guess it is Hawaii where I am going.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jacki and Jim: Thank you so much for your review...we are so glad that the two of you were able to share in this fun 'first' experience with Miss Spenser's! When we saw your names on the list...we knew it was going to be a good time! Have a wonderful vacation in Hawaii!!! Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Janet

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      We attended the first Murder Mystery Tea. Everything was beautiful and well presented. The food and service was fantastic. The murder mystery had some surprise twists and everyone played their parts well. A great time! Thank you to Donna, Spenser, and the rest of the family that got roped into helping :-)

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Janet: Thank you for the kind review! We are so glad that you were able to attend our 'first' Murder Mystery Event. We are so glad that everything turned out...one never knows what will happen on the day of! Your group added so much to the evening...you all get an A+++ for your performances! We are still chuckling today over some of the funny scenarios from last evening! Thanks for your support, hope to see you again in the future.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • David Theobald

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      My family and I went to the first ever offered Murder Mystery Tea tonight. The food was beyond good! They even made a food adjustment for me since I do not like tomatoes much. That is above and beyond service. The Murder Mystery was well organized and a lot of fun as well. I would recommend it to all!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear David, thank you so much for your kind review...we are glad that you enjoyed the food...and we were so happy that we were able to accommodate your request! We must say, you get an A+++ for your star performance...thanks for making the evening so much fun, you kept us all in fits of laughter!! <BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Carol Kelaher

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      What a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day - at a delightful Tea Room with wonderful firends. This was a very enjoyable afternoon. Miss Spenser's is such a warm, inviting place and her love letter readings were beautiful. I can't wait to go again!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Carol for your kind review. We LOVE Valentine's Day and were so excited that the weather cooperated!! We are glad you enjoyed the special program...it warms our hear that others enjoyed it too...<BR> <BR> Have a blessed day, and do visit again soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Deanna

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      What fun!! Well worth the hour drive!! Very welcoming!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Deanna, thank you for the review! We are glad that you enjoyed yourself here at Miss Spenser's. It is a honor and privilege to share our passion and love for tea with others.<BR> <BR> Come visit again!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Susan Dugan

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      The entire experience was delightful! I especially enjoyed the readings done my Miss Spenser, herself! A wonderful way to spend an afternoon with friends!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Susan, thank you so much for your kind review. When Beverly told us she was bringing her friends to tea, we new we were in for a treat! Beverly is such a sweet, kindred spirit, we knew you all had to be too!! It was a pleasure meeting you and look forward to seeing you again soon.<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Virginia Ogan

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      The 'Love Letter Tea' today left me feeling appreciated and relaxed after experiencing the red Valentine's Day decor, tasteful food, tantalizing tea, and Miss Spenser's sentimental readings. Conversations with other guests and the hostesses were genuine and filled with sincerity and humor. The Hardin family does it all very well and I am privileged to have been a guest in your marvelous Tea room. The wonderful tea and treats will provide sweet dreams until I return for another Special Tea.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Virginia: So happy to hear that you had a nice time at our Love Letter Tea; we enjoyed it ourselves, it was so wonderful to be back working again and seeing all of our wonderful tea friends! Thank you for your review, we appreciate your kind words.<BR> <BR> Looking forward to having you and your husband attend our Murder Mystery Tea on March 6!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Heather Michael

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      Miss Spenser's is simply wonderful. My first visit was with my daughter's girl scout trip. We had a wonderful time. I then had to take my other daughter and mom along with a couple close friends and their daughters to the Titanic tea. It was absolutely amazing. Donna and Miss Spenser are wonderful and very talented. They make you feel so very welcome. The tea and all the food is wonderful!! we look forward to coming back and seeing the new addition. If you've never been to one of Miss Spenser's teas you've definatley got to go. You'll be glad you did!!

      Tearoom response:

      Heather, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; we appreciate your kind words so much. We have enjoyed getting to know you and your family; we look forward to having you come again soon!<BR> <BR> Thanks again for your kind words.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Laura Walter

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      I attended the special Christmas tea with my daughter (age 9), niece (age 10), mother-in-law and another 9 year old friend of the girls' and we had a wonderful time. The girls were made to feel welcome and comfortable and Donna graciously accommodated their tastes by making a few adjustments to the menu just for them. Miss Spenser is a lovely young woman with a flare for story telling. This will become a holiday tradition for my girls and me!

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      Dear Laura: We are so happy to have met you and yours this past weekend. It is always such a delight when young ladies come and take part in tea...we feel honored that Miss Spenser's was their first tea experience! So glad that you had a good time. We look forward to having you come again...tea time with daughters is always a special thing!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Emily

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      What a beautiful tea room! The room is elegant and classy, formal and casual all at once. One would feel comfortable at an event in any attire. Perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season--and Mrs. Cratchit did a fabulous job of retelling the Christmas Carol. The tea room is a quiet place, but in a comfortable way; the food is superb. The menu included a hot main course as well as several tea-time treats (including cranberry relish, scones with cream and lemon curd, and several seasonal cookies and cakes). The presentation of everything was excellent and well prepared; the hostesses, Miss Spenser and Lady Donna, were cordial and welcoming and learned each name before the program began. I would highly recommend anyone go to this cozy spot--but especially nice for moms or grandmas and daughters!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Emily: We agree...Mrs. Cratchit is the 'perfect' way to celebrate Christmas...we always look forward to her arrival during the holiday months! So glad that you had a good time and that you enjoyed the foods and program. We hope you will return!!<BR> <BR> Merry Christmas,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Cheryl Appleget

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      Dear Donna and Miss Spenser aka Mrs. Cranchit, I just wanted to tell you both how beautiful your tea room is and what a lovely day I had with my daughter (7), my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. The whole experience was outstanding. I believe I have a new activity to share with my daughter(s). Who would have thought at 7 she would be so fond of tea. So glad she had this experience. She is still talking about a birthday visit come April. I am so thankful to your husband Don for selling his cows to us, which led us to your tea room. We look forward to a return.

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Cheryl: Thank you so much for your kind words...we are so glad that you had a great experience here at Miss Spenser's! We enjoyed meeting your family and look forward to having you come again! Tea time has been one link that bonded Miss Spenser and I together...and I promise you...you won't be disappointed!! Thank you again for coming and taking a moment to leave a review! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Donna Holland

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      What a wonderful experience to attend Miss Spencer's Tea Room with such tasty food and tea, and beautiful harp music by Spencer. It was wonderful to be there with 2 of my classmates, and sister of one of them. The atmosphere was wonderful for our visit also. I'm certain Virginia will get us to return in 2010.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Donna: Thank you so much for your kind words and glowing review. We are so happy to hear that it was a delightful time for you and your classmates, that's one thing we love about tea time, it allows one the opportunity to practice the 'art of conversation!' Hope you will come back again soon...it was indeed a pleasure to serve you and yours a cup of tea.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Nancy Ferguson

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      I had a truly wonderful experience when visiting Donna and Spenser at their tea room on Saturday. I was there with special people, and the details that went into our tea experience made for a great day. Both ladies are extremely warm and talented and really put themselves out there to make sure everyone has a rewarding experience. Thank you, Miss Spenser, for sharing your talent with your harp with us. Continued sucess to both of you.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Nancy: We are so glad you had a wonderful experience here with us this past weekend. Thank you for your very kind words...as I say often, it truly is a blessing to do what we love...we are glad you noticed. Thank you again...and do come back again!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Jennifer Prashak

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      Thank you for the wonderful tea, food, conversation and performance! What a warm, friendly environment with such talented people. I am so excited to attend another tea event in your new tea room. It is beautiful:)

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jennifer...thank you so much for taking the time to post a review, much appreciated! We thoroughly enjoyed having your family and friends here for tea...we thought your mother was delightful...now to meet her daughters, well, what a double blessing! It was our privilege to have you here in our home...we count you friends here at Miss Spenser's!<BR> <BR> Have a great weekend, we look forward to seeing you again soon!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Brandi K. Kastler

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      The new tea room is terrific, and beautifully decorated in Victorian elegance. I brought my mother for her birthday, and she had a fantastic time. She has many food allergies and Donna and Spenser were very accommodating. The food as always was divine. The hospitality superb. Miss Spenser I can never say enough regarding your performances, such a pleasure to see you, what a wonderful glimpse at the Victorian ghost story. Thank you so very much for making the event a wonderful memory for my mother, grandmother and I. Many blessings.

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      Dear Brandi: So happy you like the new facilities...we are thrilled too! It was a pleasure to accommodate your mother's food allergies, so glad that she had a good time. Thank you so much for your kind words; as we have said many times, we are blessed to do what we love! Hope to see you again soon.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Karen Edgington

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      The new Tea Room is wonderful. Has the Victorian look and is beautifully decorated. Miss Spenser is a wonderful seamstress and made the curtains which look great. Food is also wonderful. You will need to visit them for a evening you won't forget.

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      Dear Karen: Thank you so much for organizing your Red Hat Group to visit Miss Spenser's this past weekend. As always, it was a joy to have you here. Thank you for your very kind words about our new facility and Spenser's apptitude with sewing, etc. We are so happy that you liked the new area...we love working in it! Hope to see you again soon.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Eva Williams

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      What a lovely tearoom. All new but very Victorian in decor. Service was out of this world and we had the most delightful time. Well worth the drive from Des Moines. We will definitely be going back.

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      Dear Eva: Thank you so much for bringing your group of tea friends here to Miss Spenser's, what a delightful, fun group! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; we are glad you had a good time and we hope to see you again soon. Have a great weekend!<BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Angela Derby

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      I recently attended the “Out of Africa” tea and it was the loveliest time. Donna & Spenser were the most gracious hostesses and I felt like I was visiting the home of long-time friends. The tea room was beautifully decorated, the food delicious, and the program very entertaining. Two very talented ladies! Looking forward to attending another event in your new tea room. Thank you for a lovely day.

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      Dear Angela...thank you so much for your very kind words...we felt like you were all family too...it was so much fun sharing our newly expanded tea room with you and yours...your enthusiasm was encouraging! We are so happy you had a lovely day...music to our ears. We are blessed to do what we love.<BR> <BR> Thanks again...hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Dawn Vasey

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      I was delighted to experience the exceptional food, tea, music, and ambiance at Miss Spensers. The performance was wonderful. I look forward to returning many times in the future and sharing Miss Spensers with friends and family.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Dawn: Thank you so very much for leaving a review; we really appreciate it! We are so happy that you had a good time at Miss Spenser's...we feel honored to do what we love. Hope to see you again very soon...thank you for sharing Miss Spenser's with your friends and family.<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • S. Allbee

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      The Gone with the Wind theme for the food and entertainment was fashionable and in good taste.The tea served was a loose leaf Peach Speacialty brewed to perfection, a wide variety of food served, Tara's Sweet Potato/Pear Soup was a favorite along with the Sweet Chicken Salad Crioissant. The pasteries were perfect for the occassion and went very well with the Tea. We enjoyed the flawless performance of 'Miss Scarlett and enjoyed the Harpist as well. I took many pictures and plan to share them with many people. Thank you.

      Tearoom response:

      Shelia: Thank you so much for your kind review! We have a lot of fun planning our events and the menus to go with, so naturally, we were happy to hear that you thought everything was perfect for the occasion! Glad you enjoyed Scarlett...we love it when she visits too! Thanks so much for leaving the review...please come again!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Victoria Summers

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      The 'Gone with the Wind' tea was wonderful! Thank you for such a great event and such a lovely afternoon. Miss Scarlett was flawless.

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      Dear Victoria: What a pleasure it was to meet you! We are so glad that you had a wonderful time...knowing your past in theatre/drama...we are pleased you thought Miss Scarlett was flawless. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate it very much and hope to see you again in the near future.<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Gayle Williamson

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      Having met Miss Spenser and her mother Donna prior to today, I already knew that their tearoom was going to be something special. This morning's 'Gone With The Wind' theme was done very well, and the food was absolutely delicious! Miss Scarlet was beautiful and gave a wonderful little presentation. I brought my mother with me, and she enjoyed herself so much, she wants to bring her sister who will be visiting to next month's themed tea. Thank you, Spenser and Donna, for a wonderful time.

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      Dear Gayle: Thank you so much for your kind words...we are so glad that you and your mom enjoyed the 'Gone With the Wind Tea.' We had a lot of fun with this themed event. It was a pleasure to have you and your mom in our home...we look forward having you visit with more family again!!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Kristin McClimen Bell

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      Lunch & tea at Miss Spensers this past July was delightful. My party and I were amazed by the variety and presentation of teas, savory foods, and delicious treats. The atmosphere was enchanting, and the hosts filled the afternoon with warmth and hospitality. What a magical experience. Felt like we had stepped back in time to 18th century England. Thank you Miss Spenser and family, what a pleasure you are-- we can't wait to return!

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      Dear Kristin: Thank you so much for your very kind review...we had an equally wonderful time hosting the tea event for your family...every one was so delightful, interesting and just plain FUN! So glad to have met you all and look forward to seeing you again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Chris Jones

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      I very much enjoyed my experience at the Alice In Wonderland Tea. A unique and interesting way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Chris: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review...we really appreciate it! So glad to hear that you enjoyed your tea time experience here at Miss Spenser's...we had a lot of fun putting the Alice in Wonderland Tea together.<BR> <BR> Hope to see you again the near future.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Mary Lou Gray

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      Our Red Hat group enjoyed so much our time at Miss Spensers. Everything was excellent and we would encourage others to make plans to visit.

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      Dear Mary Lou: What a pleasure it was to serve tea to you and your Red Hat Friends...we are SO glad that you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to having you visit again. Thank you so much for leaving a review, we really appreciate it!<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful 'rest' of the summer...<BR> <BR> Your new tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sherry Anderson

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      My First tea was a great experience. The tea was fabulous and the food wonderful. The theme is fun and entertaining.

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      Dear Sherry: Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; we enjoyed meeting you, and as always, it's a special treat when Dawn and friends come. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you again in the near future.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Family<BR>

    • Jane W. Lowery & Ann W. DeFeo

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      My sister and I set out on a back roads tour of Iowa this summer & Miss Spencer's was definitely one the highlights of our trip. We were absolutely charmed by Donna, her husband & their very talented children who shared their nature/art journals with us all. The food and service were impeccable and the cream scones with lemon balm jelly divine!

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      Dear Jane and Ann: Thank you for the kind review...it truly was our pleasure to meet you and your sister this past July and serve you tea in our home. The two of you were simply delightful! We are so blessed by what we do...Hope our paths will cross again soon! <BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Family

    • Patty DeHeer

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      We had a wonderful time! The service was absolutely wonderful and the presentation by Miss Spencer was very entertaining. I will certainly go again and have told all my friends about it!

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      Hi Patty: Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review...we are so glad that you had a wonderful time here at Miss Spenser's...it truly is a joy to serve our friends a cup of tea...we are blessed.<BR> <BR> Thanks again! Hope to see you soon,<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • N McClimen

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      Sixteen of us gathered at Miss Spencer's to celebrate my mother's 88th birthday. A few in our group had attended Miss Spencer's Titanic-theme tea a few summers ago, so our expectations were high—and we were not disappointed. The Spencer's home is lovely, calming, and nurturing, from greeting and warm hospitality to delectable food beautifully presented and delightful teas. We highly recommend a visit to Miss Spencer's Special-Teas!

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      Dear Nancy: What a pleasure it was for us to host your mother's 88th birthday celebration; we felt honored that you considered us for this special celebration. It was indeed a privilege to meet your daughters...we want to come to the next reunion/gathering!! Thanks for posting a review...so glad you enjoyed yourselves.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Geri Bartlett

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      Recently took a goup of women for tea in the evening. It was delightful, and the setting is perfect, country, relaxing, very hospitiable. Miss Spence and Donna are very wonderful hostesses.

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      Hi Geri: Thanks for organizing your group outing here at Miss Spenser's. It was a joy to have you; it's extra special when it is folks in our own back yard! We are glad you had a nice time...thanks again for all your work; hope to have you again soon.<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Kelly Konrad

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      Had a fun and relaxing time.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kelly...thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We enjoyed having your book club here in June and hope that you will come back again and enjoy other fun, tea events!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Your friends at Miss Spenser's,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Barb Ripperger

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      Our book club read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Miss Spenser's Tea Room served food that was in the book and gave a recitation from Meg about her wedding. Miss Spenser was dressed in a wedding gown that could have been Meg's. The food and the tea was excellent. The atmosphere and decor was very appropriate to the Victorian time period. We had a great time and was a memorable experience.

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      Dear Barb: We had such a wonderful time with your very enthusiastic Book Club friends! Thank you for choosing Miss Spenser's to finish up the theme...Little Women is such a great book!! We are glad that you had a good time and that you were not disappointed! Please come back and visit again!<BR> <BR> Your tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Pat Greufe

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      I had never been to a tea room and I was quite delighted with the experience. I was worried I would not know the correct manners of attending a tea, but I was made to feel very comfortable. I thouroughly enjoyed the company and conversation.The hostesses were very friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious as well as the teas. The program was spectacular. I would enjoy a Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter tea if ever one is available.

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      Dear Pat: I am so glad that you were made to feel comfortable here at our tea room. It is our desire that when people gather here, they will feel like they are in the midst of 'old friends.' So glad you enjoyed the foods and the program! Hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Your new tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Char Massey

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      The artistic and creative talents of both Miss Donna and Miss Spenser never cease to AMAZE me. The Victorian Wedding Tea was delightfully entertaining as well as enlightening. It was fun to learn about Victorian wedding customs and superstitions. The lovely display of Antique wedding gowns from the early 1900's was Beautiful. I love how everything is always decorated in the theme of the tea and the menu is always chosen to compliment the theme. The champagne cake was heavenly. As usual Miss Spenser's acting was flawless. She is always able to convince us that she is the character she is portraying. I am hoping my schedule works out so I can attend the Alice In Wonderland tea.

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      Dear Char...thank you so much for your encouraging and very kind words...we consider ourselves blessed to have met you through the tea world! So glad you enjoyed the wedding themed tea...it was SO much fun to research and plan. Looking forward to seeing you again in August at the Alice and Wonderland Tea!<BR> <BR> Warmest regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Karen

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      I very much enjoyed the evening spent at your tea room. The food was excellent and your information on different things associated with weddings was very interesting. Miss Spencer is a lovely and talented young lady! Can't wait to come back again. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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      Dear Karen: Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad that you had a good time here at Miss Spensers...that you enjoyed the food and talents of Miss Spenser! We cannot wait for you to return! <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful summer!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Robyn

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      This is the best tea room I've visited. The event was so personal and their Victoria Bridal Tea was wonderful. My daughters and I had a GREAT time!

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      Dear Robyn: Thank you so much for the gracious and very kind review! We are so glad that you had a wonderful time; we enjoyed meeting you and your daughters! Nothing like taking a moment out of our busy lives and spending it with the ones we love. We feel honored that you chose Miss Spenser's for this special time together, and we hope that you will return soon!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Your Tea Friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Kathy Vander Ecken

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      Attended a Victorian bridal tea.It was so lovely. The table settings were gorgeous and the food was wonderful and unique. I have never had champange jelly. the Victorian bridal lore was very interesting and got several ideas for my own daughters weddings. I highly recommend attending one of Miss Spencer's teas.

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      Dear Kathy: Thank you so much for the very lovely review...we appreciate you taking the time to leave one! So glad that you enjoyed the program and that perhaps some of these ideas will be used in your daughter's wedding...I love the sentimental hearts of the Victorians! Hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Kind regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Mary Mitchell

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      The Victorian Wedding Tea was enchanting. The tables were lovely with a pink and white theme and the food was presented on 3 tiered trays and was delicious. Donna gave a very interesting program on Victorian weddings and her daughter playing Meg was so interesting. Her 'homemade' wedding dress was lovely. It was a very fun and interesting evening. Mary Mitchell

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Mary...so glad you enjoyed the Victorian Wedding Theme...we had a fun time this month hosting these events, we feel a sense of sadness that they are all over! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review...we appreciate it very much! Hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Your new tea friends,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • CONNIE PENICK

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      MY VISIT TO MISS SPENCER'S SPECIAL -TEAS WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. AFTER A STREESFULL DAY AT WORK I HAD A CHARMING EVENING....VERY RELAXING, INFORMATIVE, TEA AND FOOD EXCELLENT, MISS SPENCER AND HER MOTHER ARE DELIGHTFUL. THIS MONTH'S THEME IS 'A VICTORIAN BRIDAL TEA', THE MONOLLGUE SUPPLIED BY MISS SPENCER WAS VERY GOOD. THE VICTORIAN BRIDAL DRESS SHE MADE AND WORE WAS VERY PRETTY. I RECOMMEND MISS SPENDER'S SPECIAL-TEAS VERY HIGHLY.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Connie: Thank you so much for your kind words. I always love hearing how people leave feeling relaxed!! That's one of our goals to impart a sense of relaxation and calm! Miss Spenser and I enjoyed meeting and visiting with you very much!! We hope you come back soon.<BR> <BR> Your new tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Dianne Modlin

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      Our group was celebrating the retirement of a friend and co-worker.We felt like we had gone to one of our own homes, Donna and Spencer welcomed us like we had been friends for years. Listneing to a harpist while sipping tea was a welcome delight and so restful. The white tea was excellent.The lunch so unique and everything so tasteful. Like a friends home we found it hard to leave.

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      Dear Dianne: What a FUN time we had hosting the celebration/retirement tea! Your group was so warm and friendly; we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of you...thank you for making our job so easy!!! We are glad you enjoyed the food, the tea and the harp music...it certainly was our pleasure to serve you. We are look forward to another tea time with you in the near future. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; we truly appreciate it! Have a beautiful summer!<BR> <BR> Your 'new' tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Cindy Rodgers

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      thank you for a splendid day. This was my 1st experience to a tearoom. This was our mother-daughter outing for this year and it was exceptional. thanks for the wonderful memories. We enjoyed the beautiful settings. You made us feel so welcome in your home. Thank you Miss Spenser for the story re: the Victorian wedding dress.

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      Dear Cindy: Thank you so much for choosing Miss Spenser's Special-Teas for your mother-daughter outing this past weekend, we felt very honored and it was truly our pleasure to serve you and yours tea. We are so glad that you had a good time and that you took home memories that will last. We equally enjoyed visiting with your family and are looking forward to many more tea times in the future! Thank you so much for leaving such a kind review.<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Crystal L. Bishop

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      Going to this tearoom was a delightful experience! The food was wonderul and beautifully presented. The tea was delightful as well. I felt very welcomed at this tea room and I very much want to visit again!Donna and Spencer are dear ladies and treat visitors with cheerful respect and hospitality. I hope that readers of this review are able to enjoy time at Miss Spencer's Special- Teas very soon! :)

      Tearoom response:

      Crystal, thanks for taking the time to post a review; we really appreciate the support! So glad you had a good time...we were so excited to host this very special bridal shower. Hope to see you again soon!<BR> <BR> Your tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Karen Linhart

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      it as my first tea experience at 69. However I was blessed from the individuals to the atmosphere, and also quiet, peaceful witness as well as a genuine compassion for this gift you both have for making it work. Thanks again.

      Tearoom response:

      Karen, we did not realize this was your first tea experience! How wonderful...I am glad you enjoyed yourself. We feel so blessed to be able to do what we love. Thank you for your kind review; we hope to see you again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Vicki Burt

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      It was wonderful!!!!

      Tearoom response:

      It was a pleasure having you and your friends from Des Moines down this past weekend! Thank you for the kind review...we hope to see you again in the future.<BR> <BR> Your new tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Shiela Pierce

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      Having never been to a tea room I was quite impressed with the whole thing. I was worried it would be to fancy and uncomfortable for me, but quite the opposite. The atmosphere was very calming and welcoming and the hostesses were very friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious as well as the teas. The program was wpectacular and Miss Spencer is a jewel. This young lady with her demeanor and grace should be commended as it is very hard in todays society to meet such a polite and heartwarming young person with such talent. The entire visit was an experienc I will never forget. Shiela Pierce

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sheila, we had no idea this was your first tea room experience! Glad that we were able to make you feel comfortable and welcomed...it was our pleasure hosting this tea for you and your friends, thank you for making the trip! Thank you too, for your kind words about Miss Spenser, as her mother it blesses me that she can bless you!<BR> Thanks for your review and we hope to see you again soon.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna

    • Jana Barnard

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      We were a captive audience at the Titanic Tea, as Donna and Miss Spenser lead us into history. The props were artistry used within the program, leaving you feeling as though you'd been on the Titanic. The smoke flavored tea was perfect for the program which Miss Spenser perfectly presented. Look forward to many more Teas at Miss Spenser's where pampered best describes the hospitality.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jana...it was our pleasure to serve you and your friends this past month at the Titanic Teas. We are SO glad that you had a wonderful time and that you enjoyed the history shared; thank you for your kind review! We are so blessed to be able to do what we love and we look forward to continued to tea times with you and yours.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sandy Thomas

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      Really enjoyed you Tea Time on the Titanic, food was excellent and the tea very good, overall wonderful experience, enjoyed Spencer'r program very much..would recommend you tea to my friends for a relaxing and entertaining lunch. Will be anxious to see your new and bigger tea room when finished.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sandy, it was our pleasure hosting the Titanic Tea and having your Red Hat Group here this past weekend. Thank you so much for leaving a review, we appreciate it. We are glad that you had a good time and that you enjoyed the program as well as the tea and foods. We are so blessed to do what we love.<BR> Looking forward to seeing you in the new facility!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Dorothy Hall

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      I have been to this tearoom many times and it is always a wonderful and unique experience. The food is presented beautifully and is heavenly to eat. The tea is always whole leaf, plentiful and a new variety especially chosen to go with the theme of the tea. Donna and Spenser spend a lot of time researching the theme of each tea. Donna shares historical or other information and Spenser performs a wonderful portrayal of one or more characters. It is unlike any other tearoom I have ever been to. I always leave feeling so relaxed, pampered and welcomed.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Dorothy...thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are so glad to hear that you go away feeling relaxed, pampered and welcomed...those words are actually the 'exact' words we have in our mission statement! We are also glad to hear that you appreciate the 'whole' leaf tea served! It's been fun educating our customers on the difference between 'whole leaf' and 'bagged' tea...thank you for noticing!<BR> <BR> As always, it's our pleasure to serve you tea and we look forward to many more tea times too!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser<BR> <BR>

    • Linda Rinnert

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      This was my very first tea,and oh what a thrilling experience it was.Teatime on the Titanic. Wherever we sat at our table we got to be someone that was on the ship and read what happened to them. THIS WAS GREAT!!!!! Donna and Miss Spenser you both did a great job!!! The Chilled Strawberry Soup,Chicken Waldorf Sandwiches,Scones, Pastries,and more was FANTASTIC.Miss Spenser gave me chills when she portrayed the two ladies from the Titanic. I will definitely come again.Thanks for pampering us all.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Linda, thank you so much for your kind words! We had no idea this was your first tea experience...so glad it was a positive experience...music to our ears for sure! We are so happy to hear too that you enjoyed the historical program...we are blessed to do what we love.<BR> <BR> Looking forward to seeing you again soon,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Jenna Sandquist

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      The tearoom was very nice with great food and tea. It was very educational and interesting for everyone.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jenna, we are so glad that you had a fun outing with your grandmother this past weekend. It's always a joy for us to serve the 'younger' set and we hope that our tea room will grow right along with you by serving you more tea time events in the future!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Nancy Proctor

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      The thing that sets this tea room apart from all the rest I have been to is the charm of Miss Spenser and her performances portraying some character that goes along with the tea like the portrayal of Karen Blixen during the Out of Africa Tea and a 19th Century Lass during the Irish Tea and I look forward to her portrayal of Meg from Little Women when I return for the June Wedding themed tea. This special treat makes this tearoom a must to visit. A little out of the way and off the beaten path but definitely worth the effort. You will cherish the experience for weeks to come. Nancy Proctor 3/21/09

      Tearoom response:

      Nancy, thank for your kind words about 'Miss Spenser!' The drama portrayals are definitely 'her cup of tea!' and we are so glad that you enjoy them...We are looking forward to the wedding teas in May...thank you for bringing your friends and your continued support!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sandy

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      If you are into ambience and great tastes, this is the place for you. Warm and charming are the description for Donna and Spenser. scrumptious is the description of food and the tea is superb. thanks for the fun.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sandy...what a joy it was for us to serve you and Sally tea this past weekend...thank you very much for your kind words. We are so blessed to have such great tea friends...so glad you enjoy what we do! Thanks again! Hope to see you soon.<BR> <BR> Warm regards, <BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Marla

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      Miss Spenser's is a hidden gem. Thank you for the wonderful service,excellent food and tea, and the wonderful song by Miss Spenser. It was a very specail day for my mother, my aunt and myself.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Marla: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review...we really appreciate it! So glad you all had a wonderful day. We enjoyed getting to know each of you, and we feel blessed to do what we love.<BR> Hope to see you again in the future; have a great Spring!<BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Kathy Safris

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      A wonderful outing for my daughter, d.i.l. and two granddaughters. We had such a lovely time in a beautiful setting with good food served beautifully. I especially appreciated having a choice between lunch or full tea experience as especially the girls enjoyed the formal tea with sandwiches, scones and sweets. It seemed a long drive to get there, but the drive home was short. The countryside is so beautiful that it is worth the drive. A special treat was Spenser playing her harp for us. She is so talented.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kathy: Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we really appreciate it. We thoroughly enjoyed having you and your family here in our home for tea this past Friday...we especially loved treating you to the Traditional Afternoon Tea. When we started serving Friday Teas, we really felt we needed to offer our customers the opportunity to enjoy the loveliness of the Traditional Afternoon Tea Affair, we are so glad that you appreciated that experience. Tea time is such a wonderful, unhurried experience...and it is truly a special bonding time.<BR> <BR> Thanks again for coming...perhaps you and yours could partake in one of our Special Event Teas in the future!<BR> <BR> Blessings to you all,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Pat Chumbley

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      The food is tasty and delightful. The tea is wonderful. It is hard to say which tea is my favorite. I love them all. The artistry of Miss Spencer is excellent. Her imagination and her costumes are excetional. Donna and Spenser have put together an outstanding tearoom. I call this the optimal 'tea experience' A heartfelt 'Thank You' for your orginality and dedication to every detail. I look forward to coming again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Pat...thank you so much for your kind review...We LOVE it when you and your friends from Milo come to tea! We so appreciate your enthusiasm!! Thank you! So glad you enjoy the tea foods and programs; we have so much fun putting them together and feel so blessed to be able to share our passion for tea and history with you.<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Reba

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      Be ready to enjoy yourself because the atmosphere is so relaxing that you will come away feeling so good and so good about yourself. Great hospitality and lovely service not to mention the added appearance of many guests from different cultures that will visit and share with you many of their experiences that come from different time frames. Something for all ages.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Reba: Thank you so much for your kind words...we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself here at Miss Spenser's. That is one of our goals...that our customers come away feeling relaxed and rejuvenated! It was our pleasure hosting your terrific Red Hat Group. Looking forward to seeing you again soon,<BR> <BR> Your friends,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Ginni

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      Received your cookbook. Can't wait to get started cooking and enjoying. Also, thank you for the sample of the snickerdoodle tea. I rated everything excellent because after tasting the sample packet of tea I know it will be !

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Ginni: Thanks for your review! So glad to hear you enjoyed the Snickerdoodle Tea Sample...it is one of our favorites too...thank you for your purchase of our cookbook...we hope you have enjoy many tea time treats!<BR> <BR> Your tea friends in Iowa,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Cathy Koch

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      I brought my husband to your 'Love Letter Tea' on Valentine's Day. We really both enjoyed the company, the food, the tea,etc. He really enjoyed meeting you and Miss Spenser and he finally knows why I rave about your teas! Keep up the great work! Miss Spenser's costumed reading of the love letters was great, but my husband especially enjoyed the one to Elvis as he is an avid Elvis fan - it could not have been more appropriate! See you soon. Cathy Koch 2/17/2009 andand

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Cathy: It was definitely our privilege to meet your charming husband! Having known you for the past year or so, we knew before he even arrived that we were going to like him!! Thanks for bringing him here. We are so happy to hear he enjoyed the company, the food and the program. We had no idea he was an Elvis fan...so glad that worked out the way it did! We had SO much fun putting that Love letter together!!<BR> <BR> Have a great week...thanks for your support and friendship...we are blessed.<BR> <BR> Your friends here at Miss Spenser's,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Marilyn Werner

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      This was a wonderful outing. I'm spreading the word that tea time at Miss Spenser's needs to be experienced. The hospitality is first class and the entertainment is wonderful. Reserve a tea time and make the trip. You won't be disappointed!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Marilyn: Thank you so much for your very kind words...we are SO happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your outing this past Saturday!! I was our pleasure to serve you tea and we look very forward to doing that again. Thank you for leaving a review and for passing the word to others; we really appreciate your support.<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Your friends,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Marsha Jones

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      The Apricot/Peach ice tea was excellent, and I enjoyed the Ceylong with the Valentine sugar! The sweet potator and pear bisque was quite enjoyable and my favorite sandwhich was the Peachy Melba Croissant, I thought I tasted a bit of almond? And of course one can never go wrong with double chocolate borwnies! The tables were beautiful the piano and harp music entertaining as was Miss Spencer's reading of the love letters. I have suggested to many of my friends they would enjoy a day in the country at Miss Spencer's Tea.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Marsha: What a pleasure it was to meet you and your friends this past weekend...so glad the snow let up so we could move forward with this event! Happy to hear you enjoyed the foods...and yes, 'almond' was in there! We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed the program; I cannot tell you how much FUN we had putting it together. Thanks for leaving a review, we really appreciate it and thank you for letting others know about our Country Tea Room!<BR> <BR> Until the next cup,<BR> Your friends,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Joan Babyar

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      We celebrated a friend's 60th birthday there today! What a treat for all of us! We felt so pampered and the quiet atmosphere was just right for conversation and enjoyment of the event! It was a happy day! Thank you Lady Donna and Miss Spenser!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Joan: It was indeed our pleasure to host the birthday gathering for Rhonda today...we felt honored to be a part of it! I must admit I was a bit intimidated when I realized I was having my 'mentor' teachers (and friends) from Apples of Gold for the tea luncheon!! (smile) It was so good to see you all again...and so happy to hear that you had a wonderful time...I must say that I learned from the very best!<BR> <BR> Warm regards,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Lani Willis

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      Miss Spenser's Special-Teas is unique in that it offers a very creative, well-performed program to go along with the tea. The tea is also accompanied by live piano and harp music. No detail is left undone, and the food is outstanding and unusual. Going to tea there is a most enjoyable experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Lani: Thanks for your very kind review...we enjoyed having you and Kay here with us as we celebrated our Love Letter Tea. We appreciate the effort you make driving all the way from Muscatine; we are so happy to hear that you consider an enjoyable experience.<BR> <BR> Take care until the next cup of tea!<BR> <BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Gloria

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      What a fun time we had at your beautiful tearoom. The live guitar and violin playing Christmas carols added intrigue to the entrance. The food was delicate but filling. I will enjoy sweet memories of our time there. Thank you!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Gloria: Thank you so much for taking a moment to leave a review; we really appreciate it! We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself during our Christmas teas and that it will be a lasting and sweet memory! It was our pleasure to serve you! Hope to see you again in 2009.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Wendy N.

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      Miss Spenser's Special-Teas was a wonderful and delightful experience. I do enjoy a good cup of tea! The service was gracious and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Can't wait to bring my family to enjoy the experience for themselves and to enjoy the exceptional talent of Miss Spenser.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Wendy, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words! We are so glad that you had a delightful experience here at Miss Spenser's! We feel so blessed to be able to share our passion of tea, food, literature and history with others. <BR> <BR> Until the next tea!<BR> <BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Deb Pfeifer

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      My experience at Miss Spenser's was wonderful. The atmosphere was warm, beautifully decorated for Christmas with an English tea setting. Miss Spencer's truly put me in the Christmas mood and their hospitality made you feel at home. Thank you Miss Spencer's for the wonderful tea; I hope to bring family for tea this spring and have already passed information on to a friend.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Deb: Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words...we are so glad that you were able to experience our special Christmas tea...it is one of our favorites! Looking forward to serving you and yours in the New Year...it will be our privilege!<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Christmas,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Connie

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      It was a wonderful Christmas luncheon. The different foods were delicious. The holiday tea had a delightful taste and made you think of Christmas. I can't wait till I have a chance to bring my family to Miss Spenser's Special-Teas so they can experience the fine food and the amazing atmosphere.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Connie: So glad you enjoyed the Christmas tea foods and teas. What a small world it turned out to be?! We are looking forward to serving you and yours in the future...we count it a privilege!<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Christmas and see you in the New Year!<BR> <BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sue Kramer

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      This was a wonderful experience. Everything is done with such an eye for detail and service. I will definitely be going again and will recommend to my friends!

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Sue: It was our pleasure to have you here in our home; we are so glad that you had a nice time! Thanks for leaving a lovely review, we really appreciate it! Looking forward to being of service to you again in the New Year.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Becki

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      What a wonderful experience I had!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Becki: Thank you so much for your review; so glad that you had a wonderful time. It was our pleasure to serve you tea and hope we can do it again in the future. Have a great holiday!<BR> <BR> Your tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Robin

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      Gracious, entertaining, & yummy are three words that immediately pop into my head when it comes to describing my visit to Miss Spencer's Special-Teas. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Robin...thank you so much for your kind words! We are so glad that you enjoyed your afternoon here with us...it was our pleasure to serve you tea! Hope to see you in the New Year!<BR> <BR> Your tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Kathleen Chester

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      Excellence is the only way to describe the experience at this tea room.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kathleen...you can only imagine our surprise when we saw you show up with your great group of friends on the 13th! It was so nice to have you in our home as we ushered in the Christmas season with the Merry Ole' English Tea! Thanks so much for your kind words!<BR> <BR> Looking forward to serving you again in the New Year.<BR> <BR> Your tea friends at Miss Spenser's,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Linda Mohler

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      Miss Spenser's Merry Ole' English Tea was an extravagant experience for my daughters and me! It was a taste of England; it was a visit with Dickens! Superior tea and an array of delectable treats, enhanced with Christmas music, delightful entertainment, and Victorian decorating created an inspirational ambiance and sweet memories to treasure!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Linda...so glad to hear that you and your daughters enjoyed a 'taste' of Merry Ole' England with us! We enjoyed getting to know each of you too and look forward to another tea gathering in the future! Thanks for sharing your teacup story with us!<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Christmas!<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Skip Sayles

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      I'm a man who doesn't like quiche but tea is another matter. Taking tea at Miss Spencer's was a truly Victorian experience - absolutely exceptional! The presentation of the tea and the taste of the sweets were a delight to the eye and palate. Donna and Miss Spenser were charming, warm and welcoming. An impromptu harp and piano serenade provided an exquisite finale to an exceptional afternoon experience. Ladies and gentlemen, my advice to you is to make your reservations for a romantic tea at Miss Spenser's now - Do it today!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Skip: I am sorry this response is so tardy! I was having trouble with my computer when you left the review, and was just reminded that I hadn't responded to your note! Thank you so much for your kind words. We have been telling our customers over the past year, that 'Tea time is not just for women!' So thank you for your input and encouragement in that regard. It was a pleasure getting to know you, as well as your brother/sister in-laws! <BR> <BR> Have a great day...hope to see you and Sue in 2009!<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Pam Avaux

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      I had the pleasure of attending the Merry Ole' Christmas Tea on Saturday and it was everything and more than I anticipated for weeks. The warm hospitality, wassail, teas, table settings, home decor and creative and tasty food was wonderful and plentiful. I continue to be amazed by Miss Spenser's dramatic talent and how well this mother-daughter duo complement each other's gifts and have so much fun 'working' in their passions. The live music by Donna's sons was a bonus! I love tearooms and this was one of the highlights of my Christmas season! Thank you so much!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Pam: I apologize about the tardiness in my response...as mentioned above, I had computer issues when you sent your note; having just been reminded that I hadn't sent one, I am now responding. Thank you for your kind words...it was our pleasure to have you here in our home; what a delightful day it was for us! Thank you for the inpromptu piano music...our guests raved on about it after you left...what talent! <BR> <BR> It was indeed a joy to have you here in our home; hope to see you again in the new year.<BR> <BR> Blessings to you in 2009...<BR> <BR> Your tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Dana Cleveland

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      My wife and I are big fans of tea and tea houses.. I booked the Merry Ole'English Tea for my wife to give us a little get away from kids. It was amazing. Its a most inviting, and family affair, with the music, tea, and delicious treats. Their presentation of the food, the tea in which we had a Wassail, a Ceylon, and Holiday- all custom blends and very tasty. Finally the telling of the story from Mrs Crachitts view was very unique and well done. Guys, boyfriends, husbands, listen up---if want to have a great time and get some points you have come here. Don't worry you WILL enjoy yourself! Tea rooms are not just for woman! Definitely want to come back for more!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Dana: Thank you so much for sharing your 'get away' time with us here at Miss Spenser's. We are so glad the two of you enjoyed yourselves...we have voted you as one of the 'Most Romantic' men! (smile). Looking forward to more tea adventures with you two in the New Year! Enjoy the magic of Christmas this season with your little family!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Patti Kralik

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      I had the pleasure of attending the Merry Ole' English Tea today with my daughter-in-law, Charlotte, her mom and other family members. It is hard for me to find the right words to describe what a wonderful experience it was. The tea and food was exceptional as was the talent of Miss Spenser. Donna and Miss Spenser are so gracious and the love that they show towards everyone is amazing. I loved everything about this tea time experience and look forward to visiting again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Patti: Thank you so much for your kind words! We really enjoyed meeting you too this past weekend...any friend of Charlotte's is a friend of ours!! We are so glad that you loved your tea experience and we do look forward to our next tea adventure with you!<BR> Have a blessed Christmas!!<BR> Your new tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Marcy Cooley

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      The Merry Ole' English Tea was awesome. What a treat to hear Miss Spenser's monologue of Mrs. Cratchit. How fun it was to spend the afternoon with my 8-year old niece, enjoying a tea party together. This was my second visit to Miss Spenser's and I am looking forward to visiting again in February. I continue to be amazed by the talents these two women poosess, and the hospitality is unbeatable. Cheers!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Marcy: It was SO much fun having you and your friends here again for tea! It was actually 'double' fun introducing tea time to Miss Kady...what a well behaved niece you have, not to mention adorable!! So glad you enjoyed the Cratchit performance, it is one of my favorites! Looking forward to seeing you again in the New Year...have a truly blessed Christmas!<BR> Your tea friends at Miss Spensers,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Dana Lillis

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      I had the privilege of attending a Holiday Tea today. It was a delightful Saturday afternoon outing, perfect in every way. At first, I was not sure I could identify which part of the tea that impressed me most. The entertainment was polished, perfected and professional; the menu was researched and the food was top-notch in both taste and presentation; the setting was homey, and at the same time, elegant. But at the end of the day, the most impressive qualities were clear - the love, joy and warmth that is abound in this family. This tearoom is a true gem nestled in south-central Iowa.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Dana: It was our privilege to meet you this past weekend and to serve you and your friends a cup of tea! Thank you so much for your kind words...you left us speechless! We feel so blessed to be able to share our love for tea, history and drama with others, so glad you enjoyed it! We hope to see you again in the New Year...have a beautiful Christmas with you and yours.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Laurie Cleveland

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      My husband booked us spots for the christmas tea and it was WONDERFUL!! The service was great, the decor was lovely, and the food was outstanding. The view of the wintery Iowa countryside from our table was beautiful :)

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Laurie: What fun to meet the two of you this past weekend! Your husband as been voted as one of the 'most romantic' men...that was so nice of him to book this special outing for the two of you. We are glad you enjoyed yourselves and do hope to see you again in the New Year! Have a beautiful Christmas!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sherri Luckett

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      Our Merry Ole' English Tea Time was heartwarming from start to finish. Charles Dicken's would be proud of Miss Spencer's entertaining portrayal of Mrs. Bob Cratchit and the guest appearance of Tiny Tim was great touch. The food was wonderful. What a terrific way to get in the Christmas spirit. Donna and Miss Spencer's genuine love of their craft is evident in every detail.

      Tearoom response:

      Sherri: Thank you for your kind words...it was truly our privilege to serve you and yours tea this past Friday...we really enjoyed meeting your family and friends! So glad you enjoyed your day, the performance, foods, etc. It is one of our favorite programs! Have a wonderful Christmas and we hope to see you again in the New Year!<BR> Tea Blessings from your friends at Miss Spenser's,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Tamela J.Hatcher

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      We had a delightful time today at the Merry Ole' English Tea. My favorite part of the day was watching this talented family work together. Our experience started at door where we were greeted and allowed to enjoy beautiful music provided by the guys of the family. Miss Spenser made Mrs. Cratchit come to life in her dramatic holiday skit. Little brother was also a hit as he delivered his line right on cue! The food was really good and there was great variety. The presentation of the food was also picturesque. We had 3 kinds of tea and they were all very good. I received several teas from our Swedish exchange daughter and they tasted even better this evening with the tea brewing basket I bought today. If you are looking for a total experience; this tea room is for you. The attention to detail was appreciated.

      Tearoom response:

      Tamela: It was indeed our pleasure to serve you and your family/friends tea this past Friday; we consider it an honor that you chose to spend your birthday with us! We are glad you had a good time and enjoyed yourselves...we too have enjoyed presenting the Merry Ole' English Tea. Have a wonderful Christmas Season and we hope to see you again in the new year!<BR> Blessings from your friends at Miss Spenser's,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Dawn Vandell

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      I had never had a cup of tea, let alone attend a tea party. I had a GREAT time! The food was perfect, and seemed easy to make, the instruction was clear and easy. The hostesses made you feel right at home. I can't wait to come back again. And by the way, I purchased some tea!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Dawn: Thank you for leaving a review here on Teamap. We are always so excited when we have new tea converts and it was our pleasure to serve you and your friends last Thursday evening. Looking forward to having an opportunity to serve you again soon. Thanks again for your kind words. Enjoy the upcoming holidays with your family and friends!<BR> <BR> Until the next cup of tea,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Julie Turner

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      I really enjoyed my tea house experience. The teas and the foods were delicious. Miss Spencer and Donna are very talented. The atmosphere was very relaxing. I have shared my experience with my co-workers. I would love to visit again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Julie: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are so happy to hear that you felt relaxed and enjoyed your time here at Miss Spensers. Do come visit again, it would be our pleasure to serve you tea!<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful holiday season with you and yours,<BR> <BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Marlena Hewlett

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      A Wonderful experience! It was my first tea experience but will definately not be my last! Miss Spenser and Donna are a very talented duo. The 'Out of Africa' theme was creative and very entertaining without a missing detail! Bravo!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Marlena: We are so glad that your first tea experience was a positive one!! Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. We truly enjoy what we do...and it's always so nice to hear that others enjoy it too. Looking forward to seeing you in December.<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Kae Coffin

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      'Out of Africa': I was delighted from beginning to end! The Ceylon tea was excellent as well as the Chai. The African inspired food was WONDERFUL. I really enjoyed the East African Pumpkin Bisque with the roasted pumpkin seeds. Yum !Miss Spenser took me to Africa by protraying Karen Blixen I felt I was taken to another time and place by her performance. The Kamante's Pumpkin Cake w/ Caramel Sauce with my favorite 'Chai tea was delicious. To see how wonderful a mother and daughter work together is heart warming. I can't wait to go for the Christmas tea. If you have never been to Miss Spencer then you need to go. I highly recommend it and it is well worth the drive! Kae Coffin 10-16-08

      Tearoom response:

      Dearest Kae: You truly make our job easy....so glad that you enjoyed the foods and the presentation. Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review; it has been our pleasure this year getting to know you and your tea group. Thank you so much for your loyal patronage....it means a lot. We look forward to our magical Christmas teas with you! <BR> <BR> Until then,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Laura Fatka

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      'Out of Africa': I wasn't sure what to expect upon arrival, but was delighted from beginning to end! The Ceylon tea served was an excellent choice to serve with the unique African inspired morsels. I particulary enjoyed the East African Pumpkin Bisque, the Samosas Meat Pies and the Kenyan Pastry Puffs w/ Savory Spread. What followed was truly inspiring and magical. Miss Spenser transformed into Karen Blixen's character, masterfully taking us to another time and place by her performance. The Kamante's Pumpkin Cake w/ Caramel Sauce that followed, served with a delicious Chai spiced tea was delightful. This talented mother/daughter duo has created a very unique historical experience that is quite worth the drive to experience!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Laura: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We were so happy to hear that you were delighted with your tea experience! It was indeed our pleasure to bring you Out of Africa...and do hope that you will come back to visit and enjoy our other upcoming events.<BR> Blessings to you,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sharon South

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      A wonderful venue for a ?? birthday with friends!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sharon, what fun it was celebrating your ?? birthday! (Your secret is safe with us!) It was our pleasure to serve you and your friends..we wish you many more happy birthdays! Hope to see you at the classes!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Judy Goodwin

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      This tearoom is above charming. The stunning soliloquy given by Spenser on 'Out of Africa' was worth the trip alone. I can't wait to go back. Eloquence, charm and sweetness abound. Truly a treasure.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Judy: What a pleasure it was to meet you...a dear sister of one of our friends and neighbors. Thank you for your very kind words...they touched us deeply...we desire to bless others with our passion...so glad you enjoyed your experience here. Can't wait to see you at the Christmas Teas!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Lois Owen

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      I would highly reccomend this tearoom. It was probably the nicest that I have been to. Miss Spencer performed her program beautifully. She also makes her own Victorian costumes, which were beautiful.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Lois: Thank you so much for your kind review...we are so happy that you had a positive tea experience here at Miss Spenser's! We hope to see you again soon.<BR> Until the next cup of tea,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sherry Carrington

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      Wow, what a wonderful, magical memory. We had such a delightful time at your Enchanted Tea. And to have a REAL princess there was unimaginable. I am going to bring my three nieces for their birthdays, so that they might catch some fairy dust and enjoy a princess meal. Sherry and Anna Carrington

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sherry: We are so glad that you and Anna had a 'magical' time here at Miss Spenser's Enchanted Afternoon Tea. We had a fun time putting the tea party together. We look forward to more 'enchanting' times together!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Melissa Bice

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      Took my daughter and a couple friends for her 6th birthday and we had the most 'royal' time at the Enchanted Tea party. The food was fantastic. The service wonderfu. The house is beautiful and my daughter felt like a true'princess!!! Cannot wait to come back!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Melissa: Thank you for choosing Miss Spenser's Special-Teas for Lauren's 6th Birthday. We felt honored to have you here in our home. So glad to hear that you felt like royalty....we were in hopes you would! Looking forward to having you back...thanks for taking the time to post the review!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Mary Curtis

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      Our girls, 3 young granddaughters and their moms were as delighted as I was with Miss Spenser and the Miss Potter program. We were entertained royally and warmly, well worth the 6 hour round trip.

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      Dear Mary: What can we say? What a delighful bunch of gals! We thoroughly enjoyed having you here in our home this past Saturday...it felt like having extended family visit! Your daughters and granddaughters are delightful...we are sure you must be proud! Thank you for choosing Miss Spenser's to 'treat' your gals...we felt honored having you visit...thank you!<BR> Blessings to each of you,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Connie

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      Thank you for an enjoyable time. The food, program, fellowship and teas were most enjoyable. I'm hoping I can come again and bring some of my friends from Albia. You do an excellent job in presentation--both with the food and the program. It was interesting to hear from Beartice Potter and the strawberry cream tea was especially good.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Connie: We are so glad that you heard about us and that you were able to bring your friends to Miss Spenser's for a celebration! We enjoyed meeting each of you! Glad you to hear that you liked the strawberry tea...it is one of our favorites too! We would love to meet your Albia friends...be watching for our holiday teas in the upcoming newsletters.<BR> Many blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Carol Chace

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      Such a grand time at Tea with Miss Potter. I loved the decor. The food was delicious and the hostesses were very warm to us. Thank you Donna and Spenser. We shall be back - hopefully in the Spring.It was definitely worth the 3 hour drive from the Omaha area.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Carol: Thank you for posting such a nice review...we enjoyed having you and your friends here for tea...we felt very honored to have you in our home given the fact you had such a long drive! You were all so gracious and warm, and we felt like we had known you for a long time. We are looking forward to many more tea times with you and yours! See you in the Spring!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sue S.

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      It was well worth the 3 hour drive from Omaha to attend 'Tea with Miss Potter.' We agreed that it was one of the most enjoyable teas we have experienced. Delightful! Warm hospitality, delicious food and tea, a nice Miss Potter presentation...all spelled a very special afternoon. Thank you and we plan to come again in the spring.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sue and friends: What a pleasure it was to serve you ladies tea...you were all so delightful, we felt like we have known you for a long time! We were very honored that you chose Miss Spenser's for your special tea outing...thank you for taking the time to drive here from Omaha! We hope to see you again in the Spring...many blessings to you and yours,<BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Debbie Sullivan

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      I had heard wonderful things about your tea room from a coworker so attended your Country Fair Tea with a friend and our daughters. Everything was a delight, the food, atmosphere, hospitality, playing Teago, Spenser's talents, I could go on and on. I'm looking forward to attending another tea in the near future. Thank you again for a relaxing, memorable day.

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Debbie: Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your kind words! We enjoyed meeting you and Jamie...what a delightful mom/daughter duo!! We are so glad you had a good time, it was definitely our privilige and we look forward to serving you tea again soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings to you and yours,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Karen Chew

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      Donna & Spencer This is the second Tea I have been to at your home, the first 'Gone With The Wind' with my sorority sisters and yesterday, the Enchanted Princess one with my daughter-in-law and granddaughters. They were both perfection. The hospitality, atmosphere, food, theme, tea, etc. were all the very best and I have been to many tea rooms around the state. We are so lucky to have you fairly close by. I hope to attend many more and highly recommend you. Spencer does a beautiful job with her acting and is so poised and beautiful and talented (we love to hear her play the harp for us). Your food is sooo scrumptious! Thank you for a lovely day!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Karen and family: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review; your kind words were touching! We are so glad that you and yours enjoyed yourselves...that is our goal. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting the Enchanted Afternoon Tea...the little girls were all so adorable! It is our pleasure to serve you tea...and we look forward to doing that again in the near future! Many blessings to you as you begin your retirement...be sure to treat yourself...you deserve it!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Roni Ayers

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      Ladies, once again, you've outdone yourselves. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was just a little taste of heaven. I have been to 2 of your teas before, but never to your house. What a treat! It's so peaceful and you ladies are so sweet and knowledgeable. I purchased one of your cookbooks and am very anxious to try some recipes. Thanks again, you can't know how much you blessed me today.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Roni: Thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pure joy to serve you and your friends a cup of tea! We are so happy to hear you thought it was peaceful and a bit of heaven...that was music to our ears as we strive to give our customers a break from our hurried world...thanks for sharing. It is always a joy to see you Roni...your smiling face is always so encouraging. Thank you again for your kind words; we do hope to see you again soon.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Mary Rae McElroy

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      I have never been to a Tea before and this was an absolutely wonderful experience. I not only totally enjoyed the Tea experience but the food was wonderful and the entertainment amazing. I'm looking foward to attending again and am sharing my wonderful experience by telling others about it. Thank you so much for a memorable afternoon.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Mary: We did not realize this was your first tea experience...if we had, we might have been nervous! We are so glad you found it to be a wonderful experience with the tea, food and the entertainment. We look forward to having you again...thanks for taking the time to leave a review and for spreading the word about our little tea endeavor! <BR> Many blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Carrie VanWeelden

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      This was my first experience in a tea room and what a wonderful time I had! Thank you for all your hard work in order to share your wonderful talents. You have given me a wonderful memory that I share with my mother in law.

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      Hi Carrie: We did not realize this was your first tea experience! We are so glad that it was positive and a memorable one for you! Thank you so much for leaving such a kind review...we enjoyed serving you and your mother-in-law. Please come again!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Linda Bachman

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      I really enjoyed the experience at the tea. I was so very impressed with the professional atmosphere and the food was excellent! I can't wait to go again. I am really interested in taking my granddaughter. This was one of my favorite outings I have gone on with my sorority.

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Linda: Thank you so much for your very kind words! We enjoyed hosting your sorority outing; isn't tea time so much fun! Looking forward to serving you again soon...can't wait to meet your granddaughter.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Barb Kain

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      My daughter and I enjoyed our visit very much. It was a great way to spend a Sat. afternoon. Anne of Green Gables was wonderful. I would love to visit again with BOTH of my daughters and perhaps cousins. We will entertain that idea. thanks so much. Barb Kain (Red Hat Renagades)

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Barb: We are so glad that you and your daughter enjoyed your visit here at Miss Spensers. We enjoyed the afternoon very much too...we would LOVE to have you come back with both of your daughters and your cousins! Tea time is so much fun when its shared with loving family members! Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review...we look forward to hosting a family 'tea' affair with you and yours in the future!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Carol Kubik

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      I loved Prince Edward Island when I went there so naturally I was fascinated by your presentation when I was there this past weekend. Miss Spenser is absolutely charming and so talented. She is really a natural actress. The food was very good and the presentation was wonderful

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Carol: Thank you so much for your nice review...we had a wonderful time hosting the Anne teas; we are actually sad that they are all over with for this year. We enjoyed hearing about your experiences at Prince Edward Island, especially the Red Dirt Shirts! We hope we can visit there one day too. Thank you for taking the time to post a review...we look forward to serving you again soon.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Shirley Coyle

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      Dear Donna and Miss Spencer: I did not know that there was such a wonderful and relaxing teahouse in our area and I am pleasantly surprised. I had such a wonderful time on Sat. and I thank you both for the food presentation and for Anne, who was just great. I will be back another time as it was a very pleasant experience for me. Shirley Coyle

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Shirley: We are so delighted to hear that you had a wonderful and relaxing time here at Miss Spensers. We enjoyed having you and your friends visit...it was our pleasure to serve you tea and hope to again in the near future! Thank you for taking the time to post a review, much appreciated.<BR> Blessings to you,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Linda Glazebrook

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      Donna and Spenser, Thank you so much for sending the pictures of my very first tea with my tea friends Brandi and Yoli! We had such a good time! The scrumptious food was beautifully prepared and served, the tea was delicious, and “Anne of Green Gables” performed exquisitely! I already have another reservation in for my daughter Crystal & myself along with two new “tea friends!” We can’t wait for the “County Fair” tea! Thank you for everything! Linda Glazebrook

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Linda: It was our privilege to share your first tea time experience with you! So glad you came with Yoli and Brandi. We enjoyed meeting you and look forward to seeing you again at the County Fair Tea along with your daughter and two other new friends! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Charlotte Morgan Kralik

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      What a wonderful surprise 'Anne of Green Gables' 60th birthday party for my Mom! I don't know of anywhere else that we could have received the personal attention to detail to plan such an event. My family and I will never forget the incredible hospitality that we received from the minute we walked into this beautiful home.It was a special evening that we will never forget. The food and tea tasted amazing( especially the Kingsport Crab Melts)We loved everything they served!We can't wait to come back.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Charlotte and family...we also had a wonderful time hosting your surprise 60th birthday for your mom, Jean. We felt honored that you would let us be in on the whole event! Your mom was such a delight to share Anne with as she is such an Anne fan! Thank you so much for your kind words...and taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to serving you and your family tea again soon.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Linda Rieck

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      The setting, (a private home) the food (fantastic) and the tea (wonderful) and best of all this mother daughter team provide a wonderful experience that you won't forget. AND you will want to go to Miss Spencer's again and again. The Anne of Green Gables tea was wonderful and I do feel I got to meet Anne. (Spencer is just the most talented young woman I have seen in a long time) I storngly recommend to all, go enjoy 'tea' at Miss Spencer's Tea.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Linda: Thank you so much for your very kind words about your tea experience here at Miss Spensers. We had a wonderful time hosting your Red Hat Group. You made everything so easy for us...very organized, thank you! We look forward to serving you and your friends tea again. Thanks for taking the time to post a review. It means a lot to us.<BR> <BR> Your new tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Cathy Barnett

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      The Red Hat Renegades had a wonderful time at Miss Spenser's on June 7. The home is beautiful, the hospitality was warm and welcoming. We were served Ceylon tea (whole leaf) from India. The menu items were attractive and scrumptious! Miss Spenser herself is very talented and brought Anne of Green Gables to life for us. The service was excellent and the Country-Victorian theme was carried through extremely well. We would recommend this tearoom to all. The short drive from Des Moines was well worth the time spent at Miss Spenser's.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Cathy: Our feelings were mutual...we had a wonderful time hosting your tea event! Your tea friends were all so warm and friendly...it was our pleasure to serve you a cup of tea. Thank you for taking time to leave us a review; we hope that you come back to visit us again soon. <BR> Until the next cup of tea,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Mary Hansen

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      We had a most delightful afternoon with Donna and Spenser providing a beautiful and scrumptious choice of treats and tea. Their elegant, but warm, manner added to the inviting atmosphere. This mother/daughter combo is a true treasure for everyone to discover and enjoy!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Mary: Thanks so much for your kind words...you were such a gracious hostess and made everything so easy for us! Many thanks! We are always happy to help our England travel friends out; perhaps soon we will be traveling to England with you too!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Spenser Hardin

    • Pam Davis

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      Thank you for the GREAT Tea Party. The girls had a good time learning about the History of tea partys and manners. We will have to see what they remember next fall.

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      Dear Pam: It was our pleasure to serve up tea and history to the Girls of Troop #865. The parents and Troop Leaders are doing a fantastic job with these girls, they were so well behaved...it was truly a joy to have them here. Looking forward to another tea time with you all again!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser<BR>

    • Tana Clark

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      We had a very genuine experience. I left wanting to come back and enjoy more time with the ladies and the environment. We were served Earl Grey and offered another tea as well. The food was very tasty, as well as, tastfully decorated. I would recommend the experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Tana: We are so glad that you had a good time here at Miss Spensers. We enjoyed meeting your family and are looking forward to serving you tea again soon.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Elaine Elm

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      The Iowa Hat Ladies made a visit to the Teahouse and it was a wonderful experience. The food was eye-appealing, delicious, and served promply. We so enjoyed the theme and presentation by Miss Spenser. She is'Spensersational' and an experience you need to experience. I can't wait to visit again. If you want a unique, personal,dining experience, you must visit this Tea Room!

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      Dear Elaine:<BR> <BR> What a privilege and joy it was to host your Iowa Hat Ladies group. We had a great time getting to know each of you and do hope that you will come and visit again! Thank you for your very kind words and for taking the time to post a review. Blessings to you...<BR> <BR> Until the next pot of tea,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Jen

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      Lady Donna and Miss Spenser ~ I think this is the 5th tea I've been to with one or both of my daughters. It is something we look forward to as this is one of our more special dates we have together. You have both made your way into our hearts! Jen, Alexis, & Josefina

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jen, Miss Alexis and Miss Josefina: Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review...your words were all so kind and are very much appreciated. We value your friendship, and to think it all started from a simple cup of tea! Looking forward to many more tea times with you all.<BR> Blessings to you and yours,<BR> Lady Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Amy Roe

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      Dear Lady Donna and Miss Spenser, This was a special day for us! This was my 7 year old daughter's first tea experience. She loved the tea. I have never liked tea but I think that will change as I realized I just had not been drinking the right tea! We even got to share this experience with Grammy and dear friends. I think we could have spent the rest of the day at your farmhouse enjoying your company. The experience was incredible and will always be a precious memory that Claire and I will hold dear to our hearts. Thanks for everything. I'm sure you will see us again! Amy and Claire Roe 4/21/08

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      Dear Lady Amy and Miss Claire: How exciting to hear that this was Miss Claire's first tea experience! We feel so honored to be a part of it! We had a wonderful time hosting the tea for moms and daughters and so glad to hear we have new tea converts! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and your kind words...and we do hope we see you again soon!<BR> Blessings to you and yours,<BR> Lady Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Meghan Daugherty

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      I had such a nice time at your Gone With The Wind tea! My mom has been telling me about the tea group and since GWTW is my favorite movie it was a perfect way to spend my bday! The food was wonderful, I loved the tea and my cookbook and really enjoyed meeting you. Donna and Spenser, you are wonderful hosts! Spenser even inspired me to get started on my sewing! I am looking forward to the next tea, Thank you!

      Tearoom response:

      Hi Meghan: It was our pleasure having you in our home...and we are so glad that we were able to be a small part of your birthday celebrations! Thank you for your kind words. Your mom has been a delight to know over these past couple of years, we look forward to etting to know you better too! So glad to hear you were inspired to sew again...perhaps you can wear your new creation to the next tea?!<BR> <BR> Blessings to you and yours,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Debra Stearns

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      My friend took me to Miss Spenser's Special Teas as a birthday surprise. It was absolutely lovely. It was an experience we had neither one had before and we both enjoyed it totally. What a wonderful memory of this birthday.

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      Dear Debra: Thank you taking the time to post a review; we appreciate your kind words and are so glad that you enjoyed your birthday surprise! We hope you will visit again soon!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sandi Moran

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      Each time I attend a tea event at Miss Spenser's is better than the last. Every detail is wonderfully planned. The food is exquisite and the ladies are accomplished hosts. I always look forward to tea with Donna and Spenser

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      Dear Sandi:<BR> <BR> You are so kind...thank you! It's always our pleasure to serve you! We felt honored that you brought your daughter this past week to celebrate her birthday, it's always fun meeting new tea friends! <BR> <BR> Cheers to More Tea Time Fun!<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sharon Sallee

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      Dear Lady Donna and Miss Spenser, Thanks so much for a lovely afternoon. It was nice visiting with you both. Spenser is such a talented young lady. You both have a way of putting you guests at ease. Thanks again.

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      Dear Sharon, Thank you so much for your kind words. We enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet friend this past weekend. What a delight you are...we both enjoyed your cute introduction as you quoted lines by Miss Prissy and the GWTW movie; very funny! We hope to see you again soon...<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Brandi K. Kastler

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      Lady Donna & Miss Spenser~ This is the second tea I have attended at Miss Spenser's. As with the last it was more than I ever dreamed of. I leave your home feeling refreshed and joyful. The food is divine and the hospitality is gracious. You are reminded of the simple joys of living. I was blessed to experience these events with my grandmothers, and I will cherish these memories in my heart forever. I am still amazed by Spenser's harp playing! What beautiful music! Blessings to you both!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Brandi: Thank you for your very kind words...we are so glad that you left feeling refreshed and joyful...we really enjoy what we do and it means so much knowing we have been able to touch other people's lives. It has been our privilege getting to know you and both of your grandmothers, we feel honored to be a part of your time spent with them. Thanks again for your kind words...we do hope to see you again soon...your smiling face is a joy to be around.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Ragina Ostendorf

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      What a wonderful way to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends and even to make a few new ones. Thank you!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Ragina: Thank you for your kind words...we too had a wonderful time hosting the tea for you and your friends...we hope you come back!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Kathy Beaman

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      Lady Donna and Miss Spenser: Again, what a delightful time my friends and I had at your home today. I just counted up and think I have attended 7 of your wonderful productions. I cannot pick a favorite as they were all great. Felt very honored today to have Miss Spenser play the harp for us. What a treat. Loved the Southern Peach Tea today and am looking forward to enjoying some here at home. Am enjoying your cookbook also. Keep up the wonderful work and you will certainly be a success.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kathy: What a joy it was to have you and your friends over for tea on Sunday...we count it a privilege having you here. Miss Spenser always enjoys performing for you...your smiling face cheers her on, and she was happy to have been able to play the harp for you. We are glad you enjoyed the Peach tea and the cookbook; we are looking forward to many more fun tea times with you and your friends.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Patti Ralph-Neely

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      This was one of the most delightful experiences I've had in a long time, and I'm not really the 'tea party' type!(or so I thought) However, I love history, being pampered, and good food and this is the place for all of the above. These ladies are two of the most talented and delightful I've met in a long time and they truly research the theme of their party, entertain you musically, dramatically and certainly, 'tastefully' in the full sense of the word. Their cooking is to die for and the ambience they present is unbelievable. I even loved their tea and I'm not a tea drinker usually.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Patti: Thank you for taking time to post a review. It was a joy to host your Scarlett O'Hatter's Red Hat Club; everyone was dressed so festive! We are so happy that you had a delightful time; it is our goal that everyone enjoys themselves with the drama, the food and the tea, and we are so glad you are a new, potential 'tea drinker!' Cheers to many more happy tea parties!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Spenser Hardin

    • Gina Webb

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      My daughter and I have enjoyed visiting with Lady Donna and Miss Spenser on several occasions. It has always been a delightful trip out to the country, away from the business of life, to take some time for us to enjoy one another. The stories and dramatization with Miss Spenser were very entertaining. My daughter looks forward to these tea times with enthusiasm; as they are such a delight to us both. I appreciate these two wonderful ladies putting together an event that can further strengthen and bond a mother and daughter together. Thank you so much for your endeavors!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Gina: It has been our pleasure to serve up tea to the Polite Society Members. It warms our hearts to see mom and daughters strengthening their relationships by spending a fun afternoon together. Thanks so much for your kind words...we look forward to the next tea time with you both!<BR> <BR> Fondly,<BR> Lady Donna & Miss Spenser

    • Gerri Douglas

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      Wow! What an experience. From the moment Lady Donna and Miss Spenser welcomed us into their charming home until we had to say good-bye, it was beyond enjoyable! Their home is warm and inviting with a bit of whimsical to add to the overall atmosphere that reflects the family's personality. The tables were beautifully set, and the food was delicious. Miss Spenser entertained us during our meal with some Irish stories. We were even blessed when Miss Spenser played the harp for us. She is truly a skilled harpist. Our PT Cruiser Red Hat Group attended the St. Patrick's Tea on Thursday, March 13th, and it is an experience I would highly recommend to anyone who has not attended. If you have attended one of Miss Spenser's Special Teas in the past, you know this is no 'BLARNEY'!! You just don't want to miss out on the opportunity to meet two very special people, who are very talented and make your time at their Tea Room memorable! And, by the way, the Assam's 'Luck of the Irish' tea is beyond good! I am a die hard coffee drinker, but I went away with some 'Luck of the Irish' and 'Sunday's Best' tea! Thank you Lady Donna and Miss Spenser for sharing your home and talents with our Red Hat group. It is an experience I hope to repeat many times over!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Gerri: We are so happy that you and your guests had a wonderful time in our home; it was an absolute joy for us hosting your tea, such a nice group of women...Thank you so much for choosing Miss Spenser's for your Red Hat event...we DO so hope we can be of service to you again...Oh, and we're so happy to hear we have another 'convert' in the tea world! <BR> Blessings to you and yours,<BR> Donna and Spenser

    • Jo Haberbeck

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      Truthfully some of the items reviewed were beyond excellent. If there's a perfect 10 this was it. Well worth a trip out of your way to go there!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jo: Thank you so much for your kind words...it was a pleasure serving you and your friends this past week...We hope we can be of service to you again soon! Have a blessed week!<BR> <BR> Fondly,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Charlotte Massey

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      I have attended several events at Miss Spenser's and look forward to each upcoming event with eager anticipation. The food is always extraordinary and not the usual tea room fare. Lady Donna experiments with recipes until she comes up with the perfect foods as well as decorations, and favors to compliment the theme of the tea and her presentation of them is always beautiful! I purchased her newly published cookbook and am looking forward to trying some of her recipes. I have bought some of her scone mixes in the past and they are easy to prepare and delicious. Each event is a learning experience. Lady Donna researches the subject of each tea and shares the information with us in light-hearted, entertaining ways. Miss Spenser is a very gifted and talented actress and truly convincing in her roles. She transports us to the time-period of her character and her portrayals are so accurate that I am convinced that she is that person. She has you laughing one minute and in tears the next. Miss Spenser's Teas are definitely a 'LABOR OF LOVE' and such a delightul experience that one will not soon forget!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Char:<BR> <BR> What can we say...you are an absolute delight to serve tea to, so gracious and pleasant! We have been blessed in getting to know you and always look forward to it when you can come to one of our events...your smiling face is priceless. Thank you for the wonderful words...we appreciate your support very much.<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful, blessed day!<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Annissa Chase

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      My daughters, ages 6 and 12, and I love attending teas at Lady Donna and Miss Spenser's lovely country home and tea room. They do a wonderful job of making you feel comfortable and special. The little girls love being ladies and participating in their informative programs. Rachael, 12, loves when Miss Manners comes to tea to inform the young ladies at mother-daughter events. I personally love all the events that I have attended at their lovely home, (I have lost count). The tea pot is always flowing and the dainties are so scrumptious... The tables and home are always decorated to suit the theme of the tea. I could go on and on... I would like to add a note about Miss Spensers play acting and harp playing though. She can make you laugh or tear up with either. She is a very gifted young lady. Also, Lady Donna was born to be a hostess and cook. I always go home feeling pampered and refreshed not to mention full. I would recommend the experience to anyone. When the event is over you can take a little of it home by purchasing loose tea to enjoy. My girls and I have our own little teas at home with the flavorful teas that we have purchased from these ladies.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Annissa and girls...it is always a joy to have each of you in our home. The girls are so well behaved; you do such a beautiful job with them Annissa! Thank you for your kind words about our teas and programs we really do have a fun time putting them together, it's so nice to know they are well received.<BR> Have a great Tea Day!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Sallie H

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      Miss Spenser & Lady Donna, I'm so glad to have a public forum to thank you for the past year of exquisite tea guild parties. Miss Spenser's flair for the dramatic and Lady Donna's attention to every detail combine for a truly memorable experience. Each and every 'tea theme' is well researched and creatively presented. Miss Spenser even brought me to tears with her recicitation from Karen Blixen's 'Out of Africa.' Every menu and themed program is truly a work of art.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Sallie: We feel blessed to have you as a member of our Tea Society, your enthusiasm for life is contagious! Thank you for your compliments on our tea programs. It's really fun to be able to do the things you are passionate about; we love hosting the monthly themed events for the local Tea Society and are looking forward to bringing these types of programs to the public beginning March 2008. See you at the Next Tea!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Spenser <BR> Miss Spenser's Special-Teas

    • Christa & Sarah Keagle

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      Having been to more than one of Miss Spenser's and Lady Donna's teas I can honestly say that we have had wonderful experiences there. My daughter and I love the atmosphere and truly feel that we are having old tyme tea. Thank you so much for your service and hospitality.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Christa and Sweet Sarah: <BR> Thank you so much for your kind words; it has always been a pleasure for us to host special tea programs for moms and daughters. Nothing pleases us more than to share our passion of tea time and history with other moms and daughters. Sarah is such a gracious young lady, you are doing a great job Christa! Come visit us again.<BR> <BR> Warmly,<BR> Donna and Spenser Hardin

    • Cami C.

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      Lady Donna and Miss Spenser did a remarkable job. It was obvious they spent alot of time to research and prepare. I attended a Titantic Tea they presented. Miss Spenser's acting drew you right into the story and made you believe she was really part of history. The food was excellent, the table decor whas fantastic! I am looking forward to attending another one of their fabulous teas soon.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Cami for your kind words. The Titanic Tea Program is a truly one that is close to our hearts...it is our goal that these people are not forgotten. <BR> <BR> Be watching for our new programs coming out soon...we are very excited about changes here with Miss Spenser's Special-Teas as we will be able to host teas from our home in March 2008. Please let us know if you would like to be on our e-mailing list for upcoming programs.<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful New 'Tea' Year!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Spenser Hardin<BR> Miss Spenser's Special-Teas

    • Karen Kirby

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      Wonderful experience with the Titanic Tea at our church's Mother's Day Event! Would work with these gals again in a heartbeat! Very lovely!

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      Dear Karen:<BR> <BR> Thank you for your kind words about our Titanic Tea Program. The ladies who were in charge of the committee were wonderful to work with and made our job easy!<BR> <BR> Exciting News...we have just committed to another Mother's Day Tea Event there this year on May 10, 2008. The program selected is Tea With Queen Victoria. There will be 4 dramatic presentations...and, of course, everyone will be treated like royalty! Should you care to attend, please contact Oakland Church of the Nazarene.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna & Spenser Hardin<BR> Miss Spenser's Special-Teas

    • Mary Lou Staubus

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      It was my pleasure to host a tea in my home on December 10 for the members of Monday Club. The planning, attention to detail and food were wonderful. Spenser's depiction of Beatrix Potter was delightful. Highly recommended.

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      Mary Lou, thank you for your kind words...Miss Spenser and I had a wonderful time working with you...you and your husband made everything so easy for us! We hope we can be of service to you again in the future...tea time is so much fun!<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Spenser

    • Deana Smith

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      I traveled from Tennessee to Iowa to surprise my mom for a Mother's Day Titanic Tea at my mom's church in Cedar Rapids. I have never been to a tea of this kind. Miss Spenser and her mother, Lady Donna, are incredibly talented. They were entertaining and creative hostesses. I would definitely recommend to many others.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Deana:<BR> <BR> Thank you so much for your kind words about the Titanic Tea Program. The Titanic Program is one very dear to our hearts; we love sharing history and tea with others. The women in charge at Oakland Church in Cedar Rapids were extremely organized and helped to make the event a huge success. Your mother must have been quite surprised and very happy to have you in attendance, what a thoughtful gesture on your part; it is sure to be a Mother's Day she won't forget. Thanks again for your kind words...we are so glad you had an enjoyable experience.<BR> <BR> Blessings,<BR> Donna and Spenser Hardin<BR>

    • Julie Manatrey

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      Elegant, charming, cozy, warm, relaxing, delicious, educational, inviting are words that all come quickly to mind when describing our experience at Miss Spenser's Special Teas. The program was excellent, educational and simply delightful. These ladies, Donna and Spenser are incredibly talented in many areas and spending time with them is like no other. We look forward to every tea event they plan and would highly recommend their tea, programs and food to anyone.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Julie: Thank you so much for your heartwarming words. Although we truly love planning programs and events, it is always nice to know that people enjoy what we do and actually look forward to them! Thanks again for your kind response!<BR> <BR> Until the next tea!<BR> Donna and Spenser Hardin

    • Shelly Priebe

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      Lady Donna and Miss Spenser are incredibly entertaining and the quality of the teas served is excellent! We just had them at a Simpson Guild event on the Simpson College campus. Our Guild has a 'Passport to the World' theme for the year and we all enjoyed a colorful and fascinating story of tea from its beginnings to its debut into English Society during the Victorian Era. We had an authentic tea tasting sampling and learning about black, oolong, green and white teas, and then a wonderful time at an authentic English Tea complete with costumes and 'special visitors'. Very impressive! Lady Donna and Miss Spenser are highly talented, most knowledgeable, very gracious and fun, fun, fun! It was great for our group also to slow down our pace and relax over a cup of tea. Many of us purchased some of their excellent loose leaf teas to enjoy at home. The taste was far superior to your usual tea bag fare. Highly recommended for an event you'd like to make extra 'special'!

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      Dear Shelly: We are so glad that you were pleased with the program we put together. Working with you and the college was a 'dream job' for us...you and the catering staff made everything so easy. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence in us...As always, if we can be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to call.<BR> Kind regards,<BR> Donna and Spenser

    • Nellie Bobenhouse

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      I have attended events presented by this mother/daughter duo, and highly recommend it. The food is excellent, and the play/program most entertaining. Both mother and daughter are excellent actors, and the script (written by the mother) is very well done. Just wish they were closer to Des Moines so I could attend more of their events.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you Nellie for your kind words. We always enjoy seeing you in the crowds, your smiling face is always so encouraging! We are glad that you enjoy our programs, we really love what we do!<BR> <BR> Have a wonderful 'tea-filled' day!<BR> <BR> Fondly,<BR> Donna and Spenser

    • Sherry Hagen

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      This delightful mother-daughter duo will come to your home and serve the most delicious tea time treats you could ever imagine. They do it with such charm and good humor, you wish they would sit down with you and your guests so you could enjoy their company.

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      Dear Sherry:<BR> <BR> Thank you for your very kind words...we feel the same way working with you...you are such a delight and make our job SO easy! Any time we can be of service to you, please do not hesitate!<BR> <BR> Your tea friends,<BR> Donna and Miss Spenser

    • Miriam

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      Lady Donna and Miss Spenser are a talented duo. They bring history alive in both the tea presentation and the story telling. My 8 year old granddaughter attended their Victorian Girl Day Camp and wanted it to 'never end'! She learned so much there. What a wonderful experience for both generations.

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      Dear Miriam: Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with your granddaughter...it was indeed a pleasure for us! Miss Claire is fortunate to have you as her grandmother!<BR> <BR> Tea Blessings to you,<BR> Donna and Spenser Hardin

    • Urbandale Public Library

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      Donna and Spenser presented a Mys-tea-ry for our summer reading programs. The theme was Sherlock Holmes. They were very professional in the planning and presentation. The table settings and service was great. All the children who attended had a wonderful - and educational! - time. I would highly recommend them.

      Tearoom response:

      We had a wonderful time presenting the Mys-tea-ry tea with the children of Urbandale. Many thanks for all your help in coordinating this fun summer event. Let us know if we can be of service in the future.<BR> <BR> Fondly, <BR> Donna and Miss Spenser<BR> Miss Spenser's Special-Teas