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Miss Spenser's Special-Teas & Bed & Breakfast

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3220 Wyoming St, New Virginia, IA 50210, USA 641-342-1547 Website Suggest Changes

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

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      MIchele Bilyeu

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      My best friend and I attended the July "Indian Summer" tea. It was absolutely wonderful! Donna's attention to detail with the theme of the tea and the atmosphere in her tea room are top notch. There are not enough good things to say about it. It's definitely worth the beautiful country drive to get there and we also spent the night in their B & B which was just as lovely as the tea party. Hope to make it back there again!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!!

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      Sue

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      Perfect in every way! A must go to place!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      Jean Craig

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

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      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

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      Debbie Sarna

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

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      Belinda Stuva

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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Norma C.

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

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      Teresa

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

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      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.

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      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!

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      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)

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      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

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      Marge

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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.

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      Marsha

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      A great high tea with excellent service and entertainment.

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!!

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      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.

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      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!!

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      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

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      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.

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      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'.

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      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!

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      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!

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      Clark and 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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!!!

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      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!!!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!!!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!! :)

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      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!

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      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

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!!

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      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

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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

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      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.

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      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!!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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

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      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

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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

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      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.

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      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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      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

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      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!!!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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

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      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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      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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      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.

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      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.

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      Ilse and 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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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 !!

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      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.

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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

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      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.

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      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!

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      Linda

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

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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

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      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

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      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!!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!!!

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      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!

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      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

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!! :)

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      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!

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      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.

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      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

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      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!

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      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.

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      Michele

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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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'.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      Betty Marker

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

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      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.

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      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

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      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.

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      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!

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      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 :).

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      Dru Eshelman

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      Had a great time!! Wouldnt go anywhere else!

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      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!!!!!!! :)

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!!

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      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!!!!!

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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 :)

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      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.

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      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

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      '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...

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      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!

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      Jacki and 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.

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      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 :-)

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      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!

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      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!

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      Deanna

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

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!!

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      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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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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:)

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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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.

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      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.

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      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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      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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      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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      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.

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      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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      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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      Jane W. Lowery and 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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      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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      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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      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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      Kelly Konrad

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      Had a fun and relaxing time.

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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

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      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.

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      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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      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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      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! :)

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      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.

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      Vicki Burt

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      It was wonderful!!!!

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Jenna Sandquist

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

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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 !

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      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

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!!

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      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.

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      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!!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      Becki

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      What a wonderful experience I had!

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      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.

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      Kathleen Chester

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

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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 :)

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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

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      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!

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      Sharon South

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      A wonderful venue for a ?? birthday with friends!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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

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      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!

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      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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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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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      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.

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      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)

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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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      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.

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      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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      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

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      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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      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!

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      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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      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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      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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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!!

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      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.

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      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.

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      Christa and 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.

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      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.

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      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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      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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      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.

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      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.

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      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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      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.

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      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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      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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      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.