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We invite you to join us at our The Downton Abbey movie pre screening event

We cordially invite you to join us the evening of September 19th for an exclusive pre screening of The Downton Abbey movie.

The anticipation has been nearly unbearable as we’ve all waited for the release and our impatience finally took hold of us. Elizabeth has rented a theatre and is throwing a tea party! Sip tea and nibble on scones and shortbread, while being among the first watch the movie we’ve all been waiting for.

Bring your own tea cup!
Paper cups will of course be provided if you forget to bring your own.

tea party IIIPeriod dress is encouraged
The movie takes place in the year 1927. Dress as your favorite character, the series decade you like most or in roaring 20’s attire.

Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. Please arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Cinemark in Federal Way
2201 South Commons, 320th & Hwy 99
Federal Way, Washington 98003

The Downton Abbey Movie pre screen movie tickets are $35 per person.

To purchase tickets, please call The Secret Garden Tea Room & Gift Shop, 253.826.4479 and ask for the gift shop where we will be happy to take your order over the phone. Our hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm. As theatre space is limited, we advise you purchase your seat(s)  early.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Vintage Market at The Secret Garden Tea Room & Gift Shop in Sumner, Washington on August 17th and 18th. (address is below)

What’s included
Pre screen of The Downton Abbey Movie
Tea, scones and shortbread
Prize for best costume and 2 runners up
…and giveaways

We can’t wait to see you.

tea potDue to theatre constraints, nibbles are provided by Panera Bread.

The Secret Garden Tea Room & Gift Shop
1711 Elm Street  |  Sumner, Washington 98390

Elizabeth’s Strawberry Basil Parfait

Our Mother’s Day Tea Weekend at The Secret Garden Tea Room and Gift Shop was a spectacular event and we would like to thank all of our guests who chose to spend their very special Saturday or Sunday with us.

Elizabeth’s exquisite menu for this special event began with this delectable Strawberry Basil Parfait. A delightful twist on the Strawberry Jello-O Pretzel Salad, Elizabeth added balsamic to cut the sweetness, basil for a touch of elegance and used glass cups to create individual starters for each guest.

We are delighted to share this recipe with you and invite you to please take a moment and view the entire menu and photographs below the recipe.

Strawberry Basil Parfait


Part I

  • 2 cups pretzels, finely crushed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar


Part II

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 ounces Cool Whip
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


Part III

  • 6-ounce package strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups water
  • 16-ounce package frozen sliced, sweetened strawberries
  • 1/2 cup basil, chiffonade, loosely packed



Preheat oven to 350˚.
Toss crushed pretzels with melted butter, add sugar and mix well. Spread on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Mix together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip.

Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water and set in refrigerator until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Fold in strawberries and basil.

Using individual glass cups, pipe in a small bit of cream cheese mixture in the bottom.  Pour in Jell-O and chill until firm.

Before serving, pipe top with cream cheese mixture, sprinkle toasted pretzel topping and add a sprig of basil.

The Menu

Pot of Tea

Toasting Glass of Sparkling Wine or Cider (First Blush of Summer White Sangria or Fruit Tea Red Sangria)

Strawberry Basil Parfait

Flower Fairy Salad with Rhubarb Vinaigrette


Warm Scones with Devonshire Cream, Jam and Lemon Curd

Tiered Rack with Tea Sandwiches, Savories and Sweets



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1711 Elm Street | Sumner, Washington 98390
253.826.4479  |  sgtea.com