Flynn Victorian Tea - Living History Farms

Flynn Victorian Tea

Gather your friends for a fun, yet oh so refined, afternoon tea!Flynn Teas

Indulge your inner Victorian with an elegant tea service in the historic Flynn Mansion at Living History Farms. Wear your hat and gloves and share tea traditions with Living History Farms’ interpreters wearing 1870s Victorian period dress. Guests will enjoy tea sandwiches, scones, traditional cakes and sweets, all served with hot tea. Pour a cup and chat with friends at the tea table. Then explore the interiors of this elegant Italianate home built in 1870 by one of Des Moines' first families. Well-mannered children are most welcome.

Reservation Dates: 

Reservations open to members on July 25, 2016.
Reservations open to the general public on August 1, 2016.

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Program Dates:

December 10, 11 and April 1, 2, 8, 9, 2016.

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The Victorian tea program lasts approximately two hours, beginning at 11am or 3pm. Well-mannered children are most welcome. Tea programs seat groups of up to 18 guests. Smaller groups will be combined for a full seating. Program dates are limited and reservations are required. Cost is $30/person or $25/LHF member, regardless of age.

Meet your tea host at the Living History Farms Visitor Center at 11am or 3pm. Guests will then drive their own vehicles from the Visitor Center to a parking area next to the historic home. Wear your tea finery, but sensible shoes are highly recommended in the potentially muddy or wintery weather!  


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Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period for the entire tea group. We generally cannot alter recipes without impacting other guests at the table. Most of our recipes contain chicken or beef stock, flour, and other gluten containing ingredients. If you are concerned about a gluten allergy, vegetarian options or other dietary/allergy concerns, please call us at 515.278.5286 ext. 158 or send an email to

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