Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Afternoon Tea, Accompanied by Inside Tales of the Two Great Entertainers of the 20th Century, Nancy Astor & Nancy Lancaster, hosted by Jane Churchill and Emily Astor

April 14, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon tea with Jane Churchill and Emily Astor that will make all ready to host, celebrate, and rejoice in the art of entertaining through storytelling and family.

Jane Churchill of Jane Churchill Interiors and Emily Astor will be discussing their book Entertaining Lives (U.S. title: Entertaining In Style), the recipes of their two Aunts, Nancy Astor and Nancy Lancaster, both American who came to England and became two of the Great entertainers of the Twentieth Century. Entertaining Lives documents their immaculate taste, sense of humor and love of fresh, delicious food- not to mention Nancy Astor becoming first woman seated as a Member of Parliament, serving from 1919 to 1945.  Tickets for this event is $25 for CLS Members and $35 for CLS Guests.

To purchase tickets, click here or call 843-723-9912. 

About the Book: 

This book showcases timeless recipes and inspirations for the perfect party from cousins Nancy Astor and celebrated interior designer Nancy Lancaster, both renowned in twentieth-century Britain for entertaining with style, sophistication, and joie de vivre.

Featuring original photography that highlights glamorous menus, interior décor, table settings, and flower arrangements, this book is an homage to joyful entertaining in the English country house style. Nancy Astor and Nancy Lancaster, both born American, were renowned as two of Britain’s greatest party-givers, excelling at gracious entertaining, witty repartee, and above all sophisticated menus—talents rooted in their upbringing at Mirador, their Albemarle County, Virginia, family estate known for its superb food.

The recent discovery of the original Mirador recipe collection, together with materials from Astor’s and Lancaster’s archives, provides the basis for this book, a collaboration between descendants of both women. With 75 recipes, the book showcases menus that combine classic English dishes with Southern American classics such as corn fritters, fried chicken, and Pullman salad.

Photographed at Cliveden, Nancy Astor’s country house, and Nancy Lancaster’s several homes, the book features the family’s original china, silver, and décor. Peppered throughout are previously unseen family photographs.