Vicki Martz and her son, Jon, sorted through the selection of teas together. Both chose English Breakfast.
“It’s his recommendation,” Vicki said.
Seated at a round table with a white cloth cover, black napkins and a vase with fresh-cut spring flowers, Jon and his mother joined his roommate, Ian Bryson, a senior in political science, and his mother, Jackie, at the Royal Tea in the Memorial Union Lounge. The tea was one of the many events offered during Mom’s Weekend — themed “where every mom is royalty” — at Oregon State University.
“This is really, really nice,” Jackie said. “It’s so charming.”
A server poured hot water from a silver teapot with a long curved spout into cups as the mothers and sons joked and laughed.
“You’ve got to have the pinkie out,” Jon said, using a faux English accent, as he and his roommate lifted their smallest finger away from the cup handle.
Dandi Simpson and her daughter, Samara, a freshman in biophysics, joined the table. They soon discovered they were all from Eugene and were all attending the tea for the first time.
“This is our first time having tea. I’ve wanted to do it for the last few years,” Vicki said.
“She was pestering me for weeks to get tickets. Thank god I got them last week,” Jon said. “It would have been off-with-the-head for Jon.”
The Royal Tea sold out with 200 attending. It was patterned on a traditional English tea, said Allie Muscardin, a senior in advertising, who organized the event and planned the menu.
“A light tea with scones, petits fours, fresh fruit,” she said. “We thought it would be refreshing and fun.”
“It is my first tea,” Ian said. “I clearly don’t know how to eat this food.”
“Traditional cucumber sandwiches,” Vicki said. “Devonshire cream. That’s traditional.”
“She knows all the names,” said Jon, a senior in construction engineering management.
“The blueberry scones are delicious,” Dandi said.
After the tea, the sons and their mothers planned to attend the fashion show — the guys’ idea. Later they’d take in the spring football scrimmage.
Samara and her mother kept their plans open, although Samara wanted to attend the game.“I’m still trying to talk her into it.”
“I think the moms have more fun than the kids,” Jon said.“If mom’s happy, everybody’s happy.”