Joys of Spontaneity: Tea in Kansas City and a Susan Branch Meeting

The fun stuff comes when someone is not so strict on sticking to the script. You're allowed the spontaneity, and great moments can happen. 
~ Jennifer Aniston 

And how true that is! Yesterday, mom and I had our own bout of spontaneity... We had heard the author, Susan Branch, was coming to the Midwest for a book signing. She is one of Mom's favorite authors; I grew up with her in our home. Susan was to be in Iowa City on Saturday for a book signing. We both wanted to go, but we had a tea at the tearoom and couldn't make it. We were disappointed... but after looking around on her website discovered that she was going to be in Kansas City on Monday evening! We didn't know if our busy week could handle a mad dash to Kansas City, but we decided it was a once in a life-time opportunity and that we should really try and go! And so we did! 

We decided we'd also make it a prelude to my birthday which is at the end of the month. Mom thought it would be fun to have tea somewhere... so we looked for a place by the plaza to have tea. We made reservations at the Intercontinental Hotel for their 4 o'clock tea... this would give us a leisurely afternoon before the book signing that began at 7 p.m. Here our some pictures of our teatime:
Mom, (Donna)... she doesn't like it when I take her picture! 

Me (Spenser)... wearing my Laura Ashley jacket which I bought in England! 

Out Tea Tray

Sandwiches and Scones

In honor of my birthday, they gave me a chocolate fudge cake


On a fun side note, as we walked into the Hotel, look who's car we noticed was parked on the Plaza! Susan Branch's van! Note - we were not near the bookstore at this time, so this was a fun surprise! It was like they were already there at the plaza greeting us! ;) 

Left to Right: Connie and Gina, Susan Branch, Donna, & Spenser
Later that evening at the bookstore while awaiting Susan's arrival, we ran into some tea friends, Connie and Gina! As we were chatting and catching up with them, in walked in Susan... she walked right up to us and greeted us with a cheerful, "Hello Girlfriends!" She was so warm and welcoming, and treated us as if we were longtime friends! She talked to us for quiet some time; we chatted about a lot of things including our recent trip to England.


Here she is during Q&A time! Susan is so personable and kind... definitely a kindred spirit! 


Mom brought her Susan Branch books for her to sign. It was very neat to meet her! Everyone at the book signing received a copy of her SoldOut book - "A Fine Romance" along with their ticket. This was my very first Susan Branch book, and certainly not the last! 

It was a special day, one full of fun and excitement and like the quote says... "great moments" did happen! 

Have a wonderful day Tea Friends! Until next time! 




8 comments:

  1. wow wow wow! You lucky gals!! Happy birthday and what a treat you had meeting Susan. It is so nice to hear she is so kind and friendly. I love her too and the book is so wonderful. With a capital W-especialy for lovers of England.
    xo Ruthie from Lady B's Time for Tea

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  2. Susan is indeed a warm and engaging lady! So glad you were able to make the trip to see her. It sounds as if you both enjoyed your spontaneous tea party and the book signing. Sometimes it is just more fun when there is no big plan and it happens on a whim.

    Hope you both have a happy day,

    Mary Jane

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  3. I also own a lot of her books and love her style! You two really know how to have fun and good for you for being spontaneous. Hope to see you soon.

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  4. That was a wonderful recap, Spenser. It was such a special evening, and getting to visit with you and your mom made it even more so. You looked beautiful in your jacket - loved it!

    Connie

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  5. That was a wonderful recap, Spenser. It was such a special evening, and getting to visit with you and your mom made it even more so. You looked beautiful in your jacket!

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  6. I'm so glad you got to meet Susan [and Petey!] I was at her book signing near Grand Rapids, MI on Sept. 7th. It's always special meeting a favorite author in person. Sending birthday wishes across the miles, Spenser! May the year ahead be blessed!

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  7. How exciting! Loved your new jacket, Spenser! How I would love to meet Susan Branch, her book is amazing. Your teatime did look so special too. I keep hoping Susan will come to Oregon, but so far she isn't headed my way.

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  8. Wow, you got to meet Susan Branch. A life time thrill!! Clarice

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