Students host British tea party fundraiser at Ocean Palms Elementary


Two Ponte Vedra students born and raised in England treated their American classmates to a traditional British tea recently.

Held May 18 at Ocean Palms Elementary School, the event was hosted by OPE 5th grader Ysabel Jack, Landrum Middle School student Cerys Jack and OPE staff member Kerry Fodor – all of whom were raised in England. The three hostesses provided guests with information on English customs and cuisine, offering cheese straw appetizers, watercress and mini-cucumber sandwiches, and desserts prepared by Chef Stephanie Marciani. Sweets included traditional English favorites such as scones with clotted cream, fruit tarts, shortbreads and other traditional British treats.

Guests also enjoyed sweet tea and lemonade served in Royal Doulton-patterned teacups, which each took home as mementos.

Proceeds from the tea benefited the school’s PTO.

An adult British Tea Party fundraiser is planned for Sunday, Aug. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Coastal Oaks Clubhouse in Nocatee. For more information, contact