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Celebrate the Fourth of July with holiday afternoon teas in southeast Michigan

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Along with the fireworks, picnics and parades, add afternoon tea to your Fourth of July celebration this year. Three local area tea venues have added Independence Day-themed teas this week, so honor the original American tea party with the drink that started it all.

The Townsend Hotel , in Birmingham, is hosting an Independence Day afternoon tea July 4, 5 and 6. Guests are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and everyone will be treated to a special "patriotic punch". Afternoon tea prices start at $36.00 per person (inclusive of tax and service charge) and reservations can be made by calling 248-647-2196.

A Boston Tea Party is this month's theme at O'Mara's Avalon Tea Garden. Starting July 1 and continuing every Tuesday this month, guests will be treated to multi-course meal of American favorites with a twist from Chef Anita Kern. Among the items on the menu are a Boston baked bean soup with sausage and corn meal crust chicken pot pie. Teas to be served are tropical green tea, English Breakfast and raspberry iced tea. Cost is $25.00 per person plus tax and tip. Reservations are strongly advised. Call 248-399-6750 for more information.

Sweet D's Confections and Tea Room adds a special treat to their Independence Day afternoon tea this week. Starting today and through Thursday, the Linden tea room will be serving an afternoon tea menu featuring Royal Chocolate Cake. This dessert is a rich chocolate cake, iced with buttercream and drizzled with chocolate. Cost is $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children, plus tax and tip. To make reservations and learn more, call 810-399-9217.

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