The first Downtown Tea Party and Fashion Show featuring local models wearing clothes and accessories available from Clinton-area boutiques and shops had a few hiccups along the way, but on the whole was a good effort by the chamber of commerce.


Hit and miss rain showers throughout the day May 20 caused the show to be moved from downtown on the courthouse square to the rain location, which was the Clinton High School Cafeteria. While the venue was ready with tablecloths, centerpieces, cups, saucers, silverware, and sweetners; the show was a little late getting started as a single cart with carafes of hot water and a collection of various teas made its way to each table.


Many of the 75 or so in attendance, including many little girls, used the occasion to wear spring and summer dresses.


The master of ceremonies did a wonderful job of reading the descriptions of each model’s outfit, although the clothing world does have its share of tongue-twisting terminology.


The models wore ensembles from The Pottery Shop, Golden Girls Clothing Company, Downtown Boutique, Two Kidds Kreations, and Faye’s Diamond Mine. Hair and makeup for many of the models was done by stylists from 501 Salon.


Along with the gorgeous gowns and jewelry there was little bit of everything in this inclusive show. Such as a few of this season’s latest style trends like short rompers in dressy fabrics, wedge heels, white capris, and kimono-style robes; along with staples of summer like floral dresses and tops, denim, animal prints, and along with hats and totes.


Highlights of the tea were cranberry scones provided by Rock-N-Java and a kettle of spicy Indian chai tea prepared by local chef Tony Soyani. The deejay kept the music going throughout the event, but the show would have benefitted from a playlist infused with bouncier modern pop to keep the models sashaying down the runway.


“I have had very favorable comments from all that attended, guests, and our retail members that participated. I feel this an event that will be done yearly with some changes for improvement and hopefully one of these years we will get to host it outdoors, but until then, we were more than pleased with our move indoors. So look for us next year either downtown or at the high school, we’ll let Mother Nature pick the location,” said Jason Hayes with the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.