Tailored Events

Stuart Avenue Inn is a unique venue for small to medium events. The Inn has long hosted a variety of gatherings – from showers, to teas, to graduation parties, remembrance luncheons, staff appreciation, barbeques, poetry readings, book clubs, private dinners and more. We work with you to tailor the space and design an event that fits your style. Below you’ll find information on some of our more popular gatherings. Whether you’re looking for that vintage feel, or something bigger than your own backyard, or an event you don’t have to prep for, work, or clean-up after, you are welcome to make an appointment to visit the Inn.

Tea Events

At first blush, the idea feels antiquated in our otherwise grab-n-go culture. But taking time to pause over fragrant aromas, on your own or with a friend, can restore, repair, even energize you. Stuart Avenue Inn hosts several teas and tea-related events throughout the year, and may be reserved for additional private teas. Unless otherwise noted, Teas include up to three brewed teas, accompanied with savory and sweet treats, all served on china with cloth linens.

Below is our 2020 schedule. Gift Certificates are also available.

Tea & Poetry (for adults): Sunday, April 19, 2-4pm

Due to health concerns and in keeping with requests to limit human contact – this event has been cancelled.  Join us as we celebrate National Poetry Month. Reclaim your love of words, word-images, rhythms and rhymes. Poetry is meant to be read aloud, so bring a favorite to share whether it’s a classic, a little-known gem, or something you’ve written. Come join us for an informal afternoon of Tea and Poetry. Poetry by you; treats provided by Stuart Avenue Inn – after all tea is poetry poured. Cost is $18 person (no cost for poems). Call to reserve your seat.

Fine china cup and saucer with green palm fronds on the outside set amid a collection of tea cups
Fine china cup and saucer with green palm fronds on the outside set amid a collection of tea cups

Tea & Poetry (for adults): Sunday, April 19, 2-4pm

Cancelled for 2020.  Join us as we celebrate National Poetry Month. Reclaim your love of words, word-images, rhythms and rhymes. Poetry is meant to be read aloud, so bring a favorite to share whether it’s a classic, a little-known gem, or something you’ve written. Come join us for an informal afternoon of Tea and Poetry. Poetry by you; treats provided by Stuart Avenue Inn – after all tea is poetry poured. Cost is $18 person (no cost for poems). Call to reserve your seat.

Split Screen: 1930's image of Mother in a hat seated for a portrait with four children, a boy on her right in a suit, the youngest girl in her lap and two older girls on her left. The girls have dresses and bows in their hair. Mother and adult daughter arm in arm walking in a plaza in the 1930's.

Remembering Mom Tea: Held the Sunday before Mother’s Day. 2-4pm

Due to health concerns and requests to limit personal contact, this event has been cancelled for 2020.  We hope to see you in 2021.  This event is for those who cannot be with their mothers/mother figures for Mother’s Day. Join us as we remember and commemorate these important women, sharing and breathing in their love and lessons, while leaning fully into the lives they gave us. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of their mom as a way of including her at the table. All – of course, accompanied by assorted teas, and sweet and savory treats. Cost is $25/person; $40 for two.

Split Screen: 1930's image of Mother in a hat seated for a portrait with four children, a boy on her right in a suit, the youngest girl in her lap and two older girls on her left. The girls have dresses and bows in their hair. Mother and adult daughter arm in arm walking in a plaza in the 1930's.

Remembering Mom Tea: Held the Sunday before Mother’s Day. 2-4pm

Cancelled for 2020.  This event is for those who cannot be with their mothers/mother figures for Mother’s Day. Join us as we remember and commemorate these important women, sharing and breathing in their love and lessons, while leaning fully into the lives they gave us. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of their mom as a way of including her at the table. All – of course, accompanied by assorted teas, and sweet and savory treats. Cost is $25/person; $40 for two.

Tea & Poetry (for children): Sunday, October 18, 2-4pm

Poetry is something we all seem to love as children. The rhythms and rhymes. The images, and word play. But, by the time we’re adults, the dissecting and analyzing has worn us down. Before that happens, consider joining your child at the Stuart Avenue Inn for poetry and enchantment. Bring a favorite poem (or poems) to read aloud, or come to hear something new. Child-friendly treats provided. Cost is $30 for two, $40 for three. Call to reserve your seat.

Tea and Poetry for Children | Stuart Avenue BB | Kalamazoo, MI
Tea and Poetry for Children | Stuart Avenue BB | Kalamazoo, MI

Tea & Poetry (for children): Sunday, October 18, 2-4pm

Poetry is something we all seem to love as children. The rhythms and rhymes. The images, and word play. But, by the time we’re adults, the dissecting and analyzing has worn us down. Before that happens, consider joining your child at the Stuart Avenue Inn for poetry and enchantment. Bring a favorite poem (or poems) to read aloud, or come to hear something new. Child-friendly treats provided. Cost is $30 for two, $40 for three. Call to reserve your seat.

Split Screen: Victorian parlor at night bathed in candlelight and set for Christmas Tea with red tables, greenery, fine china and holiday linens. Buffet with holiday desserts in crystal goblets and platters including lemon ginger mousse, raspberry cream tort, and fresh citrus segments.

Candlelight Holiday Dessert Tea: Sunday, December 6, 6:30-8:00pm

This tea is designed to carve out space and time to appreciate the joy and peace of the season. Step into a quietly festive space. Pause to enjoy a cup of tea. Sample seasonal desserts. Work on a jigsaw puzzle. Write a holiday note to a friend. Let the softer sounds of the season, conversation with a friend, or moment of solitude restore a sense of balance and wonder. Cost is $18/person. Call to reserve your seat.

Split Screen: Victorian parlor at night bathed in candlelight and set for Christmas Tea with red tables, greenery, fine china and holiday linens. Buffet with holiday desserts in crystal goblets and platters including lemon ginger mousse, raspberry cream tort, and fresh citrus segments.

Candlelight Holiday Dessert Tea: Sunday, December 6, 6:30-8:00pm

This tea is designed to carve out space and time to appreciate the joy and peace of the season. Step into a quietly festive space. Pause to enjoy a cup of tea. Sample seasonal desserts. Work on a jigsaw puzzle. Write a holiday note to a friend. Let the softer sounds of the season, conversation with a friend, or moment of solitude restore a sense of balance and wonder. Cost is $18/person. Call to reserve your seat.

Bridal and Baby Showers

Option 1 (Self-Catered/Venue Rental Only)

Available Monday – Thursday, and Sunday from 2-6pm.

Max of 30 guests inside/50 in the Garden
$100/hour inside/$300 outside (2 hour minimum)
$75 each additional hour
$150 security deposit

We provide:

  • 1 buffet table
  • 1 dessert table
  • 1 gift table
  • Tables, linens, chairs based on guest count
  • Silver, table, plate and glassware
  • Tent for Garden events

Option 2 Catered Event (call for prices and menu options)

Everything is set up on the ground floor of the Inn or in the Garden. Just add your food and decor. No kitchen use or dish washing. Bring everything ready for the buffet table. Clean up and leave everything as you arrived.

Holidays

TOP THREE REASONS to host your Holiday Get-Together at the Stuart Avenue Inn.

1. Our first floor is suitable for dining, conversation, gift exchange, holiday games, and seasonal treats enjoyed against a backdrop of quite music and festive holiday touches. Avoid the din of a noisy restaurant. You’ll have room to stretch and relax without bumping into other guests. Best of all – it works well for extended and multi-generational celebrations.

2. Plan the menu with the Innkeepers or have it catered from your favorite local restaurant. Go fancy, casual, eclectic, traditional. Complete buffets, or plates of cookies. You choose.

3. No cleaning, prepping, decorating, or overseeing this event. You actually get to enjoy your party while giving guests your undivided attention. Best of all – at the end of the evening – you get to go home while we clean up.

2. Plan the menu with the Innkeepers or have it catered from your favorite local restaurant. Go fancy, casual, eclectic, traditional. Complete buffets, or plates of cookies. You choose.

3. No cleaning, prepping, decorating, or overseeing this event. You actually get to enjoy your party while giving guests your undivided attention. Best of all – at the end of the evening – you get to go home while we clean up.

The first floor can accommodate events up to 40. Sit down events are most comfortable when they do not exceed 24. $550 gets you the use of the ground floor, chairs, tables, linens, accommodations for coats, and a first floor restroom. Additional charge for food if handled by the Inn.

Call to schedule a time to view the property and discuss your specific requirements. We are happy to work with you.

Rooms Circle | Kalamazoo, MI | Stuart Avenue Inn & BB

Rooms

Experience Kalamazoo | Kalamazoo, MI | Stuart Avenue Inn & BB

Activities/

Attractions

Specials/Packages | Kalamazoo, MI | Stuart Avenue Inn & BB

Little Extras

Blog Posts Circle | Kalamazoo, MI | Stuart Avenue Inn & BB

Latest Blog Posts