There’s nothing quite like an afternoon tea.
Especially when it’s a scrumptious treat from a very close friend to celebrate a birthday / upcoming arrival of a new baby.
Being 36 weeks pregnant, the preparation involved in anticipation of an afternoon tea basically meant for me a very small dinner the night before, followed by a miniscule breakfast of only a couple of mouthfuls of Rice Krispies! This ensured enough room at attempt at least every course washed down by obscene amounts of tea.
The Bromley Court Hotel, our host for the afternoon, was beautifully decorated with all things Christmassy.
Garlands. Bows. Twinkling lights. Christmas trees.
Our very own grotto!
Being on maternity leave certainly has its benefits! It was so quiet and calm with only a small selection of other guests in the beautifully lit conservatory.
My fabulous friend Louise had really gone the extra mile to make this a very special treat.
Balloons. Table glitter. Flowers and some wonderful gifts.
I felt truly spoiled.
After lots of nattering, pots of tea were ordered and suddenly a feast appeared before our eyes!
It was quite a sight to behold. Almost too good to eat!
We tasted everything – including asking for another cheeky round of our favourite sandwiches. Our server was only too happy to fetch us another plate.
To our absolute delight, the scones (a mix of fruit and plain, both as equally delicious) were still warm.
There was no quibble as to which went on first – the cream or the jam! We were too busy scoffing them!
Not entirely sure how we managed to make our way to the very top tier. Stomachs starting to bulge, it was time to sample the delectable desserts.
An array of colours, shapes and textures teased us mercilessly.
We jumped in, forks poised.
Somewhere between the trifle and the sponge, we were defeated, leaving only one pudding left.
One thing was certainly clear; there would be no need for dinner that evening. Or even breakfast the following morning!
A couple of poses by the Christmas tree to end our festive and scrumptious afternoon before rolling out into the late afternoon setting of the sun to rest and digest a most enjoyable occasion.
A truly delicious and memorable experience.