One of my bestest girlfriends gave birth (to my Godson no less) back in March so last time the High Tea Party rolled around, she was pregnant and not only couldn’t drink, but majority of the high tea food (smoked salmon, cream cheese, processed meats, etc) she couldn’t eat either.
This year she was pumped and ready to drink and even got her hubby to drop her off and pick her up so she didn’t have to drive. Always a good start
We arrived bright and early (9:30am) as we knew how packed it was last year and were already greeted with numerous ladies heading in the same direction as us. Damn it! Our High Tea sitting wasn’t until 12:30 so we got out hair, nails, tan and a little shopping done all before lunch time. Now that’s female efficiency!
When we were seated at the High Tea, we seemed to be facing the front so knew we were in for some kind of speech and to be honest, I wasn’t much looking forward to it. I wanted to eat, chat and be merry and this was ruining my chi!
The waiter brought out selection to the table along with a glass of ink bubbly and a cup of tea (I’m assuming this was there to ensure we paced ourselves) and one of the organisers stood up and thanked us for coming and let us know we were about to hear from Tracy Bevan who is on the Board at the McGrath Foundation (and was/is Jane McGraths best friend).
We listened to her speak about Jane, her time with her and also the Foundation for about 20 minutes or so and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The McGrath Foundation is a great charity and if you can, definitely get on there and donate. Every dollar counts.
Now on to the food – Our sandwiches were egg, smoked salmon, cucumber and chicken and all were pretty fab. There’s something about eating sandwiches without a crust that makes you feel so damn fancy!
Our desserts were tackled slowly in order to savour everything so we started with the almond and blueberry friand. Really nice but I’m not a massive friand fan I have to admit. When I have a sweet craving, they just don’t do it for me. I like my sweet hardcore. Next was the lemon meringue pie – fluffy but still hard on top – just fab! We went halvies in the macarons next and they were really nice, as was the gateau, light and fluffy with a rich chocolate ganache. Saving the best til last, we had our chocolate mousse cup. Oh Em Gee! SOO rich but so good to finish off with. The little pearls on top were similar to crispy M&Ms (my weakness when we go to the cinema!) so I was really happy.
If you can get tickets to next year, I would really suggest it. Its such a great day out with lots of goodies and such a girlie experience! The freebies you get more than pay for the ticket and if you aren’t too buggered, you’re all prettied up for a night on the town
I went home to bed like a nanna though haha!