Sometimes life just gets in the way, don’t you find? Sometimes you just need to take some time out and live the High Tea high life. Relax and enjoy a cup of tea, some delicious treats and girl time. Quality girl time. Plus chocolate, jam, cream and conversation!
I’m sharing the story of three lovely high teas I’ve experienced recently, with my BFF, my Bestie and beautiful bloggers.
Lindt Cafe with my BFF
My BFF and I have been firm friends since way back when. We attended business college in 1991 and became Women of the 90s together. We stood up for each other at our weddings as Best Women.
One of my very first blog posts was about the time we spent together for her 40th birthday – and the shopping trip that got me thinking about a career as a personal stylist.
Due to things like babies and living in different states and jobs and, you know, life, we didn’t get to celebrate my 40th birthday together. I was delighted when my BFF and her family scored $9 interstate flights recently and we finally got that chance. Look, any excuse, right?
We visited the Lindt Cafe in Cockle Bay Wharf for a delicious plate of chocolate treats, hot chocolate, coffee and some serious sorting out of world issues. Otherwise known as a good old fashioned chinwag.
Such a lovely day with lovely people. Our girly catchup was followed by a playground visit with my BFF’s family, and lunch at that fine dining establishment, McDonalds. Purely for the nostalgia of our college days, obviously.
The Langham Sydney with my Bestie
The Welshman and I received a gorgeous midwinter Christmas gift last year from our gorgeous friends-who-are-family. We met them in Sydney around the time the Welshman and I met.
They received their Australian citizenship before heeding the siren call of home and returning to the UK to raise their family. A gap year in Sydney was a lovely way to introduce their children to their other home in Australia.
Hopefully, it might entice the kids to join their parents on their retirement plan of living in Australia. Can’t wait to talk gardening and grandchildren and continue our wine appreciation society together in our old age.
The gift was a voucher for Champagne Tiffin afternoon tea for two at The Langham, formerly The Observatory. Once again, life conspired against us, and finding a week day afternoon when the Welshman was free was not an easy challenge. We booked in a date, only to be foiled at the last moment by me picking up a tummy bug.
We went to reschedule, only to realise the voucher expired the next day. The Welshman generously offered to give me the gift of girl time and take my bestie out for a ladies who lunch hight tea experience.
My bestie is a fellow Kiwi whose son has been great mates with Boyo since daycare days, and a daughter whom I’ve adopted as my very own Fairy Goddaughter. I do hope they don’t mind! Watching rugby at home now comes with the soundtrack of iPhone message alerts, as the Welshman and my bestie’s chap, my fellow one eyed Cantabrian, trade good natured insults and sledges whilst watching the game in the comfort of their own homes. We’re so blessed to have these lovely people in our lives.
A very last minute invitation was issued and my bestie and I rescheduled our days to squeeze it all in. Morning coffee was reduced to lattes to go, with the usual Friday morning Coffee with the Girls converted to birthday shopping for my Fairy Goddaughter.
We arrived at the plush environs of The Langham, where the staff wear pink tweed Chanel-esque uniforms, and a pink lady bike with basket and pink London taxi are parked outside. High tea is served in the Globe Bar on personalised The Langham Wedgwood china.
We sipped Laurent-Perrier Champagne, dined on delicate ribbon sandwiches, scones with homemade jam and cream and an array of sweet treats, including a divine chocolate ganache covered hazelnut crunch layered sponge cake, followed by a pot of Darjeeling for me and chai for my bestie. In between delicious bites, we did what we do best. Talked the elegant Queen Anne leg off the furniture, of course!
The Tea Cosy for The Beauty of Life Bloggers High Tea
Katherine from The Beauty of Life is a truly beautiful soul, who knows the importance of networking and sharing space and having a good old girly chat fest. With this in mind, she created her inaugural Bloggers meet up event, hosting a delightful high tea at the charming The Tea Cosy in The Rocks.
Olde worlde charm abounds, in an entirely different manner to the leather and mahogany private library atmosphere of The Langham. The Tea Cosy abounds in lace table cloths, mismatched china, vintage souvenir spoons and hearty yet delicately fluffy scones the size of a good spud. Run by an Irish-Australian family, The Tea Cosy is part of the rich fabric that makes up the patchwork quilt that is The Rocks. You are in no danger of starving at The Tea Cosy!
The world of socialite media continues to delight me. As I was sharing my #beautyoflifehightea snaps on Instagram, a fellow Instagrammer, who works at the gorgeous Made 590, commented that the tablecloth I had snapped was donated by her mother. She is also friends with another of my girlfriends through their children’s school, completely coincidentally. One of the high tea guests has a sister who works at Made 590. I love the convergence socialite media brings to my world!
Click to read more about Katherine, of The Beauty of Life, where heartfelt dreaming and real life action collide. I’ve just discovered her gorgeous collection of 25 inspirational posters, available to download here.
Are you a fan of high tea? What’s your favourite venue? I’m slowly working my way through the high tea emporiums of Sydney!