I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good tea party.
As a little girl, I hosted them on the reg. I had a miniature table and chairs in my bedroom solely for that purpose, and had no fewer than 6 different tea sets on rotation at any given moment. I would serve “tea” (Sunny Delight) and “crumpets” (cut up Toaster Strudels) to my distinguished guests; a rotating cast of my favourite toys du jour. Regulars included:
- my Cabbage Patch doll Celine Ilse (apparently she was French Canadian??);
- a talking Teddy Ruxpin, that, looking back was completely terrifying;
- an incredibly sexist Teen Talk Barbie that said things like “Math is hard!” and “Will we ever have enough clothes?”;
- myriads of My Little Ponies;
…and just to add a little masculinity to the mix, several of my brothers’ G.I. Joe figurines.
Yep, it was a real equal opportunity affair.
Since apparently throwing lavish gatherings for your stuffed animals is no longer “socially acceptable” after the age of 12, I’ve experienced a marked decline in the number of tea parties I attend in my adult life.
That’s why I was beyond excited when one of my coworkers invited me to an afternoon tea party at her house last weekend. With real live humans!!
The invitation indicated that the dress code was casual, but that “Fascinators were encouraged”.
Somehow, despite being neither British nor fancy, I have managed to accumulate a sizeable collection of obnoxious head pieces over the years. (I don’t know what this says about me as a person. I don’t care to find out.)
I thought about pulling out this one from the tickle trunk:
But instead opted for this more understated headband variety:
….paired with a giant (faux) fur vest and a fancy-ass brooch with a horse on it.
What? Don’t be such a neigh-sayer.
I also upped my accessory game with my new bracelet stack; because nothing screams
class like 18 lbs of gold-plated joo-ree you bought from the Shopping Channel.
I arrived,dripping in elegance, to discover that the hostess had prepared an amazing spread of treats:
Seriously- it was insani-tea!! (Sorry. I’m done with the puns now).
Besides all of this glorious food, she also brewed some delicious loose leaf tea which she served in these fancy little cups.
There were seven girls in attendance, and we snuggled up in the living room and spent a few cozy hours munching on macarons and dishing about men. The weather outside was terrible and rainy, but I didn’t really mind, because it sort of made me feel like Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby.
………..And then the Chardonnay came out. And I think my story ends here.