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The Secluded Tea Party was hosted by myself, Miss Sue Flay... for the
VERY first time this Sunday 21st November, and it went ahead amazingly
well without.....well...........Very FEW..... glitches....!
The only major
glitch being the packing up of the car
the morning of the tea party... my lovely (And BRAND NEW!) carry case
(from Lakeland I might add!) with clips on the sides to hold the food
snugly into the box decided to UN
clip on route to the car from my front door...and of course, some of my sandwiches fell out onto the muddy grass......DOH!!!!
....Now, this was not myself that dropped them....It was the
mister....and he went as white as a ghost realising that Miss Sue Flays
Anger was imminent.(!!)... But surprisingly....to him as well as
myself...Hehe....I stayed calm......it had happened......I was running
late......there was NOTHING
I could do about it! - Much to his relief!...Bless him!
- And I must mention .....he has been an absolute STAR
throughout...supporting me with the prep and running to the supermarket
on a Sunday morning when I realised that the key ingredient to my
scones (The Natural Yoghurt that I use to make these light and
airy!)....was missing!....Argh haha!!........So THANK YOU
to my Mister for helping me out massively
I Couldn't have done this prep without you!!! x
So back to the Tea Party itself......
... The table was set.... purple checked table cloths with a country feel to brighten up the dark autumn day!
Luckily it didn't rain, but it was chilly....so I wanted an ambient
feel to the room....small tea lights, bright...yellow flowers in vases
and jugs.... and my own cake plates (Also made by myself : ) dotted
around the table holding my home-made scones, sandwiches and
My guests got on like a house on fire, the sound of fun and excited
conversation held loudly over the background music (which I could
hardly hear from the kitchen over the discussions being held : )
It was great to hear the room getting on so well and enjoying the food that was laid out for them.
And they were not scared to get stuck in....the type of guests I LOVE
They got on so well in fact, that what I hadn't anticipated was that
they were prepared to share around their own individual pots of tea and
sample each others teas (Which was supplied by the lovely Alex at teapigs.co.uk!)
....which was just FANTASTIC to see happening!!
This meant that my guests got to try and enjoy other teas that they would not have selected themselves.
I hope to see future guests doing the same, as this was a GREAT way for
everybody to find new teas that they didn't think they would
like....and finding out that they LOVED! : )
As well as chatting to people that they hadn't previously met or spoken to before!
Even my experimental Ham and Garlic Jam sandwiches went down well
hehe....I was unsure if it was just my taste buds being odd and it just
being myself that loved this filling....and I was worried that I may
well turn some faces sour...BUT
...my guests loved the concoction
and they went down better than any of the other fillings.....so rest
assured.....HAM & GARLIC JAM SANDWICHES WILL APPEAR AT ALL FUTURE
SECLUDED TEA PARTIES! - They will be legendary! (Hehe!)
My last course was also VERY fun to carry in....as everybody had such
full tummies towards the end of the afternoon, they had forgotten that
I was serving my famous Black Forest (Boozy!) Cupcakes....and once they
arrived, everybody had forgotten how full they were and all forced one
down...Much to my delight!
So all in all....a WONDERFUL first tea party....a LOVELY warm and
inviting Secret Venue in a Secluded Cambridgeshire location, surrounded
by autumnal colours from the trees and leaves everywhere....Garlic Jam
Sandwiches that went down a treat....Clotted Cream had been licked
clean from the bowls....and teapots left empty!....A hostess could not
ask for better than that!
And I am now very much looking forward to the next Secluded Tea Party........The (Xmas!) Secluded Tea Party on Sunday 12th December at 2pm
.....a few spaces left, so contact me now for more information and to secure your place!
Until next time!
Miss Sue Flay