What started last year, a Christmas Afternoon Tea is quickly becoming one of my favourite yearly traditions. With some lovely friends, we spent a recent Saturday in up to our ears with tasty treats, rustic Christmas decor and more festivity than you can shake a sparkly stick at!
Early in the afternoon, we headed to Naomi’s house for a few hours of merriment – all dressed in Christmas jumpers too, of course! A beautifully laid out table awaited us and Naomi had some festive, non-alcoholic punch warming on the stove. It was delish and especially good to have when suffering with a cold.
After all the greetings and “wow, this looks stunning” comments were out of the way, out came the food and drink
Our group is incredibly lucky because within our midst, we have an incredibly talented baker and a vintage crockery entrepreneur.
Naomi, who owns Naomi Jayne Vintage Hire, very kindly supplied our afternoon tea with stunning plates, cake stands and bowls, as well as, cute teacups and saucers and table decorations. Naomi has been collecting various dinner sets for a few years now, which is all available for weddings, parties and functions. She had expertly chosen crockery to match our theme and it all looked beautiful! To find out more and to contact her, click here
As for the sweet treats, Laura, who runs Laura’s Cakes, had skilfully baked and decorated rustic-themed Christmas cupcakes. They were were gorgeous! She also gave us some yummy Lindt table favours. Just look at the detailing of the pine cones on the cupcakes! What makes Laura’s Cakes so special is that not only do her bakes look exquisite, they taste it too! Take a look at more of Laura’s marvellous cake creations by clicking here.
Laura was not the only baker of the weekend though. Char presented us with adorable little Gingerbread biscuits and homemade cranberry and orange scones, which tasted divine too!
To complete our afternoon tea, Katie supplied some soft drinks and Lindt Father Christmas favours and I brought along sandwiches and nibbles. Naomi also popped a bottle of prosecco, which went down extremely well.
The table was completely covered in delectable delights. Most of which were polished off within the afternoon! It all looked well and truly delightful.
We chatted our way through the afternoon, catching up and generally having a laugh. Then with mostly only crumbs and dregs left, our champagne glasses were topped up once more and the Secret Santa presents came out. I say ‘Secret Santa’, it has ended up being more like ‘Not So Secret Santa’ in our case! We all tore in to the wrapping paper to find the goodies inside. I received a wonderful gift of pretty earrings and ‘One Line a Day’ 5 year memory book. Thank you again Naomi, you know me well!
As soon as it started, we were packing up to leave as if no time had passed. The afternoon had been full to the brim with love, laughter, great food and even better company. I already can’t wait to see what theme we’re going to choose for next year…