hosting afternoon tea

afternoon_tea

What to do when you return from Paris and London? Invite your closest friends over for “a casual yet proper afternoon tea.”

**It helps if your friends are incredibly talented in cooking and baking.**

We had homemade treats including scones, palmiers, and a Pinterest-worthy pink champagne cake. Add dainty cucumber sandwiches a variety of the finest Twinings tea, and you have the perfect afternoon staying in and catching up.

tea party

I scored the three-tiered stand at Miss Pixie’s the morning before the event. Fate.

hosting an afternoon tea party

homemade chocolate chip scones

afternoon tea party

birthday tea party

tea party mandarin oriental hotel washington dc

Recently, there was a different kind of tea party in Washington. And by that I mean, an actual tea party…with tea.

My birthday celebration consisted of afternoon tea at the lovely Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental. Who needs a layered cake when you can have three tiers of delectable bites? The sandwiches, scones and pastries were almost too pretty to eat. I had the Darjeeling 2nd flush, a crisp and delightful black tea. Sun dresses were a must, and hats were encouraged.

Growing up isn’t too bad.