A Lovely Afternoon!


“It is easy to decide on what is wrong to wear to a party, such as deep-sea diving equipment or a pair of large pillows, but deciding what is right is much trickier.”
~ Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope


I thought I’d give you a little snapshot of yesterday’s successful afternoon tea, which was, in fact, a very non-traditional baby shower…

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There were all sorts of lovely treats. Finger sandwiches, tiny macarons and cupcakes, fruit platters and cheese plates.

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The steampunk baby cake was a work of art. Inside all of that clever fondant was a scrumptiously moist caramel mud cake for the bottom layer, and chocolate mud for the top.

2015-03-07 13.45.38We played all sorts of fun games, including ‘Guess the Girth’ of our mother-to-be, by placing our name on a wide ribbon to mark what we estimated to be the size of our friend’s tummy. We also guessed the number of jelly beans in a jar, and had a blind taste-test of four different jars of baby food, to see if we could correctly identify the flavours.

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The afternoon finished with a gifting ceremony, excellent cups of tea and coffee, slices of cake, and more marvellous chocolate steampunk cupcakes and salted caramel and chocolate macarons.

All in all it was a wonderful afternoon of kindness, laughter, friendship, much chatter, and just a few little tears.

A perfectly nourishing dose of soul medicine for each of us!

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8 thoughts on “A Lovely Afternoon!

  1. Loved the baby asleep on the cake, and the ‘baby’s breath’ (gypsophila) floral decoration was very appropriate too ! xxx

  2. Great photos Nicole of a delicious afternoon tea with the girls, such a lot of effort and planning go into a very special event such as this for a “mum in waiting”. The cake and baby on top look exquisite whoever the talented baker was. So glad you could have a relaxing afternoon filled with fun and laughter xx

  3. What a great time you must have all had, and the artistry of the cake would have been quite a talking point. So much combined attention to culinary detail spread across those tables, not to mention the flowers. Thanks for sharing the photos Nicole, it brought your tea party a little closer to us, not to mention the infectious fun had by all. Love the lace tablecloth – I have the exact same one for a round table which a friend brought back from Florence many years ago. PS: Perhaps we could plan another Facebook hightea for after Easter. <3 🙂 xx

  4. I must say amongst all those sweets, that fruit platter sure looks inviting! And I especially like the porthole view of the table setting with the tree in the background! Happy to hear you ladies had a lovely time!

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