This Sunday just gone I went to a 55th birthday celebration High Tea for a good friend.
This is the first time I’ve ever been to a high tea. There was a group of us ladies all dressed in our finery for the occasion minus the hats and gloves but it would have been a real hoot to have worn them to.
This was held in an old historic home converted to a cafe. All the requisite fine china was there in varying colours, shapes and patterns.
Available was quite a varied list of tea to choose from, a slightly less extensive range of coffees and 2 types of hot chocolate. I’m not a tea drinker, never have been nor coffee for that matter but I embraced the occasion with enthusiasm. I ordered my spicy hot chocolate [and it totally lived up to its name!!!!!] and while waiting for the delicate delicious eats to come out on fine china tiered plates I chatted merrily away to those nearest to me.
It was a lot of fun. Of course the company fully completed the whole setting.
Also available from the drinks menu was wine, a glass of champagne for an extra $10. This of course didn’t faze me, no body at the table even contemplated an alcoholic option.
But it did get me thinking, always with the thinking! Once upon a time I would have stressed a little over what to drink, once upon a time I didn’t even drink hot chocolate – no hot drinks at all. But I would have wanted that glass of bubbles, it would have made the occasion just that more memorable, more special. And I would have been anxious over was anyone else going to have one, I would have quietly checked in with my neighbour who is an old drinking buddy, I would have sought approval so I could have that glass of wine.
I look back now and laugh at the stress I would have put myself through. Nuts.
There was of course a lovely range of non alcoholic non hot drinks available which is really nice to see.
But it was so nice to go along to celebrate a special occasion with a lovely person and at the same time play ladies sipping away on my spicy drink whilst nibbling at the mini croissant and club sandwich, eagerly looking forward to the top tier where the desserts awaited me.
It was such a simple pleasure but equally it was the first completely non alcohol related social situation I have attended since choosing the sober road. It was novel and delightful.
I have a second non alcohol related social situation coming up this weekend, one of which is traditionally flowing with alcohol – I am going to the wedding of my nephew. I only recently found out it was a dry event – actually that’s a silly expression as they will be drinks of some sort there but you know what I mean – and I feel quite thrilled about it. No booze of course won’t worry me but I am interested to see how other people will cope or feel about it. Hubs was surprised but it won’t really worry him. He’ll be driving a car load so drinking was out for him anyway and he can easily do dry if he’s called to. The mother of the bride has booked a group of us into bar/cafe for between the wedding service and the wedding function so she can have a wine. Made me laugh.
I’ve been to quite a few functions lately where when you arrive the staff are welcoming us in with trays of drinks and the bar is right up near the entrance. But there are no non alcoholic beverages available at this bar nor on those trays and the staff have to go out the back to get the traditional glass of orange juice or coke.
I’m all for a little imagination folks when it comes to offerings of non alcoholic drinks, plenty of mocktail options available out there.
Anyway I digress a little; I recommend a high tea option to celebrate a special occasion with friends.
Now, I just need to find a way to prize their spicy hot chocolate recipe off them…….