When Jordan and her family came for a visit earlier this summer, of course, the idea of a tea party came up.
When considering tea rooms, Fortnum and Mason rose to the top of the list. Recently refurbished and reopened this spring under the name of the Diamond Jubilee Salon, the Tea Salon was christened by HM Queen Elizabeth, and the Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall.
Aunt Cristen, lovingly called "Kiss-Kiss" by Jordan, decided if it was good enough for royalty, it was good enough for us,
so she booked us a spot and gave Jordan a crash course on a proper afternoon tea.
Of course, pouring the
apple juice tea
was the first lesson.
Learning how to use sugar tongs
and drink out of fancy glasses was a snap for such a classy little girl.
The tiered presentation of food was enticing.
Scones with clotted cream and jam were a big hit.
Then it was time for the petite sandwiches.
There was a bit of apprehension, but Mommy's suggestion was that she try each one--
at least one bite, not exactly relished,
and if you tried really hard, you could make those bites eensy-teensy.
Less than an enthusiastic verdict!
But the sweets were a big hit,
and taking a trip to the dessert cart for an extra treat made a girl's job of selecting so, so very hard.
We had an amazing time at our fancy tea party--something tells me it will be hard to match anything this special again, although we've definitely been trying to replicate it with her Princess tea set ever since she returned.
Hope your day includes a cup of tea!