This weekend, I attended the most adorable Saturday tea-time bridal shower. I was so excited, I woke up feeling surprisingly awake. Usually staying up until 4am makes me feel like I got hit by a train, but not this time. I packed a change of clothes and headed off to teach the demo team, as I usually do on Saturday mornings.
After practice, I rushed to change into my tea-time clothes. I decided on a lovely plain olive dress, a black and brown scarf decorated in hamsas, and my frilly suede ankle boots that I got a few years ago from Target.
It was a beautiful day: 72 degrees, slightly breezy, and the sun was in full bloom. If you’ve never been to Palm Beach Island, the best way to describe it is like a tropical mix between Tuscany and London. The buildings all have intricate carvings and are mainly white or brown. They have an old look to them, and in-between all the finer details are the palm trees, ocean breezes, and beachy bushes. In short, it is absolutely gorgeous, and feels as rich and historic as it looks. Down the street is Worth Avenue, which hosts stores such as Chanel and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The Chesterfield, which is where we attended, matches the rest of the Island. Walking into the hotel, you can’t help but notice the gorgeous curb appeal. There is a dome entrance, a front garden with seating, and purple orchids lining the windows.
Upon arrival, I left the parking to the complimentary valet, and made my way to the most gorgeous little study. There was a glorious book shelf that made my heart pang, gorgeous masculine cushioned couches, pillows with dogs faces, and a stunning fireplace and mantle; definitely design inspiration for the future. Justina, the bride, and the other girls were already there. The table was decorated with sweet little china, so cute! Never thought I would say this but now I need some tea time china!
As for the food, I was pleasantly impressed. I’ve only done tea time once, on Vancouver Island with my mom during middle school. This time was just as fun. We each chose a tea (I had traditional English tea), which we poured into a strainer over our tea cups.
Next were the sandwiches: chicken, salmon, cucumber mayo, tomato cheese, and something else I can’t remember. No one liked the salmon, so I ate 3 (it was actually delicious; they just don’t like salmon I guess)! The scone was absolutely incredible, and a new experience. It was hot, crispy but fluffy and soft, sweet, but also like a biscuit, and overall just incredible. I had it with a whipped butter cream spread and strawberry jelly.
Finally, for dessert, there was a brownie, fruit tarts, carrot cupcakes, and a chocolate eclair. My favorite dessert was by far the tart. The fruit on top was so fresh and it was perfectly balanced.
Next came presents (the best part)! She got some really cute stuff: items from her registry, goodies for her wedding day, and a photo album of her wedding dress shopping. Per my mom’s recommendation, I got her some sexy romance “lotions” from Pure Romance. My cousin Jessica is a consultant, so I got three products from her: “Amp,” “O,” and “Sensations.” Justina was completely red when she opened it, but was funny, which was the point! For most girls, it is really embarrassing to talk about that stuff, but after going to a few of my cousins parties, I realized how much we all have in common and I actually think its funny to talk about now!
Finally, we realized how late it was and collectively decided it was time to go. We went out to the lobby for some pictures, then said our goodbyes.
Thoughts on The Chesterfield
Honestly, I didn’t even feel guilty spending the $32, plus tip. It was great to celebrate my friend and this exciting time in her life. I also really enjoyed making connections with the other women there. They were all really sweet and smart, and it was just nice to talk with them about education, politics, and girly wedding stuff. I think after this experience I want to recreate it for my birthday next month. Maybe I can host my own tea party at the apartment with my girlfriends. Then we can do arts and crafts, which is what I was planning before. I’m so excited to attend her wedding next month, which is sure to be just as dazzling!
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