Bri­dal Shower High Tea

My Wedding - - WEDDING PLANNER | DIARIES - By Lisa Hill

Bri­dal Shower High Teas are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar. Since the early nineti­eth cen­tury, High Tea has seen ladies catch­ing up to sip tea and nib­ble sand­wiches in the af­ter­noon. More re­cently, there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of venues of­fer­ing High Tea, and hens are us­ing them as a more so­cia­ble gath­er­ing for a bri­dal shower, al­low­ing mothers, grand­moth­ers and aunts to share in the prewed­ding cel­e­bra­tions. I have picked four of my favourites to share with you and they come with my per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tions.

Corn­wall Park Restau­rant

This iconic Auck­land Restau­rant has been serv­ing high tea on their premises since the early 1900's. Shar­ing tea in this his­toric lo­ca­tion is a gen­uine treat and one I highly rec­om­mend. A tra­di­tional three-tier stand of eleven del­i­ca­cies fea­tures savouries, pe­tite sand­wiches and sweets. My favourite is def­i­nitely the minia­ture lemon meringue pies - they are di­vine. A gluten free op­tion is avail­able, as is the op­por­tu­nity to up­grade to the Sparkling High Tea that in­cludes a glass of bub­bles. An ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of loose-leaf teas, both her­bal and fruit in­fused, is on of­fer along with great tast­ing cof­fee. Served Mon­day to Sun­day www.corn­wall­parkrestau­rant.co.nz

Mu­seum Ho­tel, Welling­ton

High Teas served at the Mu­seum Ho­tel are noth­ing short of ex­cep­tional. Ex­pe­ri­ence the glam­our of their “high tea” and treat your­self to an af­ter­noon of in­dul­gence at Hip­popota­mus Restau­rant. Louis Sergeant, a French born and trained pas­try chef, lov­ingly cre­ates a beau­ti­fully pre­sented se­lec­tion of care­fully hand-crafted sweet and savoury amuse-bouches, mini-sand­wiches and miniardises for you to rel­ish, served with a se­lec­tion of gourmet Dilmah teas or espresso cof­fee. For an ex­tra spe­cial treat, add a deca­dent cock­tail or glass of Louis Roed­erer Cham­pagne. Served Wed­nes­day to Sun­day www.mu­se­umho­tel.co.nz

The Vin­tage High Tea

For a truly unique ex­pe­ri­ence, why not stay at home and in­vite the girls over for af­ter­noon tea. The Vin­tage Ta­ble and Blue­bells Cak­ery of­fer a de­li­cious and el­e­gant af­ter­noon tea de­liv­ered with fin­ger sand­wiches, savoury tartlets, freshly baked scones, pe­tite cup­cakes and other sweat treats. Served on tiered tra­di­tional vin­tage cake stands with teacups, saucers, side plates and tea­spoons. They de­liver, set up and col­lect at the end of your event. www.thev­in­tagetable.co.nz www.blue­bellscak­ery.co.nz

Stam­ford Plaza, Auck­land

Cur­rently this is a tra­di­tional English af­fair, serv­ing scones with lash­ings of fresh cream, del­i­cate club sand­wiches and a se­lec­tion of deca­dent sweets ac­com­pa­nied by a se­lec­tion of freshly brewed tea or cof­fee. On Sun­days, be ac­com­pa­nied by the tin­kling of the grand pi­ano keys, or visit on a Satur­day to en­joy the string quar­tet. Add bub­bly for a few ex­tra dollars. And watch this space – they're soon to launch a quin­tes­sen­tial Kiwi high tea! Served Mon­day to Sun­day www.stam­ford.com.au/spak

Vin­tage High Teas

Corn­wall Park Restau­rant

Mu­seum Ho­tel

Mu­seum Ho­tel

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