Thursday, 25 August 2011

Private Tea Party: Victory Curls & Afternoon Tea

Last weekend I hosted a private version of The Secluded Tea Party for a group of sophisticated Hens who travelled from Norwich to spend a lovely warm day in Cambridge with their lovely Bride-To-Be who had absolutely no idea where she was being taken, and every element of her day was a complete surprise. 

They were dressed beautifully for the occasion too, all in vintage dresses and Victory Curls to put my own hair to shame. It was Lovely : ) 

Her friends had arranged to take her punting on the River Cam that morning, and they were blessed with warm skies, and no clouds to be seen... However, as the day went on, it got a little darker and a little colder, and it made setting up their afternoon tea party a little trickier to decide what to do, seeing as the original plan was to have a table set up outside in the Glebe at the chosen venue, and enjoy an afternoon of Croquet and Badminton on the lovely lawn at one of my favourite Village locations. 

It started to look as though it might rain (And it did as soon as my guests arrived) so I made the right decision in setting up their lovely afternoon treats inside the lovely and traditionally British Village Hall with it's high vaulted ceiling, and lovely piano that I used as a focal point (As well as a champagne glass holder should they have brought their own bubbles... of which they did : ) 

The menu consisted of Sparkling Lemonade on arrival, a selection of Finger Sandwiches, Heart Shaped Fruit & Spice Scones, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and Lemon Curd Layer Cake, as well as Loose Leaf Tea served in individual Tea Pots for each of my guests. 

The table was set up with a new addition in the form of a beautiful scrolled Bird Cage that I had found on a quick pit-stop at one of my favourite shops on the way to the venue and I just couldn't resist -Hehe. I used it to hold my scones for this afternoon event, and it looked really nice, so I will be planning to use it again in the future. 

Needless to say, there was plenty of food, and half way through their afternoon, the hens decided to enjoy the sunshine that had come back out and take a relaxing walk around the adjacent church and grounds to get a bit of fresh air before coming back inside for seconds. 

It was a perfect and relaxing afternoon and as their personal hostess, I enjoyed catering for them to their own tastes and providing a custom tea party that they knew their Bride-To-Be would enjoy. 

Hopefully my first hosted event of many many to come.... And should you be keen to have your own tailor made Secluded Tea Party, just email: 

Why not use it as an excuse to be pampered or enjoy an afternoon away from what you know? 
Most of my venues are based in Cambridge and the beautiful surrounding countryside. 
Some guests have travelled from as far as London, Canterbury & Kent to escape for the day - Wow : )

The Secluded Tea Party is now a Tea Party Supplier for Tatty Bojangles Vintage Hen House, a directory of the best British and Vintage suppliers to help you create an amazing Hen Party! 

I have many venue ideas to choose from, or you could host a tea party in your own home or choice of venue, your ideas are very welcome. 

Kind regards, 

Miss Sue Flay 


  1. This is so adorable and looks like so much fun!

  2. It is the PERFECT venue for this sort of affair. If you ever need an afternoon tea event, come and have a chat, I can highly rate this location : )