We were going to have the high tea at the Auckland Domain but we changed plans when we downsized so Melissa hosted it in her lovely spacious backyard. The area was totally transformed with the lovely honeycomb balls from The Pretty Baker hanging up, the pretty props from Melissa and The Vintage Table's beautiful vintage china with matching tea cups. I think all these details really helped create a real high tea vibe. We felt very spoilt indeed!
We organised to bring one sweet and one savoury item each, at first we weren't sure there would be enough food but by the time we put everything out it was clear we could have catered for a small village. We served our home made baking alongside freshly popped popcorn in adorable cones and delicious lemonade and blood orange juice in Moccona glass jars. Don't you love the cute straws and twine on the jars? I think they really add something to some otherwise boring drinks.
Courtenay made a delicious raspberry and lemon cake and some pork and apple sausage rolls which were lovely to balance out all the sweet food and drinks. Melissa whipped up a number of goodies including mini mince pies, spinach and feta pinwheels, orange drop cookies and some amazing mini raspberry swirl cheesecakes. While I hadn't quite got the memo on making something new (we discussed it but it didn't register in my blonde head) I just baked a batch of vanilla cupcakes decorated with mini fondant roses. I also made an abundance of mini club sandwiches which almost turned into toasties while outside in the sun!
|Raspberry and Lemon Cake by Courtenay at Baking Makes Things Better|
|Pork & Apple Sausage Rolls by Courtenay at Baking Makes Things Better|
|Mini Mince Pies by Melissa at Baking Makes Things Better|
|Spinach & Feta Pinwheels by Melissa at Baking Makes Things Better|
|Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes by Melissa at Baking Makes Things Better|
|Cucumber Sandwiches by me!|
|Vanilla Cupcakes with Mini Fondant Roses by me!|
All in all our high tea picnic was a complete success. When we finally got to sit down and eat (after taking a million photos) we were able to relax and enjoy the start of summer. I enjoyed getting to know Melissa and Courtenay and their partners, though I think Max, Courtenay's son, stole the show in his cute summer outfit. What a model child!
We originally planned to have this little get together including Kirsten from High Tea with Dragons as well but unfortunately she couldn't make it so it was a party of three, plus our partners. I did miss Kirsten's presence but I do have some plans for get togethers with my food blogging friends this year so I'm sure we'll bake together some time soon!