Here in New Zealand our summer's are lucky dips. We never know what we're going to get, one day it's raining, the next it's blue skies and shining sun.
So when Melissa and Courtenay from Baking Makes Things Better and I organised a high tea picnic for early December we had no idea what kind of weather to expect!
Luckily, we had a beautiful clear day which was probably one of the first of our season.
Sun does have it downsides though, if you're vampire-white like me, you burn like crazy (which is exactly what happened to me) so it has kind of marred my memory of this amazing picnic.
Though my tan lines are finally fading I won't forget the awesome and food and company on that sunny day.
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 pretty 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!
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!