A celebration, a lovely high tea, a beautiful venue...
To celebrate my Mum's 60th birthday recently I arranged a high tea for family & friends at the beautiful Kaituna Homestead in Kaituna Valley, New Zealand. Before I go any further - a quick geography lesson... Kaituna Valley is about a 40 minute drive from Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand. Put simply - Kaituna Valley is a lovely, peaceful area surrounded by rolling hills, countryside & fresh air!
We cracked open the bubbles & proceeded to take our places at the table. Penelope bought out some freshly brewed tea in gorgeous china teapots as well as milk straight from the cow! Following closely behind were tiered cake stands filled with Penelope's home baked delights of dainty finger sandwiches & sweet treats such as cinnamon oysters, little berry meringues & chocolate brownies in the shape of love hearts! Everyone quickly relaxed & soaked up the atmosphere of being in such a grand old homestead. Penelope plied us with more tea, sandwiches & an added sweet treat of her delicious & summery mini cheesecakes made with Pimms.
Just when we thought we couldn't possibly fit in another bite, it was time for the birthday cake. Penelope provided a lovely milk glass cake stand which I tentatively slid the cake onto whilst holding my breath! Cue my entry into the ballroom, birthday candles ablaze & singing 'happy birthday' to Mum.