Hello dear readers!
It has been much too long since I last posted.
To put it simply, I struggled with writer’s block this summer. It wasn’t that I didn’t have any ideas; on the contrary, my desktop was pilling up with ideas, but it seemed that no matter how hard I tried I could not get the words out of my head and onto the screen. Any artist, writer, or creative knows that a block can strike at any time and that the best thing you can do is step away. Take a break. Have a Kit Kat*. So, I decided to leave the evil blinking cursor behind and give myself a break.
It seems to have helped… My fingertips are buzzing with anticipation and my head is swimming with thoughts, experiences, and opinions that I cannot wait to share with you!
Special note: this Pause·itivi·tea post is dedicated to my wonderful, creative, and incredibly talented friend, Heather, who celebrated her 23rd birthday this past Sunday.
Last weekend my friend, Heather, celebrated her 23rd birthday by hosting us (her friends) for afternoon tea. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a birthday party before! I absolutely adore everything about afternoon tea and ever since enjoying it during my visit to London, I’ve never been able to find one as good since. That is, until Heather’s afternoon tea party.
Being the baking whiz that she is, Heather had planned to make every element on her menu herself. Consequently, when she invited me to stay overnight on Saturday, it meant that I had also been signed up for a day in the kitchen; and I could not have been happier! Thankfully, Heather had done a large portion of the baking prior to this weekend.
So, on Sunday morning we began preparing the remaining selection of sweets and sandwiches. Heather’s hilarious roommate and friend, Justine, also joined in on the preparations. We baked, whipped, sliced, and assembled all morning long. ABBA joined in on the party with Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Fernando, and Take a Chance on Me resounding throughout the apartment. Thankfully, our impromptu karaoke session gave us that final push we needed and we were able to finish the preparations just before the guests started to arrive.
The spread, which we put a lot of effort into arranging, was incredible (pictured above). Heather had thought of every element, including the napkins, which we had some fun folding the night before.
Once everyone had plenty of photographic evidence of the occasion, we indulged. It was delicious – the closest I’ve had since London! The food was all so rich that I didn’t have enough room to sample everything, but what I did try was wonderful. We spent the afternoon chatting and laughing, as well as partaking in the birthday tradition of gift opening. It was lovely to see how each of Heather’s friends put thought into their cards and gifts. It made me realize how important it is to surround yourself with people who are genuine and attentive in their friendships.
Heather and I share a lot of similarities; our love for baking, card making, and afternoon tea, as well as our tastes in music, TV, and movies. It’s why we get along so well, and why neither of us mind when there’s a lull in the conversation. I admire Heather for her work ethic; she’s puts forth a great effort in everything she does. It’s a pleasure to celebrate with her in all of her successes as a result, and I feel very blessed to have such a talented friend.