Hen party – part 1: the tea party

Saturday was the hen do of one of my friends and ex-colleagues, and it involved tea, cakes and drinks on a sunny Saturday afternoon, followed by a meal, cocktails and gambling in Manchester 235 casino (plus a learn to play session!) at night.

This was my first trip to the whimsical Richmond Tea Rooms in Manchester, but it was a delightful place with the most amazing (and massive) cakes! The décor is inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and as a hen party of 17 people we were lucky enough to be seated in the opulent booth/den area, complete with a plethora of cushions and chandeliers hanging from the satin canopy.

The entrance of this quirky tea room and cocktail lounge is in a back street, so not something you’d happen upon by accident, but if you know to look for it, it is worth the trip. Probably worth booking though, as it was busy for the whole time we were there. They offer an extensive choice of teas, plus various breakfasts (Served until 2) and lunches, and of course, the most exciting cakes!

I ordered Eggs Benedict, because ordering breakfast just seems so exciting to me, and a pot of the Richmond Blend tea, and later a slice of Victoria Sponge filled with Chantilly cream and strawberries and a bottle of rose lemonade. Apart from the fact that I felt like I would burst afterwards, it was all delicious, and definitely an enjoyable girly experience. I especially loved all the mismatched china!

I went for a casual tea party outfit for part one of the hen do, with my floral high-low skirt from Tesco and a Twenty8Twelve tee with black pumps. I also wore my name necklace (because I knew I’d be meeting lots of new people and I thought it would be useful for them) and my cute new dream bracelet from Fairytales and Hidden Notes.


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