Saturday, 17 May 2014

4 Generations take Afternoon Tea

Thursday was the most wonderful day and the weather could not have been kinder to us. For those of you who are not aware my daughter gave my Mum a voucher for afternoon tea the Dorchester In London as a gift for her 80th birthday in November. As Daisy was only 2 weeks old at the time he thought it better that her, my Mum, me and Daisy would go together in the spring time. May seemed the perfect time and we booked it for Thursday.  My daughter and I took the train up to London with Daisy in her pushchair and arrived for afternoon tea at 1pm at the Dorchester. My dear Mum was already waiting for us, having travelled up by train from Kent.

 The staff at the Dorchester could not have been more helpful to us and the Doorman helped us lift the buggy up into the entrance.
Afternoon tea is served in the most luxurious surroundings.
Daisy even had a high chair brought over for her to sit in. We were served champagne to start.
and then enjoyed sandwiches
followed by limitless cakes and pastries

...and of course never endings pots of tea. The Dorchester blend is delicious. Even Daisy approved.

My Mum was so thrilled to have her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter all with her. Daisy was such a good girl and looked so pretty in her new dress.

After 2 1/2 hours we had finished munching our way through lots of sandwiches and cakes and decided to walk back to Victoria station together via Hyde Park and enjoy the wonderful warm sunshine. London always looks beautiful to me but on Thursday it  looked even more stunning. The trees in Hyde Park are in full leaf now and the grass is lush.
We walked past Eton Place and admired the houses we would love to own if we could afford one. Even just a single bedroom flat in one of these properties sells for nearly 2 million pounds.

Belgrave Square also has the most exquisite houses.....Downton Abbey eat your heart out ;0) 

One thing I also love about London is the amount of green space around. Little parks and gardens are everywhere. Some are owned by the large squares of house.
 But others are open to everyone.

We so enjoyed our stroll back to the station. There we said our goodbyes to my Mum and  the 3 of us made our way back home. What a wonderful afternoon  of memories we have of enjoying tea and the sunshine in London. 4 generations of girls together, how lucky we are.

My girlies have gone home again and  the house seems very quiet. I chose a card for my challenge that I have made as a GD card for Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs today. It is very appropriate as it features a very sweet vintage childhood image. It is available, with others as a digi sheet in his shop here. This  lovely sheet is by the artist Jessie Wilcox. I used another of these sweet images to make my Mum's Mothers' Day card recently.

Here is a close up of the backing paper I made using an embossing folder, distress inks and some embossing glitter.

This card is for sale in my Etsy shop here

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Feeling Crafty one for the girls/ ladies
Craft Hoarder's Anonymous ribbon/ twine etc
Loves rubberstamps Girlie glittery and glam
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Allsorts Purple Passion

We are off to a family party in Bristol this evening and my Cinderella slippers will be getting another airing ;0) The weather continues to behave and it really is feeling like summer is on it's way. It reached 23c yesterday afternoon here in Surrey...I am a very happy girl.

Thanks as always for visiting and the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Have a wonderful weekend,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Awe how lovely, precious memories forever, four generations together is wonderful.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, have fun Cinderella! :)
    V xxx

  2. Beautiful photos of a beautiful afternoon. Lx

  3. Such a beautiful tea party and your card is just beautiful as well. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  4. What a gorgeous post...and what an amazing card! I love the softness of it. The image is darling! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #8: Ribbon, Lace and Twine, Oh My!

  5. Wowww Jane what a amazing TEa Party,,, and gorgeus place to celebrate it,,,,,,, congratulationsLove this J.Willcox Card,,,,,,so lovely, sooo cute,,,,,,,,,You are Rock.

  6. Hello Jane
    what a smashing present!!! I can see your mother greatly enjoyed it and the surroundings are certainly luxurious. I always say there is nothing like a scrumptious English afternoon tea something I never miss when I am home. Lovely photos! London is looking splendid and brings back memories of the 4 years I lived there.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  7. Hello dear Jane,

    What a splendid afternoon you girls :) had together! And all those sandwiches and cakes... I am drooling over my laptop here! And Daisy is so cute, and beautifully sitting in her high chair already!! London seems so summery and green, thank you for sharing!

    Wishing you and the Cinderella-shoes the most wonderful evening!


  8. great card Jane and what looks like a really sumptuous afternoon tea. Lovely! Hugs Rachel xx

  9. Hi Jane, what a magnificent time you and your other 3 generations had! Makes me want to attend a tea soon. Your card is gorgeous! Enjoy your lovely weather.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Love that sweet image! The card is great. I also love high tea! My friends and I just did one a few weeks ago. American style, but it was still amazing! I wish I could do high tea every day. hee hee Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  11. What a fun time for all 4 of you! Sweet treat indeed. My little granddaughter, who is almost 6, loved the rubber stamps I gave her today at her early birthday party. I had some unused ones in a box that a friend had given me. She'll have fun. Your card is beautiful! We had cake and ice cream today that the party and I had tea! Love the photos of London and your tea....memories! It's a lovely day today in OR. Phil is moving the lawn! I'm gonna make dinner! Bye!

  12. Beautiful image, love the colours you have chosen and embossing looks great. Thank you for joining Crafting From The Heart, good luck.

  13. wow more fabulous photo's think the sandwiches are a tad small for me though, and loving your card so lush and rich in colour
    hugs Kate xx

  14. I adore your card! Thank you too for sharing you day with us. I felt like I had come along on the trip.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  15. Pretty card and lovely moments shared with family...creates memories. Thanks for sharing with us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

  16. Beautiful memory project! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  17. Beautify pictures and card. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  18. Thanks for sharing your afternoon tea with us. I hope someone got a picture of the four of you enjoying your tea. Your card is so adorable. Love it. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  19. Hi Jane! Looks like you had the best day! And fantastic weather to enjoy your walk outside. We have now cloudy day and at night it was raining (?). Have a lovely day! x Teje

  20. What a sweet card and a perfect complement to your girl outing. You're so lucky to have moments like these with the people you love. And the munchies look pretty good too!

  21. Such an adorable card! Thanks for joining Loves Rubberstamps Challenge :)

  22. What a beautiful background you created - your card is adorable! Love the pictures of your tea - such a beautiful place and so wonderful to have 4 generations!

  23. Thank you for this lovely post Jane.
    As you know, I was looking forward to discovering everything about your outing in London :)
    You have such a way with photos and what a wonderful guide you are...again, thank You!
    Your card is a delight. I love those shades of purple!

  24. Beautiful card! Gorgeous image and love the embossing. Thanks so much for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

  25. Beautiful card thank you for entering feeling crafty challenge
    and good luck xx

  26. Beautiful pictures, lovely card too
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Purple Passion' and good luck x Susan x

  27. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  28. A wonderful card, I love the adorable image.
    Thank you for joining in with the Feeling Crafty challenge this month and good luck x


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