11 April 2011

The one with a tea party.

British Cupcake Toppers

Hi, Friends!

I had an incredible weekend and am so excited to share it with you all. 

First, my girlfriend, Ashley, had her 24th birthday. To celebrate I decided to plan an afternoon centering around her favorite place - England.

Big Ben Cupcake Topper

British Flag Cupcake Wrapper

Pulled out my trusty Martha Stewart Cupcake book and made her some England-inspired cupcakes. Then we went for afternoon tea at The British Pantry. I had never been before and was blown away by the service and atmosphere. 

Ashley Collage

The British Pantry and Cafe

tea cozy

vividot ring
Ashley, sporting her new Vividot Teacup Ring.

British Tea Pantry Birthday Party

Birthday Tea Party

a spoonful of sugar

British Flag Tea Pot
My little souvenirs from our trip to "Britain" ;)

I was so impressed with the British Pantry, half of the building is decorated like a house (tons of lace and floral patterns), while the other half is a store, full of china, chocolates, and teas for purchase. If you live in the area I would definitely recommend visiting. :)

Are you a tea drinker?

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31 comments:

  1. I also drank tea with my girlfriends this weekend, but nothing quite as refined as this. ; ) What a cute place! And those cupcakes are adorable. You are a sweet friend.

    Happy birthday, other Ashley!

    xo,

    Sarah

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  2. Oh My... The cupcake is really cute! Love the double decker one! <3

    I need to visit this pretty cafe, someday! :)

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  3. I drink tea--of course, I'm English, I must--but the side of me that hankers to live in some American city and hop in yellow taxis and press my nose up against the window of Tiffany's is always clutching a take-away coffee cup in one hand.
    This looks like such a sweet place to go.

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  4. Those cupcakes are too adorable to eat!

    I've recently tried teas from Teavana, and I'm loving them so far. I might become a serious tea-drinker very soon. :)

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  5. I love tea - especially Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice and Earl Grey and Sleepytime. I will have to check this place out!

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  6. hehe I always find it amazing that people are so taken with Britian, but those cupcakes are wonderful!

    Definitely a tea drinker but then I am English, so I guess I have to be :)

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  7. Those cupcakes are ADORABLE! What a fun day. You're such a sweet friend!

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  8. This looks so fun! We used to have a really cute Victorian style tea room in my town, but it just closed :( I think an English one would be really fun to replace it :)

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  9. I'm not really a tea drinker, but I think your little tea souvenirs are so adorable!

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  10. Everything in this post is just too cute!! Love it! youre such a nice friend :)

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  11. cheerio my two favorite Ashleys! I love tea and I love & miss that birthday girl! ;)

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  12. I love going to tea! That place looks so cool all themed like that. =) My favorite tea house is in downtown Orange in OC...of course. It's right near all these antique malls. So fun!

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  13. Looks like such a fun time, that place looks so awesome! I LOVE tea, tea is the best thing ever. Seriously. :]

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  14. Looks like fun! I love tea's...not sure if we have any tea house's locally....

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  15. Jen and I have a little British store here too!!! It's awesome!!! We went in and got real London chocolate one day. Oh my gosh, soooo good.

    Also, I used to *hate* tea. But that's slowly changing. I love black tea, sleepy time tea and some green tea. I love loose tea.

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  16. How cute are you?! You are such a good friend to plan such a special birthday celebration! ;)

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  17. What a fun and girly day! That cafe looks darling and like so much fun. I am a new tea drinker and love to have a cup in the afternoons.

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  18. The next time you're looking for a little Union Jack influence, but want a tad bit more edge you should check out The Queen Vic on H Street NE DC. It's a quaint British pub that even has a "tuck shop" that sells authentic British groceries.

    P.S. I'm so glad I've stumbled across the blog of a local. I grew up in Fairfax but now live in Capitol Hill DC. I love reading your entries about places that I can actually visit!

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  19. adore tea and really really want to celebrate my birthday at a teashop this year! Would be quite amazing ;)... ♥cheche

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  20. Oh my, that's so cool, I just love all the British theme :) and the cupcakes look delicious!!!

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  21. That place looks adorable and holy cute, yummy cupcakes!

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  22. Katelyn Asire4/12/2011

    Love it girls:) And it makes me miss that time with Ashley in England. Fun!

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  23. Oh my goodness! The ring is so perfect for her with the matching British colors! So much fun!

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  24. Those cupcakes are so adorable! You're always so creative. And that little cafe looks like a great little escape to London. What a memorable birthday for your friend!

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  25. cool post ashley!

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  26. Oh! What a darling place and cute birthday theme! I do drink tea and I often put milk in my tea too. I'm gonna have to visit The British Pantry soon!

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  27. This place looks amazing! I'm Googling now!

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  28. I love British anything!!! So I love love love this party and must go to that tea house!...might be a bit of a drive :) love you blog btw! super cute.

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  29. Oh I love The British Pantry! If you haven't already, next time you're headed out that way keep driving to Middleburg. There are some adorable shops, and the historic homes are to die for.

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