Wednesday, 24 October 2012

sundays, good company and afternoon treats at Werribee Mansion's SocieTea

vintage yellow dress societea c Well, it’s getting to the end of Wednesday, so it’s time to start thinking about the weekend! And about good weekends that have gone by, too. A few Sundays ago, I had the pleasure of attending The Mansion SocieTea at Werribee Park Mansion with some fantastic bloggers. rose tea finger waves floral crown a It wasn’t an early start by any means, but of course that Saturday night I went to a party and sing-starred till 3am and so on Sunday I woke up feeling a little, you know, sleepy. I am not awesome in the mornings at the best of times and I dragged myself out of bed wondering why on earth had I made plans instead of leaving the day free for some sleeping followed by some slightly more strenuous lounging. After my first cup of coffee I started to feel better about things, though. And it was a beautiful, sunny Spring day. By the time I had got ready and was in the car I was much happier about the whole thing. vintage yellow dress societea a vintage yellow dress societea b vintage yellow dress societea beading a I wore my vintage, early 1940's yellow dress with the beading detail (from here, when I promised I'd show more of it) and stood next to one of my favourite Australian signs, the "dance away from giant broccoli if it chases you" one, my Gorman rust suede platforms and the cardigan that is down to about 2-cents-per-wear for me, from Forever New. I also wore a flower crown I made a couple of years ago that Babycat had hidden and then found for me. werribee mansion werribee mansion tiles The car ride was quicker than I expected and when we arrived, I was thrilled to be there! I’d never been to Werribee Park before, and had heard it was beautiful – and it really is. It reminds me of those grand stately homes back in the UK, set in huge lush gardens with lots of twists and turns to keep the walk to the front door interesting. windows b window The Mansion is the perfect setting for an afternoon tea. The plan was to have separate tables for two, but we’re a sociable bunch and so the tables were rearranged into one long one so we could all have tea together. This was so nice, as I got to catch up with some old blogger friends and meet new ones, too. The room we were in used to be the library, and you can really tell – dark painted walls, a high ceiling and lots of windows letting in the early afternoon sun made it feel cosy and airy at the same time. I love the lead lighting (stained glass windows back in the mother country) and the view of the flowers just outside. societea table setting f societea table setting c societea table setting b societea table setting d societea table setting a societea cakes b societea me cocktail violet I loved the table settings, too. The roses-in-wine glasses are a nice idea – I think I should do this at home. And then... let the tea begin! Actually, that isn’t absolutely accurate; we started with the most delicious passion fruit cocktail. This was followed with champagne, platter after platter of tiny foods and, of course, lots of teas. societea table setting esocietea champers societea table setting roses c societea scone jam societea pink tea societea meat pie I really enjoyed the food, as in the savoury things, as well as the cakes. The meat pies were a treat – the meat was actually recognisable, and meltingly delicious, rather than that usual dubious meat pie mush. And of course there were little sandwiches, scones, and cupcakes, all picture perfect and all yummy. I even went back for more savoury bits after getting started on the sweets which I’m sure breaks some rules but it was well worth it. It was nice to have such a delicate, picturesque and fancy afternoon tea that was filling, too! societea cakes a societea bubbles societea bubbles c societea bubbles b pink macaron candice chloe kyra me societea candice chloe kyra me societea b Candice, Chloe, Kyra and me – don't you love how we all match?! joyce cara john John, Joyce and Cara x societea tea more cakesme vintage yellow dress societea swirl me societea chempers trees me societea champers mansion Looking back, I am sooo glad I shook off my lazy Sundayitis and went along. It was such a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon – and do check out more here. And it is a good reminder for me, too, that even when I have that sleepy weekend feeling, there are some things that are very worth doing, and I’ll love them – and treasure their memory, too! societea cocktail empty violet

25 comments:

Andi B. Goode said...

Oh, the beading on that dress is gorgeous!! Looks like a wonderful day in fabulous company (and surroundings - I do love visiting these old houses!)
-Andi x

Pia Storm said...

Beautiful girls, beautiful cakes, champagne - what's not to LOVE?! Looks absolutely wonderful!

Incendiary Blonde said...

This afternoon tea looks simply delightful...yum! Also, I am loving your hair!!

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Bella_K said...

What a gorgeous event!!

Nika Chick said...

Wow! I can't believe it's so warm in Australia, since we have +10 here in Kyiv and rains, rains, rains.

I love your beautiful dress, this colour fits you so much!

And welcome to my blog, by the way :) http://nchick.blogspot.com/

Naomi at The Occasional Indulgence said...

You all are the prettiest bunch of pastel wearing ladies I have ever seen!

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Kristian said...

My how elegant. I'm glad you shook off the Sundayitis too so we could see this as well.

Bethany said...

Yes! I love the matching pastel outfits. So cute ^_^

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Camilla said...

So many lovely pics! <3

XOXO
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Katie Frank said...

you are princess of beauty!
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Eccentric Owl said...

What a lovely post! You are so pretty; I love how you all matched, hehe! The pastels are so pretty!

Jessica Cangiano said...

So sublimely, enchanting beautiful! You really look (especially in the very first photo) as though you could be a bride in these images - and a gorgeous fairy princess one at that, may I add.


♥ Jessica

esme and the laneway said...

Andi B. Goode: it's a favourite! I wish I visited more old houses more often.

Pia Storm: it was SUPER special! :D

Incendiary Blonde: thanks! I'm loving yours right back! :D

Bella_K: it really did go that extra step, really lovely :)


Nika Chick: oh no :< cold and rainy, boo! But we'll be scorchingly, unbearably hot soon, and I'd chose the cold! :) Checking out your blog now!

Naomi at The Occasional Indulgencehaha how we all ended up in pastel yellows and pinks I don't know, but we teamed so well! :D

Kristian: I"m glad you like it :) I like to share things like this and want to always improve how – so if there is stuff I could add, do let me know :D

Bethany: haha is was a funny moment when we realised..!

Camilla: thanks! Yes, super photo heavy as there was so much eye candy (and tummy candy!)

Katie Frank: hmmm only with a good light..! Ha!


Eccentric Owl: thanks! It was a really pretty day! x

Two Happy Hearts said...

Ohhhh, everything about this is stunning! Your hair, makeup, and dress....the table settings. Just gorgeous!

Charlotte said...

So elegant! You and the other ladies look like a candy jar! :)

xx Charlotte
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WendyBee said...

Soooo many lovely pictures. That dress is a treasure, and you and your friends look so pretty all together. Great setting, what a lovely time.

Ola said...

it looks so perfect and classy!
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jewlover2 said...

uGH...pictures gorgeous as always. So inspiring are you...
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sallyrose45 said...

The light in all these pictures is great! Not like rainy grey England today... Lovely post, xxx

Jamie Rose said...

Ah these pictures are all so pretty! It looks like a wonderful time!

darlella said...

Love these photos. You look so pretty! Thank you for sharing.
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melborne florist said...

Great stuff. very incisive post, i really appreciate it. The example you have shown in your post is really good and easily.Thanks for sharing understandable.

Anonymous said...

I just have to ask you - the third picture, where you are standing in front of a white house - which road is that? It looks so familiar!

esme and the laneway said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the pics, it was my pleasure to share them :)

sallyrose45: I miss rainy grey Enlgand :< ;)

Anonymous: maybe it's familiar because I've had pics of it on here before? :)

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog so it can't be that! I first thought it was the house where a friend of mine lives, but I don't think it is after having a second look at it. Thank you anyway:)

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