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I never need an excuse to go to high tea. Scones, dainty sandwiches and petite sweets, yes please! But when the tea is held in the name of breast cancer, and with aims of raising funds for research, there’s even more reason to go! Add to the high tea a fashion parade, pamper stations, workshops, giveaways, boutique market stall shopping, a free goodies bag for each guest and plenty more, you would need an excuse not to go.
The High Tea Party is held over two days during a particular weekend that varies from state to state. This year’s Melbourne event took place at the Park Hyatt hotel on the 20th and 21st of July, and K-Mangz and I attended the sold out event on the Saturday.
The hotel setting was quite grand and opulent; fitting for a 5-star hotel. From the vast open foyer to the sweeping staircase and Grand Ballroom where our sit-down high tea took place, there were plenty of ‘sights’ that took my breath away. The number of people present at the event was also a sight to behold…
Our high tea spread.
High tea stand, with the goodies.
… served with an aromatic English Breakfast tea.
I should mention that I wasn’t feeling well and unable to taste much of the food. A sick blogger makes a lousy food blogger.
The scones could have been slightly less dense but the firm crust on the outside was perfect. A sticky glaze covered the exterior of the scones, and would have no doubt contributed a subtle sweetness. Through my blocked nose, I could just make out the sourness of the berry jam. While I enjoyed the plain scone, I thought the fruity additions in the other scone brought a bitter-ish taste.
Assortment of sandwiches. From front to back: salmon mousse, corned beef, egg & lettuce, and ham & cheese.
The salmon mousse was quite mushy, giving rise to some soggy bread, and the fishy flavour was potent. I enjoyed the textures from the egg & lettuce sandwich, and my mind was able to do what my taste buds could not do at the time, filling in the blanks by thinking about the flavour.
Feeling a little bit rushed towards the end as the wait staff started to clear the tables, I only managed to try the macaron, strawberry mousse jelly cake and chocolate cake. Again, due to the blocked nose, I struggled with the strawberry mousse cake. I was able to detect the chocolate flavour in the other cake, and loved the firm crunch of the crust, the airiness and moistness of the cake, and the rich chocolatiness in the icing.
The macaron shells were just perfect; its crust delicate while the centre was gooey and chewy. The passionfruit buttercream was creamy, and I was able to taste the passionfruit presence.
During our high tea sitting, we were treated to a fashion parade showcasing the works of several sponsors. The evening wear show was a crowd-pleaser. Prize giveaways were also announced during this time. It’s not a clear photo but on the bottom right is Alison Dean, who is the owner and director of the very successful High Tea Party events.
After our high tea sitting, we were free to wander around in the lobby area and other ballrooms. The boutique market stalls, pamper stations, workshops and sponsor displays/booths could all be found in these locations.
Spin the wheel to raise more funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation.
At $10 per spin, major prizes included items like flashy jewellery and GHD straighteners. At the other end of the scale were pink shoe laces and the foundation’s wrist bands. As it was for a good cause, I was more than happy to have a go, and walked away with a wrist band.
Check out this gorgeous high tea ware shop display. Disco record cake stand, anyone?
The Beauty Room.
Participants could enjoy a massage and have their hair, nails and/or make up done. Queues were long, but appointments could be made.
Free sparkly. Too pretty to drink…
Presenting Soleil LYCHEE BEER. You read right, lychee beer! K-mangz took a sip and pegged it as an acquired taste.
Flower arrangement workshop, candle store.
With Sara Lee being one of the sponsors for the event, there were plenty of cakes floating around. However, we just couldn’t fit in any more sweets after our high tea. I also spotted platters of Guylian chocolate floating around…
And lastly, the goodies bag.
Despite feeling unwell and keen to stay in bed, I was glad that I had dragged myself out to the High Tea Party. It truly was a well-organised event, and the number of people who were there on the Saturday (and Sunday) is a testament to the event’s success. Tickets for next year’s High Tea Party are already on sale and can be purchased online. I can say without a doubt that I will be returning next year. Hopefully well and not sick next time…
Park Hyatt Melbourne
1 Parliament Place
Melbourne, Victoria, 3002.