It’s almost time to walk down the aisle, to put on that dreamy white dress and say ‘I Do’. But first comes an opportunity to celebrate with your nearest and dearest ladies.
Bridal showers are said to have originated among brides-to-be from poorer families who were unable to provide a dowry for the bride. Instead, the brides family and friends would gather and give gifts to the bride so that she was able to marry the man of her choice.
Bridal showers have grown significantly in popularity in Australia in the past five years. Often a bridal shower is thrown instead of the more traditional hen’s party. One of the most civilised ways to celebrate a bridal shower is to indulge in the English custom of high tea: where traditionally, tea, sandwiches and cakes are served in an oh-so-civilised manner.
If you’re thinking a high tea or bridal shower might be right up your alley, we’ve compiled a list of the best places in Sydney to treat yourself and your friends.
1. The Tea Room QVB
Think overstuffed armchairs, ornate ceilings and the most luxurious and decadent teas and sweet treats, all right in the centre of the CBD.
2. The Tea Room Gunner’s Barracks
Indulge in a traditional British afternoon tea (complete with authentic British three tiered silver stands and Royal Albert China) while you drink in some of Sydney’s most magnificent harbour views.
3. Park Hyatt Sydney
Exquisite service and dramatic floor to ceiling windows make this recently renovated hotel a perfect location. Delicate sandwiches, fresh scones and sweeping harbour views are the icing on the tea-cake.
4. Sheraton on the Park
The Sheraton on the Park serves high tea daily from 11:30am, and has a tea buffet on weekends. Think silver tiered stands overflowing with sumptuous treats, bubbles on arrival and a generous selection of unique teas.
5. The InterContinental Sydney
The InterContinental has taken the concept of high tea and given it a shake-up and a modern make-over, creating High Coffee. Their talented Barista matches your coffee selection with a selection of sweet and savoury dishes. They’ve even created a coffee martini. If coffee isn’t your thing, they also offer a traditional high tea as well.