Since we’re scattered about the metro Atlanta area and have nine littles between us, I don’t have the occasion to get together with my best college gals as much as I’d like. But when we DO find the time, we do it right :-) On Sunday we celebrated all four of our birthdays over high tea at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead.
There really is nothing like walking into the splendor that is the Ritz. The lounge was understated elegance, the Wedgewood bone china exquisite, the service unrivaled, the eats divine and the company perfection. We were formally escorted to a lovely and sumptuous little banquette seating area. With the classical pianist tinkering away on the ivories, it was a feast for the senses and a scene straight from Downton.
Between the four of us, we shared pots of vanilla bean, orange jasmine and peach tea, served in the English tradition with loose leaves steeped and poured through sterling strainers. We noshed on savory tea sandwiches – turkey open face canape, ham and cheese, egg salad, smoked salmon and caviar, cucumber dill and lemon ricotta, prosciutto and melon, shrimp profiterole – while catching up on our goings and doings.
And then we were presented with a scrumptious selection of pastries. The scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserves were some of the best I’ve had. Add to that the grand marnier profiterole, macaroons tortes and tarts and it was heaven on a three tiered tray!
I only regret that we failed to get a picture together after the food coma set in. I sure hope that we make this an annual tradition!
Happy birthday, girls!