I had the pleasure of attending my sister-in-law’s bridal shower this past Saturday!
It’s always more fun of course, when it is in the theme of an afternoon tea party, and the dress code practically insists that you dress up and have fun doing so! The invitation called for a hat and summer dress, and I was more than happy to oblige. You see, not many know that in a deep, dark corner of my wardrobe, I harbour several frothy creations –hats and fascinators. Once in a while, on a rare occasion, I will take them out and wear them for the world to see. More often though, I am to be found covertly trying them on in front of the full-length mirror in our bedroom when no one is around. I suppose it’s my secret, guilty pleasure. But it is certainly nice not having to act about my collection as if it were illicit. My mum-in-law even joined in on the fun when I brought my fascinators over and wore a particularly stunning one to the party!
I am notoriously picky when it comes to clothes, and I currently have only one summer dress in my possession which sadly didn’t feel quite right for the occasion. So I bent the dress code rules a bit, and went for a ruffly silk georgette blouse and a flirty skirt in pinkish hues. In the below picture, I’m posing with the two shoes I was trying to decide between. I finally went with the pink ones (which were also my wedding shoes) as they seemed more fun, but I promise I didn’t go to the shower in Pippi Longstocking mode, although that probably would have been hilarious, too!
Top: Aritzia ‘Ainsley’ blouse in Mauve Chalk (2015)
Skirt: Club Monaco ‘Talley’ lace skirt in Eclipse/Lotus (2014)
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo platform pump in metallic calfskin, Dusty Gold (2013)
Jewellery: Tiffany heart key charm with enamel finish (2014)
Fascinator: Fashion Addict ‘Penny’ pink flower fascinator (2015)
And just to show how my mum-in-law looked in the fascinator she chose:
The affair was held at Birks Café in Montréal, inside the jewellery store. It was like feasting among glittering chandeliers, sparkling treasures, and beautiful presentation boxes.
At $26.50 per person, the menu included:
Selection of teas from Mariage Frères
Milk and lemon
Mini sandwich with cucumber and shrimps
Finger appetizer with Duck foie gras and chutney
Finger appetizer with smoked salmon and Abitibi Temiscamingue caviar
Mini club sandwich with crispy prosciutto
A dessert in a verrine
A chocolate from our selection
A bag of sweets to take home
I chose the menthe tea, which was one of their herbal choices. I recall ‘healing’ being used in the description, and since I had a headache, thought it perfect for me. It was light, and refreshingly cooling. While the food was exquisitely delicious, they were incredibly petite, even by afternoon tea standards. For about $6 extra, you get a more substantial serving at the Fairmont Laurier and Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. However, I suppose the upside is that you go away feeling not overly full, and as a once in a while treat, say if you were shopping for a beautiful ring at Birks and wanted some refreshments, the Café is a sophisticated and convenient choice.