High Tea for Two

This weekend Tom and I enjoyed high tea at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in DC.  We always love going to the Round Robin Bar at the Willard, so it was exciting to add this to our list of wonderful experiences at the historic hotel.  I went to high tea with my mother when we visited my dad in Oxford, England two years ago, so I knew this would be a lovely experience.  We started off with a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne (naturally) and then moved on to enjoy tea, scones (with cream, apricot preserves and lemon curd), tea sandwiches and decadent desserts!  After tea we went for a stroll by the White House and around Lafayette Square.  It was a lovely afternoon and the perfect ending to a wonderful weekend.

I ordered English breakfast tea, and Tom ordered Jasmine Gold tea.  Both were yummy!

I’m a pearls kinda girl.  Although, these earrings aren’t pearls, they are actually polished cotton balls!

Yummy tea sandwiches, scones and desserts!

Tea for two!

Love love love peonies!

The Willard Intercontinental Hotel lobby is gorgeous year-round. 

I always stop to smell the flowers.

Gorgeous flowers in the lobby of the Willard.  The peonies are my favorite, of course.

The perfect twirling dress!

Goofing off for my handsome camera man (thanks for putting up with me Tom!).

Dress / Shoes (same shoe but cobalt blue was from last spring) / Purse (similar) / Cotton Ball Pearl Earrings / Necklace (similar) / Bracelet (similar)

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Katie Vail
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  1. May 21, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Polished cotton balls? I need to know more! High tea looks lovely, wish I had done that when I was in DC.

  2. May 21, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    LOVE that dress on you, and I agree with Lauren – I am intrigued about these polished cotton balls?!

  3. May 21, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    definitely curious about these cotton balls too! do tell. looks absolutely lovely – champagne at Off the Record at the Hay Adams (with a burger 😉 ) was always one of our favorite "little celebrations" in DC…

  4. May 21, 2014 / 11:43 pm

    Love the dress and those desserts look amazing!

  5. May 22, 2014 / 10:47 am

    You look so cute! Of course, you have a handsome man with you too. 🙂 All the photos are wonderful! I love having high tea.

    Sorry I haven't been around…lots and lots of technical problems here the past couple of months.

  6. Anonymous
    May 23, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    Adorable outfit! Where are your sunglasses from?

  7. May 26, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    That high tea looks fabulous – and what a perfect outfit for it. Thanks for a great "staycation" idea, Katie!

  8. May 29, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    Thank you! The sunglasses are from the Polo outlet store. Got them a few years ago so not sure if they have anything like that anymore.

  9. May 29, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    Thank you so much! I was worried you had stopped reading, so I'm happy to see that you're back!

  10. May 29, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    They are made by John Wind, and are very popular in South Georgia (cotton land!). My mom bought them for me as a gift a few months ago, and I just love them. I just have to make sure they don't get wet, otherwise they can shrink!

  11. May 29, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    Thanks Elizabeth! It was a really fun dress to wear, and the desserts were very yummy 🙂

  12. May 29, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    Thanks Johanna! A little info on the cotton balls is above in Lauren's response. I have a link in the post where all the sources are, if you are interested in checking them out. They are pretty cheap too!

  13. May 29, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    Mmmm I"m going to have to try out Off the Record! We actually walked to the Hay Adams after tea just to look around, but we were full so we didn't get to enjoy anything to eat. Thanks for the tip! Info on the "pearls" is above.

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