The Tea - About ten of us ladies shared the day's celebration for our friend. We each had our own little pot of tea, which we poured through strainers into our floral cups. I chose vanilla, but the choices were endless. There was Summer (fruity), Winter (spicy), Gunpowder (a strong green tea), and Chocolate (yep, chocolate), just to name a few.
The food - Wonderful and abundant food, with choices from soup and salad and sandwiches to more traditional English fare. Then I had one little treat and put it in my food journal. Still stayed within my calorie range for the day! However, I must admit that despite my wee indulgence, I showed incredible restraint while sitting in front of this:
The gifts - We were instructed not to bring gifts. I always feel a little funny about this, for some reason, but I obeyed the request. At one point, the birthday girl said that she wanted to let us know that we had already given her gifts. She then presented each of us with a slip of paper containing her account of ways our friendship had blessed her. Each was specific to the recipient. I thought this was such a sweet gesture and was a real celebration of friendship.
The bonus - In the central area of Queen B's is a little shop with British items for sale. I'm sure it's actually a lovely product, but I had to snap a picture of this item that caught my attention purely for its interesting name.