Celebrating a 30th Birthday with an Afternoon Tea

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Having celebrated both Ed’s 40th and my own birthday during lockdown, I have started getting used to socially distant celebrations. At the weekend, my brother turned thirty. Originally, we had all planned to go up to County Durham, where he and his wife live with their little girl, but it wasn’t possible, so instead we planned a little celebration over video call, to wish him a happy birthday, whilst feeling connected in some small way.

Red Letter Days recently contacted me to see if I would like to get involved with their Afternoon Tea campaign, in honour of Afternoon Tea Week, which is coming up in August (10th-16th), and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate my brother’s 30th birthday, from a distance.

I was sent across Red Letter Day vouchers for Afternoon Tea for 2 and 4 people, which were then easily redeemed by contacting the company who provide the food and requesting a specific date for delivery. I was able to order an afternoon tea for 2, to be delivered to my brother and his family in County Durham, and the remaining afternoon teas to my house in Bournemouth, to arrive on the same day. The process was really simply and I was impressed with the communication on the day, letting me know when delivery was expected.

Opening the boxes, I was pleasantly surprised by just how generously sized the portions were. We had 4 boxes delivered to my house, to feed 8 people, and there was more than enough to go around, despite there being a couple of extra children.

As well as large plain scones and a selection of mini loaf cakes, there were also sausage rolls, cheese and pickle rolls, scotch eggs and mini tarts, all ready to be heated up in the oven before serving. There were also a selection of mini jars of jam and individual packs of clotted cream and, of course, the tea itself. The boxes also came with instructions on how to store, heat and serve the afternoon tea – really straightforward.

We served our afternoon tea up in Bournemouth at the same time my brother did in County Durham, and set up a video call to wish him a happy birthday whilst we tucked in to the food. It was a little bittersweet, as we weren’t able to celebrate with him in person, but it was nice to share the experience, and enjoy the delicious food at the same time, even with miles between us.

Everybody was impressed with the quality and taste of the food. I especially loved the scones and the cheese and pickle rolls, which were incredibly moreish (I think I had more than my fair share). If you are looking for a company providing afternoon tea across England, I would definitely recommend Piglets Pantry. It works out quite reasonable, when ordering through Red Letter Days, and allows you to gift the experience to a loved one, to be redeemed at a time suitable for them.

Afternoon Tea Week starts on Monday 10th August and Red Letter Days have some suggestions on how to celebrate this year.

I was kindly provided with afternoon tea for 10 people, as part of the Afternoon Tea campaign with Red Letter Days, however all words and images are my own. 

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