How I did it: I went away to Fest (a small outdoor music festival at a campground) and discovered that they were holding afternoon tea!
I decided to check it out so I walked out to the other end of the campground to the "Fairy Tea Garden" with another women who was also a Vendor.
We had a delightful walk and chat along the sandy trail through the woods until we found the Tea Garden across the Gazebo where they were holding a little art show.
The Fairy Tea Garden was just delightful and we joined another lady we knew at a round table shaded by a big parasol, as it was quite sunny and hot. It felt so nice to be in the shade!
We were presented with the very simple menu by young teenagers who were volunteering their time and efforts. The funds raised were going to the chosen charity "The Children's Wish Foundation".
The girls were a little unorganized, considering they ranged in age from 12 to 16, but we knew they were trying to do their best so we were very patient with them.
Finally our pot of tea arrived with a plate of two huge scones, butter, clotted cream and strawberry jam. The combination of scones, a layer of cream topped by jam was absolutely delicious and we decided to go for a second batch of scones later.
We were eventually joined by another pair of women as we invited them to join us - making for a very cosy 6 people around the table! We joked that we felt we should all have fancy hats, but decided that sarongs would have to do!
All in all, a totally delightful time and I really enjoyed myself.
Even if it was not a totally "formal" afternoon tea; it was rather unexpected, very inexpensive and I had great company, so I count this one a total success. I'll probably want to check out a formal tea someday, but this one definitely satisfied my intent.
* I'm including a photo I took of some of the surroundings of the Fairy Tea Garden, so you can see how lovely and wild it was! Read how I did it… 2 years ago