Afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton? Well aren’t we just the fanciest little trio?
My mom, sister and I have been talking about enjoying an afternoon tea at a fancy-pantsy kinda place for a year or so now.
We figured our girl’s weekend in Orlando would be a great opportunity to schedule our little tea party at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes.
When we arrived, we were guided to a comfy area of the lobby with plush leather chairs and a great view of the resort’s pool.
As were perused the menu, clouds rolled in and it started to pour. It made our tea experience feel all the more cozy!
We decided to order one traditional tea service to share, and two additional pots of tea so we could try three different kinds of tea.
I selected the green tea passion, which tasted like a fruity and slightly sweet green tea.
I really enjoyed my tea and my sister’s pear caramel tea. Both were very flavorful and perfectly soothing.
We sipped on our tea while chatting away and waiting for our tray of mini pastries and sandwiches to arrive.
When our treats arrived, our eyes got reeeeal big. It arrived on three plates in a little tower. Quite the display!
We felt like quite the classy bunch sippin’ our teas and munching on our quaint little treats… That is until I used my finger to enjoy every last bit of Devonshire cream that came with the buttery scone.
What is it with me and cream? I just love it!
Luckily my love for the cream that came with the scone was mirrored by my mom and sister’s love of the actual scone, so we ordered two more scones for us to share.
For me, the entire tea experience was highlighted by the scones and the cream… and the fantastic company.
In honor of my mom’s birthday, our waitress brought out a plate with three truffles and “Happy Birthday” written in chocolate for the three of us to share.
All three of us agreed that we could get used to the high life with hig
h tea every afternoon. Now we just need to make billions of dollars to support our extravagant lifestyle. 😉
After tea, we headed to the bathroom before walking around the hotel for a little bit and I just had to snap a couple of pictures because it was ginormous and beautiful.
I love fancy bathrooms. I’m not sure why I get such a kick out of them, but whenever I visit a hotel or gourmet restaurant I always like to check out the bathroom.
After oohing and ahhing over the restroom, we explored the hotel for a little while before heading home.
I love exploring hotels and enjoy being surrounded by people who are on vacation. They’re always having so much fun (or are a little stressed 😉 ) and have an aura of excitement about them. Vacations are always so much fun and I enjoy seeing people take time to relax and spend quality time with loved ones. Too bad we can’t go on vacation more often!
After taking in the sites at the Ritz, we headed out to look a bridal veils. I found one that I like a lot, but didn’t want to commit without seeing my wedding dress again.
My dress should be arriving at the boutique in the middle of the month, so I plan to check it out and make sure the lace from my dress will really go with the lace on the bottom of the veil we found. My dress doesn’t have any beading and the veil I saw this afternoon does, but I think the lace from the veil could still go with the lace from my dress.
I have high hopes!
Once veil shopping was done, we headed home to hang out with Sadie for a bit.
Eventually our tummies started grumbling and we decided it was time for dinner.
We piled into my car to head to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner since I had a coupon for one free meal.
None of us had ever been to Sweet Tomatoes before so we were excited to try it out.
I piled my plate full of salad with lots of veggies and raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
I also enjoyed some fresh watermelon, pizza sticks, pasta and chicken noodle soup on the side.
Everything was good, but definitely not great. We all agreed that the food and restaurant reminded us a bit of meal plan food from college or the open buffets on cruise ships.
Even though dinner wasn’t fantastic, you know I wasn’t going to pass up the soft serve station for some dessert!
I topped my soft serve with granola and apple crisp. I enjoyed the apple crisp so much that I went back for another large bowl of vanilla soft serve with more warm apple crisp.
Dessert really is the best part of the meal. Nothing else even compares. 😀
Now we’re home and plan to spend the rest of the evening watching girly movies.
First up: Four Weddings and a Funeral. None of us have seen it and I’ve heard good things! Let’s hope it’s entertaining.
Off to watch Hugh Grant! 😀