My princess moment, all wrapped up in tulle, taffeta and sequins… I had the best time at my 30th birthday party! ✧･ﾟ:*✧･ﾟ:* \(◕▽◕✿)/ *:ﾟ･✧*:ﾟ･✧
An item on my life goals list for many years now has been to have High Tea at the Hyatt Hotel, one of Canberra’s exclusive 5 star hotels that dates back to the 1920’s. The Hyatt building has retained a lot of the gorgeous art deco facades and treatments, and generally has a lovely vintage feel to it, and I knew that it was the place for a fancy afternoon tea party.
I hadn’t been there before myself, so it was a real treat to be able to walk up the old brick steps and enter the classic hotel foyer for the first time with a group consisting of some of my dearest friends all dressed to the nines!
For a lunch time high tea, I was gloriously and wonderfully overdressed in the best way ~ I had ordered my dress from the US because I knew that I wanted a vintage party frock with tulle and possibly lace. It took a lot of searching, as my sizing is woefully inconsistent due to my current health limitations.
After hours of combing through hundreds of listings, I couldn’t find the color I wanted ~ lavender or lilac, or the length I wanted ~ tea length, but I did find this gorgeous confection of the palest blue tulle, and I knew it was the dress for me ~ regardless of the fact that it was a floor length evening gown!
When it arrive it was inside out, and folded into a tiny box ~ I opened it up and it just about sprung out! And it proved to be the perfect dress for me with just a little alteration. I couldn’t believe how pretty an elegant frock can make you feel. And yes, this is THE PERFECT dress for twirling in. The skirt goes out for miles and miles, and all the tulle layers create a soft, dreamy cloud effect that I just love. A true princess ball gown indeed! (•ᵕ ᴗ ᵕ•)❀♔❀
I decided to wear my vintage rhinestone necklace and earring set to match the sequins and rhinestones decorating the shelf bust ~ plus, the jewellery would also compliment my tiara and my embroidered rhinestone vintage gloves, whilst being a change from my usual pearls.
Of course, as gorgeous as all those layers of tulle are, there is a reason that floor length ball gowns are reserved for balls as it was just a little impractical to be lounging around in whilst indulging in all that delicious food. I had to carefully squeeze sideways between the coffee tables and watch to make sure the layers of my skirt didn’t sweep all the sweets and plates and tea cups and the pink champagne off the tables! We all had to have a good giggle at my mincing, crab-like promenade.
The food was so delicious, I was served a plate of Gluten Free sandwiches which were really tasty, but of course, the patisseries where the best part. I can’t even remember all the things I ended up eating, but I do remember some stand outs ~ a rich mousse chocolate cake that I couldn’t even finish, a crème brulee with toffee on top of it, a mango layered slice that was so light and fresh, like a perfect sun-kissed mango from a tropical paradise! I drank one and a half pots of tea to fortify myself from all the sugar!! : P
Afterwards, we naturally had to have photos, so we snapped some pictures on the elegant grounds of the hotel. Before we could finish though ~ the dark clouds that had been threatening all morning burst open with a drenching rain!
Luckily, a towering London Plain served as an excellent umbrella and kept us mostly dry during the downpour, and I was just able to squeak out the photos commemorating my special day. (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ
It was a lovely time despite the rain ~ and I’m so glad I got to celebrate my friendships with a happy party to herald a new chapter of life!
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Vintage Rhinestone Jewellery Set | Ebay
Vintage Classic Rhinestone Embroidered Gloves | Ebay
Vintage 1950’s Cinderella Ball Gown | Ebay
Over the Rainbow Mal E Bow Heels | Irregular Choice
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