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Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis

I started a new tradition last weekend! I wanted to celebrate the holidays with my girlfriends before we all went home for Christmas, so I hosted a festive afternoon tea at the St. Regis. It was so much fun that we decided to do it every year from now on!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

Afternoon tea at the St. Regis is held in the King Cole Bar & Salon. The space feels cozy and warm, and guests are serenaded by a harpist!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

Most of my besties were there! Kendall, Ann & Marilyn:

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

Other Ann, Gretchen & Jess:

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

And Livia!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

Everyone was dressed in their holiday best, ready to celebrate the season (and our friendship… awe!)

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

The tea selection at the St. Regis is fabulous! The menu has pages and pages of tea to choose from, both caffeinated and non-caffeinated. I chose a Jamaican herbal blend in honor of my (and Ann’s) trip!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

Cheers!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

My favorite part of afternoon tea is the tiny sandwiches, scones and desserts that are served with it. Our savory selection arrived first. From top to bottom, we had:

Smoked Scottish salmon tartar and lemon butter, served on pumpernickel bread

Roast beef and horseradish cream on a brioche slider

Egg salad and micro watercress on multigrain bread

The seasonal quiche

English cucumber and minted dill cream on brioche

The sandwiches were delicious, especially the egg salad and the cucumber! Our only complaint was that the roast beef sandwich had far too much horseradish on it. On the positive side, biting into it did wake us all up!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

Our sweet trays arrived next, with a presentation that was beautiful to behold.

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

The freshly-baked scones were served warm, and garnished with pearl sugar. They were accompanied by double Devonshire cream, red fruit preserves and lemon curd.

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

The assorted tea pastries were delicious as well. The middle tray had green tea red fruit tarts and macarons.

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

And the bottom tray had decadent chocolate éclairs and lemon ginger cakes with cream cheese icing.

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

After a luxurious tea, it was time for our gift exchange!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

We each picked cards at random, which had the order that we would select the gifts. Since there were eight of us, I based the order on Santa’s reindeer! On Dasher, on Dancer…

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

It was fun opening presents, and I’m proud to say, there was a lot of gift stealing as well!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

One of the coolest gifts was this polaroid camera. Ann went to work snapping shots of the tea!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

It was a perfect afternoon, and I’m glad I was able to spend it with such wonderful people. Love you girls!

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York City Wanderlust in the City

To make a reservation for afternoon tea at the St. Regis, dial (212) 753-4500. During the holidays, I recommend calling one month ahead of time for big parties.

Have a fabulous, festive Christmas!

~A

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