Frenchy Tea Time
Usually tea-time is synonymous with the British, so how can the French possibly celebrate tea time? By making it a Frenchy Tea Time of course! In fact, and when you look closely into traditional afternoon tea, there is an element of French-ness especially in the macarons and tarts.
Funky Tea Time’s Bastille Day
To celebrate Bastille Day, the Funky Tea Time headquarters were transformed into little Paris complete with its very own, miniature Eiffel Tower. Frenchy wannabes were dressed in stripes, top hats, suspenders and berets. Blue, red, and white balloons together with a series of Parisian pictures filled the place so it was quite the French setting indeed.
Afternoon tea French-style: croissants and Nutella-filled crepes
The menu included fresh baguettes topped with olives and cheeses, plain croissants, chocolate filled croissants, French pastries supplied by traditional French bakery – Le Croissant, including Sacher Torte, Strawberry Custard Tarts, Coffee-flavoured Eclairs, and Operaaaah cake.
Crepes were also a favourite, which were prepared by resident crepe maker ‘Oui Oui Gerrie’, and guests were very creative with toppings and fillings: Nutella, jam, bananas, and icing sugar – yum yum! There was also an abundance of red wines, mini quiches, and vol au vents filled with cheese, mushrooms, and chicken to name but a few.
Vol au vents – for the ladies and gents!
As for the tea? A variety of offerings including French Vanilla Chai which was poured from Funky Tea Time’s exclusive ‘Paris’ teapot. Music ranged from Edith Piaf’s ‘Je ne regrette rien’ to the sultry sounds of Carla Bruni to Jay -Z and Kanye West’s latest Paris song offering.
All this called for an after-party, which was at Melbourne’s most Frenchy club – Red Bennies. The entertainment included a Cirque Du Soleil performer who twirled and swirled on a rope to an Edith Piaf remix, ye ye music -aka 60′s French pop music, Abbie Cardwell and her Leading Men, can-can dancers, and burlesque.
Once again, a great time was had by all, and as you can see, the French have a lot to do with tea!
Happy Frenchy Tea-Time!
Nadalissa Tea-ser xx