Sunday, 29 September 2013

High Tea At Cristina Re



It is with absolute pleasure that I write this latest post. 
I was recently treated to an afternoon at the gorgeous Cristina Re store and tea rooms. Located in Melbourne's trendy suburb of Collingwood and nestled between residences, upmarket cafes and warehouses, was this stunning storefront:
 
 
 Cristina Re. Where A Girl Goes.
 
I had never experienced a high tea before. The tradition of high teas, (the roots of which date back to 17th century England and its leisure classes), have always fascinated me and many times over, I had planned to treat myself to one. I am an experience girl. I do love to try new things! Especially lovely things! Like many of the joys in life, some of the best just get pushed aside in the day to day rush of living. There's always something pressing and less spectacular to fill our time but occasionally, just occasionally we get to them. And when we do...WOW!
 
 
 
The Cristina Re experience was for myself and my guest, Helen, one of those moments to cherish well into the future.
We arrived for our experience on a sunny Saturday afternoon after a week of persistent rain. The soothing atmosphere was tranquil and floaty and relaxed us the moment we entered. This store is so exuberantly feminine: butterflies, chiffon gowns, delicate teacups in a myriad of bright and pastel colours, scents of cake, tea and perfumed goods hung in the air with a beautifully blended aroma. Crossing the threshold here was to leave the outside world behind and step into a womanly universe. I can only think of the words perfection and elation to describe it. 
 
Did I mention elegant too?
 
There was so much to take in. Cristina Re is both a store of paper craft supplies and provider of craft classes, high tea room and small group function centre which combines the experience of both.
You can take a craft class and high tea at the same time. Shoppers can stroll in and buy pretty stationery: card stock, pens, journals, giftware, crockery and cutlery. All of the stock, from the stunning store displays to the quality items available for purchase, are exquisitely detailed and beautifully feminine featuring Cristina Re's own designs. You can read more about Cristina's background here.
The Cristina Re store shines at special occasions. Typically they host everything from bridal showers to baby showers, birthdays and any special moment which might warrant an experience in beautiful surrounds.
But who needs an excuse?
Anyone is entitled to a special moment in splendour such as this. Everyone should allow themselves a special reward from time to time. If you reside in Melbourne or are planning a visit, make sure you head in store to treat yourself.
 
 

Cristina's high tea crockery and cutlery is available to purchase in store and online. It is well priced and extremely elegant.
It is also available in many major department stores.
 
Paper Couture. Stunning creations such as these are to be featured on Australia's Next Top Model
and will be seen during Melbourne's Spring Fashion Week.


A paper crafter's paradise

 
We were to sample the Sparkling High Tea on our visit. We were served an array of stunning foods along with sparkling wine and a selection of Cristina Re's own tea blends.

 
Warm, fresh quiche was served as our introduction to the delicacies that followed.
High tea, served on a three-tiered stand, begins at the bottom and finishes at the top.
Delicious sandwiches with fillings of cucumber, chicken and egg, giant, soft scones with jam and cream,
cupcakes, macarons and hand-crafted chocolates of every colour adorned our plates.
Such a beautiful spread!
 
 
 
Allow me to introduce my favourite moment of the entire experience...this little pink cupcake.
She was stunning! All the cakes and food we were served were handmade to perfection and so exquisite in flavour. None were as perfect as my favourite and most unexpected moment however - tasting this little delicacy!
Rose flavoured icing decorated the fluffiest of miniature cakes. The icing just melted in my mouth and then the aromatic rose scent hit in a waft of warmth... simply put: perfect! Decorating her exterior were the tiniest flakes of crushed pistachio. They gave the 'crunch' and embellished the after-taste of this magnificent little cake.
Conversation stopped...I was momentarily speechless and away...
I have never tasted a cupcake of such finery.
I have been thinking a lot about her since and when we might be able to meet again...
 
 
 
 
 

 

Have you ever experienced a High Tea? 

For my visit, I was treated to a complimentary Sparkling High Tea and gifted an assortment of Cristina Re stationery items and teas in exchange for this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
 
To find out more, make online purchases or bookings, please visit the Cristina Re website here or Facebook page here.
 
Cristina Re. Where A Girl Goes.
Corner Langridge & Oxford Streets
Collingwood, Victoria
Australia 3066
 
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35 comments:

  1. I just went to High Tea last week at Raffles in Singapore - I wore a dress, heels and big dangling earrings! Loved it, there aren't too many opportunities to dress up mid afternoon!

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  2. I just love a good high tea, and being surrounded by gorgeous goodies to buy is an added bonus. High tea is frock, heals and bling time. Have been to Kerrie Craig in Queen Street Mall, where you get to eye off all her goodies and nibble like ladies at the same time. The ultimate girls day out! :)

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  3. I've had high tea at Christine Re and wore a tea dress of course. I hold a high tea each year for my birthday and Christine Re was my first port of call since moving to Melbourne. I coerce all my girlfriends to wear a dress (there's one non-girly one who begrudgingly obliges) but mostly we all love getting into vintage 1950's style fashion for the day. We've also hit the at The Tea Room at the NGV and the Queen of Hearts high tea at Koko Black. Next year we'll try the Stables at Como.

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  4. Looks like the PERFECT day out without kids - I love her stationery, she helped enveloped my wedding invites ;) I haven't had a high tea in YEARS, one day, one day! Great giveaway lovely :)

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  5. It sounds like you had a fantastic experience - I want to try one of those little pink cakes!

    Cheers,
    Lynda.

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  6. I'd wear my pink gingham dress!

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  7. I'd hit the shops and buy a special dress with a bit of colour that is perfect for 'Spring'. I hardly ever splurge on myself but this would be a must. I can see it in my mind, hope I can find it at the shops!

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  8. Would all depend on the weather, but either way it would be something girly and really pretty.

    Diana O.

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  9. Hmm... for an "occasion" such as High Tea, I might have to put aside my jeans and don a pretty dress!

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  10. Hoping to get to Melbourne at the end of the year. Looks like a trip to Christina Re for High Tea is first on my holiday to- do list! Thanks for a great review!

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  11. All those beautiful, irresistible delectable cakes (especially tiny pink ones!), will simply NOT fit in anything other than something stretchy! Lol.

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  12. Only my finest :)

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  13. A loose dress so I can look elegant and not look hideously fat from over eating.

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  14. Amazing pictures and review, It's like turning back time. Wear? A simple little black dress topped with a beaded cardigan

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  15. It does look beautiful. When I lived alone I would always serve lunches like this!

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  16. I would go all out and invoke Jane Austen and wear one of those big beautiful dresses from the 18th century.

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  17. I love Christina Re! When I'm in a crafty shop, I spend a good half hour poring over her gorgeous DIY card books. I had no idea that she had a tea room though... which is probably a good thing.

    I would wear my best preggo jeans so I could fit it all in! Nah... I'd wear something suitable chic so I can look tres elegant as I stuff all those delectable goodies in!

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  18. I would dress up as Alice in Wonderland for my high tea party

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  19. Danieka Kingsbury6 October 2013 at 21:03

    My girliest dress and heels - with a brooch for good measure.

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  20. I don't get many opportunities to dress up feminine like because I'm always in my 'yard' clothes ready to get paint, dirt, food etc on me from my young son. So, if I were to go to a tea party like this one, it would be a perfect excuse to go and buy a beautiful knee length flowing dress, summery (because it's really hot here in Brisbane) with a gorgeous necklace and a cute pair of heels. I would put makeup on (because I rarely do) and just enjoy!

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  21. I love shops like these! Too bad I don't live in Melbourne.

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  22. Mmmm I love high tea! And that did look scrummy! What a great idea, craft and food together!

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  23. A dress, heels and a fascinator.

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  24. Your blog took me away, would love that experience

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  25. I had a high tea during the day for my Hens doo a couple of weeks ago!
    I wore some cute chunky heels, a baby pink dress with a collar and pockets on the chest! Looked very old school housewife!

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  26. Long black pants, a nice top, a blazer, heels, bangles

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  27. I have a lovely red dress by Melbourne designer Tiffany Treloar. With heels and gold earrings, it's perfect for high tea occasions!

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  28. I did high tea at my home for some friends. We all dolled up in our girliest gear. I so love being able to tap into the feminine side.

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  29. Probably a floral dress (mid length and fitted) with pretty heels :)

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  30. I'd have to pull out a dress and heels I think. I have a really lovely dress that I've never worn...

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  31. My pretty cream-coloured dress - it is very vintage looking, with a scalloped edge, petticoat and cute lace peter pan collar. I'd pair this with neat pearl earrings and my cute lace-covered cream ballet flats for a delicate, distinguished look perfect for a posh high tea!

    Thanks for the chance, LOVE Cristina Re and the pics look amazing <3

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  32. I always get out my best vintage frock and pearls - high tea is like stepping back in time for the afternoon

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  33. Hi Jody looks like you had an amazing experience and I love those tea cups, I think I'll have to get some xo

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  34. my sleeveless soft-coloured floral dress, linen and cool, and my mother's old favourite! it'd be the perfect compliment to a 'secret garden' themed high tea, something that's exciting for both children and for adults!

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