A couple of weeks ago, I received a very lovely email into my inbox from Debenhams who wondered if I would like them to send me a voucher to spend instore or online, and even more kinder, whether I would also like an afternoon tea treat at Patisserie Valerie on top of it. I very nearly said no. I wasn’t sure that I would find time in amongst half term and life to make the trip whilst also being able to meet the deadline for this blog post. The thought of turning down afternoon tea though – well I risked it and said yes!
And then I asked my Sister if she was available on Saturday…she was, and so we went.
My Sister and I last went out as a twosome, well, I don’t actually know when. I was so excited to be having a few solid hours with her – usually the kids are there as well and it’s havoc!
We decided that we would meet at Oxford Street in London and so I headed up on the train. My Sister got stuck underground for a short period of time, which meant she was late and I was stood freezing waiting for her! She arrived eventually though and off to Debenhams we went!
Initially we were going to do the shopping and then have afternoon tea, but when we got there we were so hungry that we switched our plans around! We headed down to the lower ground floor where we were greeted with Patisserie Valerie. It was pretty busy with it being lunchtime, but we were seated fairly quickly and the waitress came over within minutes of us sitting down. We ordered our afternoon tea and because the gift experience came with a voucher to get some cakes to take home, I quickly headed to the front counter to make my selection. They were boxed up and put in the fridge ready for us to take away!
Shortly after I sat back down, tea arrived. There is nothing quite like a pot of tea and there was enough for almost 3 cupfuls in each pot.
A short while later the food arrived and we were delighted. Honestly, I love afternoon tea and it’s always such a treat. There were little sandwiches, quiches, scones, clotted cream and jam, and most importantly, a selection of desserts! We were in heaven!
The whole time we were eating, we were regularly visited by a waitress to make sure everything was ok and whether we needed more tea or anything. The staff were really attentive which was great.
It was really lovely to just sit with my Sister and chat. We mostly spoke about the wedding plans (not that there are many yet), and had a right giggle together.
Once we had finished eating, we were brought the boxed up cakes that I had selected and we headed back into the main store to spend our voucher. OK, so we might have gone via the wedding dress department but we were soon browsing the things we were supposed to be browsing!
It was tricky though. With such a huge selection of Mother’s Day gifts in store, I had no idea what to buy. There were so many bits for the home – cushions, photo frames. You name it, it was there to buy! But with my Mum having just moved house and not really needing that kind of stuff, and me having nowhere to put it, I ignored my inclination to buy it all and continued on my quest!
On the way, we passed the umbrellas and I remembered that I really needed one. A little Mother’s Day gift for myself and one which I would definitely buy for my Mum too if she needed one. Everyone needs a good umbrella…especially at this time of year!
We then meandered around the beauty section, trying to find something to get Mum. Knowing how she is quite fussy when it comes to such stuff, we picked a brand that we know she likes and picked her up a couple of products that will leave her feeling pampered!
I then had a small amount of money left and so had another look around to discover some fabulous looking face masks so I treated myself to them. They are made of egg…weird huh! And since you only have to leave them on for 10 to 20 minutes, I figured I would be able to find time somewhere to actually use them!
The money spent, lovely products bought and a wonderful time with my Sis, it was time to head home as I had promised the boys that I would be back in time for dinner!
Thank you to Debenhams for helping us to have a wonderful day together, a bit of me time, a special treat for us both. It really was fab.
This post is in collaboration with Debenhams as part of their Mother’s day campaign. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.