Happy Sweetest Day! Although it’s not popular with everyone, Sweetest Day is a holiday I enjoy (but then, you know I enjoy most holidays…). Even the origin is *sweet*: 92 years ago, 12 confectioners in Cleveland decided to give out “over 20,000 boxes of candy to ‘newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor,'” according to Wikipedia. Since then, it’s caught on in the Midwest, especially the Great Lakes region. The most common tradition I’ve seen is exchanging candy or small gifts with loved ones, or, in the original spirit, to those who are less fortunate/lonely. Some people gripe that it’s a “Hallmark holiday,” but I say any holiday about charity and love is a good one. 🙂
Today, I had the most wonderful celebration: my sister and I got to meet two of our friends for high tea!
The anticipation beforehand was intense.
Jennifer and I thoroughly discussed the best hair, dress, shoes, and jewelry options. My mom was kind enough to style my hair; she is the best I have EVER seen, including runway pictures!
And then, the moment of truth!
Jennifer and I met these ladies online over a year ago–maybe two years, now?–through our mutual love of all things Kate Middleton (Duchess Catherine of Cambridge now, of course!). And though we’ve bonded over Duchess Catherine, we’ve bonded most over life, from major life events to advice on hair, remodeling, etc. One of the blessings of the Internet Age is being able to connect with people with common interests whom you never would have met before. Though I knew it before, today’s gathering confirmed my suspicion that Jennifer and I have found lifelong friends in these women. 🙂
Another love we share is tea, and, unsurprisingly, the British tradition of high tea. The Palm Court at the Drake Hotel is famous for its elegant high tea service, and it’s a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II when she visits Chicago, as well as a favorite of the late Princess Diana. Jennifer and I have been wanting to try this location for awhile, and with Kate and Susan visiting Chicago, it seemed destined for us four to go!
The food was absolutely delicious. I couldn’t believe they offered us seconds on anything we wanted. We asked for more of each of the sandwiches. 🙂
Time really flew for us; we were having such a great time! We chatted and sipped for three hours, not even realizing how late it was getting, until the servers started cleaning the room for the next event. We “shut the place down,” to quote Susan. 😉
I can’t describe how great it was to meet these women. I feel like we’ve already been friends forever, and I’m sure we will be forevermore. 🙂