Each year the Amara Interior Blog Awards comes to a close with one last hurrah – the winners’ afternoon tea. A chance for all of the winners, once their wins have sunk in, to get together again, to catch up and celebrate their success, the afternoon tea is filled with fun, food and festivities in the lead up to Christmas.
This year Dalloway Terrace was the location of choice for the tea which is part of the impeccably chic Bloomsbury Hotel. Named after one of Virginia Woolf’s most famed characters who will always be associated with the Bloomsbury area, Dalloway Terrace is a quintessentially English space providing private and rare outdoor dining opportunities in the centre of London.
On two levels, it has a fully retractable roof to keep out the cold even in the depth of winter and the lower terrace is lined with rich bruxus hedging to maintain a garden feel all year round. Continually decorated with colourful flora and fauna to match the season, for winter 2016 Dalloway Terrace has been transformed into a winter wonderland reminiscent of the fabled Narnia. Complete with sparkling snow, suspended pine cones and frosted lanterns, the terrace has retained a cosy and inviting atmosphere through wooden chairs and benches laden with thick fur throws, feather cushions and woollen blankets.
Each award winning blogger was as amazed as we were, with the terrace’s festive theme and attending the afternoon tea was Jenny from Seasons in Colour, David & Mark from Forward Features, Jacquie from Sweetpea & Willow, Melanie from Melanie Lissack Interiors, Grant from Interior Style Hunter and Jordan & Russel from 2 Lovely Gays. Emily from The Pink House deserves a special mention, due to train difficulties on her journey all the way from Edinburgh she arrived at 4pm, which was just enough time for her to join the group for an hour before heading off again to catch her 6pm train back to Scotland. It’s no surprise that after all of her train trouble she arrived to cheering and applause from everyone that had been eagerly anticipating her arrival!
Once everyone had caught up on what the others had been up to since the awards ceremony, it was time to tuck into the Perrier- Jouët champagne that had been poured and it wasn’t long before tea stands materialised in front of us weighted down with festive themed food. Sandwiches such as smoked turkey & cranberry in brioche rolls and smoke salmon & crab rillettes on Guinness bread were accompanied by white chocolate & Christmas pudding domes, pecan & salted caramel chocolate slices, almond financiers and much more. The obligatory scones were presented with classic clotted cream and homemade preserves and of course the conversation quickly changed to whether jam or cream should come first to create the perfect scone.
The afternoon drew to a close far too quickly but not before nearly all of the plates had been cleared and the champagne bottles were emptied! Make sure you check out the 2016 winners’ interviews and more blogging tips and inspiration on the IBA Blog before the new awards year begins in 2017.