The High Tea Party & Galliano Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel

The High Tea Party took place on the 8th and 9th of October at the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney. A celebration of femininity, the event was an excuse to wear pretty frocks, get together with the girls and indulge in a few hours of pampering, cocktails, retail therapy and a classic high tea.

Three levels of the Shangri-La Hotel underwent a transformation with several stalls showcasing their products and services with boutique shopping at the Portobello Road Market stalls and the Galliano Lounge pop-up bar.

Galliano Lounge

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
The Bar at the Galliano Lounge

Decked out in elegance with gold mirrors and signature red colours, the Galliano Lounge was an oasis of calm amidst the frenetic energy of the event serving cocktails made with Galliano Ristretto.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
The Galliano Lounge

Galliano Ristretto is an espresso coffee liqueur made from Robusta and Arabica coffee that give it a full bodied coffee flavour without adding any cream or chocolate. Intensely flavoured, it can be enjoyed alone or as a digestive, or in coffee-based cocktails that are currently in vogue.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge

On taste, was the Galliano Mocha Martini, made with equal parts of Galliano Ristretto, Russian Standard Vodka, Lavazza Espresso with some Bols Crème De Cacoa White thrown in for good measure.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Galliano Mocha Martini 

The cocktail has a strong caffeine kick with a full-bodied espresso flavour, followed by the alcohol from the vodka, which seems milder in comparison.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Galliano Ristretto

Bartenders were kept busy as the cocktails flowed and empty glasses were fast replaced.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Beautiful ladies at the Galliano Lounge

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge

Also on taste was Tuscan Summer made with Galliano Ristretto, Lavazza Espresso, sugar syrup and milk served over ice. Easy to drink and refreshing over ice, this was a milder cocktail for those who like the coffee taste but cannot handle too much caffeine.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge

Mini cocktail making classes were in full swing with ladies mixing and shaking their own Galliano Mocha Martini for a chance to win a Bally bag and a Lavazza coffee machine.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Cocktail making mini class

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Cocktail making with Oscar

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Mirrored façade of the Galliano Bar

Leaving the Galliano Lounge proved to be difficult but it was time for High Tea in the Ballroom.

The High Tea Party

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
The High Tea Party

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge

Downstairs in the Ballroom of the Shangri-La, a glass of bubbly put everyone in the mood for a relaxed afternoon of traditional high tea.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
High tea

Starting with a selection of finger sandwiches, these included smoked salmon with cream cheese, minted-cucumber on malted bread, York ham with mustard mayonnaise and cheddar cheese with vine tomato.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Tea, scones, sweets and finger sandwiches

Sweets from the kitchen and mini selection of Sara Lee desserts followed with a fragrant range of Mildura tea to go with the buttermilk and plain scones served with strawberry conserve and cream.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Fashion parade in the Ballroom

A fashion parade took place with beautiful models displaying elegant fashion as they moved around the Ballroom.

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Vintage boutique

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge
Pretty soap

High Tea Party and Galliano Lounge

The High Tea Party was a fun ladies’ only event designed for indulgence, bonding with the girls and spoiling yourself for a few hours. Sittings were at 10.30am, 12:30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm and took place on October 8 and 9, 2001. Tickets cost $90 and included cocktails at the Galliano Lounge. Every guest received a gift bag with products and special offers.

** For more photographs of the event, check out the Gourmantic Facebook page. Remember to “Like” the  page and tag yourself! **

Gourmantic and friend attended the High Tea Party as media guests.

The High Tea Party
http://www.thehighteaparty.com.au

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

12 Comments:

  1. Stunning bar! I wish I knew about it. Those cocktails look great!

  2. Can I have a Galliano Mocha Martini :) RT @gourmantic: The High Tea Party & Galliano Lounge @Shangrilasydney fb.me/JhIdJPzN

  3. What a gorgeous concept! Love it – cocktails and pretty frocks AND high tea!

    • They had it all covered! Next time, it’s worth arriving early to allow ample time to browse all the stalls and indulge in more cocktails before the high tea. The Galliano Lounge was such an elegant spot to relax with a cocktail.

  4. We went on the Sunday. Was such a fab day! Drinking champers at 10:30 in the morning with some lovely ladies, followed by some coffee cocktails until around 3pm? Perfect! Haha

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  6. Is there a high tea party in 2012??the girlz and i would love to attend..;0)

    • Aiesha, I recommend you check out their website. They also have a Facebook page where they post updates :)

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