It was my 21st birthday just a week ago, and it was my favorite birthday yet. I got to spend the whole day with my family, took my dad to his first tea, and went to an insanely good dinner to top it all off. While not the most conventional 21st birthday (no 21 shots, no paddles, no hangover), I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
The main event was champagne tea. Afternoon tea has been my all-time favorite thing to do since I was little, and let me tell you, it only gets better. We went to The Langham Chicago for their tea, and I was so pleased. Famous as the birthplace of afternoon tea (with the help of Lady Bedford!), I would have been shocked if it was anything but perfect.
When our waiter came to take our orders, he surprised us with a complimentary round of bubbly! I had no idea it was coming, and was kind of shocked that it did. So far, The Langham was impressing me.
Side note: our waiter, Thomas, was amazing. I don’t think the experience would have been half as good without him, and if you decide to go, I really hope you are lucky enough to have him, too.
I ordered the Palm Court blend, a pink tea in the perfect pretty shade that The Langham is known for.
Are you not drooling? Just looking at these pictures is reminding me of how delicious these scones were. I could honestly eat clotted cream with a spoon, so you can see how distracted I was when all of a sudden, the pianist switched into a very familiar tune…Happy Birthday!
Out of the blue and with my face full of scone, Thomas comes over carrying an extra treat. With rainbow sprinkles, chocolate icing, white cake, and a pink candle on top, you would think I had made it myself. After thanking him profusely and waving to the piano man (another insanely talented and special part of the day) who blew me a kiss, I dug in, and let me tell you, that frosting was basically fudge. I had zero complaints.
My dad’s first tea and what was definitely my best was a success. If you’re looking for an afternoon tea in Chicago, I highly recommend heading to The Langham.
After killing a few hours shopping and walking off the huge tea, we picked up my sister and headed to the next destination: Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf. If you can’t tell, I love to eat, and I think more of my celebrations should be like this one.
My cocktail is on the left, a Champagne Smash that I could drink forever. On the right is a glass of Bordeaux from the table behind us. Bavette’s has a different kind of corking fee: if you bring in your own bottle, they don’t ask for your money, but that you share a glass with someone in the restaurant. Tonight it was our table!
What’s a cake without candles? More than one sparkler came out of the kitchen that night, and if you know me, you know I go crazy for sparklers. They are so beautiful and more fun than anything, so having one in my final piece of birthday cake (in this case, pie) was the perfect end to a perfect evening.
The next morning I woke up and remembered something my new friend Thomas did for me yesterday. Remember how much I was loving on those scones? Well they didn’t have a lot of teas happening that afternoon, and Thomas sent me home with their extra scones, jam, and clotted cream. That man deserves a raise.
While it may not have been the conventional 21st birthday bash, I think it was the very best route I could’ve gone. My favorite foods, my favorite happenings, and best of all, my very favorite people.