Nowhere like the Nelly

The wedding bells are certainly ringing in 2015, and with four weddings (and hopefully no funeral!) coming up we are swimming in bachelor/ -ette brazenness. I have to admit, and hopefully this doesn’t make me seem old before my time, but the thought of travelling via open-topped Pink Piggy Bus playing spectacularly bad music hopping from bar to bar…gives me the willies, uh hum…I mean the heebies! Never mind the current trend (it seems) for kinkily shaped straws.

In the last two weeks I have attended two of the four bachelorettes on the calendar, both with trepidation at the thought of the above ensuing – and both resulting in a pleasantly surprised crowd of attendees and for completely different reasons.

The first certainly provided its share of razzle and lace, and yes, although the above-mentioned straws graced us with their presence – the experience was one filled with so much laughter and love that it lived up to its “Kitsch Kitchen Tea” in the most gracious sense!


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Now the second, could not have been more chalk next to the above cheese – but for all its docility, it provided just the right amount of girly banter all wrapped up in oldy-worlde Mount Nelson charm in the form of a high-tea.

A sublimely sophisticated treat for those of us who appreciate a little effort in the culinary department, and most certainly the suggestion of the year so far for an intimate, elegant bachelorette for the older bride-to-be or simply one who wants to spend some quality time with her besties preceding a morning at the Nelly’s Librisa Spa.

What you’re in store for during High-Tea at the Nelly~

  • A truly dainty and delectable array of hand-crafted savoury canapés laid out on porcelain 3-tiered cake stands: Norwegian salmon, truffle oil, shaved biltong, cucumber sandwiches and teeny quiches are amongst the flavours for this course, all paired up with a flute or two of champagne…


  • Next come baskets of steaming home-made scones with jam and cream paired with a tea of your choice ranging from a wide selection of fine teas from various origins around the world – served beautifully in glass infusion pots…or of course your choice of coffee.
  • And lastly, an invitation to help one’s self to the delicacies of a fully laden dessert table of note complete with: mini macaroons/ melk terte/ lemon meringues, cheesecakes, red velvet cakes, fresh strawberries, fudge, home-made marshmellows and coconut ice…to name only but a few. It’s just a pity that one’s satiety reaches the point of no return at this stage!

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And so, in short – the above would tick all of my boxes if I had to do it all over again, or for any occasion requiring a little stylish finesse. The Nelly has certainly not lost its charm…

Nan_blog picWritten for by: Nancy Hoepner – Magpie: Creative Marketing, Design and Lifestyle

Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige. | |




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