Royal Celebrations With The Grand Hotel York


It’s June! And that can only mean one thing for us. Back-to-back celebrations every weekend as we have a line up of family birthdays, our own wedding anniversary and of course father’s day. It’s officially the month of afternoon tea and garden parties for us Buttons. *Grins ear to ear whilst eyeing up the birthday cake for tomorrow. June is also a very special month this year, as the queen celebrates her official birthday tomorrow, having turned 92, yes, 92,  earlier in April (the Queen celebrates 2 birthdays each year, amazing!). To mark the royal occasion The Grand Hotel York sent us a little hamper of goodies. Yay!


Royal Celebrations With The Grand Hotel York



Royal Celebrations With The Grand Hotel York

There can never be enough cake, so when this hamper arrived, it was the perfect excuse to get out in the garden for a picnic after school to celebrate the queen’s birthday.


Royal Celebrations With The Grand Hotel York


As the weather has been so lovely in the late afternoon, we’ve been making a real effort to make sure we spend lots of time enjoying the fresh air. Eating alfresco as a family keeps things exciting and it’s perfect if you have a bit of an after school grazer on your hands.  


Little Button loved diving in to discover all the afternoon tea delights hidden in our basket. We had some gorgeous Fortnum & Mason royal blend silk tea bags in the cutest of tins, a Yorkshire tea loaf with jam and chutney. Tasty fudge bites and some pretty macaroons. Everything that we could have wanted for our royal celebration.


Royal Celebrations With The Grand Hotel York


Royal Celebrations With The Grand Hotel York


Royal Celebrations With The Grand Hotel York


Royal Celebrations With The Grand Hotel York


What a treat!


Afternoon Tea

An afternoon tea party is my absolute favourite way to celebrate a birthday. It’s also one of my favourite experience gifts to give, as there are so many wonderful settings to visit. We’ve recently been to the Ritz and The Buddha Bar in London, and have Fortnum & Mason lined up for later in the year, as well as afternoon tea on the River Thames at some point in the summer. If you are up towards York, you won’t want to miss afternoon tea at The Grand Hotel York which looks incredible. I’m so impressed that they even have a special children’s afternoon tea too. I’ll see you there then!



How do you like to celebrate your birthday?






  1. June 9, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Oh wow that looks delicious. York is such a beautiful city and I didn’t realise the Grand hotel did hampers? It’s such an impressive place. I’d love to visit! Betty’s Yorkshire Tea loaves are amazing aren’t they? What a lovely afternoon tea! xx

  2. June 12, 2018 / 6:40 am

    You lucky lucky thing! We love visiting Betty’s when we’re in York and it’s looks like you received some lovely macaroons in you hamper! Enjoy the celebrations x #DreamTeam x

  3. June 12, 2018 / 7:33 am

    That hamper looks to die for. The macarons alone have me dribbling! #Dreamteam

  4. June 12, 2018 / 8:40 am

    Wow , seems you’ve a fab month ahead!!! Small girl LOVES an afternoon tea party and Yrk is my absolute fave place so I think we need to rest tis out!!! #dreamteam

  5. June 12, 2018 / 9:21 am

    Oh that looks amazing. And what a great idea to make it into an afternoon tea for the kids. This has inspired me to fill up a hamper with posh goodies and surprise my two with an after-school treat! #dreamteam

  6. June 12, 2018 / 10:08 am

    I normally just like a quiet day with friends and family but that does look lovely! We’ve been to York once and really loved it. 🙂

  7. June 12, 2018 / 10:38 am

    What a wonderful treat! I have never tried lemon curd, but it looks/sounds delicious. Maybe now I will have to search some out.

  8. June 12, 2018 / 11:13 am

    Would you believe that I have never even eaten a macaroons?! What a gorgeous looking hamper!
    My favourite birthday activity involves getting tattooed, unconventional but a tradition 😀


    • June 16, 2018 / 11:08 am

      No way! You should give them a try. I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo but I’m far too much of a scardy cat

  9. June 12, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Love York and lived there twice once as a student and then as a young mum. Have stayed at the hotel too. Got to love a hamper! Makes things so special. Enjoy your celebrations #DreamTeam

  10. June 12, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Sounds like you have a very busy month ahead Annette. That hamper looks great! I love the hamper baskets that you can keep too as they are quite handy. #dreamteam

  11. June 12, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    I’m about an hour away from York they have so many places to choose from but I have heard good things about The Grand Hotel. We had a afternoon tea turn BBQ for my daughter’s 1st birthday last year and plan to do the same again this.

    • June 16, 2018 / 11:06 am

      There’s something so lovely about afternoon tea isn’t there. What a fab idea for a little ones birthday. We’re putting on our own afternoon tea this weekend for my birthday

  12. June 12, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    What a basket that is! Looks like you enjoyed it! #dreamteam

    • June 16, 2018 / 11:05 am

      We had a fab time, thanks . The basket was Little Buttons highlight… well that and the macaroons x

  13. June 12, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    The hamper looks fantastic – love the idea of a children’s afternoon tea as well, my daughter would love it 🙂 #dreamteam

    • June 16, 2018 / 11:03 am

      There’s not many places that cater for children’s afternoon tea in this way, so I’m really impressed

  14. June 12, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    We have been lucky enough to stay there just amazing. I would love to return for afternoon tea #dreamteam

  15. June 13, 2018 / 12:57 am

    Yummo! What a delicious looking hamper and the afternoon tea at The Buddha Bar in London looks amazing too, so jealous! #DreamTeam

  16. June 13, 2018 / 11:37 am

    What an awesome hamper! Some of those treats looked really delicious! #DreamTeam

  17. June 13, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    What a deliciously packed hamper! I love having a little outdoor afternoon tea for birthdays as well!
    Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate all of those birthdays!

  18. June 17, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    I want to have a proper tea party in the UK! #DreamTeam

  19. June 18, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Sounds like a busy month. I like June as fathers day and then my birthday so good month for me.

    Think I need to leave my laptop open with this post up just to hint a suggestion now ., #DreamTeam #DreamOfCakes

  20. June 18, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    This looks like a wonderful hamper #DreamTeam

  21. June 19, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Wow this looks like a proper posh picnic! Yum! #DreamTeam

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