T'was a fine and sunny Christmas day.
Three friends decided to spend the afternoon at the Suffolk House, in the manner of socialites ~ with no cares in the world.
The rule was - we must look our best, wear something pretty and feminine, must put on high heels and we must not talk-shop! The talk-shop bit was an important rule, considering we work at the same place (at that point of time). The dressing up bit was equally important, a good change from the boring t-shirt and jeans routine, our comfy workplace attire...
We chose the Suffolk House mostly for its ambience. The Anglo-Indian architecture set the tone for our "English Tea Party". The Suffolk House are actually two buildings that used to be the residence of Captain Francis Light, the founder of the British settlement in Penang, Malaysia.
The tea party area was cozy, not in the building but outside at the patio. The day was sunny and breezy. From where we sat, we got a wonderful view of the compound, lush and green with old, majestic trees, possibly from days past.
The interior design is somewhat nostalgic and quaint, with vintage Christmas ornaments dangling and twirling slowly from the small deco trees. We sat accompanied by other groups, and families, all looking their best.
Having English tea with sandwiches, tarts, scones and pudding; and waited upon by a server in the manner of a butler, just helped to complete our pretense at being ladies-of-leisure for the few hours we were there.