I leave for a work trip tomorrow but felt completely horrible that I'll be missing my mom's birthday on Wednesday. We are as close as they come, so I knew I wanted to make up for my absence somehow, and involving dessert was essential. Many places around town offer high tea but considering that we have a whole whack of pretty, vintage tea cups that barely get any use, I figured it would be just as nice to stay home. I picked up some petits fours and cupcakes, we brewed a pot of strawberry-basil tea, and had a relaxing pre-birthday celebration before I leave for Quebec City on Monday. And I'm already thinking about a high tea theme for the next girls night!