40th in NYC - Bosie Tea Parlour & Karaoke Shout!

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Once I’d realized it was going to be more than just myself & my little family on this NYC trip, I started my search for things to do on the day. Usually people have a dinner to mark the day but an afternoon tea really appealed to my British sensibilities! I did a quick search for “best afternoon tea in NY” and a Town & Country magazine article came up. I didn’t even look any further - if anyone would know, it was them! And once I read their write up about Bosie Tea Parlour I was sold. I quickly reserved the table and told the girls they’d have to wear black cocktail dresses because we were going all out! The tea service is typically scheduled for 2 hours, but the Africans in us rose to the occasion and we ended up being 45 minutes late! Sigh! We still had an amazing time. The cakes, pastries and macarons were just delicious - I cannot recommend this place highly enough! The service was impeccable. There was a fantastic selection of teas as well - I fell in love with the Almond Cookie Rooibos tea! It really was like a cookie in a cup & I realized after we’d left that we could’ve bought some to take home!! Sigh!

Beauty is in the gene pool!! My cousins: Chenai on the left & Rumbi on the right! These girls really came through!

Beauty is in the gene pool!! My cousins: Chenai on the left & Rumbi on the right! These girls really came through!

my beautiful friend Alicia and my big sis of life, Barbara!!

my beautiful friend Alicia and my big sis of life, Barbara!!

hmm…this girl and that contentious faux fur jacket! she had refused to wear since I bought it way back when. I brought it to NY and suddenly she wouldn’t take it off!

hmm…this girl and that contentious faux fur jacket! she had refused to wear since I bought it way back when. I brought it to NY and suddenly she wouldn’t take it off!

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I actually want to climb into the screen and eat these!!!

I actually want to climb into the screen and eat these!!!

I’ve never tasted scones like those in my life, and I fear I never may! Till I go back to Bosie of course!

I’ve never tasted scones like those in my life, and I fear I never may! Till I go back to Bosie of course!

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Kola & his younger brother Busoye

Kola & his younger brother Busoye

My little sister Joy on the left and cousin Chipo who flew in from Canada.

My little sister Joy on the left and cousin Chipo who flew in from Canada.

My baby loves her tea! She must have had about 3 cups and she guzzled those scones like a little trooper!

My baby loves her tea! She must have had about 3 cups and she guzzled those scones like a little trooper!

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My beautiful cousin Blessing, owner of hair salon Studio 27 & the one responsible for my hair transformation!

My beautiful cousin Blessing, owner of hair salon Studio 27 & the one responsible for my hair transformation!

next stop, karaoke!!

next stop, karaoke!!

Karaoke Shout was another fantastic find for me!! We needed something fun to do between the tea and heading out for the night & this activity ticked all the boxes. We had our own room (they have many - i’ll do a proper review later), and so we were free to sing as off key as we liked without worrying about bursting a stranger’s ear drums and being sued! I picked a room with a faux live wall! I loved the wood panelling contrasting with the green foliage. They have a digital music book which is linked to an app with 1000s of songs so we had no trouble finding songs to suit everyone’s tastes. We had the best time singing and boogying away! We were all slightly hoarse by the time we left. This was the place where I got to blow out my candles and listen to messages sent in from some friends and family. I was very touched!

This is the girl who had claimed she might not sing at the karaoke because she was shy….she hogged the mic more than me! haha!

This is the girl who had claimed she might not sing at the karaoke because she was shy….she hogged the mic more than me! haha!

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plenty of laughs!!!

plenty of laughs!!!

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Watching messages from loved ones…it got a bit emotional..

Watching messages from loved ones…it got a bit emotional..

Those are Judah’s little prints on the cake - he can never resist diving straight in!

Those are Judah’s little prints on the cake - he can never resist diving straight in!

my cake had the picture of the beautiful Gucci sandals I really wanted to buy for my birthday! Unfortunately they sold out before the day so now it’s a waiting game!

my cake had the picture of the beautiful Gucci sandals I really wanted to buy for my birthday! Unfortunately they sold out before the day so now it’s a waiting game!

There’s a video coming with little excerpts of us all singing to our hearts content!! We were pretty hoarse by the time our 3 hours was up! Lol! And if you follow us on Instagram you’ll be able to see a lot of other videos in our stories.

It was decided that we’d take the subway back into NY. Some of us girls weren’t ecstatic but in the end it was the BEST thing to have happened! We took over that last coach on the train and generally got up to all sorts of singing and dancing! So much fun!

You can’t come to new york and not ride on the subway!! These Manolos got baptism by fire - I was daring anyone to try and step on me!!! there would have been blood!!

You can’t come to new york and not ride on the subway!! These Manolos got baptism by fire - I was daring anyone to try and step on me!!! there would have been blood!!

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My glam cousin Chipo!! She was responsible for my glow up all weekend - such a fabulous make-up artist!

My glam cousin Chipo!! She was responsible for my glow up all weekend - such a fabulous make-up artist!

there were. lot of laughs on that train!! we had the best time!

there were. lot of laughs on that train!! we had the best time!

Judah flat out refused to have a picture taken! He kept running off. This was as good as it got.

Judah flat out refused to have a picture taken! He kept running off. This was as good as it got.

Papped exiting the subway!

Papped exiting the subway!

These girls came through in their black dresses!

These girls came through in their black dresses!

Next stop - partying the night away at the Moxie Hotel rooftop bar, Magic Hour! See you on the next post - woop!

xoxo

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