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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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Afternoon Tea Adventures | Patisserie Valerie

This afternoon tea trip was pretty last minute, but I spotted an amazing deal for afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie that I immediately sent to my sister! I think my sister is the one who got me into afternoon tea, and I'm so pleased she did!

The voucher we used got us afternoon tea for two plus two cake slices for £20, which I thought was pretty decent considering how much you pay for the cake slices alone. We picked a perfect day for it too, the weather was lush and we just had a fab sister day!

I'm pretty sure they've done this Patisserie Valerie out as the seating area was quite different to the last time we came. Because we came on a Bank Holiday Sunday it was nice and quiet so we had a good choice of seats. On top of this, because it was quiet, there was absolutely no feeling of being rushed, so we could just chill and enjoy the afternoon tea.

While I am a fan of tea, I normally don't drink a lot, but once I'm sat down for afternoon tea I suddenly just can't stop drinking it! I especially loved that everything has the Patisserie Valerie name and logo on, even the sugar packets were Patisserie Valerie!

Despite having been to Patisserie Valerie for afternoon tea before, I was actually going in blind because I couldn't remember what we had last time, and didn't check the menu thousands of times before going like I usually do. Although I normally like to be in control and know exactly what I'm getting, it was nice having everything as a surprise.

Not going to lie, I love when places offer something extra to the usual sandwiches, so I was buzzing when I spotted these little quiches. They also offer Chicken, Pesto and Sunblazed Tomato sandwiches, different to the usual flavours so thats always a bonus. They also have Ham and Mustard, Egg Mayo, Cucumber and some Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese sandwiches. I'm not a fan of smoked salmon at all but luckily my sister loves it so we had a quick swap. The quiches are really nice too.

Next up, probably my fave part of afternoon tea: the scones! You get a fruit and a plain scone each, plus butter, cream and 4 different types of jam to choose from. The jam comes out in the cutest little holder, I wish I could have one at home just for decoration in the kitchen haha. Whilst I love a good cheese scone, especially warm with tons of butter, I like having plain or fruit scones at afternoon tea over cheese ones. I have cheese scones all the time, but it's always an afternoon tea treat to have a fruit scone with jam and cream. We actually asked for more cream because we're both a fan of piling the cream onto our scones, and luckily they have no problem with that!

Now, I genuinely thought I would manage to eat most, if not all of the cakes at this afternoon tea, based on the size of the sandwiches and scones, but we both only managed one! We had the chocolate eclair, but they also give you a mini Victoria Sponge, Carrot & Walnut Cake, Double Chocolate Mousse Slice and a Mixed Berry Mousse Slice. I love how dainty these little cakes are, and luckily they let us take the leftovers home! We also picked a Double Chocolate Slice and a Black Forest Slice for the two free cakes we got with this voucher. I've never had a cake slice from Patisserie Valerie before so I was chuffed about this little extra, even if I was completely stuffed!

It's definitely worth giving the afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie a try, especially if you're a fan of their cakes. This is a firm favourite of mine (pretty sure so far all of my Afternoon Tea Adventures have been a favourite but still, it's true) and I would definitely recommend it. Plus, there's always deals out there for afternoon tea vouchers at Patisserie Valerie, a perfect gift for friends or family!

If you've ever been to Patisserie Valerie for afternoon tea, let me know what you thought! If you have any suggestions for my next Afternoon Tea Adventures, send them my way! I'm on Twitter (@xx_abbeyy) and Instagram (@abbeyy_xx)


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