I always host birthday parties at home. Child- friendly venues with wonderful food, AND service AND decor AND reasonable prices or value for money are really hard to come by and I refuse to pay hiring fees for a party venue only to have to do most of the work anyway. Birthdays are also special and child friendly establishments have lost their touch to the commercial rat race.
Unfortunately we have painters in our home and my dining room table is filled with a COOK craft theme and I really did not want to have a party at home this month. I spent 3 weeks searching for a venue and almost gave up until one morning my mother-in-law took me to breakfast at a little coffee shop called Cherry on top in Krugersdorp ( I mean who goes there-ok besides to the wonderful Anna Paulas) and I made a reservation immediately.
The coffee shop is in Kenmare, Krugersdorp a 20 minute drive from Eagle Canyon and is situated in a lush garden of a beautiful colonial style home with little rooms and venues around every magical corner. In fact when we were there for breakfast a morning wedding took place with the ceremony under a large oak tree. Dog’s roam the garden, bird houses and hearts hang from every tree and the kids get lost in garden and insect adventures.
Don’t mail the venue they are slow to respond electronically, I was initially frustrated but eventually it dawned on me that the staff and owner do things the old fashioned way, on the phone, with a pen and on their word and they deliver. You do not have to follow up or double check. For the first time in my controlled life I did nothing for my party and I could not fault a thing.
Read on to see the beautiful venue and then go to http://www.cherry-on-top.co.za/ or phone Loukie on 082 820 6095 and book your birthday, baby shower, wedding or bridal tea.
I chose the the high tea menu, which comes with a choice of 3 savoury and 3 sweet menu items. I left the choice up to the restaurant and was delighted with the beautifully presented chocolate chip and caramel meringue but I have to say the cheesecake brownies were my favourite item of the day. We were also treated to rye “cheezas”, red velvet cupcakes and cheese scones with melted butter and Marmite which my sister is still dreaming of.
This section of the garden is what sold me. The table, lanterns and bunting are all standard and the table was beautifully decorated when we arrived.
My only touch was a selection of black and white photos of Camilla, paper straws and bunting on the cake. The rest was just eye candy!