Last Tuesday I was having a decidedly more exciting day than today – I wasn’t wearing a dressing gown whilst crying over ALL THE LAUNDRY for a start, I was opting for some heavy drinking at Harvey Nichols with the Spice Girls instead.
Most women are Spice Girls fans, but I think it’s magnified hugely if you’re around my age. If you’re 25/26 now then you were a child when Wannabe came out – the exact right age to grow up thinking that girl power is the most amazing thing. I remember seeing the Wannabe video for the first time on Live & Kicking and thinking that overexcited girls in spaghetti tops and platforms were the coolest thing ever. I was nine. I still think it’s pretty damn cool.
Like every other female of that generation, school breaks were devoted exclusively to singing Say You’ll Be There and swapping the collectible Spice Girls ‘photos’ (so much better than stickers). I mean for god’s sake, I even got my ‘Entertainer’ Brownie badge by performing a Spice Girls routine in a wig that I made my Dad go all the way to BIG LONDON to purchase. I was quite literally obsessed and I slept under a canvas of Spice Girls magazine cuttings and lyric pull outs from Smash Hits. This isn’t anything extraordinary of course, we were all doing that.
So to be in a room WITH THEM last week was pretty bloody brilliant.
What was the party in honour of?
It was to celebrate the launch of the new Viva Forever champagne cocktails which accompany the Viva Forever afternoon tea menu at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Bar.
Posh Spice – Apricot brandy, sugar cube soaked in grapefruit bitters, topped with Champagne
Scary Spice – Fresh chilli, lychee liqueur topped with Champagne
Baby Spice – Peach puree and fresh strawberries, Harvey Nichols Champagne
Ginger Spice – Domaine de canton ginger liqueur, rose syrup topped with Champagne
Sporty Spice – Amaretto, curacao bleu and lemon juice topped with Champagne
They really were delicious, but I think Ginger Spice was my fave – ginger and Champagne is a real and wonderful thing.
But what does one line their stomach with to drink Spice Girl inspired booze?
Spice Girls cakes and sandwiches, clearly.
The menu is pretty frikkin fab and afternoon tea is £30 per person. BUT, if you wanna make even more of a day of it then there’s a package which includes tix to Viva Forever for just £75 per person. (Deets here).
I’m yet to see the show but I’ll be back to Harvey Nicks for more Ginger Spice downing very soon. Oh and can we just take a moment to appreciate that Mel C is definitely the best dressed Spice Girl these days? This outfit makes me want to tattoo my calf. (And that’s something I never thought I’d say).