So this is pretty cringe, I don’t relish situations like this one.  It’s my first real blogging dilemma and because everything is new territory for me its hard to know what the ‘right’ thing to do is. But ultimately a review is a review and I don’t write advertisement fiction. You’ve got to tell it how it is otherwise you lose your credit-ability.

We were invited by Wyevale Garden Centres to their ‘Tea With The Easter Bunny’ event. My husband was working so I took Finley along with my sister last Sunday to the Tunbridge Wells branch. The idea of the event is that you meet the Easter Bunny, go on an egg hunt with someone called Alice, decorate a cookie, get a gift and then sit down to tea with your family. I was pretty chuffed to be asked, I knew Finley would love it. He knew he was going to love it, because I’d been banging on about it all weekend.

The minute we stepped inside, you just got the feeling that something was up. It was very quiet and there were no ‘this way to the Easter Bunny’ signs. I’d got the impression that this was an ‘event’ and that other children and parents would be in attendance.

I inquired at the tills, I was met with an odd look and referred to Adam in the cafeteria. We headed over and a polite young women looked a bit awkward and showed us to our seats. They had laid on a brilliant table for us – reserved for Finley and Family. Sweets, drinks, chocolate eggs and gingerbread men. They took our drinks order and Finley begun consuming his body weight in sugar.

Then the nice young waitress came back looking all embarrassed and asked me “Do you know about the Easter Bunny? Did Adam contact you?”

Who exactly, Adam was I still don’t know. Was he the Manager? Was he the sodding Easter Bunny? It was all very unclear.

“No?” I said, starting to feel awkward myself. Turned out the venue had not been sent their Easter Bunny costume and so the Tea With The Easter Bunny was in fact just Tea.  I was also told that this venue was one of the branches that did not have an egg hunt and the prospect of decorating a cookie was never mentioned.

I then had the job of telling my two year old that in fact, the Easter Bunny was not here to see him.

Awesome.

Another member of staff who was pretty clued up and must have anticipated an unhappy toddler, came by and presented him with a very nice cuddly rabbit. I pulled together an on the spot story about the Easter Bunny having to dash off but leaving him a special gift and together we pretty much side stepped that shit-fit.

Had this been Tea With Father Christmas, lord knows what kind of shit could have gone down.

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Next came the food, which was pretty impressive. Us grown ups had the afternoon tea, served on stands. Sandwiches, cakes, scones and clotted cream. All very nice and plenty of it. Finley had the hot tea option of the Cheesy Bean Boat, which under any other circumstances he would have loved but by this point he was so full of chocolate eggs, actual food was no longer a consideration.

Had this been a review of the Tea alone, you wouldn’t have heard a complaint from any of us. But it isn’t, its a review of Tea With The Easter Bunny and due to the MIA Easter Bunny and lack of Easter related activities -I’m sorry to say I can’t recommend it.

*as you can tell from the awkwardness, this was a sponsored post*

When The Easter Bunny Doesn’t Show Up

23 thoughts on “When The Easter Bunny Doesn’t Show Up

  • March 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm
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    Oh no, how disappointing! At least the easter bunny left him a cuddly rabbit toy – and he looks pretty chuffed with that. The tea looks amazing too! yum x

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  • March 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm
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    That’s a shame. The good thing about that age is that they are pretty open to believing excuses. Hope he got another chance before the season ends

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  • March 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm
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    Hahah this is too funny! I’m sorry the Easter bunny didn’t show up, maybe he had a few too many cocktails the night before? BAD BUNNY. ; ) Love the photo and, as a side note, the name Finley. At least the tea was nice. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #StayClassy!

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    • March 25, 2016 at 3:15 am
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      Lol I’m glad you find this awkward experience so funny haha! Yeah perhaps the bunny couldn’t face my mental toddler on account of his hangover. Thanks for commenting, I’m enjoying your linky x

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  • March 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm
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    Oh no! They clearly tried very hard to contact you didn’t they!? Or they don’t have kids and don’t know hard they take disappointment! Luckily the bunny and sugar seemed to help! Yay for an honest review #effitfriday

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  • March 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm
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    Oh dear. If it’s advertised as Tea With The Easter Bunny I’d want to see the Easter bunny…How disappointing x

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  • March 25, 2016 at 7:26 pm
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    Oh no! My kids would be so disappointed if this happened. At least the soft bunny was a nice consolation! #effitfriday x

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  • March 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm
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    What a shame and how very awkward. Hopefully the sugar and the cuddly bunny made up for it a little

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  • March 25, 2016 at 8:02 pm
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    I love this review, I sometimes feel that when people review a freebie they are inclined to give positive ‘honest’ feedback and I think that’s a bit naughty really. I know I shouldn’t laugh but your ‘awkward ‘ comment really tickled me 🙂 Glad all was well in the end! #FabFridayPost

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  • March 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm
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    Oops! Oh well, the tea looks fab though! #FabFridayPost

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  • March 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    I’m glad someone was smart enough to step in with a bunny toy for your son and that you were able to come up with a story for him at least.

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  • March 30, 2016 at 3:48 pm
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    Best review I have ever read. Though that tea looks scrumptious and the chocolate eggs would have me with one happy 3 year old (who has merrily let me ignore easter this year score!)

    Glad someone stepped in with a cuddly bunny, it’s horrible when little people are disappointed.

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  • March 31, 2016 at 4:46 pm
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    Eek I am cringing for you, but well done for writing an honest review! Glad your little man wasn’t upset and that lunch does look pretty amazing… but really not what was advertised or what you were invited for, and they should’ve cancelled or even better been more organised 😉

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix Stevie x

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  • April 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm
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    Good for you for doing an honest blog! Such a shame the bunny was busy xx

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  • April 28, 2016 at 9:04 am
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    Oh No! How embarrassing for the venue and how bad for your toddler! At least you kept it real and yes…Tea with Santa…Dread to think! Iarrived here from the #stayclassy link…new to your blog 🙂

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