With a gracious touch of old-world tea party charm, all the elements of this setting, from our pretty florals and soft pastels, to our whimsical white peacocks and elegant furniture, work together to create a soft and unmistakably feminine feel.
Consider recreating this setting in your favourite garden, when the spring flowers begin to bloom and the bees are buzzing. Perhaps your mum, grandmother, sister or an aunt might have a country garden or well-tended backyard, or you may even know of a public garden just made for such an occasion. Now, simply pop the champagne and enjoy an afternoon of relaxed chit-chat with the girls.
Perfect for a bridal shower, high tea, or a relaxed wedding reception, you can achieve this look with the clever use of family treasures. Collect china, vases, silverware, linen, tea sets, and glassware from your nearest and dearest. Recycle shops may well prove invaluable if you’re looking for furniture that weaves that special yesteryear magic. For our table setting, we chose Royal Albert’s Lady Carlyle cups and saucers, plate ware, and teapot. This exquisite bone china features elegant gold banding.
Next, we filled a Vera Wang ‘With Love’ crystal vase with fragrant bunches of David Austin roses and sweet peas in delicate shades of pale pink, mid-tone pink and apricot. To add a crisp, cool note, we opted for fresh white lace doilies and scattered them around our table. To complement our lace look, we chose a three tier dusty pink cake. This divine confection was smooth-iced and featured an overlay of French lace and a handmade sugar flower topper. Pretty, elegant and very feminine, it matched our spring styling beautifully.
The stunning hues of Royal Albert’s Lady Carlyle china provided the inspiration for our gorgeous flowers. This setting is informal and relaxed, with just a touch of sophistication provided by the cut crystal glasses, polished silver and pink champagne.
Sweet treats are essential! Macaroons, nougat, coconut ice and marshmallows are perfect, and can all be easily made or purchased to blend with your pink and white colour theme. We displayed these mouth-watering morsels in a collection of large glass jars and on antique silver dishes.
Pink champagne is an obvious choice, and ours was Moet Chandon Rose Imperial, which we served in Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton, Atelier Crystal glassware. Our bomboniere was Lychee Flower body butter presented in the prettiest of pink and white gift boxes.
Tableware Lady Carlyle by Royal Albert, Flutes by Monique Lhuillier Atelier Crystal for Royal Doulton, Lace Doilies from Sweet Art, White Peacock from French & Country, Furniture & Screen from Argyle Imports, Flowers from Sweet Art, Bomboniere gift is Lychee Flower Body Butter by MOR Cosmetics, Cake by Sweet Art, Macarons by The Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, Lolly Buffet by Sweet Art
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