Tea for Tammy
Those who know me best know there’s two things that truly make me smile… giving back to the people who love and support me most and a GREAT cup of tea. So when the idea first came up to host a bridal shower for my beautiful friend Tammy I jumped at the chance to help set up the ultimate girl’s tea party for 20 of her friends and family.
Making the most of the final few weeks of sunlight before Winter hits us, I decided to make it a garden tea party. We’ve got one of those backyards that’s designed for a good party so it was a relief to finally use it for one!
I went with banquet style seating – using some hired trestle tables to create one long table for guests. To keep the focus on the outdoors I chose clear Tiffany chairs with white leather seats (Any good furniture hire company) and dressed the table with a cream-coloured floral lace and underlay of dusty pink cotton (Spotlight).
For the table I wanted the emphasis to be on flowers and tea. An early morning visit to the brilliant Sydney Flower Markets helped make that happen – if you’ve never been and you love fresh flowers (who doesn’t?) I thoroughly recommend the early morning trip. I bought a surprisingly large amount of fresh roses in white, baby pink, red and magenta but the more the merrier, right? I also managed to get some beautiful filler foliage and some knockout giant white roses which helped fill the vases.
Next up the goody bags – I wanted to create a small memento that the girls could take home with them that reminded them of Tammy and celebrated their upcoming marriage. Inside the treat bags (Typo) I put either a Lip Macaron or Snow Gardenia Tin Soapette (Available from MOR Cosmetics) but the real star of the bags were customised vanilla bean sugar cookies which not only had the Bride & Groom’s initials but also came wrapped in beautiful cello bags (Sweet N Pretty Cakes and Cookies).
What We Ate And Drank
My gosh did we eat and drink! While I can style in my sleep, when it comes to cooking I just can’t get my head around baking sweet treats. To keep with the family affair my lovely guests brought dishes that they loved along for the party – we ate everything from homemade sausage rolls (So addictive) through to decadently moist chocolate brownies and Tammy’s grandmother made delicious coffee meringue bites that were far too easy to eat.
Keeping with the feminine vintage look I used milk bottles (Typo) and actually used them for milk… a novel concept I know! A gold Sharpie was a great way to label the bottles for the different types of milks and washes off with warm water afterwards.
Pink lemonade was on offer as was Mumm Champagne but (besides Tammy) tea was of course the next biggest star of the party – I used a silver platter to arrange over 13 different types of tea. But out of all the teas on offer I was wiped clean of delicious Licorice & Cinnamon Tea (Pukka Herbs) – it was such a popular selection! If you haven’t ever had a cup of this delicious tea made from organic licorice root you really are missing out.
After hours of chatting, laughing, tea drinking and a rousingly competitive game of toilet paper wedding dress construction it was time to say goodbye to friends and family. It’s not often that I wish I could stay at a party forever – but I had such a great time surrounded by a lovely group of people that I really hoped it would never end. Out of my dress and back in comfy clothes I put my feet up on the one space not covered in dishes, had one more sip of tea and sure, maybe another brownie, and started planning the next party. Cheers to that.
Check out my official Pinterest board here for Tammy’s High Tea Party on tips and links on how to steal the look.