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Afternoon Tea | April 8, 2016 |

Rock my afternoon tea:

Rock My Wedding's top three tea party themes

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It’s time to admit it – we’re addicted to wedding blogs. Bride and groom aside, it’s all those sweet little details that feed our imagination. The props, flowers, stationery, cakes, drinks etc.

But you don’t need to get married to indulge in such frivolity. Afternoon tea is a perfect excuse to set a charming scene – whether you’re throwing a bridal shower, birthday celebration or just, you know, Wednesday.

We asked the style aces at Rock My Wedding to round up three of the prettiest, most stylish afternoon tea themes.

 

  1. Italian Industrial

 

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Image source: Matrimoni all’Italiana for Rock My Wedding

“Afternoon tea is one of our favourite British traditions – incorporate it into your wedding day and we’re very happy ladies indeed,” says Rock My Wedding’s Fern Godfrey.

“But it doesn’t always have to be a completely British affair”, she continues. “We love this Italian-themed shoot set in an old factory in Northern Italy, which has recently become a stylish restaurant and event space.”

Channel this chic, industrial style for your own afternoon tea party by first defining your main colours. Think fire reds, lemonade pinks and tinges of violet among generous swathes of green.

Fill a room with detail; small vessels with anemones, candles, lace runners and quirky market finds.

“Tea is a very versatile affair,” says Fern, “Serve in chintzy mismatched tea cups or elegant white bone china; as long as the cakes are dainty and the sandwiches are crust-free, we’re big fans.”

Wedgwood’s Cuckoo and Butterfly Bloom ranges lend the perfect touch, with patterns drawn from the extensive Wedgwood archives and updated for modern tastes. For more Butterfly Bloom inspiration, check out our complete afternoon tea menu and recipes, inspired by the range.

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  1. Lush botanicals

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Image source: Amy Fanton for Rock My Wedding

The Rock My Wedding team are all over botanical weddings. To achieve this look, the stylist curated whimsical, vintage and classic details with an exotic backdrop.

It’s hard to believe this palm-laden paradise is just outside central London. Elegant tableware sets off the orchids, potted plants and leafy ferns. And those air plant terrariums lending height to the whole scheme? Love, love, love.

Whether you’re opting for smaller succulents to add pops of greenery or plan to turn your conservatory into a tropical garden, this foliage theme is ideal for afternoon tea.

Serve fresh biscuits topped with edible flowers, delicate cakes and, of course, tea in a Wild Strawberry Archive teapot, classic Wedgwood design, inspired by natural elements.

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  1. Peachy delights

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Image source: Plum Pretty Sugar/ KT Merry/ The Wedding Chicks for Rock My Wedding

“We feature several weddings a week where afternoon tea is served to guests, either in miniature as canapés, or as the wedding breakfast itself”, says Fern.

“Peach-tinged tea parties tick all the boxes – the colour’s pretty, adaptable and flattering in all seasons. We can’t get enough of it.”

This peach decor how-to is afternoon tea gold – mainly due to the fact that a lot of it revolves entirely around cake, drinks and pretty florals.

Whip up peachy cakes using coral-toned icing or buttercream. Rock My Wedding recommends cake toppers such as flowers, sugar adornments and even mini paper poms. Serve on toning tableware – these Daisy Tea Story plates are ideal.

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