Hyped up feminine high tea
We’re a bit tired. Tired of the high tea stereotype.
Say goodbye to doilies, lace and bird cages, and hello to hyped up florals, antique crystal, metallic accents and food & drink fanfare for amplified femininity and modern vintage glam.
It’s time to re-define the humble high tea.
A contemporary take on the traditional high tea, this is our version of a bridal shower for the modern vintage bride who wants to spend the day with her closest pals, laughing over glasses of sparkling, gin cocktails and a spread of refreshing small sized treats all finished off with a soulful cup of tea.
The style is a clash of the new and old. Feminine tones of blushing pinks, antique crystal, fine bone china and silver accents are juxtaposed against a gritty industrial backdrop, while shades of amethyst and violet, gold calligraphy, pink agate slices and shimmering table runner modernise the look.
The menu was full of easy, fuss-free eats that even the most inexperienced home cook can whip up and look like a pro, and of course, lots of boozy drink options as well as non-alcoholic ones to cater to everyone’s tastes.
It’s no secret that we love old things. Antique, pre-loved, recycled, salvaged. But what we love more is mixing them with the new. It makes a point of not fitting in; taking a risk and making sure your celebration doesn’t end up looking like ‘another same-same Pinterest’ event.
By mixing the old with the new we get to see exciting new combinations of things that would probably not end up side-by-side normally. Creative ideas that don’t really follow any known rules of style, yet give way to an unexpected style all of its own, which is exactly what we wanted to do with this high tea shoot.
A MODERN HIGH TEA. We wanted to re-boot the classic high tea by pairing the old with the new, giving this gorgeous tradition a 2018 look. Pink will remain a staple of a bridal shower palette, but we wanted to bring in shades of amethyst and violet for a dramatic, non-conforming tone. Purple is original, experimental and encourages us to push boundaries (think musical icons Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix).
\\ Bendigo Sparkling Shiraz teams with the theme with its deep purple colour appeasing those that love champagne and those that appreciate a hearty red.
\\ A lady like version of a classic gin cocktail – Hendricks gin, rose syrup, a dash of pearl dust shimmer, lime juice and sparkling rose wine finished with a garnish of rosemary, mint, violas, lime and cucumber slices.
\\ Elevating the humble glass of water to a lofty status with a large cut glass drinks dispenser filled with grapefruit cordial, filtered water, edible flowers and pink dust shimmer.
\\ A tea station serving a classic cup of tea in contemporary flavours from the sister + brother duo at Cuppa & Co.
THE CAKE. The 6” round, 8” high cake by Boutique Cake Art is for those with classic tastes. Finished in a technique called bas-relief, it allows the floral details to be admired from any angle. It’s been teamed with a buttercream and royal icing wash that has created a cracked stone effect and matching petite fours are finished in the same style for a cohesive look.
THE CALLIGRAPHY. A true labour of love, the invitation and signs by Peppereve Calligraphy herald the coming together of the modern and classic. We stole calligraphy from traditional wedding invitations and paired it with a modern type for a fun twist. The pink envelope gives a modern edge and the vintage stamps bring the look back to the old. The watercolour wash has been individually created so no two are the same. These are then personalised with stunning metallic calligraphy, which also features on the agate place cards and macarons.
THE FLORALS. Classic, old florals of dahlia; hydrangea; cottage, spray rose and cluster roses; snapdragon; dianthus; lisianthus; and hanging amaranthus are blended with foraged pistachio; maple; magnolia; olive; peppercorn; and gum for an amazing above table display, large vase arrangements and overflowing centrepiece.
THE FOOD. Proof that even the most novice home cook can host a high tea at home, we ourselves put together this spread of refreshing, easy to make bite sized treats:
\\ Small pink and white glazed cinnamon donuts dotted with silver foil.
\\ Fruit laden coconut halves topped with edible flowers for a fun, refreshing and light dessert.
\\ Individual berry and yoghurt pavlovas topped raspberry swirl and Pariya Pashmak Persian fairy floss.
\\ Personalised hand lettered macarons by Peppereve Calligraphy designed to make guests feel half as special as the bride-to-be.
Concept, styling, tableware, glassware, high tea ware, cake stands + vases Betty May Vintage Hire | Photography Nerida Phelan Photography | Florals Libertine | Cake Boutique Cake Art | Stationary Peppereve Calligraphy | Crystal Crown Crystal Eclipse Crowns | Tea Cuppa & Co | Cake toppers Ruby Rabbit | Catering + Drinks Betty May Vintage Hire