Ever wanted to host the perfect high tea without dining out (though here are some good options!) but not sure how to style it?
I was forced into a bout of creativity for a shoot last week, and can I say how grateful I am?
The joy that comes from digging around in your crockery cupboard and figuring out what to pair with tea and cupcakes is just as satisfying as eating them!
Read on for a visual feast…
When it comes to high tea, you can’t go past a classic floral theme. Here, I’ve teamed a mix of bone china with some gilded gold cutlery for the oomph factor.
Plain white crockery with silver floral patterns works wonders in showcasing your treats simply and deliciously.
Note: In this setting, I’d never mix gold and silver, so match the cutlery rather than contrasting it.
Don’t be afraid to mix props with your setting. Here, a baby pink porcelain rose is consistent with the floral theme and complements the flower milk jug.
Some more use of props such as necklaces and candle holders work beautifully to create a setting with a luxe feel.
If props aren’t your thing, you can always choose to decorate with brightly coloured placemats.
These pastel ones from Morgan & Finch are fantastic for summer.
Sometimes, you find just the perfect accessory to suit your high tea party.
If you’re attempting a pink theme, it helps to tie in the colour using each different prop.
Sometimes you need to step it up a notch and add a bit of bling.
This china features gold edging to bring a luxurious feel to your high tea setting.
You can also opt for simple bronze tones if gold is too much for you.
Cupcakes too small for your liking?
Supersize your high tea with other traditional desserts – or if you’re brave – a red velvet cake, topped with edible flowers, glacé cherries and macarons.
Remember, the more complicated the dessert, the simpler the setting should be so as not to cause visual clutter.
In this instance, a simple silver tray works perfectly.
And at the end of it all, you and your high tea partner(s) can fall into a food coma, like Floyd and I.