As I am closing in on my wedding date, I have had lots of bridal appointments this week, it was all very exciting. In between appointments, I managed to book Afternoon Tea in several locations in London, for me and my bridesmaids. High Tea is a British tradition in which the queen used to snack in-between meals. The drinking of tea not only became a social event for the upper classes, it altered the time and manner in which they took tea. Afternoon Tea became the bridge between meals because many wouldn’t eat their evening meal until maybe 8pm. As such, Afternoon Tea became a ‘mini meal’ in itself. In celebration of afternoon tea week, today and tomorrow’s blog posts will include my experience, as well as inspirational images for an afternoon tea themed bridal shower.
Themed afternoon tea:
Mad hatter tea party at the Sanderson Hotel.
I loved the concept, even the flavoured tea was catered round Alice in Wonderland theme.
If you are thinking of throwing a mad hatter tea party, there are numerous ways in which you can incorporate elements of design into your theme as seen above, for example you can ask your guests to wear fascinators and colourful dresses.
The Four Seasons Hotel London.
Champagne Afternoon Tea
A more contemporary approach to High tea is adding champagne, for a bridal shower you may like to use pink champagne with strawberries.
What I liked most about my Sketch experience was the decor, the gallery has a 1920’s feel to it, almost like a Great Gatsby theme, however using a light shade of pink rather than black.
I personally love the idea of a Gatsby inspired afternoon tea party, your bridal party can wear flapper dresses, with lovely feathered head bands.
If you are visiting London with your bridal party I would highly recommend the above three venues for afternoon tea. I will be visiting more locations in the future, and keep you updated. In the blog post to follow (Afternoon tea – Part 2) I will include inspirational images for decor,design, and fashion to incorporate into your event.