Although we have just hit autumn it is still feeling very much like summer in Perth! But with the slightly cooler weather due to arrive soon it’s the perfect time for planning an outdoor celebration. This month’s wedding inspiration is based on a Traditional Tea Party theme.
You can turn the most basic outdoor location (backyard, local park, outdoor function area) into an elegant tea party reception by using simple decorations such as garlands, balloons and pom poms, paired with pretty china and traditional tea party fare such as finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and strawberries with cream. Add some lawn games such as boules, croquet and quoits and your guests will be guaranteed to have a good time!
Yes, tea parties can be a little bit girly, especially with the blush and strawberry pink colour palette I’ve chosen for this inspiration board, but you can tone down the girliness by using china that is less flowery or simply changing the colour palette to mint green, powder blue or a more sophisticated grey or navy blue.
You can also use elements of this theme for your wedding without actually having a tea party reception. For example, why not have a small afternoon tea for your guests with pretty tea cups and saucers, pastries and fresh fruit between the ceremony and dinner instead of the traditional pre-dinner drinks? The ladies will love the pretty china and the gents will love the yummy treats! Or you could have a picnic with your bridal party as part of your photo shoot – lay out a floral picnic blanket, use an old wicker picnic basket and enjoy some champagne and little bite-sized treats. You photographer will have no trouble capturing lots of natural shots of you having fun together. If you want to add a touch of the tea party theme to your bridal party wardrobe, put your flower girl and bridesmaids in pretty floral tea dresses with cardigans and have them carry posies of peonies, David Austin roses or carnations.
The tea party theme is also a great one for hens’ parties, kitchen teas or even an afternoon engagement party. If you are short of funds why not ask each guest to bring their own special afternoon tea creation and a copy of the recipe so you can compile a book as a keepsake.
Clockwise from top left: Table setting via Martha Stewart Weddings; “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” Kerchief from Bhldn; Tea cups and saucers from Antiquitea (image by Samm Blake); Handmade bridesmaid clutches by Eclu; Bow-topped slingbacks by SOmething Bleu via Bhldn; Picnic setting (image by Samm Blake); Little Girl’s Princess Dress by Vintage Precious; Tulle wedding dress in blushing pink from Ouma.