A Summer Afternoon Tea

An afternoon tea is becoming the perfect way to celebrate all sorts of occasions, from being the basis of a bridal shower to a special birthday celebration. So, when Hana and I wanted to spend a little time with our parents on their anniversary weekend we thought we’d host a simple little afternoon tea at their house. It doesn’t require much to put together your own afternoon, just a few simple sandwiches and a few simple sweet treats. And, of course, a few different types of tea. See below for a few of our ideas.

Afternoon Tea 1

To decorate the table: How you decorate will depend on the theme of your afternoon and as ours was all about summer colours, we went with a bright table covering, slate placemats, patterned plastic plates, napkins, wooden cutlery and bright glasses and straws. The perfect centrepiece is a bunch of gorgeous flowers and a couple of cake stands to place the sandwiches and cakes on.

Afternoon Tea 2

Recipes: We had four different types of sandwiches to suit us all (Brie & Grape, Ham & Pickle, Cream Cheese & Cucumber, Chicken & Pesto) and a few different sweet treats (Scones – recipe here, Victoria Sandwich – recipe here, Welsh Cakes – recipe coming soon). We also had four different teas to choose from (Berry Fruits, Salted Caramel Green Tea, Chamomile & Honey, Chai), so there were a bunch of different choices for everyone.

Afternoon Tea 3

Extras: Instead of using name cards for each place setting, we used a mug with each person’s initial on it, so that it could double as a

Afternoon Tea 4

Supplies: Table Cloth, Placemats, Plates, Wooden Cutlery, Napkins, Glasses, Straws, Vase, Mugs.

Photo Credit: Lucy

Wedding Details: Balloons

I adore balloons. I love the way they can be adapted to fit into the theme of any event, by just using the right colours, filling them with confetti or putting a design on the outside. Yes, they can look tacky or childlike, but when done correctly, they are a gorgeous addition to any party. I’m hoping to work them into our wedding in some way, maybe as a photo backdrop, or using giant decorated balloons for portraits. I’ve taken a look online and grabbed some of the photos I find most inspiring, and I maybe using some of these ideas in my own wedding.

Wedding Balloons 1

Wedding Balloons 2

Wedding Balloons 3

Wedding Balloons 4

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Party Food Inspiration

Ever since we got engaged a month ago, my boy and I have been organising an engagement party to celebrate our upcoming union with all our friends and family. I know how stressful it is going to be when I am in the full swing of planning our wedding, so I wanted a party that was, of course, fabulous, but also pretty stress free, with simple decorations and food. So, over the past couple weeks I’ve been looking for party food inspiration, dishes that are easy to put together, will be popular with our guests and can be made a little way ahead of time. Here are just a few of the things that I think look delicious, but won’t leave me in the kitchen the whole day leading up to our event.

Engagement Party Food

001. Cheese Straws | 002. Sun-dried Tomato and Rosemary Palmiers | 003. Sweet Potato Cakes with Sour Cream | 004. Sunny Vegetable Patties | 005. Bite-Sized Baked Brie | 006. Cherry Tomato, Marinated Feta and Basil Skewers | 007. Bite Size Tacos | 008. Ham and Chive Fritters.

St. Patrick’s Day Party Inspiration

Want to throw your own St. Patty’s Day party? If you want to find some event inspiration, I’d head over to Hostess with the Mostess – they have the most gorgeous parties showcased in a great selection of galleries and is super inspiring if you want to hold a shindig of your own. Their St Patrick’s Day party galleries are filed with food in every shade of green, as well as lovely decorations, and here are some pictures which especially caught my eye.

St. Patrick's Day Party Inspiration

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Pottery Barn: The Halloween Collection

Living in a smallish house and currently with few couple friends, I don’t think we’ll be having a Halloween party this year. Don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely love to throw a Halloween party for adults, decorating the house and serving delicious food, but we just don’t have the capacity to host something like that. Maybe when there are some more children between me and my sisters and we’ve moved to a bigger home, I’ll host something for both the adults and the kids, but until then I’ll just be admiring the decorations on offer. I am loving Pottery Barn’s Halloween collection, and I’ve found out that they do international delivery, so maybe I could stock up on some stuff just in case I do decide to host a shindig in years to come.

Pottery Barn Halloween Collection

1. Owl Tree Punch Bowl Stand with Ladle | 2. Black House Lantern | 3. Jack O’Lantern Luminaries | 4. Skull on Book Candle | 5. Spooky Doormat | 6. Ace of Skulls Appetizer Plates | 7. Spooky Burlap Table Runner | 8. Faux Orange Pumpkins

First Birthday Party Inspiration

With my nephew’s 1st birthday in just a few short days I’ve been interested in looking around for party inspiration. I mean, it’s unlikely he’ll have more than just some family and friends celebrate with him at my sister’s place, but I always enjoy looking at party inspirations, so this occasion wasn’t any different. One of my favourite places to go to search of celebration ideas is The Sweetest Occasion, and this one wasn’t any different. Here are my three favourite parties on offer, all of which would be super adorable for a sweet little first birthday shindig.

First Birthday Parties

[A Pie-Loving Pink First Birthday Party]

First Birthday Parties 2

[A Picnic Inspired First Birthday Party]

First Birthday Parties 3

[A Shabby Chic First Birthday Party]

photos credit: The Sweetest Occasion