Last year I had the pleasure of arranging my Mums 60th Birthday Party. She wanted a party in the garden where we drank champagne and ate strawberries on the lawn; what a fantastic idea. So the theme materialised from this idea and so 'The Afternoon Tea Garden Party' was born.
As a fab organiser herself my Mum looked into options for food and decided upon the Tea Room at Burwash Manor, Barton for the catering. She had the pleasure of tasting the food and choosing the menu for her special party. Along with the food we had the most amazing staff who made sure the Afternoon Tea was served in the perfect arrangement.
If you have never visited the lovely Burwash Manor and are local to Cambridge I suggest you put a day by to experience their array of shops and treat yourself to a piece of cake in the tea rooms. www.burwashmanor.com
To fit with the Afternoon Tea idea we looked into hiring vintage china for the day. We came across this lovely family run company in Haslingfield who hire out a large selection of beautiful crookery which is in perfect condition. Below is just a small selection of the china which we hired for the day but their sets included the most amazing teapots, milk jugs, sugar bowls & cake stands. For more details visit their website below.
Along with the amazing china & food we collected together some gorgeous vintage looking table cloths, some of these were supplied and others were my Nan's. To finish of the tables I used a variety of photo frames which I already had, displaying a different image of Mum in each one on every table. We also bought a selection of small vases and filled them with some fresh Spring flowers. I also collected some fantastic old photos of Mum and placed them around the house for everyone to see, these including the obvious pictures from her as a Baby to becoming 60!
The final touches to the garden included various decorations such as bunting, fairy lights, balloons and even a Piñata! Mum loved this game and the kids loved the sweets which it was filled with.
We also hired a juke box for the day where people could select the songs which they would like to be played, this was a great idea for the day and kept my nephew entertained for hours.
To make the day even more special we bought Mum the most amazing Birthday Cake from Incredible Cakes of Cambridge. It was a two layer pink beauty with a lemon layer and a raspberry layer, both flavours were exquisite. If your looking for a cake in the Cambridge area for that special event I suggest you give them a call. http://www.incrediblecakesofcambridge.co.uk
There are so many ideas and ways to make a 'Garden Tea Party' perfect for that special someone and I hope that you are inspired to use some of my ideas for your event.