For a wedding I worked on in September this year, I was asked to create some table decorations which could be used during the reception on the tables where guests were enjoying afternoon tea. These decorations needed to be made in advance as we didn’t have much time to set things up on the morning of the wedding itself. They also had to be transported from Cambridgeshire to Somerset(!) so needed to be fairly robust! The couple were keen for them to involve flowers or plants, but also tie in with the tea party theme. What I came up with was a selection a vintage crockery planted up with succulents! Perfect for the English tea party with a twist!
For anyone wishing to create something similar for the own event, I have, below, posted a step-by-step picture tutorial of how they were made.
Step 1: Collect together a selection of vintage crockery (tea cups and saucers, teapots, jugs etc), some potting compost, a selection of succulents and alpine plants (perfect as they don’t need watering often and don’t wilt on long car journeys!), some gravel (for drainage) and some moss (to hide the compost round the plant).
Step 2: Match up your plants to suitable containers
Step 3: Take teacup and put a handful of stones in the bottom to stop the roots of the plants becoming waterlogged.
Step 4: Take your chosen plant, remove from pot, loosen the earth around the roots a little and then replant into the teacup, filling in the gaps with potting compost.
Step 5: Cover up any bare earth with fabulous lime green moss to add a bit of zing! (or anything else that takes your fancy-brown moss, dark green moss, white pebbles, gravel etc)
Repeat with other containers and plants!
And in situ at the wedding at the beautiful Maunsel House in Somerset. Many thanks to Simon Kemp of Hyde End Studios for the images. Look out for more about him and his fabulous pictures in future posts in the coming weeks!
We leave the last word to the bride, Nicola, who had this to say…
“Sian was absolutely brilliant in helping with the decorations for the day. From the moment I had spoken to her I was reassured that everything was in hand. She was extremely efficient and came up with lots of ideas along with images and from our selections shaped them to make them bespoke for us. On the day itself we didn’t have to worry about anything as I knew it would all be sorted. I couldn’t recommend her enough.”