My sister had her second baby girl few days ago, just a few days short of my mum's birthday. So I thought I would throw a wee celebratory morning tea, since I think my sister is the bravest and most awesome sister in the world, and both her and my mum deserved a little treat! (Yes, baby Arlea is only three days old, but her and her incredible mother were sitting in our lounge as if a two week labour followed by giving birth to a gorgeous baby was a walk in the park!). So this is a 'Happy Birthday Mum, Welcome to the world baby Arlea, Well done sister' morning tea. Here's how I put it together....
The inspiration for the 'theme' (I think every little do needs one!) was this set of mismatched vintage crockery I've been admiring in my studio for the past week. Three unique pieces, but I just can't separate them! Love the combination of mint/lime, gold, cream and a hint of yellow, AND the floral detailing. Super pretty. Time taken to choose the theme: 30 seconds.
Being the start of spring there are lots of new blooms, blossoms and wild flowers everywhere. Bunch them loosely in vintage bottles and jars, or place single stems in bottles. Our lemon tree is laden with lemons at the moment, so they joined the party too. Time taken to pick and bunch these together: 10 minutes.
Start to style and accessorise the table. I got out my huge stash of vintage linen and tablecloths and selected a variety of cloths, napkins and runners that complemented the theme. Pale whites and creams, with floral detailing and touches of lemon and lime. Overlaying them made for the perfect base to 'build' the morning tea table - layers of lace and linen draping and hanging and peeking through. And because I couldn't choose just ONE cloth, I got to use them all. Beautiful! Time taken: 10 minutes.
I needed something to make the setting 'pop' gently. Since we love a bit of vintage (total understatement!) and this was also a celebration of a young child out came my stash of vintage story books. Here's my 'bunting' made from five pages of 'little golden books', wooden pegs and twine. Easy peasy! And so effective and cute. Simply pinned up on the wall above the table. The colours in the story book bunting and the teeny bursts of colour in the linen and flowers bring this table to life. Time taken: 7 minutes.
I decide a little height is needed for the centre bunch of flowers, especially as the cake and cupcakes will be on elevated cake stands. Out come a pile of vintage books and voila....height!
The finished product. All ready to enjoy. See that cute little teeny patchwork quilt hanging over the chair? I got to choose it when my baby boy was in the neonatal unit, made by some lovely quilters in Palmerston North. Isn't it adorable! And a lovely morning enjoyed by the ladies in our family, and a few men who needed a sweet fix.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's blog for all of the recipes!
PS - Glass dome cover, cake stands, vintage bottles, twine and more available in our store ;-)
Hope you've been inspired. See you tomorrow!