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Prêt-à-Portea Fashion Afternoon Tea – Berkeley London

 

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I  was lucky enough to be treated to a girlie day out, by one of my best friends this week, for an early Birthday Celebration.

We had the most fantastic day – it started with viewing the Alexander Mcqueen – Savage Beauty Exhibition at the V&A Museum in London.  This was an impressive exhibition which told the story of the fashion journey of Mcqueen’s work.  It was great to be able to see so many iconic pieces close up, and understand a little more about the late designer and the inspiration behind his world renowned fashion collections.

Tip:  You need to book this exhibition and be allocated a time slot.

Then on for a real girlie treat – afternoon tea with a twist at the 5 star Berkeley London Hotel.

From the minute we arrived, we were greeted with a smile and all staff were friendly and knowledgeable.  The fashioned themed afternoon tea did not disappoint either – you could order as much as you wanted from the fabulous selection of canapés, sandwiches and cake creations.  Oh and not forgetting a choice of tea!

“Prêt-à-Portea adds a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious.”

The Berkeley London designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion.”

My favourite was definitely the themed cakes and biscuits in a smorgasbord of shapes, colours, flavours and textures inspired by famous fashion designers.  We were like children in a sweet shop and couldn’t decide what to try first, of course we ordered everything twice!!

To celebrate the launch of the Mcqueen exhibition the afternoon tea included two of his most famous iconic designs to the cake collection.  “The ‘armadillo’ shoes are transformed into a a heeled chocolate biscuit whilst the much adored feather Butterfly Hat by Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer Collection in 2008 is reinvented as a deliciously dark chocolate mousse with a chocolate miroir and delicate red sugar butterflies.”

FASHIONISTA’S TEA INCLUDES

A collection of cakes and fancies in the colours of the fashion season and in the style of the world’s finest designers.

Mathew Williamson sequin macaroon with Mont Blanc cream ganache and psychedelic swirl of black & whiteJimmy Choo monochrome chic Cayla zebra print bag in Dulcey chocolate moelleux topped with a rainbow of meringue drops
Moschino’s quirky ‘Yellow M’ handbag of blood orange victoria sponge swathed in red quilted chocolate
Charlotte Olympia ‘Sarah’ knee high dark chocolate biscuit boot covered in sultry scarlet and blackDiane von Fürstenberg’s iconic golden gown ginger biscuit with a sprinkling of sparkle highlighting 40 years of Hollywood glamourChistopher Kane silk-organza peanut sponge cake and Poire William brandy mousse with delicate pink meringue layering Manish Arora pink lady apple, cassis jelly and crème de Menthe mousse crowned with a marzipan Candyland apple capValentino’s sexy sixties mini dress chocolate tartellette filled with caramelia cremeux, whipped ganache with red and pink chocolate polka dotsDolce and Gabbana’s whimsical night owl with blackcurrant bavarois and star anis pannacotta savouring the designers’ Sicilian forest fantasy

Tip:  Book this early to avoid disappointment!

I would highly recommend this for any special occasion, a birthday, baby shower, hen celebration, any fashion lover or just an excuse to get together for a girlie catch up with a cuppa and cake!

http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/fashion-afternoon-tea

By Nicola Briginshaw

Creative Director – Fuschia – www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk

 

 

Designing new Wedding and Celebration Collections

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With London Fashion week starting today, we are excited to see what new colours and trends will be coming through for 2015.

Over the next week we are choosing our key colours to create new stationery and favours for our 2015 Fuschia customers.

We are also always on the look out for new trends for chair covers….so watch this space!

http://www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk

New! Colour Palette from Fuschia for Weddings

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With London Fashion week approaching this week we are all very excited to see what new colours and trends will be emerging for 2015.

With this in mind, we have just launched the new Fuschia Colour Palette for 2014 / 2015.  These colours are available for chair cover sashes, table runners, wedding stationery, table decor and favours.

Our ivory lace and hessain chair bows for vintage and rustic style weddings have been a great success since we showcased these at recent wedding fayres, events and studio appointments.

To view the colours of chair cover sashes contact us for a free sample on:

 info@fuschiadesigns.co.uk

Hilton London Syon Park

Hilton Syon Park

Whether you are planning a wedding or celebration, Hilton Syon Park London is a fantastic venue.  It has something for everyone.

If you are planning a large or more intimate wedding reception you will be stuck for choice from the beautiful rooms available to hire.

For smaller celebrations and gatherings such as birthdays, baby showers, hen or mehendi celebrations private rooms can be hired or you can be allocated a space in the public areas.

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Hilton Syon Park - The Terrace

A Fuschia favourite is the amazing outside space…you feel like you are in Morocco on holiday, you just need a cocktail in one hand and your favourite book in the other!

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Fuschia Table setting in the brights!Fuschia’s wedding and celebration products look amazing here.  Choose from personalised stationery, table decor and table favours, we have products available to match a huge range of colours and themes all at great value for money. Please view our website for ideas and inspiration at www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at Syon Park has also also opened, so the perfect excuse to visit even if you haven’t a special celebration planned!

HILTON LONDON SYON PARK – hilton.com

t: +44 (0) 207 870 7777 I  direct: +44 (0) 208 380 1427

Syon Park  I  Brentford  I  Middlesex, TW8 8JF I  United Kingdom

 

 

Clock Barn Wedding Open Evening, 19th June 2014

Come and view this stunning wedding venue on Thursday 19th June 2014.  

Timing:  From 5pm – 9pm.

Clock Barn Wedding Venue, Hampshire

Clock Barn Wedding Venue, Hampshire

We are very excited to be working as a recommended supplier at Clock Barn Wedding Venue in Whitchurch, Hampshire.  www.clockbarn-weddings.co.uk

Clock Barn lies at the end of a long driveway surrounded by open fields in the heart of the countryside.  The historic barn has a distinctive thatched clock at its entrance and an authentic rustic interior.

This is a great opportunity for any couples looking for their perfect country venue.  The evening will present lots of ideas and inspiration on how your wedding at Clock Barn could look for your special day.

Clock Barn Wedding Venue.

Clock Barn Wedding Venue.

 

There will be complimentary drinks and canapés plus you will get the chance to see the new Honeymoon suite.

Vintage crockery teapot  to hire by Fuschia.

Vintage crockery teapot to hire by Fuschia.

Fuschia vintage napkin wrap to hire.

Fuschia vintage napkin wrap to hire.

We will be exhibiting and show casing our chair covers, wedding stationery, favours and vintage crockery hire for your wedding at Clock Barn.

Vintage Lace Chair Bows by Fuschia

Vintage lace chair bows in ivory add that special final touch to any celebration…

 

Vintage crockery to hire by Fuschia.

Vintage crockery to hire by Fuschia

 

Please see the attached link for all the information ClockBarnOpenEvening-Flyer.

Clock Barn, Tufton Warren Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7RB.

www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk

Blooming Marvellous – Chelsea Garden Show Inspiration

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Chelsea Garden Show 2014 was the place to be last month for floral inspiration and garden design.

Creative Director Nicola Briginshaw with Stylist Jill Newman visited last month to see what ideas and inspiration they could find for weddings and celebrations.

Roses at Chelsea Garden Show 2014

The creative juices were certainly flowing…there were hundreds of types of flowers on display in every colour imaginable, and the shapes and textures were out of this world.  The garden design and floral displays were simply breath taking.

Over the coming months we will be sharing photos from our visit along with ideas and tips for you to use for your wedding or celebration.

To get you started we thought we would share some of our vintage products which have been inspired by flowers.  For more information please do not hesitate to contact us at: info@fuschiadesigns.co.uk

Complete the vintage look with Fuschia products and styling.

Create an vintage afternoon tea for a wedding or celebration with Fuschia products and styling. Flowers by The White Horse Flower Company.

Original vintage tea cups to hire, with strawberry and cream candy jar favour presented inside the teacup.

Original vintage tea cups to hire, with strawberry and cream candy jar favour presented inside the teacup by Fuschia.

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Real life vintage wedding at Wasing Park Berkshire. Vintage crockery hire, candy jars and jam jar scented candles for those special touches…

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www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk

River and Rowing Museum, Henley-On-Thames – Perfect for Weddings & Events

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Vintage wedding and celebration table decor by Fuschia. Personalised printed menus look stunning along side old fashioned vintage tea cups and saucers.

Looking for a venue for a wedding or celebration in the Henley-On-Thames area?  Then the River and Rowing Museum is a perfect venue, over looking the river Thames.

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Last Sunday we were invited to exhibit at the venues wedding fayre, and we had a great day. It was lovely to see how different events and weddings could use the space to suit customers celebrations.  From a classic wedding, something more funky or even a vintage tea party.

There was a vintage feel to the wedding fayre and Fuschia dressed two tables.  We dressed one in violet which had a more modern feel and our second table display was Vintage Lace inspired for a vintage afternoon tea party theme.

Vintage lace chair bows in ivory add that special final touch to any celebration...

Vintage lace chair bows by Fuschia in ivory add that special final touch to any celebration…

Our vintage table was the most popular,  as their were lots of  brides visiting the wedding fayre, who were having a vintage themed wedding.

Cute hand creams make great table favours for guests to take home and remember the special day.

Cute hand creams make great table favours for guests to take home and remember the special day.

Ditsy fabric table runners with matching napkin wraps an an old English feel to the tables. Vintage crockery mixed with candy sweets jars bring this vintage tea look together.

Ditsy fabric table runners with matching napkin wraps an an old English feel to the tables. Vintage crockery mixed with candy sweets jars bring this vintage tea look together.

We also met Daisy, from Daisy The Vintage Ice Cream Van – A beautiful renovated original 1972 classic ice cream van.

Daisy's Ice Cream Van

Daisy’s Ice Cream Van

This is available to hire for weddings, parties and festivals.  It is stocked with treats such as hand made ice cream and sorbets, retro ice lollies and fruit drinks to name a few.

Contact Daisy on:  0800 612 6456 or www.daisyicecreamvan.co.uk

If your looking for that special vintage wedding dress then Retro Weddings based in Fleet have a stunning collection of dresses.  Contact them for an appointment on 07742 699674.  www.retroweddings.co.uk

Vintage Afternoon Tea Launch with Hotel Du Vin and Fuschia

Jacqueline Forbes, Production Director and Head Stylist Fuschia.  Katherine Selby, Sales & Marketing Hotel Du Vin and Nicola Briginshaw, Creative Director Fuschia.

Jacqueline Forbes, Production Director and Head Stylist Fuschia. Katherine Selby, Sales & Marketing Hotel Du Vin and Nicola Briginshaw, Creative Director Fuschia

Yesterday saw the launch of “Vintage Teas” with Hotel Du Vin and Fuschia.  It took place at the Henley-on-Thames Hotel Du Vin, which was a former Brewery.

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You can hire a private room to have your celebration exclusive from other hotel guests.

The Fuschia Teas setting for yesterday’s launch with Hotel Du Vin in Henley-On-Thames.

We had a great turn out from industry professionals, press and PR.  Everyone was treated to a beautiful afternoon tea with a glass of fizz care of Hotel Du Vin.  Fuschia provided all the gorgeous decor for the room and tables, plus a goody bag to go home with!Image

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Following the success of ‘The Tea Set’, Hotel du Vin have taken Afternoon Tea one step further and added the option of that vintage touch care of Fuschia. With two package options one with fizz the other with cocktails it makes for any celebration whether it be a birthday, hen party, anniversary or just to treat yourself.

Beautiful vintage table decor by Fuschia.  Makes the food look even more delicious!

Beautiful vintage table decor by Fuschia. Makes the food look even more delicious!  Use bunting as a table runner as well as to hang in the Hotel Du Vin venues.

Dainty sandwiches are served on gorgeous vintage food platters, a yummy selection of cakes are presented on three tier, colourful and patterned vintage cake stands.

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Colourful floral vintage plates and napkins are all part of the package and really add that extra touch to the afternoon tea.

Colourful floral vintage plates and napkins are all part of the package and really add that extra touch to the afternoon tea.

Everyone loved the food and of course all the pretty tableware.  It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and taking photos!

THE VINTAGE AFTERNOON TEA PACKAGE

Afternoon Tea with Fizz for 8 guests is £272 which works out at £34 per person and Afternoon Tea with cocktails is £264 for 8 guests so £33 per person.  This great value package can be served at any of the Hotel Du Vin locations UK Wide.  Both “Fuschia Tea” packages include all vintage tableware and goody bags to take home.  All products used at the celebration can be taken home for guests to enjoy and reuse!

To find out more information and to discuss your plans with Hotel Du Vin or to book your “Fuschia Tea” please contact Hotel Du Vin on 0845 365 4438.  www.hotelduvin.com/fuschiateas

How very civilised, guests sat and enjoyed afternoon tea!

How very civilised, guests sat and enjoyed afternoon tea, while others mingled!

We also had on display a few examples of the products we can provide for vintage weddings or celebrations.  These touches are original vintage crockery which can be hired in such as cake stands, tea cups and saucers, napkin wraps or extra favours for guests to take home.  Please visit our website for more information or our Fuschia online shop to order your products www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk.  

http://www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk/boutique/shop/vintage-afternoon-tea.php

Original vintage tea cups to hire, with strawberry and cream candy jar favour presented inside the teacup.

Original vintage tea cups to hire, with strawberry and cream candy jar favour presented inside the teacup.

Stunning vintage rose, personalised wedding invitation.

Simply Stunning, vintage rose, personalised wedding invitation by Fuschia.  Invitation, rsvp, travel information all comes complete in this vintage wallet style invite.  Can be personalised for any celebration.

Extra details such as vintage napkin wraps can be hired and beautiful vintage cup cake bath bombs make great guests favours or token gifts.

Extra details such as vintage napkin wraps can be hired.  Beautiful vintage cup cake bath bombs, make great guests favours or token gifts by Fuschia.

Caroline Gue of CP Photography, Fuschia’s recommended photographer www.cp-photography.co.uk.  Also attended the event as the launch photographer, and captured all these fantastic shots.  To see the full set of photos these will be available on pinterest.

We hope we have inspired you for your next celebration and hope that you go and enjoy a vintage afternoon tea at one of the UK Hotel Du Vin venues very soon!

Fuschia – The Year Ahead…

Apart from the cold weather and the sight of snow.  We are excited to be back at work!  The Fuschia team have had a lovely long break to recharge the batteries, and of course work on our new projects for 2013.

Firstly, we have launched for this year, a stunning new collection of designer wedding stationery.  Customers can mix and match from collections, order the whole look or just pick out the stationery elements they require.

We have a great selection of styles from classic to contemporary and of course a few vintage collections for this years big trend!  All collections are viewable at the Fuschia studio, please contact us to book an appointment at info@fuschiadesigns.co.uk

To compliment our wedding stationery collection, we have also designed mini notebooks. These can be personalised with the bride and grooms name and date on.  Prices from £2.50 each, or for personalisation £2.99 each and make a unique and practical keepsake

Asian Dreams

We have been working very hard on our new Asian collection for wedding and celebration stationery and table decor.  We have some fantastic designs and beautiful products to help style your wedding or event.  We can’t wait to share these with you and this will be launched in Spring.

A new trend for Weddings

We have seen over the past year a trend for some brides wishing to give gift favours as an alternative to sweets.  So to assist with this, Fuschia has some new wedding favours which are just gorgeous.  Mini hand creams, lip balms and bath bombs, these are really lovely gifts for ladies favours.

Great for favours and gifts for friends and family.

Great for favours and gifts for female friends and family.

Vintage Trend

The vintage trend, like we predicted is growing more and more popular for weddings and celebrations in 2013.  We are very excited to be launching our new Vintage Paradise Pink collection in Spring.  We have already launched our vintage wedding and celebration stationery in which we have three collections.  Vintage rose and vintage lace which is available in two colour ways.

The new gift favours we have mentioned make a really nice vintage favour as the packaging is in pastel colours with a vintage feel to it.

Gorgeous violet luxury hand cream.  A lovely and practical wedding favour or party bag filler.

Gorgeous violet luxury hand cream. A lovely and practical wedding favour or party bag filler.

Paradise Pink Vintage Collection

The Paradise Pink collection will consist of new cake stands, vintage paper chains, cake wraps and toppers, bunting, floral dollies, food platters, plates and table ware.

In addition there will be a new fabric table runner with matching fabric napkin wraps in a ditsy floral design.  Both can be hired along with our original vintage crockery from Fuschia for that special touch, to an afternoon tea wedding or celebration.

We will keep you posted when we launch these new collections.  Here is a sneak peak of whats to come from the disposable vintage collection!

Vintage afternoon tea products from Fuschia.

Vintage afternoon tea products from Fuschia perfect for weddings and parties!

www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk

Vintage Hen Hamper Celebration Ideas 2012 / 2013

Photo’s by Caroline Gue of CP Photography.

You may remember a little while ago we launched a hen hamper for a vintage picnic or afternoon tea.

We thought we would share some photos from a recent event so you get a feel of what you can create whether you are planning a celebration at home, a venue or a festival etc.

This is a really nice idea if you are planning a hen celebration for 2013 as it would be perfect for Henley Regetta and Ascot.  As our British weather is not the most reliable you could take a gazebo and use the bunting to add some decoration.

   

All you need to do is bring the food and drink.  Pink lemonade looks oh so pretty in these vintage cups.  You can also put hot drinks in them too!

   

Don’t forget, also included in your hamper is sweet treats for guests in our gorgeous pink and red polka dot and stripy boxes.  Complete with vintage trivia card, sweet candy necklace and Fuschia’s signature shot glass, filled with dolly mixtures and packaged with pastel ribbon and feather.

For more information please contact Fuschia on 01189 773 931 or email us info@fuschiadesigns.co.uk.

We will be bringing you other hen ideas over the coming weeks, and yes they have a vintage theme!