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Prêt-à-Portea Fashion Afternoon Tea – Berkeley London



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.”


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!

By Nicola Briginshaw

Creative Director – Fuschia –



Chutney Ivy Leicester- Boutique Bridal Fayre 28th September

Picture Frame wedding invitation

Fuschia is excited to be exhibiting at the Chutney Ivy Boutique Bridal Fayre on Sunday 28th September in Leicester.

Fuschia will be showing two new collections with wedding stationery and favours.  The wedding fayre is ideal for anyone getting married, especially if you are looking to have a fusion style wedding.


photo 1Exhibitors include: Arinder Bhuller, Minarik (Stylist to Miss World) along with demonstrations, dancers, Dohl drummers and of course dress models!  You can also win your special day paid for in the special wedding prize draw!










If you are looking for a venue for your wedding and want something a little bit different…

When: Sunday 28th September 2014

Were:  Chutney Ivy, 41 Halford Street, Leicester, LE1 1TR

Time:  11.00 – 3.00pm

Do come and see our gorgeous products and view the venue for your fourth coming wedding or event.



New Colours for Spring / Summer 2015

We were excited to see a bright selection of colours being showcased at London Fashion Week.

Key colours for spring / summer weddings 2015For Spring / Summer; blues, greens, yellows and oranges will certainly be a popular choice.  We expect to see this filter through into wedding styling.

These en trend colours didn’t come as too much as a surprise to us at Fuschia.  We have lots of bookings for summer weddings next year with our canary yellow and electric blue chair cover sashes.

Fuschia chair covers with electric blue sashWe are now in the process of designing new wedding stationery and favours to colour co-ordinate with our chair sashes.

Real Life Wedding by Fuschia – Ellie and Ravi

wedding photo
We find that so many bride and grooms love seeing what other couples have done for their wedding, so we thought we would share some of our customers weddings with you on our blog posts.

Ellie and Ravi, had a fusion wedding and Fuschia created our Temple of Dreams wedding stationery collection in violet for them.

They choose our wallet ribboned wedding invitations to invite their guests in style, which they had so many lovely comments on.

Temple of Dreams wallet invitation by Fuschia.

Temple of Dreams wallet invitation by Fuschia.

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Wedding Photo Ellie and Ravi

The on the day wedding stationery included personalised printed place names, table names and table plan.

For gifts for close family we did matching personalised chocolate bars and some Indian sweet boxes for Ravi’s parents.
“Just to let you know we received the invitations fine and have been busily sending them out over the last few days. We’re so pleased with them and have had several comments about how beautiful they are so thank you for all your hard work.”

“We had a fantastic day…The stationery looked amazing. Thank you.”

A big thank you to Ellie and Ravi for sending this pictures through to us to share.

For ideas, inspirations or a quote for our wedding stationery and favours please do contact us on:

or email:

Temple of Dreams  Place names and table names in violet and gold by Fuschia.

Temple of Dreams Place names and table names in violet and gold by Fuschia.

Temple of Dreams Table Plan in violet and gold by Fuschia.

Temple of Dreams Table Plan in violet and gold by Fuschia.

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.

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.

Blooming Marvellous – Chelsea Garden Show Inspiration


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:

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.


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


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

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!