Category Archives: Wedding & party Trends

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

 

 

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

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.

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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!

Complete the vintage look with Fuschia products and styling.

Wedding Venues Launch Afternoon Tea Menu for Weddings

Complete the vintage look with Fuschia products and styling.

Complete the vintage look with Fuschia products and styling.  Photo by Caroline Gue CP Photography and Flowers by The White Horse Flower Company.

With the vintage trend becoming more and more popular, brides are looking for traditional afternoon tea to be served for their wedding breakfast.

To accomodate this trend, we are really excited to share with you that, Rivervale Barn in Yateley and Wasing Park in Aldermaston, have just launched a wedding afternoon tea menu.

Both venues offer traditional afternoon tea with a twist, drinks package and complimentary tea, coffee and petits fours.  Please contact the venues direct for full details and prices.

http://www.rivervale-barn-weddings.co.uk

http://www.wasing-weddings.co.uk

Vintage Wedding table, products designed and styled by Fuschia at Wasing Park, Aldermaston

Vintage Wedding table, products designed and styled by Fuschia at Wasing Park, Aldermaston.  Photo by Caroline Gue of CP Photography and Flowers from The White Horse Flower Company.

We love the sound of some of the menu options, such as hot smoked salmon, caper berries on toasted rye bread as a sandwich filling.  Parmesan and sun-dried tomato muffin, mini quiche such as goats cheese and pesto with crisp rocket.  For dessert a couple of our Fuschia’s favourites are scones with clotted cream and strawberries and triple chocolate brownies!!

These yummy afternoon tea menus need a little vintage touch, to create the most perfect quintessential English wedding, so this is where Fuschia can help!

As a recommended supplier for both of these beautiful wedding venues, we would love to be able to help style your vintage wonderland.

Hire vintage crockery and accessories from Fuschia to display your afternoon tea.

Hire vintage crockery and accessories from Fuschia to display your afternoon tea.  Photos by Caroline Gue and Flowers by the White Horse Flower Company.

Hire our original vintage crockery to present beautiful food on stunning tableware to your guests.  Vintage crockery hire includes cup and saucers, side plates, cake stands, tea pots, sugar bowls and tong and vintage milk jugs.

For extra decoration we have bunting, vintage fabric table runners and matching napkin wraps, vintage wedding favours and vintage themed table stationery. These include: personalised place names, table plans, table names and menus.  We can print your special afternoon tea selection in a beautiful printed menu.

Vintage fabric napkin by Fuschia

Beautiful vintage fabric napkin wrap by Fuschia. Adds a vintage touch to your wedding table.

Please feel free to contact us for prices or to book a vintage style appointment at our Wokingham design studio on info@fuschiadesigns.co.uk or call us on 01189 773 931.

http://www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk/vintage-crockery-hire.php

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