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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 – www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk



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.  http://www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk



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.


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.



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.



Pretty In Pink Pims Birthday Party

Last weekend Nicola at Fuschia held a girlie get together for a pre celebration for her birthday with a group of girlfriends.  The weather was nice but not quite as hot as this week has been!!


Of course it wouldn’t have been complete without gorgeous decor from Fuschia in Pink!!

We wanted to share this with you, to show you how to create a lovely afternoon with friends.  All you need is some pink products, a little imagination and a glass of pims or two…


Fitted stretch chair covers with bows fit perfectly on garden furniture for just £2.75 each to hire with bow!

For ideas take a look at the Fuschia website at:  www.fuschiadesigns.co.uk