Hosting an Authentic English Tea Party
August 13, 2013
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I am a tea snob, through and through. So you can only imagine my excitement surrounding the idea of an English Tea Party to ring in ones 30th birthday. And it's now fairly safe to say that my future 30th is officially planned (thanks ladies!) Co-designed and styled by Ashley Baber  for Sincerely, Liz, this one is chalk full of inspiration of the prettiest kind. And it's all right here in the gallery.
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From Liz Cook... Every birthday deserves acknowledgement, but the start of a new decade of life is cause for a celebration. I decided for the first time in my life, I was going to throw in the towel and plan my own party to celebrate turning 30. When the stars aligned and the ladies from Cater This! told me about their Authentic English Afternoon experience, I was sold! I love getting dolled up and enjoying afternoon tea whenever possible, so it only made sense to celebrate with something I enjoy so much. I immediately contacted Amanda from Ashley Baber Weddings, my go-to for planning and styling advice. Together, we brainstormed the look and feel and the entire day came together flawlessly. Amanda suggested the perfect linens from La Tavola Linen and chair jackets from BBj Linen and it was love at first sight for me. Mary Ellen from Irvington Spring farm gathered together the most beautiful florals from her local garden and they became the glue that brought the whole look together against the unique backdrop of exposed brick in Tresca on 8th's upstairs space. Each and every vendor involved contributed to create the lovely, victorian feel of the afternoon.

After guests arrived they were directed to their seats by custom made jewelry bags labeled with each person's name and stuffed with coordinating coffee cozies and a hair pin. Place settings were adorned with individual menus designed by Jenna from I Can Do that Design. Once seated, our English Afternoon Experience began just as storm clouds rolled in and rain began sprinkling the windows. It felt like we were transported to England for just a few minutes. Perfection.

The first course was a selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches including a traditional cucumber, chicken salad, and my favorite: the zucchinni sweet bread. The second course included delicious warm scones with clotted cream and preserves. We broke out of tradition to take the third course of homemade cakes and pastries over to the lounge side of the room to enjoy alongside of a group game.

The game I selected, Fish Bowl, is a fun spin on Charades. Guests had so much fun we played it twice! We wrapped up the evening by enjoying the beautiful and delicious ribbon cake designed by Jennifer of La Bella Torta.

Overall, the event was a huge hit and the absolute best way to ring in my 30s!

Photography: Liz Cook, Sincerely, Liz: Photography | Design & Styling: Amanda Gray, Ashley Baber Weddings | Venue: Tresca on 8th | Catering: Cater This! | Cake: La Bella Torta | Flowers: Mary Ellen LaFreniere, Irvington Spring Farm | Linens: LaTavola Fine Linen | Chair Jackets: BBj Linen | Favors: The Goose Beary Shop | Stationery: I Can Do That Design | Game: Fishbowl