Spring 2016 Pantone Colours - Green Flash

In homage to our local football team's colours (well, one of them, you will have to wait for the other colour!) our next Pantone Spring 2016 colour choice is "Green Flash". It's a pretty bold colour choice for a wedding, but we think it would be really fun for a bright spring day.

There are some beautiful bright green flowers out there, including chrysanthemums, hydrangeas and orchid's. Our tip would be to keep everything else white so make the colour really pop out (unless you are going for an all out fiesta look, which will be coming soon on the blog!)

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Floral Chandeliers

We are loving Floral Chandeliers being used for wedding decor at the moment, both inside and out! No matter what style of wedding you are having, flowers and greenery will transform a space!

You could use hoops, swings or planters as the base of the chandelier, with options for trailing flowers and greenery, or candles to add interest. 

If you are feeling inspired too, here's a link to a fab tutorial on how to make your own from Festival Brides http://festivalbrides.co.uk/diy-tutorial-hanging-floral-chandeliers 

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Spring 2016 Pantone Colours - Peach Echo

It's been a while since we last did a blog post (apologies!) but to make up for it we are sharing with you some images that we have been inspired by through Pantone's Spring 2016 colour palette.

These are all "Peach Echo" - perfect for a peach/coral themed wedding! We will do our best to share some of the other colours with you soon!

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An Autumn Wedding Affair

It's early September and i'm feeling all autumnal! Have you thought about having an Autumn wedding? There are lots of advantages to having a wedding in the Autumn rather than Summer. Here's a few reasons why...

  • You are less likely to be disappointed by the weather! If you are planning a summer wedding then you are probably hoping for a beautiful sunny day... In Autumn, not only can you prepare yourself in case it is chilly (think elegant faux fur shrugs or cloaks) but you might get the added bonus of a late Indian summer...You can also wear a long sleeved or lace dress without the fear of over-heating on your wedding day!
  • Everyone is back from their summer holidays, with a nice tan. And you are less likely to be clashing with another friends/family wedding. Also, venues and photographers are likely to have better availability, and possibly be cheaper too, bonus!
  • Autumn colours are so beautiful, think burnt oranges, pale golds, flaming oranges and yellows... rich and gorgeous! For flowers you could have sunflowers, dahlias, deep red roses, the choice is endless.
  • There are so many options available to you to make use of the lighting - you can have daytime, sunset and evening photos...usually within your photographers standard hours! You also get the option of having sparklers and fireworks in the evening as well as a toasty fire to add to the atmosphere, keep guests warm and to even toast marshmallows on! Candles dotted around your venue will add to the romantic atmosphere. 
  • The food options are endless too; no one really wants to eat a roast at a wedding in the summer, but in the Autumn? Yes please! Everything can be a little bit richer and warming without seeming too heavy in the Autumn, in comparison to the summer. Also, for the cake, the options are wider too - a pork pie wedding cake might seem a bit OTT in the summer, but in the autumn, lovely! You could also go for a towering cheese cake or even a 'naked' wedding cake decorated with seasonal berries and flowers.

Have a look at the images below for some more inspiration.

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P.S How divine is the gold dress?!

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Vintage Inspiration: The Great Gatsby

Who doesn't love the glitz, glamour and opulence of the 1920's and 1930's? We are thinking pearls, lace, chiffon, feathers and floaty fabrics; not to mention the classic headwear pieces, beautiful gowns and strappy sandals.

The drink du jour HAS to be champagne, out of a beautiful coupe, or, for the men, a single malt whisky poured out of a cut-glass decanter.

Here we have compliled a few of our favourite Great Gatsby-inspired wedding ideas to help inspire your wedding day.

Why not have a look through your nan's treasures to add those sentimental pieces to your special day; after all they will already have stories to tell.

Don't forget, we can source any particular items that you may be looking for as well as designing the perfect stationery too.

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Keeping Your Guests Entertained

Have you thought about how you are going to keep your guests entertained at your wedding? People tend to mingle and have reception drinks whilst you are having your photos taken. Games are a great way to provide entertainment for your guests - it gets them talking, gives them something to do and talk about, and, most importantly, it adds fun to the occasion! 

We have a great selection of traditional games for hire, including the following:

  • Giant Wooden Dominoes
  • Giant Wooden Connect 4
  • Giant Wooden Jenga
  • Giant Playing Cards
  • Giant O's and X's
  • Quoits
  • Boules

Have a look at our prices page to see how much they are to hire. If you book before the end of February and Quote 'FEB20' then you can get 20% off! Brilliant!

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A Most Curious Wedding Fair

Well... It's been a long time since I last wrote a blog post on here, but boy have we been busy! At the moment we are prepping for 'A Most Curious Wedding Fair' held at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich on Sunday 8th February. Come and say hello to us there and see our beautiful collection of vintage china and props... it's going to be fun! 

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Wedding Fest

It's that time of year where the festivals are in full swing. This weekend it's the Reading & Leeds festivals as well as Car Fest. As it's also a bank holiday there are always numerous local, usually food and drink-based festivals. That has inspired today's post on the blog - taking all the fab elements of festivals and using them at a wedding. What better way to celebrate than with a festival-themed wedding. We have been pinning Wedding Fest ideas on Pinterest for a while now and wanted to share with you some of the lovely things that we have seen. If you are planning on having a festival themed party, we have plenty of treasures to help you create this look, including paper poms, giant traditional games, large cocktail/drinks jars, mini milk bottles for drinks and loads more!

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Please get in touch if you would like to discuss planning your own Wedding Fest, or why not have a Birthday Fest instead? Have a look at our Hire Collection to help inspire you!

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Tissue Paper Poms

We are excited to announce that we now have tissue paper poms available for sale. These paper poms are handmade from 100% recycled tissue paper and are available in over 70 colours! To continue the environmentally-ethical theme, a "Tree for Life" is planted for every £50 of poms sold. 

But, how could you use them at your event? You could...

  • Suspend them from the ceiling using invisible thread so that they appear to be floating
  • Hang them from tree branches for a cute photo booth backdrop
  • Use them instead of flowers down the aisle
  • Group them together for a big impact
  • Have them on the floor as part of a display (we love them on vintage crates!)

They come flat-packed and are so easy to make up. Make them at least one day in advance so that they look their best for your big day!

One more great thing about them is that you can keep them after; we have heard of people using them in children's bedrooms as decorations!

We have them available in 9", 14" and 19" priced at £3.00, £5.50 and £7.50 respectively. 

Go for a mixture of vibrant colours for a fiesta or a more subtle pastel palate for a romantic wedding. Check out our Poms page for the full range of colours available.

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Eat, Drink & Be Married

Have you thought about what drinks you will be serving at your wedding? We have noticed a huge trend in serving drinks in quirky ways. Our large glass drinks dispenser is perfect for serving your reception drinks. It holds a magnificent 12.3L of your beverage of choice; your guests will be be able to serve themselves. Line up 2 or more so that you can have a selection of drinks! This is one of our most popular items to hire; you could serve 'His 'n' Hers' Cocktails - a 'Golden Groom' or a 'Blushing Bride', for example.

These are some ideas which our followers on Facebook came up with... let us know if you can think of any more!

Alcoholic Options:

  • Pimms
  • Alcoholic Strawberry Mint Ice Tea 
  • Mojito - "A Mint-to-be Mojito"

Non-Alcoholic Options:

  • Elderflower Cordial
  • Homemade lemonade with lemon peel spirals in
  • Raspberry and Ginger Fizz
  • Pink lemonade
  • Fruit Punch
  • Cucumber-Elderflower Cooler
  • Ginger Beer

Once you have decided what drinks you are going to serve, you need to decide what you will be serving them in. We love our mini milk bottles which hold 230ml of liquid. Finish them off with one of our cute candy stripe straws and your guests will be very happy.

Cheers!

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EDP Wedding Show 2014

We had a brilliant time exhibiting at the EDP Wedding Show at the Norfolk Showground on the 22nd and 23rd February. We had a really great response from all the visitors to our stand and met some wonderful people who were also exhibiting.

We had a special show offer for visitors to our stand - 20% off all of our hire prices when booking before the end of March - just quote EDP20 to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

Here are a few of our favourite photos of our stand; there are more on our Facebook page! Please let us know your thoughts.

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One Week To Go...

...Until The Time for Tea Company takes part in its first official wedding fair! We are really looking forward to exhibiting at the EDP Wedding Show 2014 at the Norfolk Showground on February 22nd and 23rd.

We will have a selection of our beautiful crockery including cake stands, tea and coffee pots and, of course, tea cups, saucers and plates! We will also be showing some of our more eclectic items which can add interest and elegance to your event including our birdcages and games.

We will also be showing off our latest addition to the collection, a beautiful vintage Brother Deluxe typewriter. Visitors to our stand will be able to have a go at using it, as we invite them to leave us a message.

We will also have a selection of items for sale which are so new they haven't even made it onto the website yet!  These include the following:

  • Stunning Tissue Paper Poms in 3 different sizes and colours: 9", 14" & 19"
  • Gorgeous Personalised Fabric Bunting
  • Paper Straws in Pink & White or Blue & White
  • Small and Medium Round Birdcages
  • Cute Striped Candy Bags

Look forward to seeing you there... watch out for our special show discount offer!

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Hosting a Vintage Tea Hen Party

Do you know a bride-to-be, a mummy-to-be or even a birthday girl who is a fan of cake, tea and all things pretty and vintage? If so, why not host a vintage tea party for her? It can be done in the comfort of your own home and is easy to organise!

Here are a few things to think about when planning such an event: 

Timing: Are you going out for the day? You could host a breakfast tea party with, of course, English Breakfast Tea and hot buttery crumpets. Are you planning to go out later? You could have a light afternoon tea while you gossip and relax. Or, how about a glamorous evening tea party before the big night out? You could serve nibbles alongside cocktails in tea cups. Check out our previous post for some fabulous winter cocktail ideas to get you started!

Theme: What will your theme be? You could have Pajamas and Pearls, Fabulous 1920s Flappers or a Mad Hatters Tea Party. For a mummy-to-be you could have an indulgent afternoon tea to satisfy their cravings!

The Details: The other important details to think about include decorations, food and drink. As well as vintage china, you can use fresh flowers, lacy doilies and, of course, bunting to decorate the room in which you are hosting your party! You will need to plan a delicious tea party menu, which traditionally includes finger sandwiches, scones, cream, jam and of course, lots of cake! If you ask each guest to bring something it will share out the catering. You could even have a Great British Cake-Off!

Finally you obviously can’t have a vintage tea party without tea, but don't forget that you could replace your tea with tea pot cocktails or mocktails! 

We would love to hear what you are planning to do for your event!

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P.S We love this idea for a sophisticated tea party for your daughter! 

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Cocktails in Tea Cups

Are you thinking of having cocktails at your special event? How about serving them in teapots and tea cups for a twist? Here are a couple of recipes to inspire you using the delicious autumnal Pimms Blackberry and Elderflower Mixer. One is a chilled toast drink and the other a delicious winter warmer. 

 Blackberry & Elderflower Sparkler

Put 35ml of Pimm's Blackberry and Elderflower into a teacup. Top with prosecco or champagne. 

 Blackberry & Elderflower Toffee Apple

Mix 50ml Pimm's Blackberry and Elderflower with 100ml cloudy apple juice, adding fresh lemon juice and maple syrup to taste. Heat gently on the hob (do not boil) and garnish with a slice of apple.

Enjoy! x

 

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What's your name worth?

Are you looking for something a little different for your place settings on your tables? We have just received our latest addition to our collection - over 100 wooden scrabble racks with over 500 genuine scrabble tiles! You could use them to make your guests names for your event, or use them for the table name itself.  

They are available to hire now and will soon be featured on our Table Decorations page. 

See our prices page for further details. x

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The Cake and Bake Show

The Time for Tea Company visited the Cake and Bake Show this weekend, at Earls Court, all in the name of research for the perfect cake for afternoon tea, obviously! 

We would highly recommend a visit to the show next time it is in on. We are certainly feeling inspired to make some pretty cakes and drink some tea with friends...all served on our beautiful china, of course!

Obviously, cupcakes are still big news, and there were plenty of these to see at the show. Some of the cupcake flavours that are trending right now include Salted Caramel, Oreo Cookie and Maple Bacon. Yes, that's right, Maple Bacon... you can even get Maple Bacon marshmallows, which are THE latest thing to try... check out the Marshmallowists website. We particularly like the sound of the Blueberry and Portobello Road Gin flavour, as that's the flavour of one of the jams we served with clotted cream and scones at our wedding.

We're off to the kitchen to get baking, happy days! x

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Sarah Gawler

Hello, welcome to the website and to our first post on the blog. You may have noticed that many of the photos used on this website are of a real wedding; our wedding to be precise. We were fortunate to have the talented Sarah Gawler (below) to capture our special day. Her style of photography is truly beautiful; as she says on her website...'I believe that my images themselves embrace simple composition, spontaneity and lots of joy. I also like them to have a light and delicate quality, so that they look as much as is possible as how memory feels.'   Please take the time to visit her website and explore more of her stunning work.