Hello, I'm Mrs Tea. I have a love for all things vintage including clothes, accessories, furniture, books and most of all, tea sets. I've been collecting vintage-style, afternoon tea crockery since I planned my wedding. I was keen for my big day to be vintage-inspired so I spent the months leading up to the event scouring vintage shops, fairs and car boot sales to hunt out pre-loved tea sets and accessories to feature as part of the theme of the day. I loved watching our guests sipping Pimms from floral teacups and walking into the reception and seeing how pretty the tables looked covered in teapots, cups and saucers holding beautiful Spring flowers. I now have a dresser at home that's bursting with teacups and saucers, teapots in all shapes and sizes, a selection of milk jugs, sugar bowls, matching side plates, glass cakestands and serving plates. Since my wedding day I've been finding every excuse to put the kettle on and serve up a proper afternoon tea using these lovely teacups! I now want to give others the chance to add a special touch to their event by using these wonderful pieces. From planning my own wedding I know that it can be stressful at times, with so many things to juggle and decisions to make. The price can also really add up which is I why I want to make sure that I give a personal, friendly service and offer great value-for-money. I can deliver your order to you, collect it when you're finished and I'll help you set up too. I'd love to hear from you, so please get in touch if you have any questions.
Whether it is for a wedding, hen party, corporate event, baby shower, birthday party, Christening or just a girly get-together with tea and cake, my crockery is all available for hire in and around Cardiff and within an hour's drive of the city. Every event is different so please get in touch to discuss what you're looking for.
My chance to share my latest vintage finds with you and anything pretty that inspires me, as well as events and things I've been getting up to...
I was lucky enough to be invited for afternoon tea by my lovely friend, Mel. We’re both mums of two small children and so when she suggested a Monday afternoon get together involving tea and cake that would be just for us and not to share with any little ones, you can imagine how excited I was!
Mel picked me up and we drove down the M4, chatting all the way about how nice it was to have an uninterrupted conversation and how much we were looking forward to an afternoon of sweet treats.
Upon arrival we were taken to our seats, a great spot in the conservatory of the Olive Tree restaurant on the ground floor. It was a gloriously sunny day and we had a great view of the gardens and of people lazing around in their dressing gowns enjoying a spa day!
When we were asked if we would like some Prosecco with our afternoon tea, we obviously said yes, and the fizz proved to be an excellent amuse bouche! Mel doesn’t drink tea (I know!) so she had a refreshing glass of orange juice and I enjoyed a pot of Darjeeling.
When the tiered cake stand was brought over to our table, it was definitely a feast for the eyes. We were presented with crust-less finger sandwiches with a delicious range of fillings including coronation chicken, Hafod cheese and pickle, cucumber with lemon and mint mayo, honey roasted ham and wholegrain mustard and a mini brioche roll with egg mayo and cress. I liked the fact there were two of each, so no fighting over who got left with the cucumber one! Actually, I’m always pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy a cucumber sandwich as part of an afternoon tea, although it would never occur to me to make one at home for my lunch. I would definitely recommend the lemon and mint mayo for an extra boost of flavour.
We moved onto the cakes quite quickly. I started my dessert course with the Jammie Dodger shortbread tartlet. It was amazing! I think Mel ‘s favourite was the raspberry and elderflower macaroon which she said was the right balance of sweet and chewy, to which I agreed! The strawberry and white chocolate mousse was tasty too, as was the pressed summer Pimm’s slice.
The pace definitely slowed at this point as we had to sit back and rest between each mouthful. Sensing we were reaching the point we couldn’t eat or drink anymore, the waitress kindly offered to bring the scones out to us in a box we could take home.
We left the restaurant with full tummies and a handbag full of scones, jam and cream which we were looking forward to sharing with our families when we got home. I think the doggy bag made us feel less guilty for indulging and we knew our little ones would appreciate a little treat too.
I’m already looking forward to the next time I can enjoy some civilised cake eating and tea drinking…
Thanks Mel – let’s do it again soon!
We had the Summer Berry afternoon tea which is available until the end of September 2014. Menu here: http://www.celtic-manor.com/resort-afternoon-teas
I can’t seem to keep away from TK Maxx. In fact, I reckon I venture into that shop at least once a week and I’d urge you to do the same… There’s always something you’ll find that you won’t be able to resist. If, like me, you love a bargain, and even more so if it’s a bargain that no-one else is likely to have, then you can be sure to find some little treasures in the basement of TK Maxx.
It’s my first port of call for presents – think quirky bakeware like moustache shaped cookie cutters, notebooks with pretty birds on the cover, retro-inspired cake tins – and my first port of call for lovely things to buy for my new home. Picture frames, lanterns and candles – you name it, they’ve got it.
I’d love to hear about stuff you’ve magpied in TK Maxx too so let me know about any of your exciting finds.
As we were enjoying a family dinner together on Monday evening, my lovely husband handed me a white envelope and a brown paper package tied with a stripy red and white ribbon.
Intrigued and pleasantly surprised (it wasn’t my birthday or any special occasion), I opened them up to reveal I’d be starting a course at Venn Tailoring in Canton, Cardiff on February 14th. An early Valentiine’s Day present. How exciting!
My mum bought me a sewing machine for Christmas a couple of years ago and since then I’ve built up a stash of fabric from projects I’ve planned to start, but have struggled to find the time to.
I am ashamed to admit it but I studied A Level Textiles in sixth form but since then I’ve only accomplished a few minor projects as I’m still a little bit scared of the sewing machine. Especially threading the bobbin – it always seems to go wrong no matter which way I wind it and insert the case into the machine.
Now a mother to a busy 18-month-old who loves joining in with anything I’m doing, I really value any time I can manage to myself. There never seems to be an ideal moment to get the machine out and start a project. Eating and sleeping seem to take priority most of the time!
But this is about to change…Thanks to my darling husband (who’s probably heard me whine one too many times about not having any time to do anything anymore) I’m really looking forward to spending the next few Saturday mornings dedicating just a few hours reigniting my passion for all things fabric and sewing.
For inspiration, he also bought me Cath Kidston’s Sewing Book which is jam-packed full of lovely projects including bags, decorations, kids’ toys and home decor, all designed to build your sewing techniques.
The ‘Sew Your Own Project’ course is every Saturday for six weeks at Venn in Canton. The next challenge for me is deciding on just one thing I want to make….