We all know those blissful moments in life. Those little indulgences which make your heart skip a little with excitement. For us, it’s a new series on Netflix, bottomless brunch, the arrival of an ASOS delivery and it’s afternoon tea.
Let’s talk about afternoon tea for a minute. Teeny tiny bite-sized portions towered high. An array of colourful treats alongside the tastiest sandwiches. Scones with jam and clotted cream. Endless processco and tea. What’s not to love? And we never fight over what comes first – the jam or the cream.
For us, it’s all about making your afternoon tea unique to you and what better for a summer garden soiree then the Westerly collection from Portmeirion. We’re all about jazzing up your dining table when the sun makes an appearance.
Ideal for the summer months, the Westerly collection with it’s sky blues and sunshine yellow tones, is bound to brighten up the dining table. The leaf and floral motifs are the perfect pairing for an outdoor tea party. However, it’s the cool retro-vibe that Westerly offers which we loved. Starting from £9.50, the collection is fun and dynamic. Whether you mix and match the ceramics or keep to one colour, the range is playful yet sophisticated.
THREE TOP INFLUENCER TIPS FOR CREATING
AN ECLECTIC SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA
1 “Free your mind from “tradition” and get creative. Use any beautiful pieces you have that may not be typically associated with tea time or use everyday objects in unusual ways. For example, a mirror laid flat as a tray for candles or cutlery or a piece of ceramic turned upside down with a plate on top for a custom cake stand. Be inventive and have fun!” Julia Alexander and Tamara Broido, Interior Designers; Alex and Bro
2 “The casual nature of summer dining lends itself perfectly to mixing and matching tableware. For a beautifully styled and eclectic afternoon tea table, combine different sets of plates, cups, saucers and serving pieces. Display ditsy florals alongside heritage designs, chinoiserie with stripes, scalloped edges with clean lines. The focus here is to keep things relaxed and fun and then to pile up with delicious sweet treats!” Sarah Mailer, Blogger & Interior Designer; Girl About House
3 “Make it reflect summer. Add small groupings of local wild flowers together around the table and use seasonal food as part of the decoration; big juicy strawberries in a bowl and vibrant pink radishes for dipping make excellent table decor as well as being delicious” Melanie Lissack, Blogger
If Westerly isn’t your cup of tea (pardon the pun) then Stoke-on-Trent based Portmeirion and it’s accompanying sister brands have a wide selection of tableware to suit all styles and tastes. From Spode and Sara Miller to Royal Worcester and Pimpernel, there’s a dining set to suit many styles. Here’s a few that may tickle your taste buds…
For us though, it’s Westerly all the way. Grab the macarons and spruce the table up with some wild flowers, it’s tea time!
Discover the full Westerly collection plus all the other gorgeous pottery from Portmeirion by clicking here. And don’t forget to share with us your styling tips for creating the perfect afternoon tea by leaving a comment or heading over to Instagram!
David & Mark x