Bridgerton Inspired Afternoon Tea
Be the talk of the Ton with this Bridgerton-inspired, afternoon tea birthday party.
Like the rest of the world, we became obsessed with the hit Netflix TV series Bridgerton (and now the books) so we knew we had to live out some royal fantasy with a regency-themed tablescape. So we joined ranks with seven other suppliers in Bristol and Gloucestershire to host a high tea Queen Charlotte would approve of.
This showcase event was a collaboration with the following suppliers;
- The Party Picnic Company (Event Planning and Table Styling)
- Eastington Park (Venue)
- Simply Chic Events (Balloons)
- The Lily Pad Florist (Table Flower Arrangements)
- Burn Baby Official (Hand-painted Wisteria Candles)
- Cake Box (Cake)
- Gert Lush Grazing (Cakesicles and Biscuits)
- Lisa Jade Photography (Event Photography)
Venue and Decor
Eastington Park is an exclusive use wedding venue in Gloucestershire with an 18th-century Grade II Georgian Manor House and eight acres of gardens. Within the gardens is a picture-perfect pergola to keep your secrets out of the society papers! We really couldn’t have asked for a more Bridgerton-inspired location.
While it’s unlikely you’ll have found balloons in the regency era, for modern day celebrations they add a certain pazazz. Simply Chic Events combined lilac, off-white and baby blue to match the unmistakable Bridgerton colour palette. Double-stuffed to enhance the vibrancy, these biodegradable balloons adorned with faux flowers really elevated the metal structure.
Table flower arrangements: The Lily Pad Florist
The Lily Pad Florist created these stunning floral arrangements in their metal urn vases, by pairing garden roses, pale blue delphiniums, bluebells and lilac achillea – all British seasonal flowers that would have been prevalent in the gardens of the era.
Wisteria Candles: Burn Baby Candles
Seen gracing the Bridgerton residence in the Netflix series, we’ve fully embraced wisteria hysteria! An iconic part of the show’s branding, we added a subtle nod with these hand-painted candles from Burn Baby Candles. This Gloucester-based artist provided three hand-painted candles and two plain lilac to fit the five-arm candelabra.
Table Styling: The Party Picnic Company (That’s us!)
We knew the smaller, subtle details would make all of the difference for this table setup, so we started with an oval, mahogany table with six matching chairs. The table was laid first with a plain white, fabric tablecloth and then layered with a lace tablecloth.
The entire idea for this Bridgerton-inspired showcase came after sourcing this gold, vintage tea set from Facebook marketplace – featuring a cake stand, tea pot, milk jug, sugar pot, plates, mugs and saucers. As soon as we saw it, we fell in love and just knew it needed to be bought to life. The slightly scalloped edge of the saucers sit perfectly on the soft ruffled edge of our white, porcelain dinnerware. And of course, no Bridgerton-inspired celebration would be complete without Lady Whistledown’s society papers, so six identical papers were strewn under plates and around the table for a bit of flair.
We opted for gold, detailed cutlery to match the gold detailing in in the vintage tea set that, as we know, set the precedent for the entire styling. One of our favourite details were the faux pearl cameo brooches pinned to the lilac fabric napkins, with a little ode to Lady Whistledown herself. To offset the candelabra centrepiece, we used a further four gold candlesticks with white and powder blue dinner candles.
Gert Lush grazing pulled out all the punches for these delectable cakesicles and biscuits. We used the gold vintage cake stand to show off the pink icing and gold touches, and to make sure the well known saying ‘the social season is upon us’ could be seen and appreciated. The gold sticks and white satin ribbons added those all important details for a luxury feel.
Not wanting to overcrowd the table, we displayed the cake on a raised column. Made from resin, the white, distressed plinth was sourced from a local ebay seller. At approximately 80cm tall, the plinth stood slightly taller than the table, giving the cake a little extra height for a bit of dramaticism. Faux wisteria branches hid any sights of cake tray.
Photographer: Lisa Jade Photography
Despite the intermittent rain and hail storms, Lisa Jade Photography still captured the full detail of the showcase – even managing to catch a rare glimpse of blue sky. The imagery produced from this showcase just makes us want to go ahead and host our own tea party, and we can really envision how it can be enjoyed with friends and family as part of a celebration.
A big thank you to all of the suppliers that were involved in this showcase.