Posts Tagged ‘afternoon tea’

edible lace doily in teacup

Being dexterity-challenged when it comes to icing, I was excited to discover edible lace rosettes as a super easy alternative to the fighting with a piping bag. You might have spotted them in the cake buffet last week, but did you know they can also be added to tea or coffee? They last a couple of minutes before dissolving, leaving a nice sweet taste.

edible lace biscuits

Next time you’re having friends over for afternoon tea, pop an edible doily in the tea or on top of a store-bought biccie to up the ‘special’ factor with no fuss.

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Show & Tell

Two things you need to know about my mum: 1. She hates being the centre of attention. 2. She has a sweet tooth.

So with a significant birthday on the horizon, the family knew she would never suggest a party, and if we tried to arrange it with her knowledge she would have felt the need to do all the work both planning and during the party (just like every. party. my parents have ever hosted). It was clearly going to be up to us to arrange the celebration she deserves, so the plotting began!

Akimbo Marie invitation

To keep it low-key (see point 1), we decided on having only immediate family and close friends for a decadent afternoon tea (see point 2). I deliberately left out the B-word altogether and the ‘let them eat cake’ theme be the focus, so that it had the feeling of being a party that she would like rather than one that was actually in her honour.

Akimbo Marie invitation detail

Akimbo Marie envelope

With the Marie Antoinette connection (and Mum being a bit of a francophile), I had fun adding some French touches like the fleur-de-lys cut out, oui/non reply card and hints of a ‘revolution’. The palette was inspired by the colours and delicacy of macarons. I love how the curly calligraphy makes it look fun and girlish, apparently like Marie herself.

Akimbo Marie RSVP

My mum instilled in me from a young age the importance of thank you notes, so to show her I was listening, I created some ‘merci’ cards. I also knew she was keen to have some calling cards.

Akimbo Marie thank you card

Akimbo Marie calling card

Honestly I am SO thrilled to be adding this collection, Marie, as it’s my first letterpress product. To make letterpress more affordable, I have also included some fill-in invitations, which conjures up images of a baby shower, bridal shower, birthday or even just a decadent girls’ afternoon.

Akimbo Marie fill-in invitation

Phew, that feels better. I have been itching to share this big project with you so it feels great not to have to keep it a secret any longer!

Make sure you come back tomorrow when I’ll not only be posting my regular Fab & Free instalment (hint: it matches these invitations), plus I’ll have a second post with photos of the cake buffet that I set up for the party.

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