Tis the Season to do all things pretty and this stunning! This Tea Party featuring Little White House & Co. with special glam guests – makeup artists Jasmine Hoffman and Faye Smith does not disappoint! The Fort Langley based boutique boasts the most lovely Parisian-inspired salon café where hot tea is shared and guests are made to feel absolutely regal. Who better to share insider tips to high tea perfection, than the owner herself – Cece Krecsy and her daughter, the general manager – Natasha.
Creating a Vintage Inspired Holiday High Tea
Number One ~ Set the Table
1. Select a pretty colour palette. We went with pastel pinks, creams, off whites and gold.
2. Decide on a theme, mood or feeling. Consider classic, retro, romantic, whimsy, modern, traditional, fantasy, vintage… and so on and so forth.
3. Select your table setting. “Cece here… I have been collecting vintage dishes for years so I pulled my English gold & white mixed china, pink pedal wear, rose glass from France and decorative gold cutlery.”
4. LWH trade secret: always mix vintage and modern elements in decorating… here we included whimsical gold stemless champagne glasses & gold trimmed chargers.
5. Balance & Haphazardly placement. Stay true to the formal lessons in your table setting placement but have fun & freedom with your decorative bits!
6. Accessories. We basically sprinkled sparkly snow, pink glass candle sticks, mini gold rose bud vases, mini pink & gold bottle brush trees casually placed all about the table top.
7. You are special – design your table with your guests in mind. What do they love? Here we added a formal rose folded napkin to top each plate.
8. Music please. Can’t go wrong with old school Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole softly playing in the background!
Number Two ~ Plan Your Holiday High Tea Menu
Sips. Start with a pretty pink champagne (Henkel Rosé Petite Bottle) while your Little White House Creme de la Earl Grey tea is steeping!
Savouries. Savouries are to be served first. If you have a three-tiered tray it’s from the bottom up. Our Savoury starters are festive Candied Walnuts, Cranberry Cream Cheese Biscuits & Rosemary Shortbread. Serve a few hot and cold nibbles such as our hot Harvest Rolls, Bri & Caramelized Onion quiche. Then, to our cold Petites – Poppyseed Egg Salad Croissants & Cucumber Cream Cheese Graham Bread finger sandwiches.
Sugared Sweetheart Scones. Feel free to select whatever flavoured Scones you love best but be sure to cut them into a heart-shape. Our holiday favourite is raisin scones topped with cinnamon sugar, served with Devonshire Creme & Raspberry preserve, placed on the middle tray.
Sweets. The Crowning Glory – Macarons, Cupcakes, Shortbread, Meringues & Death by Chocolate… one for each guest sitting proudly on top of the tea tray. The colours must complement your Vintage Party, of course!
Number Three ~ Recipe: Meringue Christmas Tree Cake
You Will Need:
1 Styrofoam Cone
1 Batch Meringue Rosets
1 Batch Buttercream
1 Cake Stand
For the Meringue Rosets:
240g Egg Whites
2 Cups Sugar
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Whip egg whites on high, at soft peaks gradually start adding sugar until stiff peaks form. Add Vanilla.
Pipe out rosets using 1M piping tip.
Bake at 225F until set and dry, light and airy, 40-50 mins, rotating pans half way through.
For the Buttercream:
1 Cup Butter, Softened
3 Cups Icing Sugar
Splash Vanilla Extract
Whip butter and vanilla on high until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar, 1 cup at a time until incorporated.
To Assemble Your Tree:
Spread buttercream onto cone to create a smooth even layer, about 1/8” thick. Place remaining buttercream into a piping bag and place a small dot onto the back of each meringue as you assemble. Adhere cone to cake stand using a generous amount of buttercream. Start at the bottom and work towards the top, placing meringues close together to avoid gaps.
Number Four ~ Dress Up!
Whether you are attending a Holiday High Tea or Hosting that pretty Christmas party why not dress up and shine!
Go Golden! Wear what you are most comfortable in.
“Natasha here and I’m seven months pregnant so my go to look is velvet or pleather leggings dressed up with this glittery golden angel sleeved sweater.”
Go Monochromatic! You can never go wrong with an all neutral or all black party dress! (See Jasmine – featuring Little White House Co. off White boho lace sleeved dress)
Go Classic! Who doesn’t love a perfect lace dress? It’s timeless yet a surprise in blush with a hint of stardust.
(Faye – featuring Little White House Co. blush lace mock neck dress)
Go Bold! Ok, so I must be honest, bold ruby & deep reds are not my go to lip colour. However, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful bold holiday lip! (Try – Glo Make Up Crimson Lip Crayon – Find it at Pomp, Go Be Pretty)
Go Sparkle! Who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle? What better time to pull out the glitter then the holiday season. Pair your glitter lids with some faux lashes and how pretty you will be (Try – Glo Make Up glitter brick – Find it at Pomp, go be pretty)
Go Magical! Who knew the classic braid or fish tail could look so magical? Up your braids by tugging and pulling out loose strands to achieve a fuller & effortless look.
Go Decorative! Simply curl and set your hair then finish with a rhinestone necklace, a large satin or velvet ribbon, or a fresh foliage hair clip!
Go Boho Baby! This look was achieved using glittery champagne rose pink makeup and adding rhinestones to long flowing curls. (See Jasmine below!)
Jasmine: “The inspiration for our look was holiday boho with Winter cream lace dresses and sparkling gold accessories. For makeup, I used champagne and rosegold on the eyes and golden highlight on the cheeks with glossy nude lips.”
Ashley Ferreira of Dragonflight Photography
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