Afternoon Delight

Col and I have been friends since I was 19. We’ve sewed, shared clothes and op shopped together. When a beautiful pink, handmade birthday invitation arrived in the mail, I knew it was going to be a very special occasion…and indeed it was. Her daughter Ella’s birthday gift of love to her mum, was to bake, style and create a stunning High Tea Garden Party. All of the perfectly created baby meringues, mini trifles, cupcakes, melting moments, mouth-watering slices and tiny quiches were made by Ella and her family. I loved the tiny pale pink, lemonade bottles with candy-stripe straws! The champagne and chatter flowed from afternoon to evening and everyone celebrated in-style! As the invitation had asked us to wear ‘pretty pastels’, I had to dig deep into the wardrobe and push aside all the neons and fluoros of late!!

I love to wear a feminine dress to High Tea. It can pose a big challenge though, as I didn’t want to ‘overdress’. After rummaging through my cupboard, I found this TL Wood pale pink, silk dress from 2 seasons ago. It was cool and drapey. Perfect for the extremely hot afternoon, but….it needed some oomph!! I added the overblown ‘nude’ flower. It was originally a headband. I just removed the wire and added a safety pin. Next, the split at the front was too high. I sewed some lace along the split to make it more ‘ladylike’ (see below). Nude wedges, pink nails and loads of pearls completed my look. 

Pink parasols and pretty party dresses….a sheer delight.

Attention to detail…even the tree was adorned with ‘jars of pink flowers’.

Colleen’s beautiful nieces Annie-Rose, Lucy and Kate Durack all wore sweet dresses. Lucy flew in from Sydney especially for the party.

And here she is…the beautiful, creative and very talented Ella from ‘EllaCourtneyStyle’. If you would like a simply gorgeous party, Ella will meet with you and create an individually styled event. Just send an email to and I’ll forward it onto Ella.

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