Friday, May 28, 2010

An Afternoon Tea Extravaganza at The Chelsea Flower Show

This year, the Floral Design Marquee at the Chelsea Flower Show hosted An Afternoon Tea Floral Extravaganza.  It was a new feature this year in which in-house florists from some of London’s top hotels created stunning pieces of floristry that represent the look and feel of their hotel’s afternoon tea.  The displays were gorgeous and flowers were used in really clever ways. 

Flemings Hotel Mayfair’s Gold Medal winning ‘Pink Afternoon Tea’ (photograph above) was inspired by the ‘Booby Birds’, a group of high achieving women who took part in a parachute jump to benefit the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity.  Flemings donate twenty percent of the price of each afternoon tea to the charity, and the silver cake stand filled with cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery in London that takes pride of place at this afternoon tea was the inspiration for Jan Skate’s floral arrangement.  It cascades from filigree cake holders filled with domes of flowers reminiscent of cupcakes. 

In this photo you can see the arrangement from The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hyde Park featuring an umbrella topped floral display, fans and a gorgeous floral picnic basket.  It was very pretty indeed.

The Intercontinental Hotel’s display is shown below, incorporating a floral topped teacup and some very pretty nosegays.  The company logo is at the bottom, made entirely of yellow and white roses.

My absolute favourite of them all was Firmdale Hotels’ Afternoon Tea display.

Depicting a beautiful afternoon tea in the garden, this rustic yet elegant display was designed by Bloomsbury Flowers and featured a wonderful candle-free candelabra.  

Each crystal drop accented arm was topped by moss balls filled with tiny red and white flowers.  Rachel Fearon, Firmdale’s Director of Sales, told me that these are often used with candles for functions at their London hotels.  I can just imagine how beautiful they would be.  There was something delightful about this tableaux - it gave the feeling one could just step into it.  Definitely my favourite!

The Floral Design Marquee at Chelsea is always amazing, but this year the Floral Afternoon Tea Extravaganza made it even more special, and for me, it was one of the highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show

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