More than one-hundred floral-clad ladies (and four handsome gentlemen) descended on the newly re-furbished Fremantle Town hall Sunday the 28th of May for an afternoon tea unlike any other. Just two days after its official re-opening the Hall was packed to the rafters with vintage china, cut-crystal glassware and dozens of whimsical floral bouquets. Glass of bubbles in-hand, the guests wandered through a mini-market – a small selection of local, creative stalls, laden with unique products. From the beautiful floristry of Miss Bloomingbird to the unique, handmade accessories from Arabella’s Vintage Wardrobe, it was a showcase of class and innovation. Jazzy sounds from the house musicians ‘Avenue’ softly echoed through the hall whilst the event’s resident magician Robbie T strolled through the crowds, conjuring up roses for some lucky ladies.
At around half-past-two the three-tiered cake stands descended onto the white-linen tables, covered in every high-tea treat you can imagine. Tarts, macarons, cupcakes and of course those sweet and golden scones accompanied by strawberry jam and whipped cream. Finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off were neatly lined on pastel-coloured plates – from smoked salmon, to chicken to the oh-so-royal cucumber. The guests laughed and chatted over their dazzling display of food.
Next up, a change in pace as the host, informed the crowd there would be a fashion parade from Review Clothing. There couldn’t be a more perfect-fit brand to the Ultimate High Tea. The ‘La Vie En Rose’ collection set off by romantic frills, florals and embellishment dazzled the runway and was elegantly worn by the five stunning young models.
Prize giveaways were intercepted by a short but spectacular on-stage performance by the magic-man himself. The final act of the day was from the young, passionate full-time ballet students of Youth Ballet WA. The swing dance-number aptly named ‘Swing, Swing, Swing’ was the perfect fit for an afternoon pick-me-up. The 15 girls dazzled in their purple velvet halter-dresses and the two boys looked oh-so dapper in their fedoras and suspenders!
As the afternoon drew to a close; one woman from each table, secretly spotted throughout the event, were invited onto the stage to be crowned the days ‘best-dressed.’ Taking home the perfect posies that sat central on each table was a thoughtful and beautiful prize indeed.
The entire event would not have been possible without the owner and founder of Antiquitea, Fiona Robinson. The Perth mother-of-two began her business in 2009 with just thirteen vintage cups and saucers that she hired out for small events. Her website is here: Antiquitea
I feel very blessed to have been given to opportunity to be a part of the event and M.C. the proceedings – and received a stunning floral bouquet bought for me by Fiona from Miss Bloomingbird’s stall as a token of appreciation.
Feeling very proud of myself!
P.S This dress (The Barcelona Dress) was provided to me by Review – it’s perfectly, cut, made and will now be hanging in my wardrobe for years to come!
All Photography Credit: Clements and the Fox