EVENTS 

DESIGN & STYLING

A Teastyle event is more than just a tea party. It’s a production that merges ideas, rituals and designs inspired by global tea culture. Elements that are carefully picked to complement and emphasize the theme or message of the event. And at the same time, to offer innovative entertainment and a stylish new look to any event. Be it a business or a social affair. Whether it’s all about tea and reviving traditions, or tea is just an inspiration point for the concept of the event, I will design something unique that will fit perfectly in the context of your choice.

Most of my work includes small and intimate parties, like birthdays, anniversaries, engagement parties, baby showers and bridal showers. However I do enjoy designing corporate events, just as much, because I make them fun, indulgent and engaging.  One such example is my work for Branding Over Tea (read about the event here to see what I mean).

As a wedding and event designer I am fortunate to meet a lot of amazing people. So I am always keen to create something original for them, that is representative of who they are. For that reason my design services are completely bespoke and include everything from concept and theme creation, to art de la table and complete venue transformation.

I want my clients to feel comfortable with the process and to trust me to do the right thing for them. As a starting point I offer a fully transparent service every single time. Each client receives from me a detailed, itemised list of services that I will perform and a personalised quote. I don’t take commisions from other contracted vendors and I always disclose if I have a personal interest in recommending a certain professional.

For clients who choose to work with me from the beginning, or throughout most of their planning process, I create a private account on an online planning and design platform. This provides a unique space where the client can find inspiration, collate all their design ideas and planning details (vendor details, quotes, contracts, proposals), create a to-do list with email reminders, maintain oversight and edit their budget, manage the guest list, including RSVP tracking, and much more. The information on the platform can also be shared with any of the vendors or anyone else involved in the planning. As planner/designer, I can manage the account entirely, while the client maintains oversight and edits as they like. Or alternatively I can curate only certain parts of the account, as required.

Location wise, I work across London, the surrounding counties and Europe.

HOW IT WORKS WITH WEDDINGS

HOW IT WORKS

First, you’ll need to drop me an email and introduce yourself. Try to share as much as you can about your special occasion, your vision and your plans.

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Next, I’ll give you a quick call and ask you a few simple questions to get a sense of your initial ideas, style and requirements.

If all goes well on the call, we’ll follow that with a face-to-face meeting (in person or video). This will be a no-strings-attached consultation to feel out the chemistry, to discuss the range of services I offer and to answer some of your questions.

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After our meeting, based on your requirements I will send you a custom itemised quote (for design projects I also include a few ideas and some inspirational photos, to give you a glimpse into my creative process; you will receive a detailed design proposal only after booking my services). Next, if you are happy and decide that I am the right person to create something awesome for your special occasion, you then book my services and we proceed to do wonderful things together. 

No two clients are alike so, depending on your circumstances I can assist in a few different ways. To give you a better idea of what to expect, below is a breakdown of different levels of service you can consider.

Consultation

If you like to do it all by yourself but need help finding and incorporating your (tea)style, I can put together a one-off design and styling consultation proposal. Depending on your requirements and the type of event the proposal can include any of the following: a personalised mood-board, tips on how to incorporate the colours and textures chosen, a brief flower proposal, suggestions for table setting and venue decoration, a background on tea customs as appropriate to your chosen style, and a planning and styling checklist. For further guidance, I can offer additional hourly consultation over the phone or on skype.

On the Day Styling

This service is suitable if you choose to plan and design everything yourself, but need someone to decorate the venue on the day of your event. I do a 2 hour consultation in advance, during which you describe your vision and what you have planned. Ideally I’d like to know what your other vendors (i.e. florist) will be doing as well. Usually this consultation takes place one month before the event. But if it’s not possible, it should be at least 1 week in advance. Additionally to using the props & decorations that you aquire yourself, I can also assist with the purchase or hire of any desired items.  If you are using any teaware, have a look at my hire catalogue for events.

Full Design & Styling

With this level of service, I get involved from beggining to end. This means that I will also work closely with your other vendors, such as catering, production, musicians & florist, to ensure I achieve a cohesive design.  In addition to the initial consultation, I provide 2-8 hours (depending on the complexity of the event) of face-to-face consultation, one site visit, concept development, a written design proposal (including a mood board, examples of proposed styling items, a detailed floor plan and table setting outline), teaware & decor props hire, and on the day creative direction and styling.

Consultation

If you like to do it all by yourself but need help finding and incorporating your (tea)style, I can put together a one-off design and styling consultation proposal. Depending on your requirements and the type of event the proposal can include any of the following: a personalised mood-board, tips on how to incorporate the colours and textures chosen, a brief flower proposal, suggestions for table setting and venue decoration, a background on tea customs as appropriate to your chosen style, and a planning and styling checklist. For further guidance, I can offer additional hourly consultation over the phone or on skype.

On the Day Styling

This service is suitable if you choose to plan and design everything yourself, but need someone to decorate the venue on the day of your event. I do a 2 hour consultation in advance, during which you describe your vision and what you have planned. Ideally I’d like to know what your other vendors (i.e. florist) will be doing as well. Usually this consultation takes place one month before the event. But if it’s not possible, it should be at least 1 week in advance. Additionally to using the props & decorations that you aquire yourself, I can also assist with the purchase or hire of any desired items.  If you are using any teaware, have a look at my hire catalogue for events.

Full Design & Styling

With this level of service, I get involved from beggining to end. This means that I will also work closely with your other vendors, such as catering, production, musicians & florist, to ensure I achieve a cohesive design.  In addition to the initial consultation, I provide 2-8 hours (depending on the complexity of the event) of face-to-face consultation, one site visit, concept development, a written design proposal (including a mood board, examples of proposed styling items, a detailed floor plan and table setting outline), teaware & decor props hire, and on the day creative direction and styling.

The Tea in Events

the T(ea) in events

A global phenomenon, tea drinking has established itself into a vast and rich culture, constantly growing and always offering something new and fresh. Today there are millions of varieties and flavours of tea, vast arrays of colours and styles in serveware, and a wealth of serving customs and rituals to suit any mood and occasion.  Below are a few solid reasons why you should consider adding tea to your event. And if you are not convinced about these arguments, there are countless ways in which tea culture can serve as inspiration and give your event a boost.

Individual tea leaf

Tea is a perfect companion to food. As an ingredient or a drink complementing the flavours, tea can elevate any meal.

Individual tea leaf

It pairs great with alcohol. Tea cocktails provide an interesting and stylish upgrade to the usual party drinks.

Individual tea leaf

Cakes and deserts are definitely a prerequisite when having tea. The perfect excuse to indulge and enjoy even the most formal  of the events.

Individual tea leaf

There is tea paraphernalia to match any theme and table setting style. Look into teaware designs and functionality to help you define the style of your event.

Individual tea leaf

A typical tea party serves the conversation better than a dinner party. Often less formal and accompanied by finger foods, it will invite more interaction between your guests. On the other hand,  the same set-up will also give a party vibe to a more serious affair.

Individual tea leaf

Suitable for any event format, tea can be taken at a formal dinner table, sitting in a lounge or relaxing on pillows on the floor.

Individual tea leaf

Tea is a perfect companion to food. As an ingredient or a drink complementing the flavours, tea can elevate any meal.

Individual tea leaf

It pairs great with alcohol. Tea cocktails provide an interesting and stylish upgrade to the usual party drinks.

Individual tea leaf

Cakes and deserts are definitely a prerequisite when having tea. The perfect excuse to indulge and enjoy even the most formal  of the events.

Individual tea leaf

There is tea paraphernalia to match any theme and table setting style. Look into teaware designs and functionality to help you define the style of your event.

Individual tea leaf

A typical tea party serves the conversation better than a dinner party. Often less formal and accompanied by finger foods, it will invite more interaction between your guests. On the other hand,  the same set-up will also give a party vibe to a more serious affair.

Individual tea leaf

Cakes and deserts are definitely a prerequisite when having tea. The perfect excuse to indulge and enjoy even the most formal  of the events.

Get inspired to Teastyle your events

Get inspired to Teastyle your event

BE ORIGINAL

Have your take on centuries’ old traditions. Sip fragrant drops of tea from delicate, miniature cups, brewed in clay, hand painted teapots  and served on lustrous wooden trays. Tea should be savoured, so the diminutive tea vessels will only accentuate the charm of the experience.

Pair your tea with Chinese pastries such as mooncakes. And if you’re planning to take it with a meal, then dim sum is the way to go. As the birthplace of tea, China offers a wealth of choices to consider for your event.

EMBRACE COLOUR

For a laid-back affair do it like the Moroccans do. Treat your guests to a sweet glass of Maghrebi mint tea. To do this right, practice pouring the tea from standing height into the glass below. This elaborate gesture aerates the drink, enhancing its flavour, and fills the air with the aroma of the tea.

Fill the room with vivid colours and drape it in luxurious fabrics. Sit back on comfy pillows and breath in the minty air while enjoying exotic sweet treats and a steaming hot glass of tea.

STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS

Look for beauty in the simple aspects of life. Celebrating the coming of spring or the leaves bursting in colour in the autumn, the Japanese rituals are a quest for perfection and a great excuse to stop and enjoy fleeting moments.

Take notes from the Chanoyu -the way of the Tea, in which every detail is an artistic expression of otherwise common components of tea serving.

Imagine a spring garden in bloom. A rain of falling petals on a carpet of fresh grass.  An intensely green and frothy cup of matcha tea and delightfully minute wagashi. So simple and yet so much to experience.

DO IT IN STYLE

Britain may not have the longest history with tea, but the British Teatime, is one of the most popular and widely embraced tea rituals in the world. A staple of British culture, Teatime is an exquisitely sophisticated and stylish experience that anyone can enjoy.

Think Earl Grey with a dash of milk, delicate finger sandwiches, warm scones and stacks of delicious cakes. For a touch of old world charm, set the table with precious mismatched china, dress it with fine linens and fill the vases with English roses. On a summer day go out into the garden and enjoy the sun in style.

Styled image by Teastyle of Yellow teacup on yellow tea towel with anemone flower and branch
Detail of Chinese style desert canapes on black plate from Teastyle events
Detail of white miniature orchid from Branding Over Tea event
Empty cocktail glasses lined-up on bar at event

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