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 social or a business 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 private parties, like birthdays, anniversaries, engagement parties, baby showers and hen parties. But I design corporate events as well, for brands that are keen to offer their audiences something unique, indulgent, fun and engaging, while also delivering a strong message. 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  tablescaping, complete venue transformation, and on theme direction for entertainment and catering .

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

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, we’ll have a face-to-face consultation (skype or facetime) to answer your questions, get a sense of your style and requirements, and discuss the range of services I offer.

After our consultation, I will send you a service proposal and custom quote based on your requirements.

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If you are happy with my proposal, you book my services and  we proceed to plan 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’d like to do it all by yourself but need help finding and incorporating your (tea)style, we’ll do a video consultation after which I will put together a one-off design and styling 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 floral brief to present to your florist or use yourself, suggestions for table settings 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 video 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.

Full Design & Styling

For this I get involved from beggining to end. This means that I will also collaborate with your other vendors, such as venue, stationery designers & florist, to ensure I achieve a cohesive aesthetic.  In addition to the initial consultation, I provide a few extra hours of face-to-face consultation (depending on complexity of work), one site visit, concept development, a written design proposal (including a mood board, examples of proposed styling items, a detailed room layout and table setting outline), selection of teaware, crockery & decor props to purchase or hire, and on the day creative direction and styling. This service is strictly focused on aesthetic and does not include planning.

Consultation

If you’d like to do it all by yourself but need help finding and incorporating your (tea)style, we’ll do a video consultation after which I will put together a one-off design and styling 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 floral brief to present to your florist or use yourself, suggestions for table settings 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 video 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.

Full Design & Styling

For this I get involved from beggining to end. This means that I will also collaborate with your other vendors, such as venue, stationery designers & florist, to ensure I achieve a cohesive aesthetic.  In addition to the initial consultation, I provide a few extra hours of face-to-face consultation (depending on complexity of work), one site visit, concept development, a written design proposal (including a mood board, examples of proposed styling items, a detailed room layout and table setting outline), selection of teaware, crockery & decor props to purchase or hire, and on the day creative direction and styling. This service is strictly focused on aesthetic and does not include sourcing, booking or managing of venue/vendors, or co-ordination of other logistical aspects.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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