Midsummer’s Evening 2019

Vintage Tea Cup

I was determined to make the Summer Solstice memorable this year and so I was very excited when I heard that The Cosy Shed were planning a Vintage Tea Party and Wreath Making Workshop on Midsummer’s Evening.

The event was held in Hayman Lodge set in the beautiful Catton Park in Norwich. The 70 acre park was the first paid commission of the Suffolk born landscape gardener, Humphry Repton. As a Bedfordshire girl I was interested to hear this as he also designed Woburn Abbey Gardens which I regularly visit.

Surrounded by fields of wild flowers Hayman Lodge couldn’t have been a more perfect setting for the occasion.

Hayman Lodge, Catton Park
Hayman Lodge, Catton Park
Wild flower Meadow
Wild flower Meadow
Meadow of wild flowers
Meadow of wild flowers

Inside the Lodge a long table was beautifully styled with dried flowers, eucalyptus and vintage crockery.

Basket of dried roses
Basket of dried roses

Little posies tied with naturally dyed ribbons served as place settings.

Vintage tea cup
Dried flowers posy tied with hand made ribbon
Dried peonies
Dried peonies
Vintage tea cup and saucer
Vintage tea cup and saucer
Dried roses posy in glass jar
Dried roses posy in glass jar
Basket of natural dyed ribbons
Basket of natural dyed ribbons
Natural dyed ribbons
Natural dyed ribbons

A side table was laden with a vintage style feast punctuated with sweet floral displays. Everything looked so cute and tasted delicious. Tea was poured from an array of vintage tea pots throughout the evening.

Vintage tea party
Vintage tea party
Home made fruit punch
Home made fruit punch

After a feast of sandwiches, crisps and cakes it was time for the wreath making to start.

Making Rustic Wreaths
Making Rustic Wreaths

We each had one mini wreath already made up for us as well as the chance to make our own.

Posy of dried flowers
Posy of dried flowers

I attached the posy to the wreath that had been pre-made by the experts. It’s now prettying up my dressing table at home.

Wreath with Dried Roses and Peonies
Wreath adorned with flower posy, naturally dyed hand made ribbon on vintage fabric napkin

To the wreath I created I added flowers from the abundance of dried roses, dried peonies, baby’s breath and greenery on the table. To finish I chose from one of the beautifully hand made ribbons.

I was so happy with my two wreaths.

Wreath with Dried Roses and Peonies
Two wreaths decorated with Dried Roses and Peonies and a floral posy
Wreath with Dried Roses and Peonies
Wreath with Dried Roses and Peonies

When at a floral workshop one has to wear floral footwear πŸ™‚

Dried roses and Naturally Dyed Ribbon
Dried flowers and Natural Dyed Ribbon using the floor as a backdrop.
Rustic Wreath
Rustic Wreath

At the end of the evening the sun made a blazing appearance. The perfect end to a perfect day.

Happy Summer Days!

Midsummer Sun Flare
Midsummer Sun Flare

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