February 23, 2016

Celebrating Mother’s Day With Afternoon Tea

Champagne afternoon tea and white tulips

It was Henry James who said “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” and I would have to agree wholeheartedly with this.

A ceremony that involves sitting down to time honoured traditions of tea and sandwiches combined with newer rituals such as champagne and cupcakes is very high up there on my list of agreeable ways to spend an afternoon!

Today, I’m thrilled to be partnering with one of my favourite brands, The White Company, to bring you my version of a minimalist afternoon tea with touches of glamour – perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration.

In previous years, Mr OS, Junior Child and I have ventured out to celebrate Mother’s Day with afternoon tea but sometimes, creating your own “agreeable hour” at home can be just as wonderful.

This year we’ll be staying in to make the most of our almost completed living room and I’ll be using the entertaining at home excuse as the perfect reason for acquiring more beautiful table and glassware!

afternoon tea marble slate

afternoon tea the white company

carrying cupcakes and champagne on a white gloss tray

Rectangular Marble board | Small Mercury Tea Light Holders | Round Mirrored Charger | Fine Stem Champagne Coupe Set –  all The White Company


Case in point, the marble rectangular board that fulfils all of my Instagram and Pinterest induced cravings and may well end up being displayed elsewhere in the house when it’s not used for serving food!

Seeing as it’s Mother’s Day, keep effort to a minimum and serve simple sandwiches (smoked salmon and cucumber is a must!), sweet treats of your choosing and don’t forget to have a bottle of something chilled and fizzy to hand for an extra indulgence.

These champagne glasses make a glamorous change from flutes, especially when perched atop a mirrored glass charger to bring a truly decadent feel to the table. I’ve just added this to the list of things I never knew I needed in my life until now!

Serving tea

tea served on white gloss tray

white table champagne and white company candle

White Lacquer Tray – part of a set | Lemongrass & Ginger Jing Tea | Glass Cups & Saucers | Shore Projects Poole Silicone Watch | White Rose Signature Candle – all The White Company


The imminent arrival of spring and a Mother’s Day celebration is the perfect excuse for an abundance of white tulips and scented candles – White Rose is a new personal favourite and perfect for invoking daydreams of warmer days to come.

Scatter around tea lights in pretty holders and serve your favourite traditional tea blend or perhaps try something more refreshing. I love this Lemongrass & Ginger Jing Tea served in stylishly simple cups and saucers.

The White Company silver photo frame

silver photo frame

Fine Silver Easel Frame – The White Company


With the setting, food and drink organised, don’t forget your all important Mother’s Day gift – as always, The White Company have lots of beautiful ideas here.

One of my personal favourites is the silver easel frame. A couple of years ago, Mr OS printed off a huge pile of my favourite photos and gave them to me in a keepsake box so I now have plenty of choice when it comes to displaying a captured treasured moment.

I hope you have something lovely lined up for either yourself or perhaps with your own mum on Sunday March 6th? In any case, make sure you’re pampered and celebrated!


This post was created in collaboration with The White Company – one of my goto brands for minimal everyday luxe. Thank you as always for supporting sponsors of The Online Stylist.


Photos by: Marlene Lee

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2 comments on “Celebrating Mother’s Day With Afternoon Tea”

  1. These photos are beautiful and you look absolutely stunning! Those champagne glasses are pretty amazing too .. I think I need them! More. More. More. Please. Xxx

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