Choc Mint Cupcake featured on The Little Big Company

I was very excited to get up this morning to see my 30th Birthday Vintage High Tea is featured on The Little Big Company’s blog! So, I’m interrupting my scheduled Thanksgiving post today to tell you a bit about my 30th Birthday which was not only a lovely day for me as the birthday girl, it was kind of a proud moment. It was the day that everything I’ve learned about party planning in the last year or so clicked into place and came off exactly the way I wanted it.

The event was back at the end of September and I’ve been waiting to share it with you!  Some of you know that I live in Sydney and my family lives in Brisbane. I always travel home for my birthday, so instead of organising a huge party remotely, I decided to co-host (with my mum) a Vintage High Tea at my parents’ house for my family and closest friends. We used a lot of mismatched but pretty vintage plates, teacups and glassware and mixed it in with ‘modern’ pieces like my beautiful polka dot jug, the Davis & Waddell Parlour glasses and the white Maxwell & Williams cake stands.

Birthday girl

To minimise my own stress (and the amount of equipment I had to move between my home in Sydney and my parents’ in Brisbane), I ordered a lot of my sweet treats from some of the best bakers in Australia (things travelled from Tasmania, Western Australia, and New South Wales for my Queensland party!).


I made the teapot biscuits to match the cute little motif that Valerie from Greyson Design had used on the invitations, the sepia-toned meringues, and the blue and white coconut ice. The rest was a bit of a ladies’ working bee between my mum, grandmother, and sister! You’ll notice the absence of cake (the ‘cakiest’ things on the table were madeleines). I may be a cake decorator, but I don’t actually like to eat cakes! So, most of the treats on the table are things that I like to eat.

When guests left, they were given a blue favour box to fill with yummy treats from the table, and a selection of macarons.

It was a perfect day, and I’m so happy to re-live it now looking at the pictures!

Vendor Credits & Resources:

Photo editing was done by Art to Heart photography
Invitations by Greyson Design 

Large macaroons by Lisa King Macaroons, Hobart (contact me at for more information)

Small macarons from Ladurée Sydney 

Star cookie wands by Alison Lawson Cakes 

Teapot cookies, sepia meringue kisses, coconut ice by Choc Mint Cupcake

Treat boxes from Mon Tresor 

Thank you stamp from Sweet Style

Blackboards from Typo

White cake stands and parlour glasses from Robins Kitchen 

Selections of tea from The Tea Centre 

Straws & bird toothpicks from Carnival Parties

Sandwiches, mint brownies, scones, mini mousse cups, madeleines, and savouries by friends and family members.

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