Ever since I saw Katy's post about her and Claire's little floristry workshop that they popped along to last year, I've had an urge to do something similar. I feel like I never do anything creative anymore (outside of blogging anyway) and I also never really try anything new. Well, I started watching House this week, but I'm not sure that a new TV series counts in quite the same way.
Since I'm moving up to Edinburgh so soon, I decided that now would be a great time to have a look in the London area for something similar, so that I could drag my mum and sister along for the ride. I came across Miss Victoria's Floral Emporium purely by chance, but I could immediately tell that this was the one for me. The sweet website drew me in and the page of amazing sounding workshops sounded perfect. I found the site in May and spotted that there was a vintage teacup workshop on the 31st May, so I popped an email over to the lovely Lisa (who runs the whole shindig) thinking that it would probably be totally booked up. As luck would have it, there was space left and Lisa whizzed the invoice over straightaway.
The workshop took place in The Shop Revolution Marketplace in Sydenham, a cute little shop meets cafe meets events space. There were 7 of us taking part in the workshop which was really the perfect number, as we all got to have a little natter but there was no jostling for space or equipment. Pots of tea were supplied as we took our seats and chose our teacups before Lisa took us through the whole process like the pro she is.
Soon we were all merrily fitting our water absorbent foam stuff (you know what I mean) to our teacups and delicately placing our foliage to hide any unattractive edges. Then came the fun part - choosing our flowers. There was a table filled with beautiful blooms in lilacs, pinks and neutral shades for the perfect vintage bouquet, we were really spoilt for choice. As we made our way back to the table with our fistfuls of stems afternoon tea arrived. OH MY GOODNESS, what an afternoon tea it was. Mini quiches still warm from the oven, cucumber and cream cheese on sourdough bread, scones, berry tarts and the showstopper lemon curd cakes - I couldn't hold back from taking a break to stuff my face.
Two and a half hours after the fun began I was left clutching my little teacup filled with flowers - doesn't it look gorgeous? I am so proud of it - it's sitting in pride of place on my windowsill and it makes me smile every time I see it. The whole thing was just a lovely experience and well worth the money - you'd pay more than that just for the afternoon tea at most London hotels! Lisa is also available for private parties or there's a floral crown workshop at the end of June - definitely worth a visit I'd say!