Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Australia Day - morning tea inspiration!

Can I just say ... I LOVE Australia Day!  After returning from a 5 year overseas stint back in 2011, I was absolutely gobsmacked to see the patriotism in our country.  I think it took me all of 5minutes to fall in love all things red/blue/white and to embrace the vigour of Australia Day celebrations.

With only one weekend until our country goes flag-mad, I thought I would share a VERY quick, yet very cute, Australia Day table setting.  Oh, and did I mention that it's also cheap?!?

1. M&Ms in red/blue. Flag from the $2 shop 
2. Blue cordial with Little Tee Tee glass decorations

All the props came out of my kitchen - cupcake stands, milk bottles, upturned red/white cups & saucers. I placed a wooden crate which hubby recently made at the back of the table to add height & use to highlight the gorgeous wild gum flowers.

3. Jaffas, Jam tarts, lamingtons from Coles
4. Native flowers with flag toothpicks

The local $2 shop provided the flag accessories - bunting, toothpicks & whirly wheels - all for $7.50.  The doily table runner was made from Little Tee Tee doilies in 3 sizes & available HERE.

5. Upside down cups/saucers with fruit
6. Anzac cookies (store bought!)

7. Lamington bites with flag toothpicks from the $2 store

8. Sweet fruit cluster with twigs from the garden

If you still think hosting a morning tea it's a bit overwhelming let me convince you otherwise!  It took only an hour at the shops to buy supplies (including getting side tracked in the Post Office & a gorgeous bedding shop!) and the only things I can remotely claim as home-made are below  (& these are simple - my 5yr old helped)

For a cupcake tiered platter topper I pinned a small beaded flower onto a fabric rose heart.  Both are purchasable from my shop for $1 each! Simply sticky tape it to the cupcake stand.

Decorate your milk bottles with Little Tee Tee fabric flowers attached with hot glue to red ribbons.  Really quick, yet effective.  These flower come in such a huge variety of flowers that you can colour match almost any party theme. Available HERE for only $1 per flower.

And lastly, these fruit/marshmallow skewers are perfect if you have kids itching to help make something for your party!  Simply spike whatever fruit takes your fancy (watermelon would be great for Australia Day) & intersperse with marshmallows, then drizzle with blue icing (ie icing sugar + a little water + food colouring mixed together until smooth).

And there we have my suggestion for a stylish Australia Day morning tea.  Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!